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AMERICAN CLASSICS FESTIVAL

10 a.m., Clinton Presidential Library. Free-$25.

 

In the inaugural edition of a festival devoted to Americana, the Clinton Library skips over apple pie and baseball for an icon borne out of the “Easy Rider” '60s, the quintessence of American badassery — the chopper. Or if you're not up on the lingo: a highly customized motorcycle, altered less for performance than for looks. The centerpiece of this year's festival is the opening of “Art of the Chopper,” an exhibit at the Clinton Library featuring 30 custom-made motorcycles from around the world. On the grounds, in keeping with the theme, the Rib Rally on the River is a barbecue competition open to teams or individuals smoking ribs or chicken or making sauce. Professional barbecue consumers aren't forgotten: $5 buys a tasting pass. Meanwhile, the Chicks that Grill competition features women grilling and decorating chicken and is judged solely on artistic merit, which sounds like you should probably steer clear of samples. There'll also be a display of local artists' depictions of barbecue, motorcycles, pigs and hogs whose sale benefits the March of Dimes. Later in the afternoon, beginning at 5 p.m., the festival turns into a ticketed concert, with classic Southern rock act Little Feat performing along with local cover band Crisis!

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