The Bicycle Film Festival is back for it's fifth year of celebrating bikes (and the lifestyle of those upon them) through art, film, music and performance. The Opening Night Biker Party is tonight and features a live performance by Blonde Redhead(!), as well as the opening of the "Street" art exhibit.
Details: Tonight // 6pm // Courthouse Gallery [32 Second Avenue at 2nd].

The first night of films also starts tonight. Check out the full schedule here. We'd like to catch Still We Ride, the 40 minute short film about Critical Mass focusing on the 264 people that were arrested prior to the RNC on charges of disorderly conduct and parading without a permit. The August crackdown in NYC was the beginning of an ongoing effort to supress free assembly for group rides. The monthly cycle of arrests and bicycle seizures has forced the bike community into a legal battle with the city and politicized the very act of riding a bike. Check out a clip of the film.
Details: Courthouse Theater at Anthology Film Archives [32 Second Avenue (at Second Street)] // Tonight at 7pm (other listings here) // Tickets can be purchased here

The festival runs through Sunday with plenty of events (bike costume parade!), film showings, parties and of course group rides.

Related: NYC's BikeBlog is a good read for those who get around town on two wheels.