What Matters Most 

If you own a ramshackle bike that squeaks and moans when you pedal down the street, you've probably been thinking seriously about ditching your cranky old two-wheeler and buying a giant gas-guzzling Hummer. Thanks to a federal incentive created for farmers in the 1980s, consumers can receive tax breaks totaling half the sticker price for any vehicle weighing more than 6,000 pounds. And since bikes weigh considerably less, reinvesting in leg-powered transportation doesn't make much sense, does it? On the other hand, Anthony Siracusa of Cooper-Young's Revolutions Bike Shop is providing free bike tune-ups and maintenance tips for cyclists who ride their bikes to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Sunday, September 21st, for the museum's "Earth Matters Discovery Day." It's not exactly a $50,000 tax break, but it's hard to argue with free.

In addition to the bike tune-ups, the Brooks' Discovery Day will also provide opportunities to make crafts from recycled materials, to pick up tips about eco-friendly cleaning products, and to meet with area farmers to learn about all the benefits of buying locally produced food.

Speaking of locally produced food, the Brooks also is offering a new twist on the date-night staple of dinner and a movie. The award-winning documentary Tableland, which follows the progress of a meal from the field to the table, screens at the museum on Thursday, October 30th. It's followed by a locally sourced dinner created by Brushmark chef Wally Joe. Since seating is limited, you may want to make reservations while your bike is being tuned up.

at memphis brooks museum of art, "Earth Matters Discovery Day," Sunday, September 21st, noon-3 p.m. Free. "Tableland" Dinner, Thursday, October 30th, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for Brooks members/$60 for nonmembers. Call 544-6208 for information.


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