L.A. demographics can be divided roughly into those who gravitate toward sports, entertainment or the arts. Angelenos who defy easy categorization now have a chance to experience all three with an ingenious new approach to mass bike-riding that is part theater, part workout and completely unforgettable. Sponsored by Metro and a collaboration between bicycle-theater group Bike Odyssey L.A. and nonprofit organization C.I.C.L.E., or Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange, the Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride is a mobile event that has cyclists riding along to a performance of The Odyssey, reinterpreted and relocated in 21st-century Los Angeles. Even if you've never read Homer's epic poem, you can still enjoy it in a new and unexpected way. The story's themes of alienation, integration, friendship and solidarity reflect L.A.'s cultural heritage, but instead of ancient Greece, the journey takes place along the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. As cyclists reimagine Odysseus' journey, the car takes the place of a cyclops, and instead of sirens, there's a Coke commercial. Riders are invited to wear togas, laurel wreaths and any other examples of classical finery while becoming immersed in the famous piece of literature that follows the voyages of Odysseus back to Ithaca after the fall of Troy. Meet at Metro Orange Line Sepulveda Station, 15430-15432 W. Erwin St., Van Nuys; Sat., June 21, 6 p.m.; free. (323) 509-4905, cicle.org.

Sat., June 21, 6 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 06/21/14)

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