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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All at Terminal 5

 Odd Future fans trying to get backstage

Wolf Gang, Golf Wang

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—aka OFWGKTA, aka Odd Future—put on one of the craziest shows I’ve ever seen. On October 19th, 2011 at Terminal 5, while the wind and rain raged outside, OFWGKTA and a mob of fans raged within.

Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats kicked off the show by rapping from the second floor VIP area, then stage diving into the crowd below. As the show continued, people moshed and crowd surfed, though the moshing took down a few would-be surfers. One crowd surfer fell into a mosh pit and I was sure he’d gotten trampled to death. If you’re worried, he’s probably okay, I didn’t see any dead bodies from the 2nd floor as I was waiting for the coat check to clear out after the show.

The mosh pit basically consisted of the entire first floor. Even if you weren’t moshing, you had to kick some ass and stomp on some toes if you wanted to stay towards the front. By the way, if you’re reading this, sorry to the person I accidentally elbowed in the head. That was my bad. Also to the guys smoking a joint behind me, thanks for the contact high and thanks for not accidentally burning me.

I have to say, the show was intense, but I’ve seen worse shit happen at a No Doubt concert. I heard more talk about getting into a fight than I saw actual fighting. For the most part, OFWGKTA fans are crazy, but in a fun way, not to the point of serious violence. Just like the music, it’s loud and offensive, but it’s all in good fun.

If you want to get a feel for what the show was like, check out this video of that epic stage diving:

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How to Celebrate Bastille Day

Although I was lucky enough to be able to attend an early Bastille Day Festival in Brooklyn last Sunday, I’ve got some great ideas if you want to get into the spirit but don’t have any festivities going on where you live. If you can’t make it out to a French restaurant (which will surely have something going on) or would just rather do your own thing at home, here are some tips to make the day extra festive.

Food and France are synonymous, and nothing is going to put you in a French mood like cooking and eating a great French meal. Why don’t you grab some friends and make it a cooking party, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Some super yummy (but easy-ish) recipes include:

 

Petanque originated in 1907 in the south of France and is currently played by over 17 million people in France. The game is a form of Boules, a collective game played with metal balls that resembles bocce. The point of the game is to get your metal balls closest to a small wooden ball or “piglet” as it is translated. Having witnesses Petanque last Sunday, let me tell you, Petanque players take this game very seriously. If you can find a Petanque tournament online, it will definitely put you in the French mood.

 

Of course, most of us know that “Champagne” is a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. But do you know what Lillet is? Lillet is a popular brand of the French Apertif wine, consisting of 85% Bordeaux wines and 15% macerated liqueurs. An Apertif is a wine that is usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite and as it turns out, both dry Champagne and Lillet are common Apertifs in France. I’m definitely a Champagne fan and nothing makes me feel more Fancy and/or French than a glass of bubbly Champagne. (Am I right?)

 

But hey, if all else fails, grab some good French Wine, some good French Cheese, and some good friends, and create your own French celebration! Because really, I know you’re just looking for a reason to have a party on a Thursday night.

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Bastille Day, Smith Street Brooklyn

Bastille Day, celebrated early on Smith Street in Brooklyn, is the French National Holiday celebrated every July 14th commemorating the uprising of the French people in the late 18th century during the reign of Louis XVI. The storming of the Bastille in 1789  lead to the abolition of feudalism and the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. As such, this holiday is celebrated by French citizens and those of French heritage worldwide. Of course, not being one to pass up a good festival, I met with some friends and commenced celebrating the French uprising. The festivities on Smith Street included Pétanque, Lillet, guillotine replicas, and lots of french accents. As I didn’t get a photo in the guillotine or try any Lillet, I’m already looking forward to next year’s celebration.

Anyone else celebrating Bastille Day this week?

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