All local today for your guide to what’s going on this weekend:
So is VHS the new vinyl? Has it finally been gone long enough that it’s cool again? We’ll find out tomorrow when Severed Sinema — the horror film club at the Sherman Theater — hosts its first annual VHS Horror Convention at the theater to go along with its third annual Short Film Night. Many of the short films are from local filmmakers. But I’d love to know how the VHS Convention goes, it starts at 3 p.m. My VHS days ended pretty abruptly, when, in a span of about two months, I sold a bunch of my old VHS tapes on eBay and then we got rid of our VCR. My biggest sale on eBay was selling Cool Surface in 2004 for $26. I bought it for $1 in 2000 when my old reliable video store, McDonald’s Video in Clarks Summit, went out of business. (Bonus point for anyone that can hit the comments and tell me why anyone would pay $26 for a VHS copy of Cool Surface, a movie you’ve most likely never heard of, but people like me searched out.) I still have a about a dozen VHS tapes of movies that haven’t been released on DVD yet but I have nothing to watch them on. Guess that kinda defeats the purpose. I still love VHS because (and I’ve said this before, sorry if you’re sick of hearing it) it’s one of the two pop culture items that was born, grew, dominated, peaked and fell into obscurity in my lifetime. The other is the MTV Video Awards. Sorry, MTV, it’s true.
Did you know it’s American Craft Beer Week? Well it is. I know for two reasons: 1. I’m going to a fancy-schmancy beer fest down in Media tomorrow with a couple friends (and PopRox fans, nothing like padding those clicks) that works in conjunction with the week. 2. I’ve been seeing a lot on Barley Creek’s Charity Hombrew Contest and Family BBQ at 6 p.m. tonight. Sounds like a cool event. There are homebrew contests with 30 entrants, and the Brushey Mountain Brewery has a couple beers entered, so they say. It looks like it’s all BYO — beer, food, grill. Barley Creek is just housing the event. It goes til 9, and the winners of the homebrew contests will receive free entry into the Barley Creek Mug Club for 2012.
Dream of Fire is at Sarah Street in Stroudsburg tonight at 10. One of my favorite local bands.
And another local band making good — Turning Down Harvard. It’s playing at Bamboozle, another festival weekend I’ve always wanted to go to but never have. And if there was ever a year that I would have went, it would have been Saturday’s Foo Fighters/My Chemical Romance bill. The fact that West End-based Turning Down Harvard is also playing Saturday would be a bonus. These guys sound like they know what they’re doing, even if getting to play at one of the 10 biggest American music festivals still comes as a little bit of a shock to them. Good luck guys! Sherman Theater favorites Less Than Jake plays Saturday as well, and Patent Pending plays Sunday.
I made a big deal last year when Sarah Street got the
NTN Buzztime game board system, so it’s my pleasure to mention that Pocono Brewing Company in Swiftwater has added it as well. Sah-weet. I’m a huge, huge, Buzztime fan. I spent a good couple of years completely addicted to it. Found out the hard way the game boards don’t work on PBC’s back deck, and since it’s new, it hasn’t caught on yet at the bar. I felt bad enough that I didn’t transfer my career points over to there — yet. It doesn’t look right when the high score is like 15,000 points, then I’d be throwing in my 1.27 million points. It scares people off. But since PBC is often a Friday happy hour choice of mine, I’d imagine I’ll be transferring them over soon. My game name is “SHARK” so if you see me signed up and playing, feel free to grab a board and talk smack when you beat me.
Pups and Trucks. That just sounds funny.
Plenty of racing this weekend. I’ve become the adventure/extreme racing person here for some reason, so I’ve studied and written all about the races that are coming to the Poconos this year. I’m in decent shape and think I could manage to not embarrass myself in most of them, but there are three of these races I would want no part of — and two of them are this weekend, the Civilian Military Combine at Camelback on Saturday and the Run for the Red Marathon on Sunday. I run about 5 miles a day, three or four times a week, and it’s boring as all giddy-up. Unless I have Angel at 7 a.m. or SportsCenter at 8 a.m. to distract me, I’m toast. So to run four about 4 hours without a TV in front of me just isn’t appealing. Maybe someday. The combine thing looks crazy hard. Forget about the lifting element in it, which I think I would be OK on, but the course makes you run up Camelback Mountain not once but twice. Twice! Who does that? Crazy people, that’s who. Crazy people in ridiculously good shape. If you finish either of those, you have my personal hat-tip.
Different kind of racing Saturday night. Van Gilder’s Jubilee will be hosting the Pocono Raceway NASCAR Viewing Party for the race in Darlington starting at 7 p.m. The track started the viewing party series earlier this year to get out to its people and try to get a NASCAR buzz going before the Pocono weekend, which is right around the corner on June 10. This is the only local stop for the viewing party, unless you count Quaker Steak in Dickson City where my buddy Pat is a manager. Mmmmm, Quaker Steak.