10/2: Bikes, Block Parties and an ACL Alternative

By Lyndsay Knecht Milne
|  Friday, Oct 2, 2009  |  Updated 3:52 PM CDT
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10/2: Bikes, Block Parties and an ACL Alternative

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Cyclesomatic, a 10-day bicycle festival backed by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and encouraged by city leaders like Dallas city council member Angela Hunt, begins today.

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DUST OFF YOUR OTHER CAR: Today until October 11, Dallas cyclists can turn their daily rides into grand adventures thanks to the witty and brave folks behind the handlebars of Cyclesomatic. The first event of the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff-led festival has riders joining up at the JFK Memorial downtown to announce their glowing presence via a night ride to the Texas Theater, where B.I.K.E will explain the very serious world of jousting on 6-foot-tall bikes. Ride starts at 8:30PM, screening is at 9:30PM. Film is $5 for cyclists, everyone else pays $8.

WEST SIDE: A little over a month ago, our editor had a look inside West End Marketplace, the center of what was once a piping entertainment district on Friday nights. If the revisit left you grieving a little for the singing candy-makers and old saloon arcade game in the main building, know that at least North Texas music still livens up historic Market Street outside each week. Check out the super funky Inner City All-Stars and In the Mix at 7PM.

AC WHO? So you're not in Austin tonight. That's okay -- one of the best bands in Texas isn't either. Telegraph Canyon -- a sure bet for lovers of The Arcade Fire, banjo, and stages chock full of musicians with deftly bridled soul -- releases The Tide and the Current on LP and CD at Lola's on Sixth Street with Low Red Land and Seryn opening. All ages are welcome. 9PM.

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