What I Saw at the Burke Street Food Truck Festival

On Saturday, April 11th  2015, I did not go to Coachella. Instead, I went to the Third Annual Burke Street Food Truck Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There, I saw too much.

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I saw thirty food trucks with compulsorily creative names like “Baguette About It” and “Cake in a Cup” and “Wright Up Ur Galley.” I saw lines that extended from the window of a truck to the edge of the orange blockade that enclosed Burke Street from 3-8 PM that day. I saw someone who said that they had been there since 2:15 in order to properly scope out the trucks. I saw seven wide-brimmed sun hats, four straw fedora hats and one felt fedora hat. I saw five skateboards. I saw a lot of Caucasians. I saw people I know and trust eat something called “crack-n-cheese,” which was not crack but actually macaroni and cheese topped with pulled pork topped with turkey cracklings topped with (Eastern-style, vinegar-based) barbecue sauce. I saw someone get very angry with my friend Brandy because she agreed to order an extra turkey sandwich with slaw and fries on the side on behalf of a woman in front of us who had forgotten to order for her husband.  I saw a family with two puppies and six children all apparently under the age of seven, and wondered how their parents, who seemed cheerful and composed, managed to make them all sit Indian-style as they waited placidly together for their crack-n-cheese. I saw that they managed to do this with a large bottle of Mountain Dew that they kept in the back of the youngest one’s stroller, and doled out to each child who stayed sufficiently quiet for about five minutes. I saw that being a parent is very hard. I saw a girl wearing Chacos, a plaid shirt and horn-rimmed Warby Parkers tell her companions that she is “freakin’ obsessed with kale” right after she ordered some deep-fried fish tacos from a truck called “Bandito Burrito.” I did not see any selfie sticks, which was very disappointing to me. I saw a truck called “The Ice Queen Parlor” where I waited 38 minutes in line to eat an ice cream sandwich called the “Kermint” which was two chocolate chip cookies with a scoop of mint chip and a scoop of cookies and cream ice cream between them and a single, whole Oreo right in the middle. I saw one man who could not decide between the “Berry White” (strawberry ice cream with Nutella in the center on white chocolate macadamia cookies) and the “E.T.” (mini Reese’s Pieces layered between peanut butter and chocolate ice cream on chocolate chip cookies) so he decided to get both, holding one in each hand and alternating bites as they melted in the wax paper-y grip. I saw that he did not share with his wife, but that was fine because she had gotten her own sandwich.

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So that is what I saw at the Third Annual Burke Street Food Truck Festival. I think I could force myself to attribute meaning to it all, if I really wanted to, but I don’t think that I do.

What I Saw at the Burke Street Food Truck Festival

RiverRun Film Festival: What to See (If You Don’t Know What You Like)

There are a lot of films playing this year at RiverRun. Specifically, 14 pages worth of films. I’m going to go ahead and say that this is pretty daunting amount, even for the heartiest and most accomplished binge-watcher among us. Because, you know, how do you choose? Sometimes you like funny things. Sometimes you like sad things. Sometimes you like scary things, and sometimes you even like all of these things all at once. It is a confusing thing, being a person.

Luckily, I am here to help you choose, because RiverRun has everything– a documentary about a guy who bends steel for a living, one about a temple in Nepal, a nature-y coming of age story and a sci-fi horror film. So, here are four choices if you are that kind of person that doesn’t know quite what they like.

Bending Steel

This is a documentary about a guy, Chris Schoek, a Queens native in training to become an Oldetime Strongman. It is a fascinating human study that follows his journey from training in his basement to his first professional performance.

Go if: You want to feel weak, and/or you enjoy nasally Queens accents (as you should). Plus, the director and subject will be at the April 5th screening!

Screening Date: April 5, 1:30, a/perture 2, April 6 2:00 UNCSA Babcock, April 7 11:30 am a/perture 2

MANAKAMANA

A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple. I couldn’t find much else about it (it’s elusive), but the trailer kind of looks like it was directed by Wes Anderson, if you’re into that.

Go if: you like Hinduism and/or cable cars.

Screening dates:  April 6 10:00 am a/perture 1,  April 8 8:30 pm a/perture 2, April 9 11:30 am a/perture 2

Hide Your Smiling Faces

There are no words in this trailer, and I am still fascinated by it. The cinematography is gorgeous, and it looks like there is some serious adolescent emotional upheaval going on there. I’m hooked.

Go if: you like silence, nature, sadness.

Screening Dates: April 5 7:30 a/perture 2, April 6 1:30 a/perture 2, April 7 11 am a/perture 1

Coherence

This one is scary! It also looks like it might be based on that old Twilight Zone episode? It ALSO has Nicholas Brendan, aka Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in it. Good on you, Xander!

Go if: You feel like being spooked. Scientifically.

Screening Dates: April 11 8:00 a/perture 1, 9:30 April 12 a/perture 1

 

You an find out how to buy tickets for all of these films here.

RiverRun Film Festival: What to See (If You Don’t Know What You Like)

RiverRun Film Festival

HI. If you did not know (and you probably did not), I am a Student Ambassador* for RiverRun Film Festival, an international film festival that takes place every spring (April 4-13, this year) in the lovely, cosmopolitan college town that is Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Essentially, this means that I am going to be promoting and talking about the AWESOME upcoming films and events of the festival online from now until the 13th- hey, if I can’t be *~~~*InTeRnEt FaMoU$$$*~~~* (refer to my first blog post ever, here) at least some of these films can be, right?

Of course right. Stay tuned for updates on the films, events, and my top picks for RiverRun!

*Of course, the most exciting part about being a Student Ambassador is my new ability to call movies “films.” It is, truly, a level of pretension that I had always dreamed of, but never really thought I would reach. #blessed 

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