Culture/Entertainment

Pirate themed DC Bike Party for Oct 2018

On the 10th of October, the DC Bike party took to the streets in a pirate-themed ride. The theme was based on piracy in the age of sail rather than modern pirates who often use a fishing boat with two big outboard motors on the back.

Video emphasizing the pirate theme of the ride

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again

September 15th marks the ten-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers investment firm collapse, symbolizing the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis.

"The financial crisis drove 100 million people, mostly women and children, into extreme poverty around the world," noted Eric LeCompte, the head of the religious development group Jubilee USA. "Too many around the world are still feeling the effects of the last crisis and we are not prepared to stop the next crisis." 

DC Bike Party rides as rain lets up

Late afternoon on Sep 12 featured heavy rain, but the rains quit just in time for the regularly scheduled DC Bike Party's "Tropical Cruise" themed September ride.

Video from early portions of the ride

Kathy Griffin roasts Trump outside the White House on 53rd day of impeachment protests

The 6th of September was the 53ed evening of impeachment protests outside the White House AKA the "Kremlin Annex." This time around, the star of the show was actress Kathy Griffin, famous for her earlier anti-Trump photoshoot.

Video of Kathy's entire performance, originally posted to Youtube by DCfred

Still from DCfred's video

DC Bike Party gets strong turnout for combined bike/skate event minutes after rain ends

On the 17th of August, the DC Bike Party held a combined event with Washington Area Roadskaters, thus adding rollerblades and skateboards into the ride. Bicyclists were still the majority of particpants. Turnout was surprisingly strong considering rain stopped just minutes before the ride set out into a clearing sky.

Video-start and early portions of the ride

Occupy Lafayette Park: Day 9

Stream interrupted but picks up with Vlad describing Putin's rise to power and potential parallels with the USA, plus a translation for Trump (6:40). Beats and moves by Malik and Dance Sorcery (12:20, 32:10), MC is Justin.  Christine Pelosi describes her role as a Hamilton Elector(53:00).

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Stopped before the MAGA assault at the end but check out @N2Sreports for footage of that event.

Occupy Lafayette park: Opera Night

Day Four of Occupy Lafayette Park featured "Opera Night": two singers who sang opera solos and patriotic songs, with one flipping off MAGA hecklers. Featuring Dominic Lion (throughout), pissed off opera singers Molly and Carla (24:25 and 54:35), John Aravosis(38:15), Rock Newman(1:01:07), and Bianca Vivion(1:05:51).

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Pissed off opera singers join Occupy Lafayette Park

Video from big 6th anniversary DC Bike Party

On the 13th of July, the DC Bike Party held a very large ride on the 6th anniversary of their first ride. Normally the rides are on the second Wed of the month, but this special ride was on a Friday.

Video highlights of the early part of the ride

DC Bike Party holds big Pride-themed ride

On the 13th of June, the DC Bike Party held their Pride-themed June 2018 ride. This ride was very large, and when the ride went to the basilica at Catholic University and circled the street in front of it not all of the ride would fit in the circle at one due to its size.

Video from the start of the ride plus the visit to the Basilica

Densely packed bikes as the ride leaves Dupont Circle

Pro bike racers run in N Va

On the 9th and 10th of June, pro bike racers returned to the streets of Clarendon and Crystal City, for the Clarendon and Crystal cups respectively. With the furious resistance mounted by marginalized communities against corporatization of events like Pride, it can be shocking to see the degree of overt corporatization (and militarization in this case) in pro bike racing.

Video from the 2018 Crystal Cup, second race of the series

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