By Matt Wilson, @wilsonstcomms

Giants take on A’s in Final Pre-Season Games

The San Francisco Giants are returning home for two final pre-season games in preparation for their 60th season in San Francisco, and Caltrain wants to help get you to AT&T Park.

The Giants will face off against their cross-Bay rival, the Oakland Athletics, on Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 7:15 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., respectively.

Whether you bleed orange and black or green and gold (actually, go see a doctor if you experience either of these symptoms), you can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station on the regular weekday schedule, which offers plenty of northbound and southbound services to and from the ballpark. The station is a short walk from AT&T Park.

Cirque du Soleil Skates Into San Jose

Ice skating well isn’t easy, and acrobatic feats are even more difficult. So when I heard Cirque du Soleil, the French Canadian performance company with an unbelievably strong reputation for putting on high-caliber shows, was merging ice skating with acrobatics, I knew it would likely be an impressive show.

Hailed by its promoters as a “Breakthrough Ice Experience,” “Crystal” is an ice show with world-class ice skaters and acrobats who “challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics.”  It’s coming to San Jose’s SAP Center beginning Wednesday, March 28, and running through Sunday, April 1.

You can perform an amazing feat, too, by contorting yourself away from gridlocked Bay Area highways and taking Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon station. SAP Center is right across the street.

Retro Video Game Tournament for Teens

The Redwood City Library is gearing up for the release of the film, “Ready Player One,” by inviting teens in grades 6-12 to compete in a retro gaming tournament. As someone who started his video game career on that grotesque wood-paneled Atari 2600 and spent countless hours (in lieu of homework, of course) playing classic Nintendo games Super Mario Bros. 3 and Legend of Zelda, this tournament sounds like digitized music to my ears.

The games in this competition haven’t been announced yet, but the old-school event is set for Wednesday, March 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Winners can score a pair of tickets to see “Ready Player One” or a copy of the book.

The library is downtown and the event’s too-young-to-drive demographic can hop aboard Caltrain and get off at the Redwood City Caltrain Station or take SamTrans lines like the 273, 274, 276 and ECR to the transit center.

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