art and culture

Gal by Bike: How guerrilla artist Dawn Furstenberg started making ‘road signs for the soul’

by on October 5th, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Dawn Furstenberg was here.
(All photos: Furstenberg)

— This post is by our Gal by Bike columnist Kate Johnson.

As a wise film character once said, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

While you’ve been sleeping, guerrilla bikeway artist Dawn Furstenberg has been hard at work to remind you of that fact.

Perhaps you’ve ridden down Clinton or Tillamook a million times, your eyes looking straight ahead. Your mind is wandering — thinking about what you’re going to cook for dinner or which film Hollywood Theater should play in 70mm next. Then you start to wonder, “what does 70mm really mean anyway? And, “did I remember to marinate the tempeh?” And just like that, your commute is over.

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Recap and photos from inaugural ‘Open Bike Night’ at Velo Cult

by on January 17th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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The bike vibe is strong at Velo Cult,
which makes it the perfect venue.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night at Velo Cult something sort of amazing happened. It was the inaugural Open Bike Night, a new event thought up by Sellwood resident Dan Kaufman. While only a handful of people showed up, Kaufman and his CrankMyChain crew put together an entertaining variety show that had a strong thread of bike love woven through it.

Open Bike Night is a play on open mic night, and the idea is the same. VeloCult Bike Shop and Tavern on NE 42nd Ave in Hollywood provides the venue and the stage, and CrankMyChain brings sound equipment and keeps the show lively. There’s time for socializing and sharing propaganda (I grabbed some cool spokecards, got a free Filmed by Bike DVD (thanks Ayleen!), a button, and some other cool stuff), and of course sampling Velo Cult’s fine (and growing) selection of beer and cider.
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Sample Portland’s culture of bikes, by bike tonight

by on October 6th, 2011 at 11:38 am

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A big night for bike art.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tonight is the monthly First Thursday art event in downtown Portland and there’s no better way to take it all in than with a guided bike ride to three — yes three — fantastic bike art exhibitions.

Portland Bicycle Tours is offering a free ride to the 2011 Oregonized Galleries Bike Show, the exhibition of Oregon Manifest bikes at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and then opening night of the Artcrank Poster Show — and it’s all topped-off with a street party in the Pearl District.[Read more…]