Weekend Culture Compass – Sufjan Stevens, Os Mutantes and full moons

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Sufjan Stevens visits the Cedar this weekend. When will he make a Minne-snow-ta album? PHOTO COURTESY ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS

Sufjan Stevens visits the Cedar this weekend. When will he make a Minne-snow-ta album? PHOTO COURTESY ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS

Mark Brenden

Friday Book Signing âÄî Garrison Keillor Fresh off a second wind after suffering a stroke a couple weeks ago, Garrison Keillor is still putting the pen to paper âÄî this time on a new book, “Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance.” The urbane auteur never disappoints with his unmatched wit, and though he is slated to sign his new book, don’t be surprised if the ol’ timer zings a one-liner at you as he John Hancocks your copy. Common Good Bookstore 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul 1 p.m. Book cost $25.95 Dance Party âÄî ’80s Zombie Prom Calling all undead, calling all ’80s Rhythm and Booze ogres, calling all bubble-gum spirited prom queens. This should make for an interesting fusion. The 2nd Annual cadaverous ho-down looks to have plenty of dance floor neck sucking, “Thriller”-inspired body shakings, avant garde prom photos of decaying lovers and âÄî oh yeah âÄî two-for-ones until 11 p.m. Megan Fox is not rumored to be there, but there are bound to be some imitators. Ground Zero Niteclub 15 4th St. N.E. 10 p.m. $6 for 21+, $8 for 18+ Music âÄîThe Golden Bubbles Lollipop piano band The Golden Bubbles will be popping the Kitty Cat Klub along with sardonic popsters Prozac Rat, who claim to have been “violating pop music since 1997.” The Golden Bubbles have garnered a heap of regional buzz with their flamboyant costumes, their Ben Folds-driven piano pop and their irresistible boyish charm. Prozac Rat couple luscious baritone crooning with soul-on-wheels rhythms âÄî and they have a Mariah Carey cover in their repertoire. Watch out! The Kitty Cat Klub 315 14th Ave. S.E. 8 p.m. Free Sports âÄî U.S. Women’s Hockey vs. WCHA Women’s All-Stars Watch the perennial world powerhouse U.S. Women’s Hockey squad get some practice against the Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Stars, who, being all-stars, are no push-overs. Check it out at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown Saint Paul, there should be plenty of girl on girl check-against-the-boards action. Xcel Energy Center 199 Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul. 7 p.m. $15 Movie âÄî “This is Spinal Tap” The Uptown Theatre is harboring the special treat of revisiting the magnum opus of mockumentaries, “This is Spinal Tap.” The sound will be turned up to 11 to compete with the laughs, and there will be abusive hair-spray use and handle-bar moustaches to boot. Uptown Theatre 2906 Hennepin Ave. 11:45 p.m. $9 Saturday Street Dance âÄî A Prairie Home Companion’s Annual Supper and Street Dance Nothing says “fall is here” like Mr. Keillor and co.’s annual supper and street dance. Providing the tunes will be the Sam Bush Band, Connie Evingson, Sarah Jarosz and Andra Suchy. Following the live broadcast will be a king’s load of meatloaf and some good ol’ fashioned Minnesota street dance. It’s my opinion that you are not a true Midwestern if you don’t possess at least a tad of Mecca-like desire to attend. Outside the Fitzgerald Theater 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul 4:45 $32-$48 for a ticket, free to post up a lawn chair in the cheap seats Music âÄî Os Mutantes Fresh off a new album, the Brazilian psychedelics are gracing The Cedar’s Global Roots Festival with their sought-after presence. The Festival, which for years was a Nordic tradition, has expanded its arms to usher in the rest of the world, and, with Os Mutantes, they have one of the best South American ambassadors slated for Saturday. The Cedar 416 Cedar Ave. S. 7 p.m. $18-$20 Music âÄî Michael Franti & Spearhead The low-voiced voice of the people, Michael Franti & Spearhead are set to ambush Northrop on Saturday, and viewers can expect some in-your-face prophecizing. In one of their songs, Franti boldly exalts, “I shot Ronald Reagan / I shot JFK / I slept with Marilyn / She sung me happy birthday.” Cover your ears, ye easily offended folks among us. Northrip Auditorium 84 Church St. S.E. 7 p.m. $30 Museum display âÄî America’s Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks Get your John Muir on and get educated on the greatest National Parks system in the world. The Land of the Free has 391 of the world’s 6,555 National Parks. Keep in mind, if you do not attend, somewhere the great rough rider Teddy Roosevelt will be watching âÄî and he won’t be happy. Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church St. S.E. 10 a.m. Free for University students and staff, $3-5 for the non-Gophers Music âÄî Charlie Parr With his tin can blues and his dust bowl demeanor, Charlie Parr is one of the most alluring traveling acts around today, and he is rambling his way to the cities this weekend. Hailing from the rustic woods of Duluth, this hobo strummer embodies the corn-stalk grittiness of the Midwest. He looks like he came from Nowhereville, USA and plays the blues like he came from the Crossroads. If I may suggest, put this one on the top of your to-do list. Lee’s Liquor Lounge 101 Glenwood Ave. 9 p.m. Free Sunday Festival âÄî Mid-Autum Moon Festival In several east Asian countries such as China and Vietnam, the people unite when the moon shines its brightest (which is this Sunday) and let its luck pour down on them like milk from the night sky. Throw out your rabbit’s feet and rusty pennies, because the moon on Sunday is a billion times times larger than both of those things, thus producing a billion times the luck. Yes, that is how it works. When the sun goes down, you can march along with the superstitious masses with your lighted lantern and journey through Rice Park. Landmark Center 75 5th St. W., St. Paul 4-6 p.m. Free Music âÄî Sufjan Stevens Your favorite Christian/indie-folk songster Sufjan Stevens is gathering his clan of wacky instrumentalists and bringing the “Illinoise” to Minneapolis. Check the lovable sweet-strummin’, banjo-pickin’ Yankee on West Bank. 400 Bar 400 Cedar Ave. S. 9 p.m. $15 Theater âÄî “Super Monkey” Lazy Sundays produce the ideal mood to catch a play. Take a break from the thoughtless act of watching football and head over to the Guthrie to check the engrossingly thoughtful “Super Monkey,” which covers themes of Zen Buddhism, human phoniness and personal identity. The Guthrie 818 2nd St. S. 7 p.m. $22 Reading âÄî Nothando Zulu The Rondo Community Outreach Library will welcome renowned member of the Black Storytellers’ Alliance, Nothando Zulu. Said to be a master of the storytelling craft, Zulu will be relating excerpts from the vast work of author and folklorist Zora Neal Hurston, as well as slave stories courtesy of FDR’s New Deal program Federal Writers’ Project, which commissioned writers all over the country to try to catch the social and literary buzz of each region. This sounds intriguing. Rondo Community Outreach Library 461 Dale St. N., St. Paul. 2 p.m. Free Art âÄî The Quick and the Dead If you feel a sort of Johnny Cashian “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” if your favorite football team refuses to provide you with couch entertainment or your Sunday sermon has you feeling all cynical and grim âÄî it’s time for you to check out the Walker’s especially morbid display of “The Quick and the Dead.” The display has garnered work by 53 international artists which touch on the age-old, uncomfortabe topic of the transition between life and death. Sunday’s your last chance. The Quick and the Dead 1750 Hennepin Ave 11 a.m. Free with admission Watch this: The Jay Leno Show. The Chin of Hollywood is back and … looser than ever. There haven’t been many alterations since “The Tonight Show” âÄî Kevin Eubanks is back, Headlines are back, Jay’s “did anybody hear about this?” monologues are back âÄî but the desk is gone, and you can see Jay’s legs during an interview for the first time. This changes things more than you’d think. Yes Jay will throw in a corny joke here and there that will make grandpa laugh but will mystify your 15-year-old cousin Madyson. Yes Jay has some wack political views. But I get an unexplainable comfort from watching Jay with which I’m sure all you comarades who grew up on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” will empathize. Also, Kevin Eubanks gets paid to rip guitar solos and think Jay Leno is funny. I want that job. Listen to this: Julian Casablancas’ new single “11th Dimension”. The Strokes frontman has released a highly danceable new single on his myspace. I was hoping for a more Rat Pack, schmoozy sound, but that’s not at all to say this effort is disappointing. The upbeat track is likely to be the dance-around-your room jam of the year. Casablancas’ debut solo album “Phrazes for the Young” is due out Oct. 20. Rest easy, Strokes fans, the New York hipsters haven’t hung up their high-tops âÄî the group is at work on their fourth album, which Casablancas says it could be their best yet. Read this: Since this is Minnesota, since fall is impending and since Garrison Keillor has been so paramountly prominent in this compass, I feel I’d be remiss to not recommend something from the U of M English Department’s proudest alum. His “77 Sonnets” will turn your heart upside down and hit your world from a different angle. They are ideal for when the leaves turn colors and you start to feel that torrential onrush of autumn sentimentality. Bravo, ol’ timer. Click this: This website has all the stereotyped characters, all the wrap-it-up-quickly endings, all the Mr. Belding dupings that had you begging for more before middle school in the mornings. Yes, friends, all the “Saved By the Bell” you could ask for. I call it my Bayside Hall Pass. Eat this: Bonnie’s Cafe on University Ave. in St. Paul promises “love at first bite.” And delivers. Here, you get all the sensational greasiness and ma-and-pa comfort of Al’s Breakfast âÄî except you can actually breathe. Drink this: Folger’s coffee. As, by now, you have probably deduced, fall is all about comfort for me. Well what evokes more comfort than the best part of wakin’ up? Have your fancy organic coffee, give me the Classic Blend. And make it dark. And hot.