It's that time again... time to give up on your New Year's resolution, kick back on the couch, and watch the NFL playoffs. And while you're at it, we've assembled some other fun things for you to do in our Weekend Preview! Check 'em out:
Finally, the seminal film Space Jam is getting the artistic treatment it deserves. Artist Devin Troy Strothers has brought back Jordan and the Monstars in this New York exhibit, also titled Space Jam. The exhibit covers Space Jam and offers a broader perspective on the whole world of basketball, combining sport and art in one fell swoop. To see our review of the exhibit, click here.
With the advent of home gaming systems and ever-improving technology, games like pinball have faded into the background. But this weekend, Southern California celebrates the world of Wreck-It-Ralph in this three-day expo. Visitors can expect to play more than 500 pinball machines and classic arcade games, plus movie screenings, seminars, and tournaments. Finally, you can insult your opponents in person and not just through a headset.
The country’s best sketch comedy teams descend upon the Windy City this weekend to warm you up with laughter. Originally started by Chicago-based comic Brian Posen in 2002, the festival now runs over two weekends and features hundreds of performers, including writers for shows like Late Night, Saturday Night Live, and Reno 911. Head to one of the festival’s four theaters this weekend, because honestly it’s way too cold for you to be outside right now.
Whether you’re a Seahawks fan or a Packers fan, you can celebrate this weekend’s playoff game with a Bam Bam Kam Turkey Leg from Seattle’s CenturyLink field. Named after Seahawks All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor, this Renaissance Faire-style turkey leg is actually one of the healthier items we’ve ever featured in our Concession Food Item of the Week column, where you can find out more about this delicious piece of meat.
All About Beer is kicking off their 2015 series of festivals in Columbia, SC with The World Beer Festival, featuring over 200 craft & specialty beers from around the world. All About Beer’s mission is about appreciating the art and craftsmanship that is beer, so the festival offers more than just a pint glass. Patrons can attend seminars on the history and production of beer, learn the best way to pair beer with cheese and other foods, and take part in beer culture. If you’re hungry, there’s plenty of food available, including grilled Bratwurst, Hefeweizen bringed pork tenderloin medallions, spaetzel, and more. Or, if you just want to drink the beer, that’s perfectly acceptable, too.
To show support for the Packers, a French restaurant in Milwaukee, WI have created their own version of the macaron cookie called - what else? - the Packeron cookie. Essentially, they’ve taken a yellow macaron and smooshed it together with a green macaron to double the deliciousness of a single cookie. Even if you’re not a Packers fan, you should eat one, because… you know. Cookies.
The first of Ari Shaffir’s three Comedy Central projects this winter debuts tonight. His hour-long special, Ari Shaffir: Paid Regular, premieres tonight and will be available on the Comedy Central App tomorrow, January 17th. In the special, Shaffir covers topics from UFC fights to personal autonomy on the stage of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Shaffir says, “I watched a million shows. And I learned most of what I’ve learned as a comedian from being in that room.” Watch the special, and maybe learn a little something, yourself.
Jack Cadigan, a point guard on the Medfield (Mass.) High School basketball team, has been named Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete of the Month. While on a mission trip to Haiti, Cadigan’s cardiologist father diagnosed him with a hole in his heart that needed immediate medical attention. Cadigan underwent surgery and a lot of rehab, making a full recovery which allowed him to play for his high school basketball team. When he heard that the same EKG machine that had diagnosed him in Haiti found a heart defect in a young girl there, he knew he wanted to reach out and help her get treatment. You can see the full story right here.
Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? Spare Parts tells the true story of a group of Hispanic students from Arizona who enter a robotics competition against the likes of MIT. There are some familiar faces (Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei, and George Lopez), but also a host of refreshing new talent, including Carlos PenaVega, Jose Julian, David Del Rio, and Oscar Gutierrez. At a time when #OscarsSoWhite is trending, why not see a movie spearheaded by Hispanic actors?
Philadelphia’s Meek Mill might not have a gold record yet, but he’s making up for it with his new gold and silver kicks for Puma. The 24k White Gold Collections features two different classic Pumas in new metallic colorways with a suede upper, translucent midsole, and a gold and silver patent formstripes. Let’s hope that this is just the first in a long and happy relationship between these two, because everything they touch turns to gold.
The full title of this novel is The Serup: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms, and Reality TV, and it shows how truth is sometimes way stranger than fiction. After hearing about a Private Investigator firm staffed entirely by soccer moms, reporter Pete Crooks quickly learned that the firm was a sham and they were after something else. This is his exposé on the organization. From the synopsis: “He soon found himself deep in the underbelly of fake sting operations, wannabe celebrities, police corruption, drug-dealing, reality television, double-crossing employees, and more twists and turns.” Sounds pretty compelling, no?
Are you a fan of tailgating and the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI team? Well, you’re in luck! Because a camper van decked out for that year’s team just hit Craigslist. The camper was made in 1988 and features 2002’s Super Bowl logo as well as shout-outs to Patriots stars Troy Brown, Richard Seymour, and Tedy Brushi. What a deal!