What to Do Today: The Future of East Bay Transportation, ‘Bicycle Thief,’ Lyrics and Dirges, Sex Mob

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1) THE FUTURE ON TWO WHEELS
Among the many accomplishments of The East Bay Bicycle Coalition: the creation of Bike to Work Day; the allowance of bikes on BART, ferries, and East Bay buses; and, most recently, another pilot week (in March) allowing bikes on all BART trains, regardless of the commute time. Hear EBBC Executive Director Renee Rivera discuss the future of transportation in the East Bay at a talk today, part of the OLLI@Berkeley lecture series. At Freight & Salvage; 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m., free for OLLI @Berkeley members and UCB faculty, staff, and students (with ID), $10 general admission at the door.

2) SPEAKING OF BIKES
A family can be lost without one. Case in point: Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film, The Bicycle Thief, about a father in post-war Italy whose bike (instrumental to his family’s livelihood) gets stolen, and his subsequent desperate search for it. Considered a classic of Italian neorealism, the film screens today at PFA, and includes a lecture by UC Berkeley film & media studies prof Marilyn Fabe. 3:10 p.m., $9.50

The Bicycle Thief
  • The Bicycle Thief

3) DIRTY AND SACRED
Rivers are considered sacred in many South Asian cultures, but in recent decades, they’ve become polluted due to economic development and mismanagement. Former broadcast journalist Cheryl Colopy looks at the urgent water crisis facing North India, Nepal, and Bangladesh in her book Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia’s Water Crisis, which she’ll discuss at University Press Books. 6-7:30 p.m., free.

The Ganges.
  • The Ganges.


4) READING RAINBOW
Good Vibrations resident sexologist Carol Queen is among the readers at this month’s Lyrics and Dirges reading series, titled “Fifty Shades of Rainbow.” She’ll be joined by Mari Naomi, Denise Jolly, John Panzer, Dani Burlison, and Jiz Lee. At Pegasus Books Downtown; 7:30 p.m., free.


5) SEXY TUNES
A typical Sex Mob set features covers of James Bond theme songs, ABBA, Nirvana, Prince, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Grateful Dead, all filtered through the NYC quartet’s pop-jazz sensibility. See the group perform tonight at Duende. 9 p.m., $15.

Sex Mob
  • Sex Mob

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