Biking Bravado and a Talk by PNB's Swans

Cycling Midnight Ridazz—Dude Live in any city long enough and you'll eventually hear about it: The same youth, full of testosterone and bravado, who rallied behind Easy Rider in the '70s have reached back to reclaim another symbol of the time, bicycling. What starts with a few friends coordinating jaunts to a bar quickly evolves into weekly organized rides. (Need I mention The Warriors?) When large groups of people bond, whether over an activity, religion, politics, or regional affiliation, it is really the sapiens in us showing: territorial chimpanzees willing to fling poo to defend the home colony. Seattle has its bicyclists and its bicycle gangs—er, clubs. (Gangs are ethnic.) Cascade Bicycle Club is the Toyota of the pack: reliable and responsible and everyone has driven (to) one. Dead Babies are the "bikers," Critical Mass' leaderless hegemony is the socialist extreme, and the messenger community does its own thing. Social cycling's middle ground is also its frontier; .83 and other rotating clubs fight for the weeknight time of the "normal" biker who maybe commutes, likes riding with others, can afford a decent steed, and wants to fling some poo. Joining the bike-polo set on Sundays is a new gang in town: Following the Crips, Bloods, Hells Angels, and Young Republicans are L.A.'s Midnight Ridazz. Their angle seems to be one of respectfulness and fun combined into an entertaining, themed event. The Big Lebowski–loving bikers who want to go bowling, come get your "Dude" on, starting at Gasworks Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Free. 9 p.m. CHRIS LANGSTONDance/TalkConversations with PNB The double role of Odette/Odile, the ethereal queen of the swans and her evil doppelgänger, is a plum part for a ballerina, full of technical challenges and dramatic opportunities. Ballet enthusiasts will talk for hours about the swan queens they have seen, and dancers will exchange myriad stories about their own experiences in the part and their perspectives on the character. Carla Körbes, Louise Nadeau, and Noelani Pantastico, three of the five women cast in the part in Pacific Northwest Ballet's upcoming production of Swan Lake, will talk with artistic director Peter Boal about "swans they have known" as part of PNB's ongoing discussion series. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 624-6600, Free. 2 p.m. SANDRA KURTZ

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