Byrneing Down the House This Friday…

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Hey now! This must be the place: Friday is a happy day to stay up
late for a once in a lifetime event with David Byrne! Byrne is pretty
well-known recording artist, one-fourth of the Talking Heads and the
founder of the heavenly Luaka Bop world music label. Byrne is also many
other things seen and not seen, including an artist, a bicyclist. He’s
created artistic bike racks, including one shaped as an electric guitar.
He has written a new book called Bicycle Diaries. The book, I read, is
about his true stories of travels by bike in various cities.

The event is called Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around.
Its hosted by the L.A. Public Library’s ALOUD speakers series, and
takes place Friday October 2nd at 8pm at the Aratani/Japan America
Theater at 244 South San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo. Click here to purchase $25 tickets.

The good thing is that Byrne shares the stage with a panel of people
like us: local bicycle luminaries. In the academic corner, UCLA professor Don Shoup is a bicyclist and the leading mind on parking issues.
In Shoup’s perfect world drivers would actually pay the full market
cost of parking. Parking is one of those things that we cyclists don’t
worry about. The government corner is represented by Michelle Mowery.
She’s the city of Los Angeles’ senior bike coordinator, and she was a
bike racer and bike activist. In the non-profit corner, it’s Jimmy
Lizama who’s a bike messenger and one the party animals who founded the
Bicycle Kitchen.

Don’t be blind to puzzlin’ evidence and warning signs on the road to
nowhere! Don’t just sit read the paper or listen to radio! Head out and
hear Lizama, Mowery, Shoup and Byrne making sense on building a city of
dreams!

(A contest: How many unique Talking Heads song titles can you find
in the above paragraphs? First one to post a complete list in the
comments here wins a copy of the guide book to bicycling and walking
Down by the Los Angeles River by Joe Linton.)

  • I think this is a great event, too bad it’s pretty costly for a lecture on a way to get around that isn’t that expensive. I’m confused I’ve always said the demographic for cycling seems to lean more towards to upper middle class set in regards to the bike kulture scene, but people in that scene always tell me this isnt’ the case, but then I see this scene featured in LA Magazine and the ALOUD series which is usually a very awesome free event is charging 25 bucks. Who do they think ride bicycles? Who is a cyclist? Who is the planners of this event picturing?

    The guys I see riding around the South LA and the Eastside, the ones that dont’ have fixies, but a bike they got from Walmart or Kmart or the swap meet in clothes that says I paint building, I take out the trash, or I guard the Japanese American Theatre at night.

    I’m not saying it’s bad, but I’m just wondering, it just doesn’t seem that inclusive to me and I’m talking along economic lines. It seems only to reach out in clinical patient doctor model, not in a “we’re all the same” lets hang out model.

    25 dollars in this economy is alot. It’s cool that people who are into bikes have managed to keep their jobs, but for many people in LA where people falling below the poverty line this is alot.

    I hope you guys don’t view this as a negative comment. I have plans on going to this event and when I read about it I was (and still am) very excited. I like David Byrnes and Talking Heads and I think the concept of the book is fascinating, but you know I take the Blue Line almost every day and it’s kind of been like my red pill. I want to shut up, but you know I just want to have a discussion about the issues of inequality in our society and the bike world is such a fascinating model to observe in regards to that and that’s not a condemnation of the world just it’s on a path with a particular kind of person and it intersects other people that before bike kulture occurred would have never happened, even for myself if I had never given up my car I would have been completely clueless of some of the harshnesses of LA. Riding my bike taking the bus I mean sometimes I wish I never knew. I was totally happy in my car. I didn’t have to concern myself with other people’s pain. I did, but not in a real person that I have to touch way. It was very, I read this book and saw a documentary kind of concern. Being in my car was really isolating for me in a way that I won’t be sure until I’m 60 if this has been prodcutive or not.

    When I first stop driving I took the Red Line and said Metro was awesome and that was pretty much it until I really started observing.

    Browne

  • Browne/Teka – I agree – the ticket price is a bit steep… and one of the many really cool things about bicycles is that they are so inexpensive to buy and maintain – in contrast to owning a car.

    The hosts are giving 25% off discounts to members of the LA County Bicycle Coalition and C.I.C.L.E. … and another way to get in on the cheap might be to volunteer to help out the LACBC’s bike valet parking that night.

  • easy for an unemployed recent graduate

    “byrneing” down the house
    hey now
    this must be the place
    happy day
    stay up late
    once in a lifetime
    heaven
    seen and not seen
    the book i read
    true stories
    the good thing
    people like us
    perfect world
    dont worry about the government
    and she was
    animals
    blind
    puzzlin evidence
    warning signs
    road to nowhere
    paper
    radio head?
    stop making sense
    city of dreams

    Damn Joe, that took longer than expected, you really packed them in there. Anyhow, I look forward to returning LAPL’s copy of DBTLAR…

  • @Ramon – Very good… I didn’t check it line by line, but there are more that you didn’t list yet. (And, stickler alert, you listed an album name that’s actually not a song name.)

  • well I can’t believe you didn’t try to “take me to the river”

  • Browne – I hear you and you’re right – this is not inclusive and I don’t remember Aloud ever charging before – I was super bummed to see this.

    However was weirdly surprised in how many people who are not part of the bike scene that are interested in going – people who don’t ride bikes at all but are interested in this – so for me, raising awareness and buzz about this for people otherwise tuned out perhaps maybe a win, and hopefully bring some new perspectives and leadership to the table – it’s a appealing to a certain demographic tho for sure.

    Hopefully I’ll see you there – nothing like meeting streetsbloggers in real life :)

  • and btw – I wonder how David B is going to get called out on his old school perceptions of what LA is and isnt’ – hope he gets a chance to ride a bike when he’s here – I read some excerpts and to me, what he writes on LA was way off

  • vk

    1. [byrne]ing down the house
    2. Hey now
    3. This must be the place
    4. Happy day
    5. Stay up late
    6. Once in a lifetime
    7. Heaven
    8. Seen and not seen
    9. The book I read
    10. Cities
    11. The good thing
    12. People like us
    13. Mind
    14. Perfect world
    15. Don’t worry about the government
    16. and she was
    17. Animals
    18. Blind
    19. Puzzlin’ evidence
    20. Warning signs
    21. Road to nowhere
    22. Paper
    23. Radiohead
    24. City of dreams

    Album title: True Stories

  • @vk – Verrrry close. But not quite 100% yet.

  • vk

    1. [byrne]ing down the house
    2. Hey now
    3. This must be the place
    4. Happy day
    5. Stay up late
    6. Once in a lifetime
    7. Heaven
    8. Seen and not seen
    9. The book I read
    10. Electric guitar
    11. Cities
    12. The good thing
    13. People like us
    14. Mind
    15. Perfect world
    16. Don’t worry about the government
    17. and she was
    18. Animals
    19. Blind
    20. Puzzlin’ evidence
    21. Warning signs
    22. Road to nowhere
    23. Paper
    24. Radiohead
    25. City of dreams

    Album title: True Stories

  • vk

    1. [byrne]ing down the house
    2. Hey now
    3. This must be the place
    4. Happy day
    5. Stay up late
    6. Once in a lifetime
    7. Heaven
    8. Seen and not seen
    9. The book I read
    10. Cities
    11. The good thing
    12. People like us
    13. Mind
    14. Perfect world
    15. Don’t worry about the government
    16. and she was
    17. Electric guitar
    18. Animals
    19. Blind
    20. Puzzlin’ evidence
    21. Warning signs
    22. Road to nowhere
    23. Paper
    24. Radiohead
    25. City of dreams

    Album title: True Stories

  • Hey Browne, if you’re interested in the bike movement in LA reaching out to other kinds of cyclists, check out the City of Lights program.
    https://sites.google.com/site/cityoflightsprogram/
    And here’s a link to a blog post I wrote about our first group ride with jornaleros, held on Saturday:
    http://lugoa.blogspot.com/2009/09/riding-with-jornaleros.html

  • Sam

    Awesome TH references. Not too mention the scene from True Stories with Spaulding Grey discussing “progress” using food is one of the best movie discussions of urban planning, IMO.

    And maybe I found the missing song?

    1. [byrne]ing down the house
    2. Hey now
    3. This must be the place
    4. Happy day
    5. Stay up late
    6. Once in a lifetime
    7. Heaven
    8. Seen and not seen
    9. The book I read
    10. Cities
    11. The good thing
    12. People like us
    13. Mind
    14. Perfect world
    15. Don’t worry about the government
    16. and she was
    17. Electric guitar
    18. Animals
    19. Blind
    20. Puzzlin’ evidence
    21. Warning signs
    22. Road to nowhere
    23. Paper
    24. Radiohead
    25. HOUSES IN MOTION
    26. City of dreams

    Album title: True Stories

  • Sam

    OK, it was too early. Now I’m sure I have it:

    1. [byrne]ing down the house
    2. Hey now
    3. This must be the place
    4. Happy day
    5. Stay up late
    6. Once in a lifetime
    7. Heaven
    8. Seen and not seen
    9. The book I read
    10. Cities
    11. The good thing
    12. People like us
    13. Mind
    14. Perfect world
    15. Don’t worry about the government
    16. and she was
    17. Electric guitar
    18. Animals
    19. Blind
    20. Puzzlin’ evidence
    21. Warning signs
    22. Road to nowhere
    23. Paper
    24. Radiohead
    25. GIRLFRIEND IS BETTER
    26. City of dreams

    Album title: True Stories

  • vk

    Hey, if you can mix up the letters to create words, then you can also list out:

    Houses in Motion (as previously mentioned)
    Genius of Love
    I Want to Live
    Drugs
    Found a Job
    Born under Punches
    Pulled Up
    Psycho Killer
    Popsicle
    I Zimbra
    Dream Operator

    and the list goes on and on

  • Well… vk was right at #11… so I will send both vk and Ramon autographed copies of my book. Available at finer bookstores everywhere. And yes – Ramon – it took some self restraint to not weave in Take Me to the River…

  • vk

    Hi. My preference would be for you to just donate a book to a public or school library near the river.

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