Day on Court 

Serves 'Em Right

SAT 9/24

Davis Cup regular Todd Martin was once rated #4 in the world. MaliVai Washington was the first African-American male player since Arthur Ashe to reach a Grand Slam singles final, at Wimbledon in 1996. Martin and Washington are only two of the tennis and entertainment names playing in Saturday's fourteenth annual Alta Bates Celebrity Classic Tennis Tournament at the Berkeley Tennis Club, 1 Tunnel Rd. (doors 9 a.m.). Where else could you see Dick Van Patten and Wink Martindale at the same time? Tickets are $25, and include a box lunch. For more info: or 510-204-1667. -- Kelly Vance


Caution: Men at Work

A's roll up their sleeves for final home stand

Now is the time for Oakland A's fans to come to the aid of their team. As of today (Wednesday), the A's have eight home games left and a lot of work to do. When it comes to hard labor in the trenches, no one on the team is better qualified than catcher Jason Kendall, of the two-day beard and long-haul-trucker glare. He may not be hitting for his usual average this season, and his stolen-bases-against percentage is a sore spot, but there's no denying Kendall's work ethic. His savvy pitch calling has helped guide the young A's starting pitching staff to a better record than anyone thought possible. And he blocks the plate with the best of 'em. The A's play the Minnesota Twins tonight, then the Texas Rangers (three games) and the high-flying Angels (four games), for their final home stand of the regular season at McAfee Coliseum, with the playoffs in the balance. Be there. For more info, visit -- Kelly Vance


Calling All Varlets

In days of old/ when knights were bold/and sideshows weren't invented/they'd unhorse their foes/with mighty blows/and people were contented. Or words to that effect. The ancient sport of jousting, in a which a combatant in armor on horseback tries to knock his opponent off a horse with his trusty twelve-foot lance, is alive and well at the International Jousting Championships. This Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 to 6) at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in the Gold Country town of Sonora, producer Patrick Karnahan and his crew will not only re-create a 16th-century jousting tournament, complete with contestants in seventy-pound suits of armor and horses, they'll re-enact a pageant with more than six hundred costumed actors portraying knights, musicians (including the Young Dubliners), magicians, and jesters -- sort of a Ren Faire with bloodshed. Tickets ($16 adults, $10 kids 6-12) and info: -- Kelly Vance


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