Vroom With A Brew

"People think of bikers as wild, out-of-control maniacs, but they're probably the sanest partying crowd you've ever seen," said Steve Zarpas, organizer of the Crow Bar Memorial Block Party on 20th Street.

The Crow Bar, a legendary biker hangout, has gone to that big happy hour in the sky, but the annual tribute to the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally was alive and thriving Saturday. Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell was resplendent with red motorcycle, red shirt and red cowboy boots. Many in the crowd of 2,000 wore the traditional black leather and beards. But given the heat, most opted for as little clothing as possible.

The real beauty contest of the day, however, was showing off the Harleys. "That kind of puts a feminine twist on it," said Michael Higgins, who roared down from Frederick, Md. "You've got to put a macho twist on it."

This Crowd is Proud

The ninth annual Black Pride Weekend brought together gay and lesbian African Americans from across the nation. Friday's midnight cruise on the Potomac was a playful mix of dancing, lip-synching and a just a touch of striptease. Wayne Thompson, above, was one of 500 partygoers who whooped it up into the wee hours.

Fran-kly, My Dear...

Brice Marden is the art world's darling du jour, so Wednesday's opening of an exhibit of his paintings, prints and drawings at the Hirshhorn Museum brought local fans and a bevy of pals from New York. From left, designer Calvin Klein, Swiss art dealer Doris Ammann, Marden, and author Fran Leibowitz. The fact that Leibowitz deigned to leave her beloved Gotham for the nation's capital is her proof of true friendship: When asked to compare New York and Washington, she snapped: "What's the difference between New York and Arkansas?" Well, for one thing, they have manners in Arkansas.

CAPTION: Counterclockwise from above: Ben Nighthorse Campbell is ready to roll; Michael and Karen Higgins and Max Schindler soaking it in; and Air Force vet Bill Cassidy, letting his hair down.