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Congress Avenue art spots by bike

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

They don't call Congress Avenue the "main street of Texas" for no reason.

And now, "I Art Congress," a new themed series on the second Thursday of each month, offers everyone a way to explore the cultural offerings of the avenue.

Since May is National Bike Month - and Austin Bike Month - everyone is invited to explore "I Art Congress" by bike tonight.

Start the evening at the Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave., for a free tour of the exhibition "New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch" - and get a quick tune up with an on-site bike mechanic.

Then at 7 p.m. join experts from the Bicycle Sport Shop for their "Fix-a-Flat" workshop.

With your wheels ready, you can head out to other nearby "I Art Venues" including Mexic-Arte Museum (419 Congress Ave.) and Arthouse (700 Congress Ave.).

'I "Art" Congress'

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12

Where: Various Congress Avenue galleries and museums

Cost: Free

Information:www.iartcongress.com