Neon Marshmallow + Jack McBrayer on "7 Minutes in Heaven" = Eight Items or Less
1. We forgot to include "Neon Marshmallow" in yesterday's roundup of NYC music fests happening this weekend. Sorry. This one runs October 14, 15 & 16 at Public Assembly (70 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn) and features the more experimental side of the music spectrum including every weird sub-genre ever conceived. Look for shows by Tim Hecker, Rhys Chatham, Grouper, Phil Niblock, Alan Licht, The Men, Todd P and many, many more.
2. This year's "Mac-Off" -- aka the search for the world's best macaroni and cheese -- will be on October 23, 5 to 8 p.m., at Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand Street, Brooklyn). It's free to compete and only $10 to eat and judge. Check out their Facebook page for more yummy info.
3. And in more Brooklyn food contest news, there's an apple pie contest at Greenpoint bar Enid's on Sunday. Pies can be entered between 5 p.m. and 5:45, juding starts at 6 p.m. More rules, plus other goodies on the menu here.
4. Seven out of ten search queries use three words or less. [Experian Hitwise via Marketing Charts]
5. LA's iconic Hotel Bel-Air (701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles) is re-opening today following a two-year makeover. Wolfgang Puck will run the restaurant, redesigned by the Rockwell Group and set to open to the public at the beginning of November.
6. More than 1,500 people bought tickets to a fake Motely Crue concert in Indonesia. [Billboard]
7. The Chinese government is not happy with ArtReview's choice of Ai Weiwei as the most powerful person in the art world: "The selection was based on political bias. China has many artists who have sufficient ability." [Reuters]
8. Jack McBrayer is the newest guest on SNL writer Mike O'Brien's very entertaining "7 Minutes in Heaven" web series. Watch! [via Buzzfeed]