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Vulture + New York Magazine Festival Kicks Off May 10th

Orange is the New Black Cast
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Vulture + New York magazine will present the first-ever Vulture Festival, a pop culture extravaganza celebrating the best of today’s television, music, film and more.

Vulture events will kick off with a party featuring Kelly Osbourne and a live performance from Erykah Badu.

The Vulture Festival aims to bring the witty, in-depth, critical coverage found on the web to life with two jam-packed days of events, May 10th & 11th. Tickets are still available for some events at

Guests will be treated to a once in a lifetime assortment of performances, screenings and panels featuring today’s biggest celebrities, comedians, writers, costume designers and Vulture editors. Updates are posted to Twitter with #VultureFestival.

The full Vulture Festival lineup and schedule are available below and at, and updates are posted to Twitter with #VultureFestival. The Vulture Festival app is available for iOS and Android.

Saturday, May 10th

David Milch and Matt Zoller Seitz

David Milch, writer and producer of Deadwood, discusses his hit show, and the art and business of television writing with New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

“Fort Tilden” Film Screening & Talk Back
The feature film debut of writers/directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, “Fort Tilden” takes viewers on a darkly comedic journey through the outer boroughs as Allie and Harper cope with creepy neighbors, unpredictable traffic patterns, indignant cabbies, and each other. The screening will be followed by a talk back and Stella Artois reception with Writers and Directors Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss and two of the film’s stars, Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty.

Location: TRIBECA CINEMAS, 54 Varick Street (at Canal)

Event Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

The Greatest Panel in Television History

Join Adam Scott and Naomi Scott in a viewing and discussion of all-time classic title sequences from '80s TV shows, as reenacted by Adam Scott and friends in Adult Swim’s smash-hit series, The Greatest Event in Television History. The discussion will be moderated by Vulture senior editor Denise Martin.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Event Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Animated Voices

Actors behind famous voices, including H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Archer), John Roberts (Bob’s Burgers), Lucky Yates (Good Eats), Larry Murphy (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), and Laura Silverman (Bob's Burgers) read classic movie scenes.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Media Check in: 3:00pm

Event Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

The Art of Songwriting With Jason Robert Brown

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, just nominated for two Tony Awards for The Bridges of Madison County, talks to New York magazine theater critic Jesse Green about composing for musicals—and plays some of his tunes with vocal accompaniment Stephanie J. Block.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Event Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

M.I.A. & Solange live in concert

Location: Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street)Doors open: 6:30pm – 10:30pm


Sunday, May 11

Brunch with Rufus Wainwright and Julie Klausner

Rufus Wainwright performing live and in conversation with Julie Klausner, comedy writer/performer, podcaster. Guests enjoy brunch curated by New York magazine’s Grub Street food blog.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Event Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm.

Vulture Book Club
Novelists Chang-rae Lee (On Such a Full Sea), Téa Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife), and Akhil Sharma (Family Life) discuss their acclaimed work and the topic of global fiction with How to Read a Novelist author and former Granta editor John Freeman.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Event Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Costume Designers Roundtable

Isabel Wilkinson, senior editor at the Cut, hosts a round-table discussion of top costume designers including Lyn Paolo (Scandal, Shameless), Tom Broecker (Saturday Night Live, House of Cards), Jenn Rogien (Girls, Orange Is the New Black), and Jenny Gering (The Americans).

Tickets: $25 (includes an hour in the Vulture Lounge following the event with two complimentary drinks):

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Event Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Pop Culture Trivia Night hosted by Dave Holmes featuring the cast of Orange Is the New Black

A pop-culture trivia game show, hosted by Dave Holmes (Vulture, Upright Citizens Brigade, former MTV VJ), testing the knowledge of everyone’s favorite inmates from Orange Is the New Black, including Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes), Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Selenis Leyva (Gloria Mendoza), and Yael Stone (Lorna Morello) versus cast members from New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Location: Milk Studio, 450 W 15th St.

Event Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Comedy Night

Top comedic talent including Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street), Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me, This American Life), Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City), W.Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Jared Logan (Best Week Ever), and more. The evening’s theme will be “My First Time,” left up to each comedian to interpret in his or her own way. Guests must be 21+ to attend.

Location: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn

Event Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm


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