Friday September 26th, 2014

The first day of fall was this week, but just because summer is over doesn't mean your fun has to be. Here's our round-up of the best things to watch, eat, do, and buy this weekend, and not a single one of them has the words "pumpkin spice" in it anywhere.

things to watch
    Ryder Cup
    Friday, Golf Channel | Saturday and Sunday, NBC
    There is no more exciting golf tournament than the Ryder Cup. It’s brasher and bawdier than the Majors; the crowd is rowdier, the trash talk more intense, the haircuts more… ill-advised. And this year, for the first time, every match will be televised in the United States. It’s the perfect opportunity to shout “GET IN THE HOLE” (and then “that’s what she said”) at your roommates.

    André 3000 revolutionized music as half of hip-hop duo Outkast, and now he’s portraying another musical game-changer in the Jimi Hendrix biopic opening this weekend. The film focuses on Hendrix-before-he-was-Hendrix, from 1966-67, when he was still an unknown. This means you won’t hear any iconic Hendrix songs, but that’s probably for the best; according to the AV Club, this atypical take on a celebrity biopic allows the story to focus on character relationships. It’s a movie worth seeing, even if reviewers generally agree it’s only all right all right all right all right all right all right…

    Saturday 11:00 | NBC
    There are two reasons you should tune in to NBC this weekend to catch the season premier of Saturday Night Live. One: Michael Che will make his debut as the new cohost of Weekend Update. Have you seen how good his Letterman set was? Two: America’s Sweetheart, Chris Pratt is hosting. I know you loved him in Guardians of the Galaxy, because it’s impossible not to. Look at how adorable he and Kate McKinnon are in this promo:

things to eat
    Seattle, WA
    The food item you might associate Denver Nugget Nate Robinson with is probably the Taco Bell XXL Crispy Steak Taco, but this weekend you should eat some food that actually has some sort of nutritional value. Robinson’s got you covered with his Seattle namesake, Nate’s Wings and Waffles. The NBA star teamed up with chef Darren McGill to open the new restaurant this month, featuring items like bacon rosemary waffles and Vietnamese pandan waffles that use green coconut. If you’re going to think outside the bun, maybe think of a waffle, instead.

    The Funnel Dog
    Arvest Ballpark | Springdale, AR
    It’s a classic problem – you want to eat a meal, but you also want to eat dessert. What kind of horrible Sophie’s choice is this?! Well now you don’t have to decide, thanks to the minor league team the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. They’ve ingeniously put a hot dog INSIDE a funnel cake and created a little something I like to call a dinnersert (that’s dinner and dessert at the same time). You can find out more about the Funnel Dog right here.

    BURGERFI | Florida, New York
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s important for you to have lots of it, whenever you want, at any hour of the day. Enter BURGERFI’s Breakfast All Day burger. They start with a natural Angus burger. They add American cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, maple syrup from our Canadian friends, a fried egg, a hash brown – because of deliciousness – onions, ketchup and then sit it all on a BURGERFI-buttered, BURGERFI-branded Martin’s potato roll. NBA star Mike Miller is a franchise owner. If a pro athlete endorses it, it must be healthy, right? Right?

Things to do
    NFL UK on Regent Street
    Saturday | London, UK
    Ugh, you want to enjoy NFL season but you’re stuck in stupid London, where the word football doesn’t even mean the same thing? Not a problem. This weekend London’s Regent Street will be shut down all day for a block party celebrating the NFL games taking place at Wembley Stadium. Festivities include live appearances from Dolphins and Raiders players, the Raiderettes, the debut of NFL Lab, allowing visitors to measure themselves at NFL skills, a mini-NFL field with participation events, and “American inspired foods.” So if you’ve ever wanted to taste England’s attempt at a jalapeño popper, this is probably the event for you.

    Global Citizen Festival
    Saturday | New York, NY
    Wanna see a bunch of great musical acts AND prove to everyone on Facebook that you’re, like, a really good person? Head to the Global Citizen Festival in NYC, which rewards charitable people with tickets to a lineup that includes Jay Z, The Roots, fun., Sting, and No Doubt’s first show together in years. Tickets are going to be hard to come by if you don’t already have them, but it’s in Central Park, so odds are good if you just go, you’ll be able to set up a blanket and listen from the outside. Starting your own mosh pit might be more difficult, though.

Things To Buy
    FIFA 15
    EA Sports | Starting from $29.99
    You’re starting to experience World Cup withdrawal symptoms, but the kind folks at EA have a fix for you – this week the gaming giant released FIFA 15, which is probably the biggest soccer video game to come out this week. The new version includes cleaner graphics with an aesthetically realistic field, improved player responsiveness, and neat tweaks to the stadium audience. It’s mostly similar to the older versions of FIFA, ‘cause if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But the new features will be a solid improvement for hard-core FIFA fans and will allow them to keep avoiding actually playing sports in real life. You can read our full review right here.

    Cassette Store Day Festival
    Saturday | Miami, FL
    If you like Record Store Day but think it’s just not insufferable enough, boy does Miami have the thing for you. This is the second year that audiotape-only record label Cheap Miami has sponsored this event, which “aims to promote scene solidarity with live local tuneage and exclusive tape releases.” Cheap Miami’s Patrick Garcia says, "Tape has a fuzzier sound similar to vinyl, which works well with a lot of rock 'n' roll and even electronic music. They're small, compact, and rare. They're collectibles." Well. Kind of.

    Neil Sagebiel | $11.04, Amazon Kindle
    Yesterday we told you about the (in)famous 1969 Ryder Cup, which ended in a draw after a major good-guy move from Jack Nicklaus. Now, you can read the full story in this book by Neil Sagebiel. The book, which recounds “the most compelling, controversial, and contentious Ryder Cup the sport has ever seen,” came out earlier this month and will be the perfect activity for you to do during commercial breaks while you’re watching this year’s Ryder Cup.

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