Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dinner and Bikes Tour Brings Vegan and Cycling Fun to Watkins

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 5:48 AM

The poster for Dinner and Bikes, a traveling show of bike culture, vegan living and more. (Click to enlarge.)
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  • The poster for Dinner and Bikes, a traveling show of bike culture, vegan living and more. (Click to enlarge.)
Oooo — vegan food and bikes: Portland's coming to Nashville.

The Dinner and Bikes road show has been swinging through the Southeast with a buffet of gourmet vegan food and tips on vegan food prep from Los Angeles chef Josh Ploeg, multimedia cycling talk from bicycle activist Elly Blue, and bike videos from filmmaker Joe Biel.

The April 29 tour stop at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is free of charge, but you need reservations.

For a preview, read/watch Blue's wrap up in Grist magazine on last fall's tour. (Tucson is the best biking city? Really?) (And Houston is the next one? Get out of town!)

Since Nashville has bike issues, the discussion of local cycling concerns should be lively. If you're inspired, there's also a traveling bookstore of books, 'zines and video. (To get up to speed on issues, follow @ellyblue on Twitter.)

More info on the presenters, from the press release:

Ploeg is a Los-Angeles-based personal chef, author of five vegan cookbooks, and publisher of the controversial raw food zine, So Raw It’s Downright Filthy. Portland, Oregon-based Blue is an author and blogger who writes about bicycle transportation and grassroots culture, and is the co-founder of PDX by Bike, a business that helps people find their way around Portland by bicycle. Biel, also from Portland, publishes nonfiction books, zines and movies through Microcosm Publishing and Cantankerous Titles, and recently produced “Cycling Shorts,” a collection of short movies about bicycle culture.

Dinner and Bikes is sponsored in part by The Turnip Truck and presented in association with the Watkins Library’s second annual Handmade & Bound Nashville book arts festival (set for Oct. 5-6 at Watkins).

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.

Dinner and Bikes
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
7-9 p.m.
No admission fee, but get reservations and info: 615-277-7440 or librarian@watkins.edu.

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