Culture compass: Shows, chefs and street caves

Becca Most

Friday: Minnesota Long-Form Improv’s February Improv Show 

Check out the University of Minnesota’s only long-form improv club this Friday as the group performs their February show at the old Bell Museum. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the team encourages viewers to bring a date (or a couple friends) to join them for a night of laughter and potential romance.

Where: 10 SE. Church St., Minneapolis

When: 7 – 9 p.m.

Cost: $3 per ticket, $5 for two 

Saturday: Mill City Museum Indoor Winter Market

Although there’s snow on the ground, the Mill City Farmers Market is still going strong. Whether you’re looking to buy some artisanal cheese or fresh bread, try on some homemade jewelry or just walk around and listen to live music, this is by far the best way to spend your Saturday morning.

Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory

The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s free “Music Under Glass” concerts encourage Minnesotans to stay warm on Sunday nights by hosting local musicians inside their beautiful, glass greenhouse. This week’s group is Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders, a soulful folk band known for their unique blend of blues, western and indie tunes.

Where: Como Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul

When: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Culture to Consume

Watch this: “Chef’s Table”

Although this documentary series has been on Netflix since 2015, “Chef’s Table” is one of those shows you can never get tired of watching (but be warned — don’t watch on an empty stomach). From beautiful and delicate desserts that look like they belong in an art gallery to simple and traditional dinners that make you think of home, “Chef’s Table” takes you on a journey around the world and into the kitchens of some of the best chefs on Earth.

Listen to this: “High School High” by elxina

Rosemount natives Elaina McRath and Andrew Selchow blend jazz and soul in their most recent album “High School High.” McRath’s smooth and rich vocals transport the listener to a place of nostalgia and warmth (something much needed on a cold February morning). Although still up-and-coming in the Minneapolis music scene, elxina has the potential to make a lasting impact, one carefully-crafted song at a time.

Try this: Swing dancing at the Wabasha Street Caves

What’s better than a night spent swing dancing in a cave — especially one that’s been home to mobsters and speakeasies? Every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m., the Wabasha Street Caves host a “swing night,” complete with live music from a rotating big-band and free dance lessons for those who don’t know how to swing and want to learn. When you go, be sure to bring $8 cash and know the speakeasy password: “Gus sent me.”