Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spoons, Toons, & Booze

I recently discovered that Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hosts a monthly event called Spoons, Toons & Booze. This event is basically an adult version of Saturday morning cartoons at a movie theater. Genius, you say? You don't know the half of it.

First, a ticket to the event itself ($11, if I recall correctly) includes an all-you-can-eat cereal buffet full of sugary favorites (and they even provide soy milk!). Lucky Charms, how could I have gone so long without your marshmallowy goodness?

Second, this theater serves actual food, so you can order Eggs Benedict to forestall the sugar crash. The method for ordering ingeniously allows you to avoid disturbing fellow movie-goers when you order: slips of paper and golf pencils are provided, so you write your order on a slip and place it in a little stand at the front of your table, and the waiter plucks it noiselessly away and returns with your order. No talking!

Third, each cartoon is chosen differently, with varying levels of audience participation. The first one was chosen by popular vote, after inviting a few shouted suggestions from the audience at large. This won:
(Searching for this image, I discovered there is an official Daria Halloween costume. What do you think, too obscure?)

Next, the winner of a brief cartoons-and-cereal-themed trivia contest chose Dexter's Laboratory.
Then, two members of the audience were invited to make impassioned arguments on behalf of their favorite cartoons, and the audience voted. In the battle between Darkwing Duck and Clone High,
Clone High won. For those of you not familiar with Clone High (I wasn't), it was a cartoon on MTV that aired for one season in 2002-2003. In the picture above, from left to right, are the high-school versions of Mahatma Ghandi, Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and JFK. That should tell you all you need to know about the show, but really, it was much more entertaining than you'd think.

The final cartoon was chosen by secret ballot -- and you got one vote for each alcoholic beverage you'd consumed by that point. Oh, did I not mention that? One of the most amazing parts of this event is that you can order Cereal Shots. Yes, that's Bailey's to put on your Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Or Kahlua for your Cocoa Puffs.

In case you have a weak imagination, Bailey's on Cinnamon Toast Crunch is delicious. Go try it immediately.


Anonymous said...

1. Lucky Charms is the worst sugary cereal ever. You eat all the marshmallows out, and then you're left with bland oat bites.
2. I've seen maybe half of an episode of Daria, and it seemed dreadfully boring.
3. Clone High seems like a fantastic concept, and I'm sad I've never heard of it before. I tell you, MTV has its fits of genius sometimes.
4. SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS. Just kidding, I'm underage. Ergo, this post is somewhat irrelevant for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Keep blogging, lovely!

Anonymous said...

In defence of Lucky Charms: don't miss the marshmallows for the oat bites.

heather @ passthedressing said...

How did I not know about this!? It sounds amazing. A date is in order.