28 Sprockettes — including all the founding members — danced together at the Bike Fair yesterday. (Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
It was one of those moments that will be talked about for years. Portland’s beloved mini-bike dance troupe, The Sprockettes, gave an emotionally charged and historic performance in front of a large, appreciative crowd at the Bike Fair on Saturday. [Read more…]
Dozens gathered at Peninsula Park on Sunday to remember Kiki Larsen. Kiki, who danced with the Sprockettes as “Agent Crush” for nearly 10 years, passed away on Thursday.
Kiki died of a drug overdose. She was found in her room by herself on Tuesday and taken to a hospital where she passed away a few days later despite attempts to save her. Her family and friends were by her side.
At her “For the Love of Kiki” memorial, friends and family shared stories and memories of her life. One by one, people stood up in front of a huge crowd, and in a testament to Kiki’s impact on the people she knew, the sharing went on for hours. And there were as many laughs as there were tears.
A handful of lucky Portlanders were treated to quite a show on Friday night at the closing reception of The 2012 Bicycle Experience: Prototypes, Visions & Dreams.
In his first installation/show, Johnnie Olivan impressed everyone with his sculptures and other creations (there were also some excellent paintings by other artists). From the mini-bike ‘Teeter-Totter’ to the many-armed ‘Bicycle Ninja,’ the pieces all came together in very convincing way. We were also treated to a performance by the Sprockettes. More images from the event below…[Read more…]
Just got details on a great free event tonight in North Portland.
From 6-8:00 pm on the corner of N. Albina and Sumner (5128 N. Albina, near Cherry Sprout market), the Sprockettes and Cyclecide will perform. Cyclecide is a San Francisco based band and performance group known for their “Heavy Pedal Bike Rodeo” and companion punk rock band “Los Banos.”
Some (finally!) hot summer weather led to a big turnout on the Sprockettes Ride last night. The ride was part of Shift’s Pedalpalooza, which runs through Sunday.
Here’s the report from Agent Rod Quake, followed by a slideshow of my photos:
The gorgeous weather brought 132 riders to this year’s ride. Fun times were had at our first stop, Benson High School field, where we played all kinds of fun, field day activities. Attendees had a great time playing Sprockettes Simon Says, Human Knot, double dutch, face painting, parachute games, and more.[Read more…]
I took a trip down to Southern California to visit family last week (to the north Orange County town of Cypress to be exact). Each time I go, I see my surroundings through a lens that’s colored by the dueling perspectives of growing up there through my high school days and the Transportation Wonk Disease I’ve caught from living in Portland the past five years.
Portlanders continue to rally around the tragedy the tragic fate of bike dancer Hollis Hawthorne.
Hawthorne, a founding member of The Bay Area Derailleurs bike dance troupe, suffered a serious brain injury over a week ago while operating a motorcycle in India. Hawthorne started the Derailleuers with former Portlander and Sprockette Eliza Strack and they performed together in Portland last summer.
Last week, Hawthorne was riding on the back of a motorcycle in the streets of Pondicherry, India and collided with a bus. Hawthorne was wearing a helmet, but still sustained a major injury to her head. Her boyfriend performed CPR on her for over a half-hour before she eventually ended up in a hospital. [Read more…]