The Weekend Preview: Your weekly list of things to watch, eat, do, and buy for September 19th
You're gearing up to head into fall, and Extra Mustard is gearing up to head into the weekend. Here are our recommendations for things to watch, eat, do, and buy this weekend. Come on, what else have you got going on?
There is no better way to watch The Coen Brothers’ masterpiece than with a live score provided by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and the Wordless Music Orchestra. At 50 feet, the United Palace Theater's screen is the second largest in New York City. If you don’t have any tickets already you might be out of luck – to discourage scalping, tickets are available for pick up at Will Call only. But, it’s New York. I’m sure you can find some somewhere.
You like sci-fi. You like Christoph Waltz. So this movie is right up your alley. From IMDB: "Set in a future London, The Zero Theorem stars Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. He lives in isolation in a burnt-out chapel, waiting for a phone call which he is convinced will provide him with answers he has long sought."
Even if you don’t like celebrity culture, it’s impossible to escape news of American Royalty, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. This weekend, their On the Run concert film premieres on HBO, and you might as well just watch it because you’re going to be hearing about it for days anyway. And if you can’t wait until Saturday to watch the coolest couple in music just be cool, then you can check out the newest video they’ve released in advance of the premiere by filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch.
It’s September, and you know what that means – Oktoberfest! (for some reason…) Get the festivities started with LA’s week-long celebration of the world’s best brews. Head down to Chinatown to sample more than 35 breweries from LA and around the world. While you’re there, you can eat The Paniolo Burger, which features “grass-fed organic beef, English oak smoked cheddar, Niman Ranch bacon, Kona coffee bourbon BBQ sauce, and beer battered onion rings. Get complimentary organic Russet or sweet potato fries when you purchase this combo and mention 'LA Beer Week'."
Good news for Saints fans – Mercedes-Benz Superdome has a new way for you to get fat… err, I mean, enjoy the game. The Opening Act at Champions Square is a giant sports bar where you can stuff your face and watch your team. They serve traditional sports bar fare, and they’re introducing the Saints’ Pigskin po-boy, which is stuffed with pork belly braised in cane syrup topped with corn relish. If you mad fancy, you can opt for the Dome’s Club XLIV, which serves a chicken and waffle sandwich, the Gulf shrimp and grit cake, and duck fat fries.
Pretty self-explanatory. It’s a festival about bacon. Menu items include Bacon Cheddar Chili Stuffed Dogs, Bacon Popcorn, and Bacon on a Stick. So, you know, probably the social event of the summer.
All right, so these items might or might not still exist at the Bears' home in Chicago, but you can always think about them when you're alone at night. The three little pigs come from the three kinds of pig meat found in the dish, which you can read more about right here.
If you’re sick of music festivals populated by hippie girls with crowns made out of flowers, then rapper Common has a show for you. His hip-hop festival has an insane lineup, including Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, and Jay Electronica. Also on the bill is “A very special surprise guest.” No official statements have been released (because that would… you know… ruin the surprise), but the arts charity Donda’s House is involved in the show. You might better know Dr. Donda West as Kanye’s mom. Oh, and also, the show is hosted by Dave Chappelle, who has also had Kanye guest-spot on his show. So you know. That’s a possibility.
To celebrate Oktoberfest, 96 wiener dogs wearing costumes are going to race in our nation’s capitol. The event is free and there is literally not one single reason not to go to it. No word if Kanye will also make a special appearance here, but hey. It could happen.
The MGM Grand Las Vegas is home to the iHeartRadio music festival, whose lineup includes Weezer, Usher, Ariana Grande, 50 Cent, Lorde, and Mötley Crue, among others. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find out more about Weezer’s highly-anticipated new album. If you’re unlucky, you’ll be forced to listen to Iggy Azalea perform.
These sneakers offer a cultural twist on the traditional slip-on. From the Vans website: In Mexico's incredible wealth of indigenous history, the Huichol have their place as a native people that have survived Franciscan mission and Spanish colonialism and retained their language and customs throughout the centuries. In the mountainous regions of Jalisco and Nayarit they continue to live much as they have, largely isolated from and sometimes mingling with modern life. Known for their yarn painting and objects decorated with beads, Huichol art is an intricate craft blending embroidery, beading and color into inimitable pieces. In a prolific Vault collaboration, Vans celebrates Huichol tradition with a Classic Slip-On LX and Sk8-Hi LX donning the vibrant hues of a vibrant culture.
Look, we’ll be honest. This has been a rough couple of weeks for football fans. It’s hard to sing the praises of a sport that can seem so dastardly at times. Steve Almond addresses these issues in his new book, Against Football. From Amazon: In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions … There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.” It’s a book that’s relevant now more than ever.