Tales of the Cocktail, The Four Truths, Artscape, Pitchfork Music Festival and a Zine Fest

July 16, 2008

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…


This event is tailor made for the folks who brought you Booze Mail and Drinkies. Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans is a five-day homage to the fine art of bartending. There will be demos, mixing competitions, tastings and pairings. Last year they measured their success in garnishes: 7,250 mint leaves, 3,580 lime wedges and two tons of ice to be exact. We suggest you book a room, although the event headquarters at Hotel Monteleone is sold out.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will speak at Radio City Music Hall this afternoon on “The Four Noble Truths.” If it’s been awhile since you took Buddhism 101, they are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the truth of the path to the cessation of suffering. Even though the teaching will be in Tibetan, we’re positive it will make more sense coming from His Holiness. (No need to suffer over language barriers though, they will give an English translation via FM headsets).


Baltimore’s Artscape celebrates 27 years of visual and performing arts this year. Always free and always large, there will be a feast of dance, opera, theater, fashion, film and classical music to consume. Artscape happens rain or shine, and this year it joins the DIY craft revolution with 50 tables of offerings for your shopping pleasure. Bring the kids but not your pets!


Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival (P4K) is the antidote to the blockbuster festivals that cost “obscene amounts of money.” P4K at Union Park aims to deliver a reasonably priced, comfortable environment to get your groove on this summer. To that end, they offer three days, three stages and 40 independent bands and artists. A three-day pass will set you back a whopping $65. If that’s not enough to get you to turn off MTV, consider that the Goose Island beer cup you’ll be drinking from is made from corn.


Last weekend we went to San Francisco for DIY craft heaven, this week we’ll return for DIY zines. The SF Zine Fest has a new location in its seventh year, the County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park. This celebration of small press, zines and comics features more than 100 creators selling, trading and sharing their goods. What would a quality zine fest be without a bookbinding workshop?

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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