Bicycle Day is an international holiday that commemorates the date that Dr. Albert Hofmann first tripped on LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-25) and bicycled home from his lab in Basel, Switzerland on April 19th, 1943. During the bicycle ride home, he experienced the psychedelic effects of LSD, making this the date of the first acid trip in history, propelling the West into the Psychedelic Age. Learn more…
“I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance, LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.”
“Instead of all of this energy and effort directed at the war to end drugs, how about a little attention to drugs which will end war?”
“I became aware of the great universal significance of visionary experience. It plays a dominant role, not only in mysticism and the history of religion, but also in the creative process in art, literature, and science.”
In honor of the occasion, our vision is to create a space to celebrate and explore the impact that psychedelics have made on creativity, medical science, community, environmentalism, and spirituality. We strive to engage in a balanced conversation about the use of psychedelics and the influence they have played on our society & culture. We will be hosting prominent visionary art, engaging talks, talented performers, and thumping soulful beats. This will be an opportunity to learn, celebrate, and foster community conversation.
Matthew J. Neal has been with Amgen, Inc. since 2003 where he is a Director of Operations in Global Regulatory Affairs & Safety with a focus on Human Therapeutics to dramatically improve people’s lives. Prior to that, he lived in Philadelphia where he was one of the pioneering members of the Regulatory Submissions Department for GlaxoSmithKline. Matthew has been publishing and submitting electronic dossiers to the FDA since 1996, and submitted the very first fully electronic NDA for GSK in 1999. Matthew holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from Temple University. He and his wife Beth spend most of their time entertaining their 9 year-old daughter, Claudia, their 5 year-old son, Tobias and their dog, Laverne. Matthew also performs stand-up comedy all over Los Angeles (mattnealcomedy.com), writing and producing various projects, traveling, surfing, running, playing golf, and playing the drums in the improv jazz duo Mr. Driscoll and other studio projects (http://marinernine.bandcamp.com). He is also a member of the Founders Circle for the non-profit music incubator weathervanemusic.org.
TITLE: Synchronicity, Synergy, & Psychedelic Therapy
with Matthew J. Neal from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Description: Matthew’s presentation will focus on the circumstances surrounding his involvement with MAPS.org and give a comprehensive overview of MAPS – history, philosophy, outreach, fundraising, Education, Clinical Results, Ongoing Research & Opportunities (Zendo Project, MAPS Podcast, Psychedelic Therapists) and close with a description of the recently formed MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.
Lindsay Kent is a producer, director and editor based in Los Angeles. She joined filmmakers Colby Rex O’Neill and Matt Pidutti on the 50th Anniversary tour of the Furthur bus in 2014. The small crew shot over 400 hours of footage, digging deep into the roots of the counter-culture movement and uncovering how the mission of those first few idealists influenced a new generation. The film, Going Furthur, is currently wrapping post production. Lindsay is currently in pre-production on another documentary called Love on Haight Street, about the Summer of Love and the Haight/Ashbury district in 1967, and the ensuring evolution of the Haight district through today.
TITLE: Going Furthur: Ken Kesey and the Evolution of Counterculture
Description: In 1964 Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters set out in a hand-painted school bus named Furthur, destined for a different kind of trip. In this talk, Going Furthur director Lindsay Kent discusses bridging the gap between the psychedelic pioneers of the 60s and the counter-culture ethos of today. Are we carrying a torch, or burning a whole new flame?
Rachel Kann will share her beautiful spoken word poetry with us once again. Rachel is a TEDx poet who has shared her words on international stages and locally at venues such as Royce Hall, and been featured on shows like KPFK’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and Welcome to Night Vale. rachelkann.com
Naira Hart is a full time artist and long time house/electronic music enthusiast who currently resides in the artist community of Venice Beach. The combination of her dance background and spending the past decade deeply involved within the music festival community has given her the opportunity to naturally step into being a DJ, with her debut set being at none other than on top of Camp Charlie’s Unicorn Art car at Burning Man in 2014. Since then, she has quickly become busy playing weekly at westside venues, being known as an instigator of some of the west side’s greatest parties, and LA’s Burner community’s private events. She’s naturally got a good ear for soulful house and deep house music, with her unique music selection said to emotive, sensual, and gets the dance floor moving. https://soundcloud.com/nairahart
The Aware Project produces Bicycle Day L.A. and other events in Los Angeles, CA area to gather and educate the psychedelic community.
The Aware Project’s aim is to balance the public conversation about psychedelics, spread accurate information, and give a new face to psychedelia.
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We are proud to announce that all proceeds will go to support the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
(MAPS is not an official sponsor or producer of this event)