The Weekend Preview: Your weekly list of things to watch, eat, do, and buy for September 12th
The weather is cooling off, but Extra Mustard's Weekend Preview is just heating up. We're back with your list of cool things to do, eat, watch, and buy this weekend, and unlike the stock models in the photo above, they don't have anything to do with crowding around your buddy's laptop on the back of an old pickup to watch a pirated copy of America's Next Top Model.
Tickets are still available for the final stop of the PGA Tour, the TOUR Championshio by Coca-Cola. This weekend is your last chance to catch the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, and Bubba Watson duke it out on the links. This could be your last chance to be that annoying guy who yells “GET IN THE HOLE” on TV. Go. Live your destiny.
Hey, do you listen to music? Do you like a band? Even one? Great, then you’ll like Chicago Riot Fest, because seemingly every musician in the world is there. Riot Fest started as a punk festival, so of course you’ve got classics like NOFX, Social Distortion, and the Dropkick Murphys, but, just like me after middle school, Riot Fest’s musical repertoire has expanded to include the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Tegan and Sara, and The Cure, so there’s really something for everyone (including academics: Henry Rollins is moderating a Pussy Riot panel).
In a world divided over issues of class and gender, The Simpsons are a universal good. Take your fandom to the next level with this special three-day event at the Hollywood Bowl featuring your favorite scenes from The Simpsons with soundtrack provided by a live orchestra. Matt Groening will be there in person, along with performers Conan O’Brien, Weird Al, Jon Lovitz, and others.
Now that you’ve had a couple months break after the World Cup, are you ready to jump right back into soccer? EA Sports has your back. The video game giant released a playable demo this week of their FIFA ’14 game, set to release later this month.
EA’s demo is great, but if you want to play a full game of something, check out the FanNation Fantasy Football Throwdown game. With even more ways to challenge your friends head-to-head every week, you can spend even more quality time with your computer.
If you’re not in or around New York City this week, hop on the next plane, because the Vendy Awards are happening. This festival on Governor’s Island features NYC’s best street-food vendors in a competition to be crowned the best in the city. Competitors for the top spot include The Cinnamon Snail, Desi Food Truck (the obvious choice, IMO), El Rey Del Taco, Lechonera La Pirana, and Nuchas. Other categories include Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, and Best Market Vendor. But at the end of the day, the real winner of the Vendy Awards is everyone.
Are you hungry? No… like… really hungry. No… like really REALLY hungry. Like… eat-a-four-pound-cheeseburger hungry? Great, then the Fan vs. Food burger from the Tampa Bay Rays is for you. We’ve made available for you the list of ingredients (yay!) and the calorie count (boooo).
James Gandolfini is one of the most prolific posthumous actors of all time. The movies just keep coming. The Drop, starring Gandolfini alongside Tom Hardy, was released this week. From MovieFone, “THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (TOM HARDY) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (JAMES GANDOLFINI), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past.”
*Zilla is what his close friends call him
Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder yesterday, and guilty of culpable homicide today. CBS is breaking down the crime, the trial, and the verdict, in what will undoubtedly be a tasteful and not-at-all-exploitative 48 Hours special called “Blade Runner: The Verdict.” With a name like that, it shouldn’t be sensationalized at all.
If you love going to sporting goods stores but you’re not very athletic, don’t worry – Dick’s Sporting Goods is still happy to accept your money. We’ve rounded up the 11 least-sportsy things available for purchase at Dick’s. Hope you like French Fries and wedge sneakers.
Nike’s “What The” collection has always been their most schizophrenic shoes. The shoes combine multiple styles and patterns, and the insufferable art student in me would call them “postmodern” (I’m sorry). From Nike’s website: For 2014, the LEBRON 11 “What the LeBron” remixes eight product design elements from past LeBron signature shoes, along with 20 different graphics and colors from previous editions. A cornucopia of inspiration, it features some of the most popular details rooted in innovation and storytelling, setting James’s shoes apart. You’ll see 28 different elements, from the tongue detailing of the LEBRON VII to the Akron map on the LEBRON V.