2. Fertile Ground
Not everything we've seen has been stellar (in the dance-installation piece A House to Call Our House, Julia Calabrese's arm-swinging quickly turned from entrancing to mind-numbing), but this 11-day festival of new works is a wild and wooly paradise for performance junkies. As an uncurated festivalâmeaning anyone can participate if they meet the application deadlineâit's madcap and unpredictable. Our recommendations so far: The Huntsmen, R3, (...) and International Falls (which will be reviewed in Wednesday's paper).
He got it when he was a little kid and still has it. It looks less like a Jersey Shore douche than its owner.
Sure, it got wanky and overstuffed really fast, but for one brief flashânamely, the span of time between its first EP and Rick Rubin-produced debut albumâthe prog-punk behemoths were the most intensely visceral live act of the early '00s. Godspeed, you Afro-topped emperors!
5. Upright Brewingâs Fatali Four
This barrel-aged saison is punched up with the addition of searing fatalii chilis and earthy brettanomyces yeasts to create a brew that is slightly spicy, slightly sour and entirely delicious.
6. The Stone Roses Headlining Coachella
Who the heck had to drop out for that to happen? This is America, goddamn it! Keep your 20-year-old Britpop in Britain!
7. Vietnamese Diner Slop
Weâve got one of the best Vietnamese restaurant scenes in the country, but San Francisco still schools us big-time in cheap-as-sin, artery-clogging, meat-stacked rice hashes at hole-in-the-wall, BYOB, cash-only mom-and-pop Vietnamese diners mysteriously named âCordon Bleu.â We hyphenate, therefore we donât kid. Itâs awesome. If your Polish mom were Vietnamese (or vice versa), this is what sheâd make you.
8. Mi Mero Moleâs Super Bowl Tamales
The Thanksgiving tamales were bomb, yo. We think they might have won our blind tamale taste-off if they were available all the time. Instead, they're for special occasions, like America's holiest day, Super Bowl Sunday.
An eerie and frightening experience, as Portlandia animates all of our deepest fears and simultaneously showcases our stupidest office junk while filming at our office.
No, seriously. This happened.