Briefings: Protests in Quebec, Hammer Biennial, The Meteorite Market, America’s Best Bars, and a Spiked Arnold Palmer

We trust you had a good long weekend filled with plenty of burgers and brews. What you missed: Quebecers banging on pots and pans en masse, and not because they didn’t get enough to eat this weekend. This, plus the best Arnold Palmer you’ve ever mixed on the porch, in this week’s Briefings.

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1. What to Watch | Casseroles, the Movie

It’s too damn hot for casseroles. In other casserole news: A student walk-out over the government plan to raise college tuition in Quebec turned into a widespread protest movement with the passage of Bill 78, legislation that places restrictions on public demonstrations. Our friend on the ground in Montreal says this: “For the past week, every night at 8 p.m. people go out on their balconies and stoops and bang pots and pans for 15 minutes, which is called the ‘manif des casseroles.’ It’s loud as f*ck.” This video takes you to the scene of the action.

2. What to See | Hammer Biennial

For our West Coast readers, the Hammer Museum is launching its first biennial, Made in L.A. 2012, on June 2, complete with a jury- and crowd-sourced $100,000 prize for one of the 60 “emerging or under-recognized” artists in the show. Each of the artists was given $1,000+ toward their work on installations, videos, films sculptures, performances and paintings — all of which will be on display at the Hammer, LAXART, and the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.

3. What to Understand | Meteorite Markets

We’ve got some bad news: Your neighbors just parked a sick piece of Mars on their mantle. You know, the planet? So you’ll want to start looking into it. Baseline price is about $1,000 per gram. Try For more education on the market for space rocks, check out this article from Cambridge University’s “The Naked Scientists.” Here’s a preview of what’s inside: “‘The skill level that some collectors have to get stones out of Africa rivals that of drug dealers,’ says Dr. Harvey. ‘It’s clear that meteorites are so valuable to these collectors that they’re more than happy to get them and worry about the cost in terms of legality later on.’” (via

4. Where to Drink | The Best Bars In America

Our favorite bars don’t really change from year to year (see, for example: The Beachcomber in Wellfleet, MA; Antje Oeklesund in Berlin, DE) — loyalty and a moderately healthy liver, you know? — but it’s good to know somebody is keeping tabs on the whole of America’s bar scene. Esquire’s David Wondrich crowns Milwaukee, WI, the Bar City of The Year. Check out the full report here. Crack open a Schlitz for old time’s sake. Enjoy.

5. What to Drink | Your Arnold Palmer, Spiked

Like we said, a healthy liver. This doesn’t preclude tasting, however, and at the moment we’re sipping on a flask of Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon, the small-batch (600 bottles) bourbie aged aboard a 126-foot research vessel for nearly four years. Trey Zoeller, founder and master blender of Jefferson’s, gave us this cocktail recipe to help stay cool.

Jefferson’s Palmer
1oz Pallini Limoncello (or other brand)
1oz Jefferson’s Bourbon
.25oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2oz English Breakfast tea (strong)
Lemon wheel or lemon half wheel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, shake, strain over fresh ice into a highball glass and garnish.