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Custom cars are really hoppin'

SUN 8/22

The classic lowrider dude -- with his fedora, zoot-styled suit, and ultracool attitude -- has been turning heads (especially those of pretty ladies) with his razor sharpness since the 1940s, with few changes. But his ride has been updated, as spectators can see at the "Lowrider Evolution Tour."

Don't get us wrong -- jaws still drop, eyes still glide over wickedly smooth curves, and feelings of deepest envy still stir when these autos cruise by. And while there will always be a place in the custom car enthusiast's heart for pre-1955 "bombs," the variety of chopped, changed, and cherished creations in this show includes everything from trucks to tricycles. Our advice: Don't miss the hydraulics competition. The tour starts at 11 a.m. at the Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, S.F. Admission is free-$30; call 404-4111 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

The Sweat Set

SUN 8/22

For the athletic enthusiast with a too-full social schedule or workaholic tendencies, nothing beats an always-scheduled, no-commitment pickup game. (Except maybe a ball placed perfectly in a net and a celebratory high-five.) "HICCUP!," a sort of recess period for queer and transgendered fun-seekers, meets each month for an afternoon of sporty frolicking. Bring whatever playthings make you happy: basketballs, footballs, water balloons, wrestling shoes, friends with even less athletic ability than you. The next gathering meets at noon today at Corona Heights Park Playground, States & Castro, S.F. Participating is free; write to for more information.
-- Charyn Pfeuffer

Ex-49er's literary side

WED 8/18

Back in early 1991 Roger Craig was a football deity. Equally talented at rushing and receiving, the 49ers linchpin had already set two NFL records by the time he helped secure San Francisco's consecutive Super Bowl victories in '89 and '90. He was even a local sex symbol, with female fans drooling over a 1990 Macy's ad featuring him in Calvin Klein skivvies.

But that was all before Craig's worst day -- that heart-stopping moment when his fumble allowed the New York Giants to crush the team's dreams of a third trip to the Super Bowl. Craig dissects his faux pas and shares behind-the-scenes stories as he reads from his new book, Roger Craig's Tales From the San Francisco 49ers Sideline, starting at 7 p.m. at the Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is free; call 863-8688 or visit
-- Joyce Slaton


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