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The Week in Cheap: Free & Cheap Things to Do In and Around S.F. This Week 

Wednesday, Jul 30 2014

Green Apple Books New Store Opening

Doubling down against the rising tide of digital sales, Green Apple Books opens a new branch of our favorite local independent bookstore. It shares a building with Le Video, which is also fighting the future by renting DVDs not available on Netflix.

Planned opening: Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. at 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F. Visit

Comedy Crawl

First it was pub crawls, then literature crawls, and now it's comedy's turn. But you'll have to walk for your standup as over 20 local comics perform back-to-back free shows at three different venues, all within walking of distance of one another.

Friday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m.-midnight, starting at Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St., S.F. Free; visit

Vintage Base Ball

Baseball takes a huge step back — 128 years to be exact — with a competitive re-enactment of "base ball" as it was played in 1886. You'll see old-timey uniforms and umpires in fancy hats. But you won't see high fives — nothing is allowed that wasn't around in the 1880s.

Sunday, Aug. 3, noon at the Big Rec Field (near Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Way), Golden Gate Park, S.F. Free; visit

Giant Messy Twister

This renegade outdoor version of the classic game is colorfully messy, with paint poured on each dot on the mat. Barring permit issues or drought concerns, spectators will cause additional havoc by attacking the players with squirt guns and water balloons.

Sunday, Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m. at Dolores Park, S.F. $5 suggested donation; visit

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