February 21, 2008

Cranking the Music Box (so to speak)

Chicago is a big bike town. For years many of us in Portland have spoken to each other about it how our bike scenes compare. Sometimes brashly, sometimes in hushed tones. For 3 years now we have been comparing stats for the World Naked Bike Ride. In Portland's 1st WNBR I counted over 500 riders. The next day I heard the Chicago ride that year had 600. Looking at their pictures they had a lot of people, although very few of them seemed naked.

This is how we keep up with the Jones' on a big cultural scale. Portland has a lot of pride when it comes to riding naked, and clearly Chicago is no different. It is with great pride then that I am able to announce the date time and location of the only screening of The Pornography of the Bicycle in Chicago.

  • Friday, March 14th
  • @ 11:55pm (a midnight screening)
  • The Music Box Theatre
  • 3733 N. Southport Ave. | Chicago, IL 60613
The Music Box is one of those classic venues that you sometimes hear about even though you have never visited the city before. It is a gem, and we are going to make it real pretty like.

The theater has more than 700 seats and we intend to have it packed with sexy bikers.

Moreover we already have plans for an underwear ride and fashion show in conjunction with the short movies program.

We have a team of volunteers that have stepped up to make lots of great things happen. If you are interested in being part of the fashion show please let us know!
Imagine strutting your stuff here!

While in Chicago I get to visit my favorite nonprofit, Free Geek. It started in Portland near the beginning of the 3rd Millennium. Now the ideas have taken root in many cities across North America.

What is go great about Free Geek? Just that they give technology to people, FOR FREE. And they teach people stuff about computers, FOR FREE. And they support software and ideas that ARE FREE.

From Chicago we will head to Columbus, Ohio for another screening and another visit of a Free Geek. Free Geek Columbus! It is just a happy coincidence, there is not a Free Geek in every city we are playing movies in... yet.

Someday I will tell you all about the not-so-obvious connection between Open Source software and bicycles.


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