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ONGOING 1/5-1/31

Do you have a great curveball? Long to spend some time on the pitching diamond? Look good in tight white polyester pants? The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is now accepting registrants for the spring softball season, which runs from late March until the end of June. Players have to live or work in San Francisco and be at least 16 years old (over 30 to make it into the master league, 40 to qualify for senior status). Sign up for coed or same-sex teams that pitch fast or slow through Jan. 31. The cost for registration is $500-520; call 831-6316.
-- Joyce Slaton

Gearhead Heaven
Gaze upon tweaked rides

FRI-SUN 1/7-9

The urge to be a couch potato is very strong, but sometimes we must pry ourselves away from endless reruns of Pimp My Ride and American Chopper and get out into the world for some real culture -- the kind you can only find at the San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show, the Godzilla of vehicle preening exhibitions on the West Coast. Here you can admire the outrageous customizations of everything from race cars to hot rods, meet motor-sport celebs like Detroit custom-car makers the Alexander brothers, or upgrade your own hooptie with accessories offered by more than 150 vendors and manufacturers. Of particular note is Big Foot, the original monster truck, which is on hand to make everything else seem teeny-weeny by comparison. The admiration of all things oil-burning begins at noon on Friday (and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva (at Santos), S.F. Admission is free-$15; call 404-4111 or visit www.rpprodinc.com.
-- Tamara Palmer

Drop-Kick the Harlots

SAT 1/8

Even to someone for whom rugby is not a religion, the prospect of watching testosterone-fueled athletes hauling ass up and down a muddy field while working up a mean sweat is pretty sexy. And it's true that the 80-plus members of the San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club play positions with names like scrumhalf, hooker, and flyhalf. But what makes this team particularly special is that it's the first rugby club in the western United States geared toward gay men and men of color. And these boys know how to kick butt: They won the first international gay rugby tournament in 2001. Go team! The season opener against Modesto's Stanislaus Harlots starts at 1 p.m. at the Polo Fields, MLK & 41st Avenue in Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is free; call 267-6100 or visit www.sffog.org.
-- Charyn Pfeuffer

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