The upcoming CicLAvia event, in which nearly 10 miles of L.A.'s streets are shut down for a bike ride and roving block party, will include six different hubs -- or meeting points -- throughout L.A. With this event's route stretching farther into South L.A. than ever before, the Exposition Park hub will include information booths from South L.A. community organizations that focus on healthy and active living, and live performances in the parking lot of the California African American Museum (CAAM).
The musical line-up for the October 7 event will be co-hosted by R&B vocalist Harlem Lee, who according to the museum, is the first Asian American to have appeared on the TV show "Star Search" and to perform live at the Apollo Theater as a professional major-label artist. In more recent years, Lee won NBC's reality show "Fame" -- the network's version of "American Idol."
Hip-hop artist Sista Neish from Compton will also perform, as will Las Cafeteras along with the New Millennium Dance Team, whose choreography is described as a mixed style of "hip-hop, ballet, modern, jazz and African movements.”
Tafarai Bayne, the community affairs manager at T.R.U.S.T South L.A. and a board member for CicLAvia, said that for a neighborhood like South L.A. that has very little green or open space, CicLAvia provides a lot of opportunities for recreation.
"To be able to turn it [the street] into a park for the day -- I feel is really powerful," said Bayne.
In addition to Expo Park, there will also be hubs in MacArthur Park, Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Soto Station and the new Downtown L.A. Grand Park. The final block of this 12-acre park is scheduled to open the day before CicLAvia, and will be used by the cycling event to host concerts and booths.
CicLAvia begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 and goes until 3 p.m.