Saturday, January 23, 2010
by Jamie Bond and Eliza Strack
* Today I was walking home and it looked like a 60 year old Italian woman in a wheelchair was spare-changing because of the guy in front of me disregarding her. I walked past prepared to give her an easy dollar in my back pocket. Instead, she was asking to be pushed a block ahead. The sun was shining and I said,"Of course!" I can't imagine why the fellow in front of me passed up the opportunity.
I wheeled her to the dollar store, stopping along the way to bypass a puddle in the walkway. (One of her feet was dragging, and that is what stopped us.) She had us enter the store backwards, as if she did it herself. We didn't talk much, she just thanked me.
When I got home, my roommate instantly asked me if I had just saved someone. I was shocked and asked her why. She said it was the way I jumped up the stairs. I told her she was reading the hologram correctly. -->ES
* Recently, I briefly stopped by a friends house to drop something off. Their kid that was playing in the other room ran out as I was leaving to give me a single tissue for my bike so I would'nt slip because it was raining. So thoughtful. -->JB
* I get a sweet satisfaction with signaling in traffic, on my bike. I have been adding flare to it lately. Taking in the 3 seconds before turning rule, I add a follow through and final flare. Very reminiscent of Fosse. And hold. Lately I have been riding with no hands as much as I can. It's part of my program to become a better German-style bike dancer. At a stoplight recently, while I was practicing my no-hands-geared-bike-trackstand, a fixie rider on the other side of the road congratulated me. I was so thankful to have broken the silence/social stigma barrier of the fixie culture by having one of them acknowledge my existence. I felt like the small bike bubbles this city has were bursting and joining.--->ES
* Last week I was at a local brewpub with my brother enjoying a nice stout beer. Half way through the tasty beverage, I noticed a cute little fruit fly going for a swim. Brave little fellow was'nt the least bit worried about getting swallowed alive by a thirsty giant. He must have known the appropriate glass to pick. I found out that it is proven that fruitflies have alcoholic tendencies. I fished him out and put him on a dry coaster where he shook off and then buzzed away. For the rest of the beer, I marveled at how such a small little fly and someone like me have something in common. -->JB
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
MINI BIKE CABARET
What: Variety Show featuring Punk Rock, Burlesque, and Booty Shaking with proceeds funding The Derailleurs bike dance tour.
When: Jan. 30th
Where: The Box Factory 865 Florida #1
How Much: $7
The Bay Area Derailleurs present MINI BIKE CABARET, a multi-media art and dance extravaganza featuring peers, friends, and supporters of the bicycle dance movement on Saturday, January 30, at 9 P.M. at The Box Factory 865 Florida #1 @ 21st. Tickets are $7. For more info, visit derailleurs.wordpress.com. The evening will feature dance performances by the Derailleurs, the Bombshells (punk rock burlesque), and the Cheese Puffs (lounge burlesque); live music by The Nerv (hard hitting, straightforward inspirational punk), Jessie Roadkill (quirky singer-songwriter), and Tongue and Teeth (haunting and passionate); dance music by DJs Zelko (of Kafana Balkan), Miss Rowdy (booty), and Mega Bitch (more booty); an art show, film screenings, and the release of the Derailleurs’ bike-themed coloring book.
The Derailleurs are one of 12 dance teams around the world who focus on the bike as a symbol of affection on the dance floor. They are taking their hip-hop and jazz flavor with a suicide girl twist on the road to Portland and Reno for mutant bike events in February. They have been working hard on an upcoming feature film and will be showing the trailer for the audience. Along with writing scenes and choreographing, they have been drawing for the release the Derailleurs Activity Book featuring imaginative drawings and informative bicycle anatomy, available for $5.
The team garnered media attention last year when co-founder Hollis Hawthorne was in a major motorcycle accident in India. They raised $100,000 in three weeks to help fly her home via air ambulance. They have been trudging through this year to stay together and stay productive in honor of their fallen leader.
The group’s mission is to promote the bicycle as transportation, art medium, and tool for personal empowerment through creative, athletic, and humorous dance on, with, and about the bicycle.
Jessie Roadkill is a singer/songwriter known for her work with the Stars and Garters performance troupe. She is also a well know staple at Amnesia Bar with the most entertaining and creative Karaoke performances know to man. She is witty and comical and brings it hard with her fantasy lands emerging from her guitar and ukelele strings.
The Nerv are hard-hitting, highly animated, political pleaders. They tell it like it is and the singer's vocals are powerful and clear. They are hellbent on revolution with a healthy apetite for positive change.
Tongue and Teeth are writhing and haunting banshee dance trio along the lines of Grass Widow.
Dj Zeljko has been packing the dancefloor for years with the eastern European-flavored Kafana Balkan parties. He is known for his Gypsy-phillic jams, and this party he will be delving into his transworld punk fusions.
Djs Mega Bitch and Miz Rowdy make the booty shake. They are well sought after for their club-hits meet art warehouse style. Expect heavy bass and big sounds that haven't been autotuned. These ladies will keep you on the dancefloor till closing time.
Photos available at http://www.flickr.com/groups/bayareaderailleurs/pool/