Culture compass: FREE summer fun — you’re welcome!

by Maraya King

Friday: Atrium Art: DIY Painted Puzzles

Puzzling is a time-tested hobby, from Ross Geller to Winston Bishop. This weekend you have the opportunity to create your own puzzle — for free! Even if puzzling isn’t your game, they make great gifts!

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: 801 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis

How much: Free

Saturday: International Day of Music

Whether you’re in your screamo phase, hiding a love of country music or just looking for a Saturday family activity, this is the event for you. With over a dozen musical acts, this 12-hour event is not to be missed. Celebrate International Music Day accordingly at the Minnesota Orchestra. 

When: Noon – midnight

Where: Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

How much: Free

Sunday: Spot’s Last Stop Adoption Event

Two words: puppies and beer. Kick back with some ale and peruse some adoptable pups this Sunday. Not looking for a pet? There will be raffles and plenty of entertainment… that is, if you can resist the puppies. 

When: Noon – 3 p.m.

Where: Able Seedhouse and Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE., Minneapolis

How much: Free


Read this: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” 

This novel explores the sexuality of one young girl when she is sent to a gay conversion therapy camp after her parents tragically pass. The movie version, a winner at the Sundance film festival, comes out this August. You’d better get reading. 

Listen to this: “Summer Pack” by Childish Gambino

Not only is Donald Glover always in season, but he recently released two summer-themed songs. When the people ask, Gambino delivers. Whether you’re tanning poolside, mowing your neighbor’s lawn or hiding indoors, these tracks will perfectly accentuate the mood. 

Do this: Spread some positivity 

While summer is supposed to be a carefree break for students, it’s oftentimes just as stressful as the school year. Shoot your friends a text, call your parents or write to your grandma. Let someone know that they are appreciated, even if you don’t always have time to show them.