Photo by David Yu

Whimsical hats and a retro photo exhibit are just part of what’s making us mad for March. And because Opening Day is almost here (after we get through 67 NCAA games), we’re giving you a preview of what’s to come on April 1. No foolin’. 

C'mon Baby, Light My Tower

Ever wanted to see your name in lights? How about a light that you get to name instead? That’s the premise behind the “Gift of Light” program that allows individuals to personalize one or more lights in The Bay Lights digital display. Designed by internationally renowned artist Leo Villareal, The Bay Lights is a stunning light sculpture that debuted on March 5 on the west span of the Bay Bridge. At 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, the art installation cost $8 million to fabricate, install, and (eventually — but not for at least two years) remove. Some $2 million dollars is still needed to ensure that the 25,000 LED lights that make up this monumental civic art installation will shine on. 

SFMOMA Mounts Major Garry Winogrand Retrospective

We’ve all missed Mad Men haven’t we? Season six of AMC’s critically acclaimed drama returns on April 7. In the meantime after a cocktail at the Top of the Mark or Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, head over to SFMOMA on a Thursday evening and visit the new Garry Winogrand exhibition on view through June 2.  Widely considered one of the great photographers of the 20th century, Winogrand did some of his best work in Manhattan in the 1960s and devotees of “Mad Men” will recognize in his street photography a world of Dons, Joans, Petes, Rogers  and Peggys – brimming with possibilities and equal measures of anxiety.

Move Over Housewives. It’s Time for Jersey Boys

Eight miles west of Manhattan Frankie Valli was getting his start in Newark, NJ about the same time Winogrand emerged from the Bronx.  Jersey Boys at the SHN Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., through April 28 tells the story of Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi and the pop music sensation The Four Seasons. A group of blue collared boys they wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Talk about a “Big Man in Town.”

World Baseball Classic

San Francisco’s AT&T Park will host the semi-finals and finals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic March 17 - 19 in its debut as a host city for the event. The World Baseball Classic draws teams from more than two dozen countries around the globe to test their “brand” of baseball against the other. Joe Torre, who won four World Series titles with the Yankees as part of a 29-year managerial career, leads Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Team Japan is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, taking home both the inaugural and 2009 titles. 

CAAMFest Launches in Bay Area Theaters

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) launches CAAMFest this week with the San Francisco premiere of Linsanity directed by San Francisco native Evan Jackson Leong. Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest runs March 14-24. Highlights of the 11-day festival include a new home movies initiative, Memories to Light; workshops and panels; narrative and documentary competition; the reopening of the Great Star Theater as a space of cultural expression and art; six world premieres, and expanded ventures into the music and culinary worlds. 

We’re Feeling Bull-ish

The San Francisco Bulls Pro Hockey Team wraps up their 2012-13 season at the Cow Palace with six more home games, facing off against the Utah Grizzlies, March 16-17; Stockton Thunder, March 22-23, and  Idaho Steelheads, March 27 and 29. March 29 is Fan Appreciation Night and there will be a commemorative poster giveaway.

Hats Off!

Just in time for Easter bonnet season there are two hat exhibits that might even make the Royal Family green with envy. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, a national touring exhibit, Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! combines two collections. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, is allowing the public to take a peek into Dr. Seuss’ hat closet. In addition to a few dozen of his fantastical hats, Dennis Rae Fine Art, 781 Beach St., will also be home to prints and sculpture from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection, a series of authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture from March 15-31. Hats Off!,  a new exhibition at the Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., features 30-some Qing dynasty children’s hats. Impressive in their use of color, craftsmanship, sense of whimsy and symbolism, the hats are part of a tradition in China to outfit children in fanciful hats during festivals such as Chinese New Year. 

Where We Came From… 

The story of where we all came from so long, long ago gets a fresh interpretation at the California Academy of Sciences in a new exhibition, Human Odyssey. Trace the milestones of our ancestors fascinating history in this dramatic new addition to Tusher African Hall. Occupying the west end of the hall, Human Odyssey features interactive displays, detailed fossil casts, and the latest scientific knowledge about the evolution of Homo sapiens. The narrative continues at the Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., which opened in 2005. Educational programs and ongoing exhibitions link all people through their shared African ancestry. 

Window Watching

C’mon. Stop looking at your iPhone for just a minute. Store windows in San Francisco are often like small stage sets and we’ve got some favorites for you to take a look at (and share your favorites, too): Academy of Art University (great for browsing student work); Anthropologie (always wonderful); Louis Vuitton (are those chrome typewriters not incredible?); Cole Hardware (sort of Marcel Duchamp meets Rube Goldberg) and prime pane peeking this month: Macy’s. The Painted Garden is the theme of Macy’s annual flower show, March 24-April 1. A stunning multi-colored 10-foot-tall painted elephant covered with thousands of flowers will welcome spectators to the show. For more than 60 years Macy’s has dazzled generations with over-the-top presentations of sumptuous gardens and this year is no exception. 

San Francisco Giants: Authentic Opening Day Telecast

On April 1 at noon the gates of AT&T Park will open for the “Authentic Opening Day” viewing party presented by Comcast Sportsnet and the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The Giants open the 2013 season on the road against N.L. West rival Los Angeles Dodgers with three-time N.L. All-Star Matt Cain on the mound. The free telecast starts at 1 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and “Authentic Giants Fan” cheer cards.