What to Do Today: Benefit Ride Info, Hitchcock Screening, Local Natives, and Sound Salon

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1) BENEFIT RIDE INFO SESSION
The three-day Bike Down in March is a benefit ride for Cycles of Change, which gives bikes to adults in need. Find out more about the fundraising effort and the ride down to Santa Cruz and Monterey at an info session, tonight at the Bikery. 6 p.m., free (RSVP required).

The Bike Down benefits Cycles of Changes Bike-Go-Round program.
  • The Bike Down benefits Cycles of Change's Bike-Go-Round program.

2) BEFORE CIVILIZATION
Scientific illustrator Laura Cunningham wraps up her exhibit, Before California — which imagines the natural Bay Area landscape before humans mucked it up, and which our art critic Alex Bigman described as “a terrifically illustrated textbook about the effect of human activity on local wildlife” — with a conversation with Ryan Phelan of the Long Now Foundation. At the David Brower Center; 6:30 p.m., free.

Laura Cunningham imagines the view from Nob Hill, five hundred years ago.
  • Laura Cunningham imagines the view from Nob Hill, five hundred years ago.

3) NXNW
Tonight you’ll have the rare chance of seeing one of Hitchcock’s great films — North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint — on the big screen. At PFA, part of the museum’s ongoing Hitchcock series. 7 p.m., $9.50.

4) LA NATIVES
Silver Lake indie-rock band Local Natives celebrates the release of its just-released album, Hummingbird — which Express music critic Whitney Phaneuf exalted for its “lush harmonies and romantic melodies” — with an appearance at The Fox Theater. 8 p.m., $25.

5) EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDS
If lush harmonies and pop melodies aren’t your thang, then head to Swarm Studios, where local musicians Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood project (featuring pianist Thollem McDonas) and Lewis Jordan (collaborating with Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai band) will interpret the music of free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, part of the three-week Sound Salon. 8 p.m., $7-$10 sliding scale.

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