Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.
Dash Gallery, 172 Duane St.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave. at Second St.
Tickets: $10 per film, Sunday pass $25 (five films), festival pass $50 (all films)
The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with another cool slate of hot shorts, features, and special programs that honor the human-propelled two-wheeler that can go a long way in dissipating the country’s addiction to foreign oil. The party gets started tonight at Santos Party House with Bikes Rock, featuring live performances by DJ C.lo, Frances Rose, and Ninjasonik (you can get in free with the BFF password BIKES ROCK). On Thursday, the “Joyride” group show opens at Dash Gallery, with works by WK Interact, Albert Maysles, Spike Jonze, Tom Sachs, and many others and a live set by Kembra Pfahler, followed by an after-party at Lit Lounge. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s widely hailed THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR documentary kicks off three days of screenings at Anthology Film Archives and local after-parties; among the other bike-related weekend films are Stephen Auerbach’s BICYCLE DREAMS, about the three-thousand-mile Race Across America; Jorgen Leth’s 1976 cult classic A SUNDAY IN HELL, about the Paris-Roubaix road race; and Christian Thormann and Luke Stiles’s EMPIRE, which takes a look at some of New York City’s leading riders. As always, please do your best not to drive your car to any of these programs….