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BaileyWorks Art Project

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 24

April 1, 2008 8:00 pmtoApril 30, 2008 8:00 pm
September 19, 2010

BaileyWorks Art Project: April 1-30, 2008
BaileyWorks of Portsmouth, NH (a MassBike supporter) donated 13 of their large messenger bags for local artists to re-interpret: paint on, deconstruct, re-use, whatever.

Check it out at ellO Gallery, 110 State Street, Portsmouth, www.ellogallery.com. Opening reception, April 4, 2008, 6-9pm. Modified your own Bailey bag? Bring it to the opening and show it off!


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North American Cycle Messenger Championships: Help It Come To Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 02

April 3, 2008
9:00 pm

The Boston Bicycle Messenger Association is putting in a bid to host the 2009 North American Cycle Messenger Championships. This event is not for messengers only. It’s all about the community, not the race, and the community is not an exclusive type of thing.

If you’re at all interested in helping out with this event, in any way, please come out to the first NACCC09 organizers meeting. This meeting will be happening immediately following the monthly BBMA (Boston Bicycle Messenger Association) meeting, this Thursday, April 3rd, with the NACCC discussion commencing around 9pm. Get there a bit early if you’d like, the BBMA meetings are not an exclusive party either. Anyone interested in helping the messengers of Boston will be welcomed with open tattooed arms!

The meetings take place at:

17 Edinboro St. #4
Chinatown

For more info contact the BBMA


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Bike For Obama

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 22

April 4, 2008

obama
Bike for Obama is committed to electing Barack Obama president. It is organizing a cycling trip from Cambridge, Massachusetts along the coast to Cape Cod, and up to Provincetown. We will be taking a ferry back to Boston from there. Total distance is 122 miles, so training is important.

This is a fundraising effort – each rider will raise $150 for the Obama campaign. No need to raise it all yourself – get family and friends to pledge small amounts and you’ll reach the amount in no time.

Riders are responsible for their own food, lodging and transportation. We anticipate these expenses to total $80-$100, so we recommend riders raise these funds separately from the fundraising minimum.

A car will be provided to transport tents and other equipment, including a bicycle repair kit, food, water and emergency supplies.

Depending on the response we get (which has been very good so far), we will divide up into as many groups as necessary, based on rider’s level.

Please contact [email protected] for more information. Also check out www.civilmass.wordpress.com for updates. You can also get info here.

Time: Friday, April 4 at 10:00 AM
Host: Francis Rheinheimer
Location: Cambridge Common (Cambridge, MA)
Directions: Harvard Square T Stop 1500 Massachusetts Avenue

Sign up here.


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Free Friday Bike Movies

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 21

April 4, 2008
6:30 pm
April 18, 2008
6:30 pm
May 2, 2008
6:30 pm

flying scotsmanFree Friday Night Bike Movies at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., Jamaica Plain (at The Monument)

Spring is here!

Get in the mood for the spring biking season and Bike Month in May!

Fri., April 4: American Flyers
(Kevin Costner, 1985)
Marcus Sommers persuades his brother to train with him for a bicycle race in the Rocky Mountains. Great views of the Rockies and insight into bicycle race strategy. PG-13.

Fri., April 18: Breaking Away
(Dennis Quaid & Dennis Christopher, 1979) Four teenagers in Indiana who have graduated from high school are not sure what they want to do with their lives. One is obsessed with cycling and seeks to find himself through competitive cycling. PG.

Fri., May 2: The Flying Scotsman
(Jonny Lee Miller, 2006)
True story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree who broke the world one-hour record as an amateur on a bike made of scrap metal and washing machine parts. PG-13.

Sponsored by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-BIKE Co-sponsored by Boston City Councilor John Tobin

All movies start at 6:30 pm. Free. Popcorn and soda.

All movies are rated PG or PG-13, defined by the rating board of the Motion Picture Association of America as “parental guidance suggested” (PG) or “parental guidance strongly cautioned” (PG-13).


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Monkey Warfare Film

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 28

April 4, 2008 11:00 pmtoApril 7, 2008 11:00 pm

monkey warfareGot this little gem today. Looks like a good time.

We all know that bikes, trash picking and Canada go hand in hand in, well, hand. And, since we here at The Brattle are committed to bringing our audience the latest and greatest in cinematic debauchery, we are presenting, for a limited time only, MONKEY WARFARE.

Now, a bit about the film:

Friday, April 4th – Monday, April 7th
Monkey Warfare
(2006) dir Reginald Harkema w/Don McKellar, Tracy Wright, Nadia Litz
[75 min]

Since receiving grand acclaim at last year’s Independent Film Festival of Boston, MONKEY WARFARE has failed to find a U.S. distributor, not one to be stopped by such a fact, we have gone ahead and negotiated with the filmmaker to offer this premiere run of one of the most endearing of revolutionary films.

Dan (McKellar) and Linda (Wright) are a couple of forty-something ex-radicals who ride their bikes everywhere, live off the grid and maintain their pot and vinyl record habits by picking trash and selling their finds on eBay. When their usual pot dealer is busted, Dan runs across a new one, Susan (Litz) – who happens to be pretty, young, and impressionable. A sort-of love triangle develops between the three but, when Susan uncovers the secret revolutionary past of her new clients, she becomes inspired and heads down a path that has the potential to upset everyone’s lives more than any romantic entanglement could. An excellent film with three great performances, a truly outstanding soundtrack and a witty, playful script that stands above most of the quirky, perky indie films that play every year in film festivals. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at The Independent Film Festival of Boston 2007! A complete listing of the show-times can be found at www.brattlefilm.org


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Boldsprints Omnium Series

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 19

April 7, 2008
6:00 pm
April 20, 2008
6:30 pm
May 11, 2008
6:30 pm

When:
4/7 6:00
4/20 6:30
5/11 6:30

Where: All Asia Bar Cambridge (334 Mass Ave)
What: Freaking awesome!
Who: You, be there!
How: The power of your own two legs, and the desire to go faster than anyone else.

Check out pictures from the previous events here.


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Emmanuel’s Gift – Film Showing

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

April 10, 2008
7:00 pm

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EMMANUEL’S GIFT – film showing
Thursday April 10th
7pm

Bikes Not Bombs’ newest international project gets underway in April, to setting up an entire bicycle workshop within wheelchair reach, to employ a full staff of disabled mechanics in Ghana. The project is a partnership between Bikes Not Bombs and a foundation in Ghana created by an extraordinary man, Emmanuel Yeboah. The documentary Emmanuel’s Gift is narrated by Oprah Winfrey and by following Emmanuel’s struggles and achievements, it gives a background for this new project. In late April Bikes Not Bombs will send a shipment of nearly 500 donated bicycles to get the project started. The 40 foot shipping container will be put on the ground, with doors and windows cut in the metal sides so that it becomes part of the structure of the new workshop.

Both introducing and following the film, we’ll have a discussion with David Branigan and Carl Kurz. David is a BNB shop mechanic who has 3 years previous experience in Ghana in the Peace Corps, and he’ll spend the first five months as technical trainer for this project. Carl is BNB’s founder and International Programs Director.

Emmanuel Yeboah was born with a severely deformed leg. The stigma of disability is strong in Ghana, and his father abandoned the family. Emmanuel’s mother enrolled him in school and taught him that he deserved the same opportunities as everyone else, but when she fell ill he left school and took up shining shoes on the street to support the family. After his mother’s death left Emmanuel an orphan he began a personal campaign to spread the empowering philosophy he learned from her. From foreign aid workers he heard of a foundation to help disabled athletes and he wrote a letter requesting a bicycle, with a dream of cycling across Ghana to raise awareness and respect for the disabled. Emmanuel received the bike and made the cross-country trip, which led to more opportunities: a trip to the US to compete in paralympics, a prosthetic leg, a second cross-Ghana bicycle trip, recognition from government officials, a new law in Ghana mandating improved access for disabled people, and lastly the EEFSA foundation to create employment and sports opportunities for disabled Ghanaians. It is this foundation which has partnered with Bikes Not Bombs. We’re excited to show this film on the big screen here at BNB, and discuss the upcoming project launch!


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Boston Bean Pot Race

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 07

April 12, 2008toApril 13, 2008

The eighth annual Boston Beanpot Cycling Classic brings a weekend of intensely competitive collegiate and professional cycling to the Boston and Worcester areas. Cycling is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the country, being called “the new golf,” and the Beanpot has been at the forefront of national racing for nearly a decade.

Spread out over the course of the weekend and the eastern part of Massachusetts, the Beanpot
is a series of three different races: a team time-trial, road race, and criterium. All three races are contested in the collegiate divisions, and the criterium will continue its legacy as one of the most challenging open races in the Boston area. This year marks the introduction of an open division in the team time-trial as well, and it is expected to draw a large crowd of new Beanpot racers.

More Info Here.


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The Word On The Street

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