Free For All: Biking bonanza!

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Got a Light?

Riding a bike at night time is dangerous business! You can’t see things, things can’t see you. Think about how beneficial it might be to have some source of light radiate off of your bicycle. This simple solution is also a free solution, as DDOT and WABA have come together to give out about 800 free lights this Thursday, November 5th.

If you travel to Suntrust Plaza in Adams Morgan (18th and Columbia Rd, NW) or to Columbia Heights Plaza (14th St. NW and Park Rd) between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the Washington Area Bicycle Association will hook you up. Lights will only be available for those who show up with their bike, and there is a limit of one set per person. Make sure to get there before supplies run out!

Fall Bike Sale!

Maybe you’re looking to get some lights for your bicycle, but you haven’t purchased a bike yet. This is problematic, but this is the perfect time of the year to sort out this conundrum. This Sunday, November 8th, there will be an annual fall bike sale sponsored by Bike and Roll Washington DC. You can get some pretty good deals, and it’s free too look around.

Just head down to the Old Post Office Pavilion (1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to try to find a good deal. All sales are final, and cash is the only sort of payment; so take this opportunity to get acquainted with the black market of bicycle sales.

Ruined

Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning author of plays like Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, will be taking part in a staged reading of her 2009 Pulitzer Prizewinning Ruined this coming Monday at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. This haunting, probing piece speaks of the resilience of the human spirit during times of war.

This 90-minute staged reading of the work will be directly followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with the author along with Chouchou Namegabe, a Congolese journalist and activist, and John Prendergast, founder of the Enough Project. Tickets are required for this event, but they’re free. To order tickets, either call Instant Charge at 202-467-4600 or do it in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office. The tickets are not available online.

Storytelling in a Digital World

NPR’s Picture Show blog and National Geographic magazine are hosting a panel this upcoming Monday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m. At the Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Live! (1600 M Street, NW) NPR host Jacki Lyden will moderate an hour-long conversation between NPR’s multimedia director, National Geographic photographers, an NPR producer, and managing editor of National Geographic online to discuss the evolution of photography with a focus on how storytelling is changing in the digital world. The event is free but reservations are required, which can be done by emailing pictureshow@npr.org.

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