The Ivy League dreams that so many Californians secretly harbor (how else to explain the popularity of Abercrombie & Fitch?) may come true at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic, the largest rowing event on the West Coast. Here, instead of merely aping the style of the tradition-bound, audiences can take in all the snoot and charm of a very East Coast activity.
This weekend's regatta draws teams from Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth and also gives local boaters a chance to shine. Thirty-some teams compete in "Henley style" two-boat contests. Oh, and a coxswain? He's the guy at the boat's helm who yells out orders to the rowers, and please, it's pronounced "coxsun." The races begin at 9 a.m. both days near the Hotel Sofitel, 223 Twin Dolphin (at Shoreline), Redwood City. Admission is free; visit www.windermere.com/events.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
Dodger devotees have never needed a reason to heckle Giants fans. And with Barry Bonds' countless pre-season troubles, the jeering will be more intense than ever. Will Bonds sit out these opening games in the dugout, son at his side, blaming the media? Will the hometown team be able to win without its star player? Who knows what chaos will ensue at the Giants versus Dodgers showdown. The fans play hardball at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:15 p.m. on Thursday at SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third and King streets), S.F. Admission is $10-60; call 972-2000 or visit www.sfgiants.com.
-- Jane Tunks
Tour de flatlands
Few cultural staples from Southern California make it this far north, and the cruiser bicycle is no exception. Perfect for slow-pedaling to the beach barefoot, knees and elbows akimbo, these heavy bikes don't get much use in the city. The S.F. Cruiser Ride, however, aims to change that, with its nighttime crawl down the waterfront's sidewalks, its participants entertained by the roving Soul Power Mobile Party Team and Music Man Mike, who pedals a "moonlight disco cruiser" dragging a 400-watt sound system. Of course, a proper cruiser should be of indeterminate ownership and have a single gear, dull colors, and handlebars wide enough to support the ass of someone cradling a 12-pack, but tonight any bike will do. Meet at 7 at SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third and King streets), S.F. Participation is free; call 810-3696 or visit www.fossilfool.com/SF-cruiser-ride.
-- Michael Leaverton