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Double features are only human

ONGOING 6/24-7/6

It always rankles a little to hear people make a distinction between humans and "the natural world." Humans are nature: If you cut us, do we not bleed? The separation is artificial, but there are good reasons to make it. How can we consider ourselves to be part of nature when we spend so much time destroying, say, trees? At the "Human/Nature" film series, 20-some movies encourage audiences to consider these notions. Every night is a double feature, with carefully programmed pairings like Whale Rider and Walkabout, the first weekend's offering, or The Secret of Roan Inish with The Black Stallion later on. Our favorite is Princess Mononoke with Godzilla, but whatever you're watching, just remember: All you have to do is act naturally. The series starts at 1 p.m. Friday (and continues through July 6) at the Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), S.F. Admission is $6-8.50; call 221-8184 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Lace 'Em Up
Running Proud

SAT 6/25

Jogging through Golden Gate Park is always a good thing; even better, though, is huffing down the winding roads when they're free from meddling cars. Pride Run 2005 clears the asphalt for its annual 5K/10K run, which circles a 3.1-mile loop around the Polo Fields. Hosted by S.F. Frontrunners, the event is perfect for those who want to test their mettle or simply hang with the pack. Guest starter and new 49ers coach Mike Nolan kicks off the race at 9 a.m. at the Polo Fields, MLK & 41st Avenue, S.F. Admission is $30; visit
-- Michael Leaverton

A Master's Class

SAT 6/25

Yoga is more than a way to tone up for summer, but too often the spiritual angle is reduced to belting out "namaste" or mimicking the eerie calm of the instructor. Judith Lasater, however, doesn't let her students off that easy. As the co-founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute and Yoga Journal Magazine, as well as the author of numerous books, Lasater brings insight well beyond the abdominal benefits of Bharadvaja's Twist. In "Practice With a Master: An Essential Yoga Practice Workshop," Lasater leads a discussion on the joys of yoga and ways to apply the principles learned on the mat to everyday life, followed by a series of active and restorative moves to soothe the soul. The class runs 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), S.F. Admission is $75-90; call 292-1200 or visit
-- Michael Leaverton


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