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Better than Bay to Breakers?

SUN 11/28

By today, even the most voracious eater should have awoken from his tryptophan coma (and perhaps recovered from the inevitable family spats at the Thanksgiving dinner table). But to further exorcise those holiday demons, we recommend you enter this year's Run to the Far Side, an annual race that raises money for the California Academy of Sciences. Inspired by Gary Larson's warped comic strip, participants often dress up as one of his irrepressible characters. We'll be an inmate from Aunt Vivian's Prison for Ne'er Do Wells. The shenanigans also include a costume contest with cash prizes and an afterparty with live music and free snacks. Join in the cartoon-fueled antics beginning at 8:30 a.m. at East Middle & MLK in Golden Gate Park, S.F. Registration is $20-30; visit
-- Jane Tunks

Writing the Waves

MON 11/29

Surfing has attracted the attention of a pretty odd collection of writers through the years. Mostly we're talking about Mark Twain -- who, while awesome, seems a bizarre match for contemporary wave-riding culture. Editor Matt Warshaw put Twain and some of his other favorite scribes together anyway in Zero Break: An Illustrated Collection of Surf Writing, 1777-2004. A panel of contributors, including Daniel Duane, Allston James, and Thomas Farber, joins Warshaw to read tonight at 7 at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Protest Songs
Bemoaning bike bummers

FRI 11/26

Drivers who pull into the bike lane or fling open their car doors without first checking for cyclists. Great big hills. That wet line you get from head to ass when you cycle in the rain. Yeah, as fun as it is to get around town on two wheels, there are a whole bunch of downsides to riding a bike -- and you'll hear about all of them at "Bike and Blues," an evening of cyclist-sympathetic ditties from local bands Act One, Haze, and the Vikter VZ Xperience. Pedal-pushing activists wax enthusiastic about their favorite hobby and the politics of nonmotorized transportation in between the tunes; expect to see many sleek bikers in the crowd. Steer your steed on over at 8 p.m. to Brain Wash, 1122 Folsom (at Seventh Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 861-3663 or visit
-- Joyce Slaton


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