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2 great events for Halloween Night

Halloween Night is also Critical Mass all around the world. Therefore this October 31st, Friday. I suggest the following:

7pm- Halloween Critical Mass
Union Square Park North, NYC
Grab a bike, and your scariest costume, and get ready to ride through
the streets screaming on the Halloween Critical Mass–which falls
right on Halloween this year! Become the positive and “spooky”
demonstration of what our streets could look like with non-polluting
sustainable transportation and community.

Find a critical mass near you at:
critical-mass.org

8:40pm- Halloween Party Ride
Meet up at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge Bike Path or bike over with
the Manhattan critical mas.
Dress in your most awesome costume, and ride together to the Annual Time’s Up!
Halloween Party. If you come with the ride, you get to have more fun as well as other
cool perks.

9pm- TIME’S UP! Halloween Party
Surreal Estate (15 Thames St, Between Bogart and Morgan aves) L Train
to Morgan Ave
surrealestatenyc
Come to the best party of the year! Sliding scale starting at $9.99.

3 Floors of Party, two for dancing and music
Smoothie Bar
Radical Literature
Valet Bike Parking

With the sounds of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra
R-Tronika
DJ Suggested D
and more TBA

Free food provided by the Time’s Up! Diving Team

Ok then the second event,

The Danger.com presents:
The Promised Land.
A Twenty Four Hour Adventure of
Myth + Mischief + Masquerade
Made Exquisitely Out-of-Control

Part I : The Pilgrimage
A street party. A train party. A renegade parade.
Experience a liberated waterfront and sincere moments of awe shared
between you and two thousand friends. Expect a spark of fire, gifts
of liquor, stilt-walking goddesses, South American drum orchestras,
inspired costumes, hints of nudity, and kisses from strangers escaping
from the shadows of Manhattan to the warehouse of the Promised Land.

We begin just after the Halloween Parade in a Manhattan location that
will be revealed the day before the event. Come prepared with costume,
friends, one white candle, *discreet refreshments*, a metro-card and a
healthy disregard for decency.

Time: 9:30pm through Midnight.
Price: Absolutely Free.
Location: Secret.
For invites RSVP at: The Danger.com

Part II : The Promised Land
A classic deep-Brooklyn party in a massive 112 year old warehouse of
towering steal and brick. *This is a space you haven’t seen before.*
Expect the epic. We’ve taken over the expansive remnants of a lost
industrial age; a building steeped in urban history with towering
ceilings and impossible broken beauty.

With twice the sound of previous events the building will erupt with
the flawless mixology of Justin Carter, The Twilite Tone, Zemi 17,
Wolf + Lamb, plus live music from hip-hop pioneer Melle Mel,
The Dolemites, the twenty piece Candombe Carnival Drum Troop;
and live acts of fire, feats of fury and circus stunts by:
The Lady Circus, Hydrogen Jukebox, Sandhi Ferreira & Vatra and the
flying art contraption (yes, you will fly) by Ryan, Iris and Mike Ross
of the Madagascar Institute.

The dance floor will be alive, the drinks will be cheap and the
Absinthe will flow like water.

Time: 11pm to Sunrise
Price: $20. Come in costume or get spanked by Hilda. 21+ only.
Location: 592 Johnson Avenue. Bushwick, Brooklyn
Take the L train to Jefferson, walk three blocks north.

Part III : Eternity
A cozy after-after-party with music, brunch and a sauna for
the weary. To make it to Eternity, you must earn your way in.

Time: Sunrise through Saturday…
Location: Invites to the after-after-party will be awarded to
the generous and the adorned at the warehouse party.

Participate :
This event is happening on a grand scale and we can use all the
performers, coaxers and lion tamers we can find to make it safe(ish),
loud and legendary. Perhaps you took part in One Night of Fire and
want participate in making that happen again from the ground up.
Perhaps you are a performer or an every day wild-child and want to
be a part of the warehouse carnival. Sunday, at 8pm we are having
a public meeting for anyone interested in playing a role in this
manic menagerie.

Also, you have until midnight Thursday to apply to be a part of the
Battle of the Tribes. This is one part synchronized costume competition
and one part talent exhibition on stage and throughout the party on
October 31st. The idea is simple, you and a few friends create a themed
costume and compete together against other tribes for a grand prize of
champagne, a trophy and a live peacock*. Seven tribes will be chosen to
compete, all will get free entrance and rockstar status. One winning tribe
will be The Chosen Ones.

Apply at: http://www.thedanger.com/tribes/

Our best moments hold the possibility to inspire thousands.
Our worst mistakes are usually forgiven.
What happens on Halloween night is up to you.

*No animals (and very few people) will be abused, misfed, or caged during
the production of this event.

By Jove, I am dashing on my fixie…

From the “Vomit” fixie culture gets hip…
You know the deal…Bike culture gets cool, and then things like this happen…

Animal New York wrote “As magazines struggle for relevancy, it’s inevitable that mainstream titles will increasingly feature icons of urban cool like graffiti, vinyl toys, streetwear or in this case: fixed gears. For their October issue, the UK version of Men’s Health recruited shutterbug Colin Lane—he shot the Is This It cover for The Strokes—to photograph fixed gear riding New Yorkers…”>

Something to do with UK Men’s Health…What can you say? Bikes are cool.

More Bike Kill 666

Well there are 8 days left to election day. Now more then ever, there is a ton of creative media inspired by this election that has seemed to go on for ever. I’d like to put forward a new clip each day until you cast your vote.

Here is a great spot from the creators of that catchy “wassup” commercial made 8 years ago for Anheuser-Busch.

This weekend was the 6th (666) Black Label Bike Kill. A new Brooklyn Bike Blog: (welcome) Brooklynbybike.com posted a link to pictures from Gothamist.

Pictures by: Jamie NYC on Flickr.

Here is a quick video of the F*&% Bear jousting…

Will Trade Stocks for Brains

Pretty much says it all:

In the spirit of Halloween and the Hellish Nightmare of the stock market, Zombiecon was last weekend.

Tod Seelie was on hand to take amazing photos like this:

He had this to say about the event on his photoblog suckapants.

Zombiecon 2008 kicked off on the streets of Manhattan this year with the rise of the undead i-bankers. Looking to the near future end-of-times: the economy has crumbled, banks have closed down, food and fuel have become scarce, and then the zombie attacks began… First stop on the crawl was the Manhattan Mall, which would have been better if most of it wasn’t under construction. A little more foot-dragging later and the zombies arrived at the perennial favorite, Macy’s. Photo ops were had, small children were mildly frightened, and employees got a reason to scowl and use their walkie-talkies. The last stop in midtown was Victoria’s Secret. They were not amused.

The zombie horde then moved to Union Square and the first bar stop at The Continental. Drinking, some NSFW situations, and synchronized dancing to a projection of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” followed. The zombies then descended upon their intended target, Wall Street. As it was late on a Saturday, it was a bit of a ghost town. However the famous Bronze Bull was beset upon and left a bloody, zombified mess.

Tod’s complete photo gallery here.

Some pictures from Bike Kill 08

Despite the pissy Saturday weather…the Unicorns still came out to Bike Kill.

Pictures on Flickr from Andy Hindraker.

More of Andy’s Photos here.

Looking ahead…Graffiti Rider Race

Word on the street is the 5 Boro Generals are organizing another race series next year hitting all 5 boroughs with their own unique races.

Next month is just a warm up of things to come.

November 8th…NYC, get ready.

More Halloween events

Red bull has two:

Oct. 25th, 2008
One in Rochester, NY…for BMX. Trick or Treat.

and the Witch Hunt in Boston.


The Red Bull Witch Hunt will start at approximately 6:30PM on October 29th. Please check their ( myspace site
for updates as the date gets closer. The Witch Hunt will take place from approximately 6:30PM-8:30PM. The Witches’ party will be 9:30PM – 1:00AM at a secret location in Salem, MA.

Please come prepared for the hunt from Boston to Salem with proper clothing, witches costume and bicycle safety equipment (light and helmet recommended for this night ride). Transportation for you and your bike will be provided back to Boston after the Witches’ party.

The Red Bull Witch Hunt is for anyone, and everyone 18 or older.

RSVP by Tuesday October 28th with your name, and any other names of those that will be showing up for the Witch Hunt. redbullwitchhunt@gmail.com with RSVP, questions, etc

bike ads going Viral.

Cool spots for R.E.Load messenger bags:

and this for Hutchinson tires, getting into the viral act
from film maker Daniel Leeb of Cinecycle.com

Celebrate Union Square

In the ongoing battle to save Union Square, our gathering spot for Critical Mass and many other public events,
today is Celebrate Union Square, old and new.

Thursday October 23rd, 2008. 6:00pm-7:30pm

With Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

10 years ago Union Square Park was designated a National Historic Landmark for its a role as a center of free speech and assembly!

WITH:
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
Approaching Storm Marching Band
Labor Leaders
Historian Joshua Freeman
Walking Tours with Kevin Baker and Center for Acoustic Ecology
and a Historic Draw-a-thon where YOU imagine the future of the pavilion!
Drawing from 4pm-7pm
Walking Tours 5pm-6pm
Speakers and Music 6pm-7pm

This event is endorsed by a number of NYC groups including: NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, NY State AFL-CIO, United Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, Professor Joshua Freeman, historian, Tamiment Library/Wagner Archives, NYU, Workers Defense League, Rev. Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping, 250+ Friends of NYC Parks, NYC Park Advocates, Historic Districts Council, Union Square Community Coalition, The “OUR” Labyrinth Project and Chelsea Midtown Democrats.

Getting Closer-Voter Guide

With just 12 days to go, things are getting real close to deciding the next president of the US.

A while ago, Urbanvelo had a poll about who bikers were going to vote for…they also gave me a nice shout out. I guess its a reflection on a few of the bike blogs that aren’t afraid to get political. This is the one thing I’m most afraid of:

No, not the grizzly bear on the right. Palin becoming vice president…or even…gulp. Nevermind.
Seems like Family guy got into the act too from their latest episode where they visit a more “Nazi-like” Berlin.

That is weird.
Here’s the latest video from Jib-Jab.

Of course SNL probably said it best: (and Amy Poleher rapping while pregnant…amazing)

and when Governor Palin stumbles through a basic question about what publications she “doesn’t read”, you’ve got linebaker Terry Tate to the rescue.

Bikers have gotten into the Obama spirit:
like this light-up wheel from Aneel

This spoke card, from Ipsofatso

I love the McCain one too…sucka.


and Cyclejerks out of Denver had this cool creation from Geekhousebikes
Animal New York and artist Dan Funderburgh got busy making a cool Obama ride.

Animal Mag was also promoting:
Thundervote

Which brings us to the importance to get out and vote and not be swayed by any illegal election fraud which plagued both the 2000 and 2004 election.

To get you informed, BBC journalist Greg Palast and Bobby Kennedy Jr. have teamed up with a comic book Steal Back your Vote, which can be used as a guide with tips such as voting early and not to accept provisional ballots.

Here is a preview of their movie:

Steal Back Your Vote! from Greg Palast on Vimeo.
To find out if you are registered to vote go to: Votersunite.org

You can also get involved with videothevote which will be out in force on election day documenting any wrong-doing from both sides.