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Day of Bicycles
Saturday, October 16

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – In conjunction with the exhibition, Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California, Sweeney Art Gallery @ Culver Center of the Arts has orchestrated several related events for this coming Saturday, October 16 constituting a Day of Bicycles:

·      1-4:30 PM, Citrus Class Bike Ride Pre-Registration Site
·      12-4:30 PM, The Bicycle Lounge begins regular Saturday operation
·      12-5 PM, Free admission to exhibition Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California
·      7-10 PM, Double-feature screening of To Live & Ride in L.A. and The Bicycle Thief

1-4:30 PM, Citrus Class Bike Ride Pre-Registration Site

The Riverside Citrus Classic is a fun bike ride taking place on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 7:00 AM that consists of a 101, 54, 27, 7 mile ride and kids bike ride. It starts/ends at the Riverside Plaza and include bike paths, bike trails and scenic highways in and around Riverside. All proceeds go to benefit the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF) and the Alvord Educational Foundation to fund programs that assist in increasing graduation rates and encouraging higher education opportunities. Pre-registration is on October 16th from 1:00 – 4:30 at the Riverside Plaza and the Culver Center of the Arts downtown Riverside (free entry to the Sweeney exhibition, Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California will be granted to riders). http://www.riversideca.gov/citrusclassic/

12-4:30 PM, The Bicycle Lounge begins regular Saturday operation, Free

The Bicycle Lounge promotes socially conscious, healthy, and economical transportation for all members of the Riverside community by advocating safe and responsible bicycle use. They educate current and potential cyclists on both how the bicycle works and how to operate it effectively by assisting them in building and repairing their own projects. The Bicycle Lounge is inspired by both The Bicycle Kitchen <http://bicyclekitchen.com/> and The Bike Oven <http://bikeoven.com/> in Los Angeles, and like them, The Bicycle Lounge is a self-sustaining repair collective. In conjunction with Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California, members of The Bicycle Lounge will be present on Saturdays at the Culver Center café area to offer guidance on bicycle care and maintenance. Come in for a repair and a chat! Saturdays, Noon-4 PM, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, (27 closed), December 4, 11, and 18. Further information http://www.thebicyclelounge.com/. Podcast interview with one of the founding members, Brian Sorrell, forthcoming from Sweeney Art Gallery, http://sweeney.ucr.edu

12-5 PM, Free admission to exhibition Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California

Exploring the effects of bicycles on art and culture, Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California includes thirty artists and collectives that use the bicycle as both a metaphor and a realization for restructuring the urban environment. In the past few years, bicycle activists, advocates, and aficionados have proven to be vociferous in their desire for reimagining city landscapes in the U.S., such as Los Angeles, that have been built around the automobile as the primary mode of transportation. However, contrary to this view, significant “bike cultures” have developed throughout the Southern California region in the past few years. It is a reflection of a shifting value system that looks towards alternate means of transportation, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and a cultural shift from consumption to sustainability. The exhibition closes December 31, 2010. For an online catalog and information on related events, see http://www.sweeney.ucr.edu/exhibitions/recycle/

7-10 PM, Double feature screening of To Live & Ride in L.A. and The Bicycle Thief

$9.99 admission for the double feature. Buy tickets online at http://www.culvercenter.ucr.edu/film/landing.php

Double feature screening of The Bicycle Thief (1948) and To Live & Ride in L.A. (2010).

The Bicycle Thief tells the story of Antonio Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-World War II economy of Italy. With no money and a wife and two children to support, he is desperate for work. He is delighted to at last get a good job hanging up posters, but on the sole condition that he has a bicycle which he must use for work. He is told unequivocally: “No bicycle, no job.” His wife Maria pawns their bedsheets in order to get money to redeem his bicycle from the pawnbroker.

For fixed-gear cyclists, Los Angeles is a city that has it all. From the neon glow of Hollywood to the sun-drenched boardwalk of Venice Beach, fixed-gear has evolved into a vibrant street culture that is uniquely L.A. From director David Rowe (“Fast Friday”) comes a new documentary feature that explores a side of L.A. few outsiders have seen. From races through rush-hour traffic to midnight loft parties, To Live & Ride in L.A. is a fast paced-trip through the busy streets and back-alleys of one of the world’s largest cities. To Live & Ride in L.A. features talented local riders tearing up the streets with first-time visitor Keo Curry (“Fast Friday”, “Macaframa”) – one of the living legends of the sport. Bike to hidden spots off the map, race a midnight alley-cat, keep pace with the riders from Wolfpack, and hang with the local crews, graffiti artists and other L.A. personalities burning up the fixed-gear scene. Filmmakers will be present for Q & A after the film with Re:Cycle curator Tyler Stallings.,

Contact Information

Sweeney Art Gallery and Culver Center of the Arts gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 PM, and First Thursdays ArtsWalk, 6-9 PM. $3 admission cost for entrance to all three ARTSblock venues: Culver Center of the Arts, Sweeney Art Gallery, and California Museum of Photography. Screenings start at 7 PM with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Located at 3834 Main Street, Riverside, California 92501. For information, call 951-827-3755, http://sweeney.ucr.edu and http://culvercenter.ucr.edu.

Press contact: Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts & Director, Sweeney Art Gallery
Tyler Stallings, tyler.stallings@ucr.edu, (951) 827-1463

Support for Re:Cycle–Bike Culture in Southern California comes from JensonUSA, UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and The Riverside Marriott. Support for public programming has been provided by the City of Riverside.

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