If you want to learn another language but lack the time to tackle Japanese or Italian, skip the night school sessions and head to THQ Supercross, where picking up new lingo is merely a matter of watching dirt-bike daredevils racing their way over doubles, triples, tabletops, and rockers while pulling nac nacs, whips, and Supermans. Cycle celebrities like Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, and Ivan Tedesco battle it out on the off-road motorcycle racing course for first place in the Supercross standings and more than $2 million in prize money (not to mention the chance to win the heart of Ms. Supercross). And the only homework is digesting all that beer.
The gun goes off on qualifying races at 12:30 p.m.; the main event shifts into high gear at 7 at SBC Park (formerly Pac Bell Park), 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third & King streets), S.F. Admission is $15-45; call 972-2000 or visit www.sxgp.com.
-- Jack Karp
Schmooze With Oakland's Sluggers
Get ready for the forthcoming 2004 baseball season at the annual Oakland A's Fan Fest, where attendees can hound prominent players for autographs and pictures, grill them during Q&A sessions, and sit in on a "Baseball 101" fundamentals clinic. Or bring everybody on a tour of the home and visitors' clubhouses and dugouts. Just take it easy on the spitting and crotch-grabbing, OK? The mingling begins at 10 a.m. at Network Associates Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum (at I-880 & 66th Avenue), Oakland. Admission is $5; call (510) 638-4627 or visit www.oaklandathletics.com.
-- Ron Nachmann
Say you're incredibly romantic and completely impervious to low temperatures -- what are you going to do on the full moon? Have a midnight picnic? Go skinny-dipping? Organize a howl-in? We suggest "Full Moon Night Kayaking." The organizers want you to know that it's not just the moon over the bay that'll get your endorphins up and running; it's also the bridges, the islands, and the cold water in your boat with you. We bet you won't even notice that it's fricking freezing when you see the breathtaking panorama of downtown from the water at night. For you always-cold types and scaredy-cats out there, wet suits and a lifeguard on a Zodiac are provided. You have to bring your own towel, though. The trip begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Kayak, Pier 38, Embarcadero & Townsend, S.F. Admission is $15-25; call 357-1010 or visit www.citykayak.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser