This Weekend: Blinking Bikes, Rat Rods and Sunday Jazz

Blinking Man This weekend in Downtown Vegas is a virtual catalog of illuminated pleasures, from the musical to the visual to the physical.

Friday sees a bit of activity at ground zero: Atomic Liquors is hosting a good old-fashioned car show from 5 p.m. to midnight. This is a must for anyone who loves classics, customs, lowriders and rat rods … and moreover, it’s a chance for you to see the refreshed Atomic, whose second coming we’ve anticipated for the better part of a year. There’s no cover for attendees and no registration fees for participants. In fact, anyone who registers a car gets their first drink free. Apparently, the Atomic really wants you there.

Speaking of wheeled domination, the Blinking Man Bike Posse rides again this Saturday. “Up in Spoke” is a pub ride that begins at the Huntridge Tavern at 7 p.m. and winds through Downtown’s underlit streets for several hours afterward. The procession won’t stop until everyone in the neighborhood has had opportunity to be dazzled by the sight of a couple hundred glowing bicycles. Participants are invited to dress in green or to festoon their bike with green lights, in honor of … chlorophyll. Yes, every April 20, America’s thoughts lightly turn to chlorophyll.

And on Sunday, be sure to swing by Artifice sometime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for the Satin Saddle Jazz Orchestra, a genuine big band made up of local virtuosos, playing the music of Thad Jones, Tim Davies, Don Piestrup and more. There’s no cover (though the band will gladly take donations), and you have to be over 21. Plus, you have to know what jazz is. Goes without saying.

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