If you didn't know San Francisco has its own bicycle ballet, consider yourself informed. They'll be performing this Friday, November 20, at Dogpatch Saloon (8pm, $8) with special guests every hour and catering by What's In My Mouth. The most interesting thing about this whole event is that, aside from event listings and the bike ballet's, er, eclectic website, the group doesn't seem to exist on the Internet—no photos, videos, nothing. And the catering company is unGooglable. For a San Francisco event, a solid lack of Internet presence should do more to pique your curiosity than any event listing ever could.
As part of his "research" for a weekly NYTimes column about Bay Area enforcement of traffic laws against cyclists, Scott James (aka Kemble Scott, author of the 2007 novel SoMa) decided to put a camera at the intersection where Duboce meets Steiner and Sanchez to capture the behavior of cars and cyclists and posted his video to the New York Times Bay Area Blog. But the placement of his camera allows you to see only one of the stops in full, the Steiner & Duboce stop, which also happens to be the end of the Wiggle, that wonderful maze of left and right turns that make getting to the Haight on bike seem fairly flat.
Find another use for used bike components and random scraps tonight at the SFBC's hands-on bike craft workshop. The SFBC will supply the materials, but if you're dying to make use of that drawer full of old tubes, tonight might be the time to bring them out. SFBC also encourages to bring small needle-nosed pliers, wirecutters, or scissors if you have them. The craft workshop is tied to SFBC's annual Winterfest, coming up on December 6, so if you don't want to take it home you can help raise money for the SFBC by donating it to the Winterfest Craft Table!
Bikes, beer, and music come together one more time before the gloomy weather arrives, this time in Fairfax at Biketoberfest Marina 2009. Biketoberfest features live music, a vintage bike show with approximately 40 old school, American-made bikes, group rides, over 10 beers from 15 northern California brewers, and soda tasting for the kids. Beer tastings are $20 in advance, $25 at the event, and that includes a commemorative tasting glass. Brewers include Marin Brewing Company, Lagunitas, and San Francisco's own Anchor and Speakeasy.
After the success of their screening of Rad and May's bike-in Disposable Film Festival, SFBC is sponsoring another bike-in movie tomorrow night in the parking lot of the Good Hotel at 7th and Mission (8pm). This month's film is Klunkerz, which tells the story of the birth of mountain biking in Marin and how it spread around the world. Mountain bike legend Gary Fisher will be there for a quick Q&A session after the film. And what's a film screening without concessions? Some of SF's favorite street food like Gobba Gobba Hey and the Magic Curry Cart be nearby for a quick bite during the movie. SFBC will provide valet bike parking.
Brendt Barbur's Bicycle Film Festival has grown from a modest NYC film screening into a multi-city, international festival. It returns to San Francisco's Victoria Theater again this year, Tuesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 18. Check out the full schedule here. Festival passes are available for $30 and provide access to all screenings, or you can choose to buy individual programs.
With the temperature forecast to warm up this week, two great bike events are going on that combine film, entertainment and bicycles. And if you don't already know how much fun bikes can be, you will after this week.