Weekend Culture Compass – “Heaven,” Jimmy Fallon and The Oscars

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Heaven at the Walker explores religion and ritual through dance.

“Heaven” at the Walker explores religion and ritual through dance. PHOTO COURTESY CAMERON WITTIG

by Mark Brenden

Thursday Theater âÄî âÄúMacbethâÄù Off! Off you go to see the Guthrie put on the juiciest of all ShakespeareâÄôs plays. As our resident Renaissance lit period expert Jay Boller says, âÄúItâÄôs really sweet that so many characters can be slaughtered in such a short period of time!âÄù Guthrie Theater 818 S. 2nd Ave. 7:30 p.m. Art âÄî âÄúHeavenâÄù This contemporary dance performance attempts to explore how religion enforces the concept of perfection. Ritual is turned inside out via dance to explore what the afterlife means to society. Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Ave. 8 p.m. $18 Friday Music âÄî The Avett Brothers Fresh off 2009âÄôs highly successful major label debut âÄúI And Love And You,âÄù the The Avett Brothers have mastered their intimate piano pop sound. First Ave 701 First Ave. N. 8 p.m. $25-28 Comedy âÄî Dave Attell Comedian Dave Attell is taking his outlandish observationalist humor to BronsonâÄôs this week. You might remember him from âÄúThe Gong Show,âÄù or recognize him from his last running gig âÄúInsomniac with Dave Attell.âÄù Rick BronsonâÄôs House of Comedy 408 Broadway E. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. $38.95 Saturday Comedy âÄî Jimmy Fallon Who woulda thunk that the goofy giggly guy on SNLâÄôs early âÄô00s cast would be on his way to comedy sophistication? The Orpheum Theatre for Mr. Fallon? Yessir. Orpheum Theatre 910 Hennepin Ave 8 p.m. $33-43 Art âÄî âÄúNew Narrative DrawingsâÄù J.M. CulverâÄôs first solo exhibit features narrative work that touches on themes of childhood memories. Aby Wolf will provide musical stylings to couple the art. Stevens Square Center for the Arts 1905 3rd Ave. S. 1 p.m., 7 p.m. Culture to Consume Watch this: The Oscars are Sunday. See which A&E writer is smarter with their respective picks âÄî Kara Nesvig or Tony Libera. HereâÄôs to Tarantino upsetting Best Director! Read this: PitchforkâÄôs Nitsuh Abebe makes the casek that Indie is alive and strong, despite certain rumors that the genre is nearing its deathbed. I understand AbebeâÄôs objective âÄî an Indie death for Pitchfork would be like a young girl plague for Seventeen. Listen to this: Releases from electronic up-and-comers jj, Blur frontman Damon AlbarnâÄôs side project Gorillaz and quintessential indie band Pavement are on our list of albums to check out this week. Eat this: This Tuesday, the chef at Salut Bar Americain will be hosting a tasting dinner from 4 p.m. âÄì 10 p.m. Five is the magic number, with five courses ($36.96 per person) and five paired wines ($19.95 per person). Note: as a date, this will impress women. Drink this: Local vendor of all things alcohol, SurdykâÄôs Liquor Store recommends this cocktail via Twitter (surdyksliquor): Cruzan Black Strap Rum with Regatta Ginger Beer. If it could talk, it would say, âÄúWhy, hello, spring.âÄù Click this: Ten years ago this horrendous video âÄúShineâÄù by Final Placement would have fallen off the earth, unnoticed. Unfortunately, viral sensations crop up every day, and this horrendous high school band from Midland, Texas became one. The group is so ashamed they deleted their MySpace. (http://vimeo.com/9625670)