Weekend Culture Compass – The Decemberists and British Ads galore

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The Decemberists Hazards of Love screens at the Cedar. PHOTO COURTESY KILL ROCK STARS

The Decemberists’ “Hazards of Love” screens at the Cedar. PHOTO COURTESY KILL ROCK STARS

by John Sand

Thursday Film âÄî âÄúHere Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love VisualizedâÄù The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 7:30 p.m. $3 Filmmakers Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Maria have created a series of short animated works as a depiction of The Decemberists’ album âÄúThe Hazards of Love.âÄù The work sets the concept album into a specific story, with the main character voiced by The Decemberists’s front-man Colin Meloy. Friday Music âÄî An Evening with Chris Botti Orchestra Hall 1111 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 8 p.m. $22-55 After appearing on the track among superstars like Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin, Trumpeter Chris Botti became known as the symbol of pop-jazz. Botti is now touring with the music from his solo albums, âÄúFirst Wish,âÄù âÄúItaliaâÄù and âÄúChris Botti in Boston.âÄù Film âÄî âÄúUp in the AirâÄù Uptown Theatre 2906 Hennepin Ave., Mpls 7:15; 9:50 p.m. $9 Jason Bateman + George Clooney + ten million frequent flier miles is always a recipes for a film salad of success. Director Jason Reitman (âÄúJuno,âÄù âÄúThank You for SmokingâÄù) details a comedic romance between Clooney and Vera Farmiga and the passion that can bloom from frequent travel. Saturday Shopping âÄî Landmark Center’s 31st Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar Landmark Center 75 5th St. W., St. Paul 10 a.m. $3 If Minneapolitans are tired of getting their father the same old tie every year, perhaps they would be delighted to know about the Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar at the Landmark Center. 75 exhibits offer unique, local gifts. Reading âÄî Lois West Duffy Common Good Books 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul 2 p.m. Minnesota-native writer Lois West Duffy explores the life of an outsider through Zillah, a young woman living in Ancient Persia. The heroine hops on a caravan following a mysterious star, and the reader finds out just how far someone will go to protect their dark pasts. Sunday Film âÄî 2009 British Television Advertising Awards Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls 3 p.m. $10 The British are coming! The British are coming! … and they’ve brought a slew of ridiculous advertisements with them. The British Television Advertising Awards touch on the more thought-provoking, sexy and inappropriate commercials aired in the UK in 2009. Plus, they’ve added a few throwbacks for extra viewing-pleasure.