'Choice Streets': Chow Down Outside the Intrepid

Over 20 food trucks will have a scenic spot next to the Intrepid on Pier 86 for the 3rd Annual 'Choice Streets' tasting event on May 7th.

The Village Voice's tasting events continue into Spring with 'Choice Streets', a food-truck centric tasting event that happens next week. The full lineup of trucks has been announced and its a doozey. The vendors on site will include, Big D's Grub Truck, Carl's Steaks, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, DUB Pies, Hibachi Heaven, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Korilla BBQ, Love Mamak & Lucky Yim, Luke's Lobster, Luzzo's La Pizza Napoletana, Mike N' Willie's, Moo Shu Grill, Nuchas, Shanghai Sogo, Solber Pupusas, Souvlaki GR, Sweet Chili, Taipan Fusion Express, Toum, Uncle Gussy's and Valducci's Pizza.

Luke's Lobster will be mobbed for sure, even if they only offer crab rolls and not lobster. The chain continues to expand and I've spotted a location in Bethesda Maryland. Korilla BBQ is a much-sought after truck and will also likely be mobbed but aside from the Coolhaus ice cream and Kelvin slushies, I'm not familiar with any of the other names. Fortunately, that's the draw for a foodie event like this, sampling anything and everything in sight. But this year, planners have implemented a "passport" system. Alcoholic drinks might be unlimited, but food is restricted at first. "Upon arrival, all guests will receive a passport card attached to a lanyard that will entitle them to one (1) sample from each truck (as samples last)." This may stave off crowds but I bet the lobster truck is still gonna have lines.

'Choice Streets' is a spin-off of the much lauded event, 'Choice Eats', which we attended and covered this year and is still the best event The Village Voice puts on. You can read our coverage here. We also covered 'Choice Eats' in 2012, when Andy Rourke of The Smiths, DJ'ed. Well it turns out, fans have been clamoring for him and he's been brought on board for 'Choice Streets' this year. (Rourke will also be DJ'ing an event on the 4th at Rough Trade NYC).

Hopefully the weather is nice as this event takes place outside on the Pier, alongside the Intrepid. With April being colder and rainier than most people would like, the weather may not change much in the first week of May, but we can hope. However, planners do have a rain date, May 9th, as a backup. General admission tickets to 'Choice Streets' are still available for $50 and allow access to the event from 8 to 11 pm. Visit the website here for more info and to buy tickets. Remember you want to get there as early as possible to avoid being greeted by empty-handed trucks.

Cover down, pray through: Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new installment of his Bootleg series.

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"
-- Bob Dylan, "When He Returns," 1979

Bob Dylan's career has been full of unpredictable left turns that have left fans confused, enthralled, enraged – sometimes all at once. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – accompanied by a pickup band featuring Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper – he performed his first electric set, upsetting his folk base. His 1970 album Self Portrait is full of jazzy crooning and head-scratching covers. In 1978, his self-directed, four-hour film Renaldo and Clara was released, combining concert footage with surreal, often tedious dramatic scenes. Dylan seemed to thrive on testing the patience of his fans.

Keep reading... Show less

Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

Publicity photo of Steve Coogan courtesy of Sky Consumer Comms

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

Keep reading... Show less

The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

In the latest episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the CW networks' highly acclaimed musical drama, the shows protagonist, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), is at an all time low. Within the course of five episodes she has been left at the altar, cruelly lashed out at her friends, abandoned a promising new relationship, walked out of her job, had her murky mental health history exposed, slept with her ex boyfriend's ill father, and been forced to retreat to her notoriously prickly mother's (Tovah Feldshuh) uncaring guardianship. It's to the show's credit that none of this feels remotely ridiculous or emotionally manipulative.

Keep reading... Show less

If space is time—and space is literally time in the comics form—the world of the novel is a temporal cage. Manuele Fior pushes at the formal qualities of that cage to tell his story.

Manuele Fior's 5,000 Km Per Second was originally published in 2009 and, after winning the Angouléme and Lucca comics festivals awards in 2010 and 2011, was translated and published in English for the first time in 2016. As suggested by its title, the graphic novel explores the effects of distance across continents and decades. Its love triangle begins when the teenaged Piero and his best friend Nicola ogle Lucia as she moves into an apartment across the street and concludes 20 estranged years later on that same street. The intervening years include multiple heartbreaks and the one second phone delay Lucia in Norway and Piero in Egypt experience as they speak while 5,000 kilometers apart.

Keep reading... Show less

Featuring a shining collaboration with Terry Riley, the Del Sol String Quartet have produced an excellent new music recording during their 25 years as an ensemble.

Dark Queen Mantra, both the composition and the album itself, represent a collaboration between the Del Sol String Quartet and legendary composer Terry Riley. Now in their 25th year, Del Sol have consistently championed modern music through their extensive recordings (11 to date), community and educational outreach efforts, and performances stretching from concert halls and the Library of Congress to San Francisco dance clubs. Riley, a defining figure of minimalist music, has continually infused his compositions with elements of jazz and traditional Indian elements such as raga melodies and rhythms. Featuring two contributions from Riley, as well as one from former Riley collaborator Stefano Scodanibbio, Dark Queen Mantra continues Del Sol's objective of exploring new avenues for the string quartet format.

Keep reading... Show less
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2017 All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.