The Weekend Preview: Your weekly list of things to watch, eat, do, and buy for October 24th
You only have one more weekend of fun before Halloween, when we're all forced to lock ourselves in our homes because it's the 24-hour period where all crime is legal. Oh wait... I confused Halloween with the movie The Purge again. Enjoy your weekend anyway with this list of cool stuff to watch, eat, do, and buy (assuming you're not letting your whole life revolve around the World Series, like we are).
You’ve already watched Survivor’s Remorse, the Starz original series executive produced by LeBron James, but now you can experience a more informative LeBron show with Becoming on the Disney Channel. Becoming is a kids’ docu-series profiling some of today’s top athletes, and before you think you’re too good to watch a show on the Disney Channel, remember that it's the home of Gravity Falls, the best show on TV.
Between ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fox’s Gotham, network TV is really embracing the superhero franchise. NBC is trying to join the party with tonight’s series premier of Constantine, DC Comics’ occult detective. You should watch it tonight because based on the reviews it looks like it won’t be on TV for very long. This might be your last chance.
Professional wrestling often gets a bad rap, but in reality it’s one of the most masterful forms of storytelling on TV today. Do you like Breaking Bad? Do you like telenovelas? Then you’ll like wrestling. We rounded up some documentaries that break down the complicated world of professional wrestling into bite-sized pieces for new viewers like you. You’re welcome.
Atlanta celebrates the most fun activity (binge-eating) with this three-day food and drink festival in Midtown. Ninety restaurants are represented at the festival, which also features something called a “Meat Brawl,” so you should probably go just to find out what that is. Now in its 13th year, Taste of Atlanta features guest appearances from celebrity chefs, hands-on cooking classes, and a competition to find “the best bartender in America.” Try not to get lost — Atlanta has a bad track record with maps.
With more than 300 varieties of whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and cordials, Pittsburgh’s 8th annual Whiskey and Spirits Festival is sure to be… full of drunk people. But you’re getting wasted for a good cause — proceeds from ticket sales benefit Team Tassy, a nonprofit that helps fight poverty in Haiti. If you’re going to be drunk in Pennsylvania, you’re better off in Pittsburgh than Philly.
Finally, art geeks and sports geeks have something to agree on. Brooklyn’s Kymberle Project has assembled some of the coolest pieces of basketball art for its 5-On-5 Art Show, running now through November 6. Eli Neugeboren, an artist and one of the co-curators of the show, talked to The Classical about the inspiration behind it: “I had always drawn athletes and basketball players more than any other sport, but this was the first time I saw some art that was basketball-oriented and wasn't Peter Max-type schlock for the memorabilia set…. That little lightbulb turned into arena lights and I realized there was a place for my hoops art to live.” You get major cool-points for liking basketball and knowing about up-and-coming artists before they make it big, so there’s literally no reason not to go.
This week, Peyton Manning celebrated his record 509th career scoring pass, and the fanfare was adorable (staged or not). Now you can be a part of this historic moment thanks to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Manning’s record-setting football is now on display there as part of the Pro Football Today exhibit. Maybe if you stand close to the football, you’ll become a better athlete. Training by osmosis. Look it up.
This three-day festival brings together some of today’s biggest musical acts and motivational speakers in downtown Las Vegas. Lineup includes OutKast, The Flaming Lips, The Foo Fighters, Matt & Kim, Skrillex, Lionel Richie and Kanye West (who, fortunately, is only doing music and not motivational speaking). Among the speakers is Isaiah Austin, the honorary draftee in the 2014 NBA draft who was unable to play professionally due to a genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome.
Sports Illustrated has polled its basketball experts, including Jack McCallum, Chris Ballard, Alexander Wolff, Lee Jenkins, Ian Thomsen, Chris Mannix and Mark Bechtel, to determine the Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stunning photography and classic stories from SI's archives. This is the best of the best in the NBA, or, more simply, Basketball's Greatest. And I’m not just saying that because I work here (although I did steal our product description word-for-word because come on... do I have to do everything myself?).
If you don’t like these new sneakers from award-winning designer Mary Katrantzou for Adidas, there is something wrong with you. The line includes performance-inspired gear and literally the coolest sneakers I have ever seen in my entire life. BRB, cashing in my 401K so I can get all of them.
In an episode of Just Shoot Me, George Segal’s character demands that someone bring him an issue of SkyMall so he can see if that stuff is as interesting when he’s not on a plane. We’ve assembled this collection of the weirdest sports merchandise in SkyMall, and we’ve determined that no, it’s definitely not.
A new father is putting his son’s soccer allegiance up for auction to raise money for charity, letting the highest bidder decide whether 7-month-old Eddie Charters will root for Manchester United or Manchester City. You can read more about it right here.