If your only experience with wide-screen wipeouts is the epochal 1966 documentary The Endless Summer, no worries, dude: You've seen the best surfing film there is. But if the limit of your board-flick knowledge runs only as deep as 2002's Blue Crush, take an evening to decrease the pucker factor and chill with the rest of the water bugs when the Haight hosts Wavefest as a companion piece for the "Surf Style" exhibit (running through Aug. 23 at 111 Minna -- see Night & Day: See/Be Seen, July 9).
The main attraction, Heart of the Sea, is an award-winning documentary on female Hawaiian surf pioneer Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn and her ultimately fatal battle with cancer. Also showing is the short piece Mana, which dives into the water with surfing greats like the Malloy brothers and Kelly Slater as they brave the waves of New Zealand. Each promises to wash over you with new facets of the wave-riding experience. The flicks start at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Clayton), S.F. Admission is $7.50; call 668-3994 or visit www.redvicmoviehouse.com.
Berkeley's nursing grudge match
The Bay Area and Australia are locked in a lactation showdown. No sooner had 767 Aussie infants nursed their way to a world breast-feeding record in 2002 than Berkeley activists organized a record-smashing 1,130 simultaneous sucklers two days later. Now milk-exuding mommies in Sydney and Berkeley compete for record-holder status with Guinness World Record Breastfeeding Events in both cities on the same day.
The battle isn't really rancorous; advocates on both sides profess more interest in promoting breast-feeding than triumphing. But still, local women eager to win one for the home team should head out with little dividends in tow. The Berkeley affair features live music, food, kids' activities, and a visit from former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher. The sucking starts at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, MLK Jr. Way & Center, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 981-5131.
-- Joyce Slaton
Rest in Peace
Nagasaki's victims remembered
Each August, the town of Nagasaki, Japan, has a distinctive way of honoring those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing. Residents parade to the waterfront, light thousands of lanterns, and set them adrift on boats, creating the "floating spirit lights" that Buddhists believe ferry ancestral spirits to their eternal resting place.
American renditions of the ceremony don't necessarily carry the same religious weight -- even Yankee Buddhists may not buy that souls need a ride to the afterlife -- but the Obon lantern ceremony is still a moving way to remember the tens of thousands who died on Aug. 9. The Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. at the north end of Aquatic Park, Addison & University, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 594-4088.
-- Joyce Slaton
Why take a simple jog when you can use sweat equity for a good cause? The Gift of Life 5K & Concourse Mile grants a chance to do just that, with a Golden Gate Park meander benefiting the Mayo Clinic's Gift of Life Transplant House. Registration is $20-25; the race starts at 8 a.m. at the Conservatory of Flowers, JFK & Conservatory, S.F. Visit www.peopleevents.org.
-- Joyce Slaton