A fest for the entertainment-obsessed returns to New York this weekend: The 5th Annual Vulture Festival is serving up the best of TV, movies, music, and more – plus a livestream of the Royal Wedding. Here’s what to look out for, because the Big Apple never had it so good.
By Shani R. Friedman
From Royal Weddings to Ava Duvernay, the 5th annual Vulture Festival has got your pop culture needs covered this weekend. The fest kicks off bright and early Saturday morning with a live-viewing party of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials. Hosted by writers Lindsay Weber and Bobby Finger, the minds behind the podcast Who? Weekly, the commentary is sure to cover all manners of special guests and British trivia.
On Sunday, May 20, Oscar-nominated director Ava Duvernay and the cast of critically-acclaimed TV drama Queen Sugar (which Duvernay created and executive produces with Oprah Winfrey) will appear for a live conversation about the show’s upcoming third season. Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and and Kofi Siriboe are just getting started with their complex sibling rivalries.
If your tastes run to the more literary, check out One Book, One New York, One Event featuring New York’s official favourite author – see the book voting contest held by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment – Jennifer Egan, in conversation with New York Magazine’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss. Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and President of the PEN America Center, will discuss her bestselling historical novel Manhattan Beach, which New Yorkers have voted on as the book they all want to be reading this summer. (The event, which offered free tickets, is currently sold out.)
Got enough books on your nightstand? Then a live version of the hit podcast Crimetown may be more your speed. For the celebrity lovers, there will be talks and panels with Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Leguizamo, Tracy Morgan, the cast of GLOW, Johnny Knoxville and Samantha Bee and the Full Frontal team, just to name some of the talent that will be on hand for the weekend fun.
Vulture Festival NY is held May 19 and 20, 2018. For more information on all that this year’s Vulture Festival has to offer, plus schedules and tickets, visit vulturefestival.com/ny.