'Pics or It Didn't Happen' Showcases the LA Bike Scene
One of many photographs to be featured at tomorrow's Midnight Ridazz 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'. Photos by Jon Anderson, used with permission.
For a city where the uninformed would quickly say "...but no one bikes in LA", a lot has happened over the past year. Cyclists took over the 10 and the 405. Crank Mob got a little crazier than usual. And on the less upbeat side, lives were lost, inevitably sparking rallies demanding safer streets for cyclists.
Tomorrow night, Team Midnight Ridazz will host Pics or It Didn't Happen, a fund raiser for June's AIDS Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Team Captain Ben Hardy says, "The LA bike community is extremely diverse and is host to a large number of very creative and talented individuals. Their art is frequently showcased online but we feel that it demands real-life exposure. Pics Or It Didn't Happen is here to bring the art of Midnight Ridazz to the masses."
Pics Or It Didn't Happen takes place downtown at the Flying Pigeon shop/Bike Oven and will include photographs by some of the bike community's well-known photographers, including frequent LAist photo pool contributors garyse7en and alexbcthompson. The much missed Doomie's will be cooking up their famous vegan comfort food. (NOTE: this isn't your typical vegan...expect some mac n' cheese, fried chicken and jalapeno poppers).
Photographs will be available for purchase (at very affordable prices) as well as the Midnight Ridazz "I bike LA" t-shirts. All funds raised throughout the evening go directly to AIDS Lifecycle to support the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and their efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic and provide treatment and services to those infected with the disease.
Pics or It Didn't Happen
Saturday, May 9//7:30pm - 11:30pm
The Bike Oven / Flying Pigeon L.A.
3706-3714 N. Figueroa
Disclosure: Emily Lerman is a member of the AIDS Lifecycle Midnight Ridazz Team. She originally learned about the Midnight Ridazz from reading LAist.