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Josh McBryde, who lives and breathes bikes, takes the hot seat for today's Catalyst Radio to talk about the entertainment at the third annual Bikestock festival taking place on Aug. 20.
Bike polo is played while mounted on bicycles. Some players will create shields to deflect the ball off their wheels.

Bike polo is played while mounted on bicycles. Some players will create shields to deflect the ball off their wheels. /Bruce Bodjack on Flickr (Creative Commons - BY, NC, ND)

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Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

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Josh McBryde, a board member of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, wrench head at local Ada Bike Shop and co-organizer of the Wednesday Evening Rides, takes the hot seat for today's Catalyst Radio to talk about the entertainment at the third annual Bikestock festival taking place on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Music this week is by local band Little Village, who will be performing at Bikestock. The song is "New Jam" off their self-titled release.



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CALENDAR (27:04)

Pekich Park Concert Series
7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at Pekich Park
Tonight starting at 7 p.m. is the second installment of the Pekich Park Concert Series that last week's guest, Hugo Claudin, has been organizing to bring more community recreation to the pocket park. 

Chicago Zinesters Reading Tour
7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at 106 Gallery (106 S. Division)
Also starting at 7 p.m. at Calvin College's 106 Gallery is the Chicago Zinesters Reading Tour. Several small distribution magazine makers with experiences across the country will be reading from a selection of their works, which include written stories and comics. 

Avenue for the Arts' "The Market"
4-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 on Division Avenue
The Market presented by Avenue for the Arts is a reoccurring event on the second Saturday of July, August and September. Arts vendors, musicians and local businesses will line the sidewalks of South Division between Oakes and Cherry to sell photos, sculptures, paintings, prints, T-shirts, handmade goods and more.

Public observation night at the Veen Observatory
At 9 p.m. twice a month at James C. Veen Observatory (3308 Kissing Rock Ave, Lowell), the GR Amateur Astronomical Association hosts public observation nights for a closer look at the stars, our neighboring planets, the phases of the moon and many additional wonders our galaxy has to offer, provided the sky is clear. Tomorrow night is the next observation night.


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