Everybody loves Legos, and there will be a lot to love as the fifth annual Bricks by the Bay takes over the Santa Clara Convention Center this weekend.
Lego enthusiasts from around the country will be putting together intricate models for Sunday's public exhibition day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of the models will reflect this year's theme, "Fun & Games," but there'll also be catapults, costumes and a Lego Batman contest celebrating the superhero's 75th birthday.
But the piece to see may be a 200,000 brick representation of Rivendell, the Elven enclave from "Lord of the Rings," created by Alice Finch of Seattle. The model, which is expected to be the largest on display at the convention, measures 10 feet by 5 feet, and it's no wonder that Finch will be giving an hourlong presentation Saturday morning on "Building Absurdly Huge Things in Lego."
You can get more details on the convention at www.bricksbythebay.com.
UPS AND DOWNS: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest's Swing Stage at the Theater on San Pedro Square is always one of the festival's most lively venues, but it won't be the most convenient one this weekend.
The building's freight elevator -- a vintage piece, for sure -- is out of order, and that'll be a challenge for big-band musicians who will be transporting drum sets, standing basses and the like. San Jose Jazz plans to have extra workers on hand to help that process along, and volunteers also will be available to assist festivalgoers who need help up the stairs.
The good news is that temporary loss of the elevator so far hasn't slowed down the thriving Tabard Theater Company, which hosts music concerts at Theater on San Pedro Square most Tuesday nights. Hopefully, the elevator situation gets resolved before Tabard's 14th season opens next month or someone's going to be lugging sets up the stairs, too.
ANOTHER SHOT AT LEVI'S: The Positive Coaching Alliance, in partnership with the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni, has sold out a fundraising lunch Wednesday at Levi's Stadium that will afford fans another opportunity to check out the 49ers' new digs without the massive crush that happened last Saturday.
The event includes a stadium tour as well as a panel discussion with 49ers President Paraag Marathe, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee CEO Keith Bruce and former 49ers player (and current vice president of football affairs) Keena Turner.