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Stay Cool this Weekend

On Saturday, you can head over to the Yerba Buena Gardens to watch Jon Jang: Unbound Chinatown and special guests perform for free from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. In the evening, you might be interested in joining me at a performance by Canadian rocker and songwriter Bryan Adams (I believe tickets are $25) who will be at The Independent in NoPa (on Divisadero Street).

Of course Sunday is the big event day – the 97th Annual Bay to Breakers 12K race. You can still register to participate by going to the ING Greater Body Expo at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 99 Grove Street today before 7 p.m. or on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., $59 for adults and $55 for those under 18. A lot of folks just meander into the race without paying fees – not cool because the money is needed for closing streets, paying for public safety, public toilets, cleaning the streets – you get the idea.

Participants will be lining up in the Rincon Hill neighborhood on Steuart, Spear, and Howard Streets before the race begins at 8 a.m. I’m going to try to get out there and take some snapshots and/or video of the interesting outfits people are wearing. If you take any fun snapshots or video from the Bay to Breakers race in the RIncon Hill neighborhood that you’d like to share, please send me a link to the corresponding FLickr, YouTube, or whatever web pages at RinconHill -at- gmail DOT com or add them to the “Rincon Hill” group on Flickr or YouTube.

At the end of the race, there are some fun events planned at Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field. The schedule includes:

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Southwest Airlines Costume Contest (North Stage)
  • 10 a.m., Awards Ceremony (Main Stage)
  • 10:45 a.m., The Crazies Will Destroy You (Main Stage)
  • Noon, Announcement of Costume Contest winners (Main Stage)
  • 12:30 p.m., The Last Goodnight (Main Stage)

Next Thursday evening, remember to attend the Harvey Milk Memorial Gala at 6 p.m. at City Hall. With yesterday’s fabulous decision in the name of equal treatment under the state laws by the California Supreme Court, I believe next Thursday will be a wonderful, can’t miss evening for everyone who supports freedom for all.

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