Culture compass: Shows, sparks and Stone Arch

by Maddy Folstein

Friday: Retro Game Show 

Take your average game night up a notch by heading over to Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul this Friday. The weekly event brings shows like “Family Feud,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right” together. Can Can Wonderland sweetens the deal by adding prizes and local comedians.  

Where: Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul

When: Fridays at 9 p.m.

How much: Free

Saturday: Northern Spark Festival

In the summertime, the Twin Cities is a hub for outdoor festivals. The Northern Spark Festival puts a spin on this theme. Temporary art installations will take over downtown Minneapolis overnight, from sunset to 2 a.m. You can travel by foot, bike or public transportation (Metro Transit passes are free for the event if you fill out a survey online).

Where: Multiple locations

When: 9:02 p.m. to 2 a.m.

How much: Free

Sunday: Stone Arch Bridge Festival 

Everyone’s favorite Instagram location, now transformed into a weekend-long festival. Think about it: over 200 artists and three stages of live music — a people watcher’s dream. Grab brunch with your dad first if you’re planning on celebrating Father’s Day, then follow your meal with a stroll along Historic Main Street. 

Where: Historic Main Street, 43 Main St. S.E., Minneapolis

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: Free


Listen to this: “Dissect

Like Genius, but long-form audio. “Dissect” devotes a season of its show to a single album; each episode delves into a song and the meanings you may not have picked up on first listen. The newest season will examine Frank Ocean’s “Blonde,” with bonus episodes looking at “Channel Orange.” Listen on Spotify.

Watch this: “Mamma Mia”

Yes — we mean that “Mamma Mia!” The sequel comes out in a month, so it’s the perfect time to start getting excited for the return of everyone’s favorite ABBA musical. Plus, if you’re stuck in the Twin Cities for a while with no vacation in sight, the Greek setting will tear you away from this summer’s clouds and humidity. 

Try this: A new brunch location

It’s patio season! Take advantage of it while it lasts. Open Yelp, grab your bike (or a Nice Ride) and head to a new corner of the city — the fresh air will never disappoint. If all else fails, the Loring Bar and Restaurant in Dinkytown now offers a $15 all-you-can-eat brunch for students, with orange juice and coffee included.