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The Weekend Preview: Your weekly list of things to do, eat, watch, and buy for January 9th

After a brief hiatus, the Weekend Preview is back in action for 2015. The Polar Vortex is back, and it's too cold for you to stand in the snow trying to Google fun stuff to do this weekend. So check out this handy guide and be prepared.

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. Deep Winter Photo Challenge

Saturday | Whistler, BC

If you’re on a ski vacation this weekend, why not add a little culture to your trip? The Deep Winter Photo Challenge tasks six of the ski and snowboard industries’ top photographers to create a five-minute slideshow to present to a crowd of 1200 people in three days. The winner receives $5,000 and a spot in Arc’teryx’s ‘King of Dolomites’ photo competition in Italy this February.

. National Western Stock Show opening weekend

Saturday and Sunday | Denver, CO

Now in it’s 109th year, the National Western Stock Show again opens its doors this weekend in Colorado. The event is Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned, so plan on doing plenty of eating while you watch some of the nation’s best rodeo events. Former Denver Nugget Chauncey Billups will serve as the 2015 Parade Grand Marshall. Other events include a chainsaw demonstration, a Mexican Rodeo, and “An Afternoon with Llamas/Alpacas.” Who’d want to miss that?

. Rollersoccer

Season begins Saturday | London, UK

This sounds safe. Rollersoccer season kicks off this Sunday in England. What is rollersoccer, you ask? Well, it’s indoor soccer played on roller blades. This is the sport’s 10-year anniversary, and newcomers are welcome. If you think this sounds dangerous (can’t imagine why) and you’d just like to watch, spectators are welcome, too.

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. Pasadena Cheeseburger Week

Sunday | Los Angeles, CA

Finally, a real American holiday. Considered the birthplace of the cheeseburger, Pasadena will be celebrating its Cheeseburger Week starting this Sunday. Over 35 LA joints will participate in the festival, offering signature burgers (some of which were created specifically for this week) and other deals. The Cheeseburger Challenge allows participants to vote for their favorite burger of the week. Unfortunately, participating in this holiday will likely force you to listen to Jimmy Buffet.

. The Big Game Burger

Lambeau Field | Wisconsin

We know you’re all amped up for the NFL playoffs, and the Packers have provided a very special way for you to keep warm. The Big Game Burger will run you $20, but it’s a total steal when you consider the fact that it weighs 3 1/2 lbs. and contains three kinds of meat. For more details, including the staggering calorie count, check out our Concession Food Item of the Week.

. Newcastle and Doritos

Grocery stores near you

It’s hard for a beer company to get an ad in the Super Bowl, especially when your beer company isn’t called “Budweiser” or “Coors.” But the clever marketing staff at Newcastle thinks they’ve found a way. They entered Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest (which asks fans to create a Doritos commercial that will run during the Super Bowl) to try to get some guaranteed ad time during the most highly-coveted four hours of the advertising year. Unfortunately, they weren’t selected as one of the finalists, but you can still enjoy Newcastle at home. And pick up some Doritos while you’re at it, since they provided the platform for this hilarity.

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. Taken 3

Opens Friday

I think we can all agree that Taken was the best movie of all time, hands-down. The trilogy comes to an end this weekend, as Liam Neeson is accused of killing his wife and must find the real killer to clear his name. In case you forgot how gosh-dang cool Neeson is, check out this video he made for the Wizards-Knicks game.

. Golden Globes

Sunday 8:00 EST | NBC

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes for the third year in a row this Sunday. After you watch Peyton Manning’s Broncos take on (formerly) Peyton Manning’s Colts, tune in to NBC to see the only actually funny awards show hosts in the game. And if you’d like to think about how the awards show could be presented in a different way, here’s our list of a several athletes we think could host the Golden Globes.

. The Winning Season

New on Netflix

Among Netflix’s new titles is 2009’s The Winning Season, starring Sam Rockwell as an alcoholic dishwasher tasked with coaching a high school basketball team. The film premiered at Sundance and then had a limited theatrical run. If you missed it in theaters, you’ve got another chance to watch it in the comfort of your own sweatpants.

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. Funk of Titans XONE

$12.49 | XBOX Store

What do you get when you combine Greek mythology and Funk music? A really cool history professor, and XBOX One’s Funk of Titans. According to, “Three different worlds based around pop, rap, and rock have been taken over by musical titans, and Zeus sends the warrior Perseus to defeat them all and liberate the land.” As you move through the landscape as Perseus, you collect records which serve as currency to unlock new features. If this game really takes off, maybe we’ll see Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars collaborate on Olympus Funk.

. Kobe 9 Elite “What The”

$275 |

Nike’s “What The” concept has been around for seven years now, and it’s only getting better. This Sunday sees the release of the Kobe 9 Elite “What The,” which brings together the best elements of previous Kobe 9 models (which is what gives the “What The” shoes their mashup look). According to, “The sneaker is made up of a white base with a multicolored medley on the flyknit upper, inner lining, ankle, and tongue. The loud design is finished off with reflective tonal graphics on the ankle, black panels, and a speckled white sole.” Get it before they’re gone!

. A pay-what-you-can soccer ticket

Price varies | Inverness Caledonian Thistle

A Scottish soccer team is looking to increase ticket sales by allowing fans to pay what they can for tickets. According to BBC Sport, another club tried a similar strategy last season, resulting in a 160 percent increase in ticket sales for the soccer club. You can pay so little for tickets, it will offset the price of a plane ticket to Scotland! Do it!

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