Joy Ride About the time weekend bikers are strapping their Hard Rocks to the top of the car and heading up to Mount Tam, people whose bikes are their cars will be pulling up to the valet two-wheeler parking at the third annual Bicycle Film and Video Festival, a daylong celebration of biking life. There will be singing of bike songs, bike acrobatics by Lebor Karas, bike performance art, and films, videos, commercials, shorts, and animation related to biking. A silent auction will include gear from local bike shops, and food and beverages will be sold at the festival, a benefit for the Bay Area biking resource group the Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition. It all begins at 3 p.m. at La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley. Admission is $5-10; call (510) 704-5599.
Guerrilla Tactics Along with Post headlines, the hell- and consciousness-raising pranks of the Guerrilla Girls have left Manhattanites with some lasting lines. For the past 10 years, the Girls, rumored to include a number of artists and gallery owners, have attracted staunch supporters and stiff opposition by plastering NYC with agitprop and materializing at art auctions, gallery openings, and other tony affairs wearing gorilla masks and bearing altered artworks that skewer hypocrisy and chauvinism in the art world, either through pointed fact or flippancy, like the poster that read "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met?" (A few people are still unclear on the concept: When the Girls traveled to France, a publicity-hungry gallery director was reluctant to discuss women artists represented at his venue, but he did volunteer to be kidnapped by the Girls for dramatic effect.) Now the collective has come out with The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, which highlights women's contributions to the art world and their years-long exclusion from it, along with reproductions of famous works that have been enhanced for what the group considers historical accuracy. The Girls discuss the book at 7:30 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at McAllister) in Opera Plaza, S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670.
Anything Else Is Crap ScotsFest '98, a tourism booster billing itself as a cultural festival, reminds us that "some of the most popular films in America have been produced in Scotland." Unfortunately, these include Mary Reilly, with Irish-accent-impaired Julia Roberts as Dr. Jekyll's cleaning lady, and Greystoke, the Tarzan remake starring grunting Frenchman Christopher Lambert. To be fair, the sweetly unassuming love story Gregory's Girl was also filmed against the scenic Scottish countryside, with actual Scottish actors. None of these, though, will be showing at the "Spotlight on Scottish Film," which opens with a collection of shorts programmed by the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Scottish Screen, including comic works like Magic Moments, Waterloo, and Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, along with striking pieces like Butterfly Man. Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's harrowing and bitterly funny portrait of Edinburgh junkie subculture, gave us Robert Carlyle and Ewan McGregor and is one of Scotland's best-known cinematic exports to date, but the program also includes the time-tested, internationally acclaimed comedies Local Hero, Bill Forsyth's film about an oil company executive who attempts to buy a Scottish fishing village, and Whisky Galore (also called Tight Little Island), a 1949 film about the World War II-era escapades of a Scottish island town after a ship carrying 50,000 cases of whiskey runs aground nearby. The program begins at 5 p.m. with the shorts, followed by Local Hero at 6:30 p.m., Whisky Galore at 8:40 p.m., and Trainspotting at 10:30 p.m. (and repeats Feb. 17 and 24) at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, S.F. Admission is $6; call 441-3687.