Saunter down Fillmore Street on the blocks surrounding Geary and what do you notice? A Safeway, fast-food restaurants, liquor stores, and check-cashing outlets. But historian and author John Williams Templeton (who penned the illustrated four-volume anthology Our Roots Run Deep: The Black Experience in California) sees a lot more. The area was once a mecca for African-American jazz fans, who flocked to San Francisco during World War II and soon became patrons of the neighborhood's nearly two dozen jazz venues. Famous musicians like Billie Holiday and John Coltrane once followed upscale downtown gigs with smoking jam sessions at Fillmore spots like Club Alabam, the Booker T. Washington Hotel lounge, and Jimbo's Bop City; modern-day music lovers can view what still remains and hear tales from the "Harlem of the West" days at a walking tour of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, starting at noon at Fillmore and Turk, S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6396 or visit www.fillmorejazz.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
Go Belly Up
Working "core muscle systems" has been all the rage in fitness circles for some time. So it should come as no surprise that working out intelligently doesn't just pump up your superiority complex, but also prevents injuries. The tag line for Sports Basement's latest lecture, "Strengthening Your Core With Foam Rollers," is "Stop the A-buse and Start the Ab-use" -- instructor Natazha Bernie shows students how to work out with rollers. The talk begins at 6:45 p.m. at Sports Basement, 610 Mason (at Sutter), S.F. Admission is free; call 437-0100 or visit www.sportsbasement.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
For some, recycling is as simple as putting glass and paper in the blue bin. The more ambitious may compost food scraps and plant trimmings. But the true goddesses of garbage dumpster dive for kitschy castoffs and outfit their apartments entirely from "found objects." Learn how to live a landfill-free lifestyle at "Cycling Around," a bicycle tour of the city's recycling and creative reuse centers. Led by local salvage experts, the junk-filled jaunt is a joint effort of Intersection for the Arts and the San Francisco Bike Coalition. For inspiration about how to transform your newfound trash into treasure after the ride, take a gander at Intersection's latest gallery exhibit, "Life Cycle Analysis," which addresses issues of consumerism and recycling. The scavenging begins at noon at Intersection, 446 Valencia (at 16th Street), S.F. Participation is free; call 431-2453 or visit www.sfbike.org.
-- Jane Tunks