Matthew Modine bicycles, Bono recycles, and Willie Nelson wails for Farm Aid

Actor Matthew Modine (of Showtime’s hit series, Weeds) is taking New Yorkers for a ride on the city’s bike paths with Olympian Sharon Seagrave this Saturday with his Bicycle for a Day event. Advocating for biking, walking, and public-transportation, “it’s a call to action to reduce the carbon footprint and have fun doing it!” The day includes a Luke Haas concert, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. speaking, and prizes such as Puma “Glow” Bicycles and a Segway.

The long list of celeb supporters includes Kevin Nealon, David Alan Grier, Heather Graham, Lucy Liu, William Baldwin, Liam Neeson, Liev Schrieber, Lorraine Bracco, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantaliano, designer Isaac Mizrahi, and the sports world’s Cal Ripkin and John McEnroe. What? No Ed Begley, Jr.?!  Eco-activist Laurie David is involved, but it’s great to see names other than the usual suspects who attend all the LA events.

Affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance and American Forests, the ride on 9/20 starts at 10 am at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport’s Pier 17. “The environmental situation is a great opportunity for us all to work together to find solutions,” says founder Modine. “Bicycle for a Day is just that— citizens of the world joining together globally and acting locally.” BFAD is seeking 50 ambassadors in 50 states.

Also happening in NYC this week: U2’s Bono, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and superchef Mario Batali have designed groovy garbage cans to raise funds for the Food Bank for New York City. In cooperation with the urban hunger-relief org, The Conran Shop on 59th Street in Manhattan will display the fashionably cool cans and auction them off this Thursday, 9/18, at the Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery for the charity.

Also happening on Sept. 20 in Mansfield, Massachusetts: Farm Aid 2008 with performances from Willie Nelson, John Mellancamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, Steve Earle, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Even if you’re not in New England, it’s sold out (yeah!) but will air on DirectTV’s 101 Network or catch the webcast at 4 pm. Sponsorships highlight companies that incorporate local, sustainable, or organic food, and support an economic future for America's family farmers.

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