Culture compass: Long form, letters and Lena Dunham

A&E weighs in on what you should be doing this weekend.

by Maddy Folstein

Friday: Minnesota Long-Form Improv Showcase

Support the future Saturday Night Live stars of the University of Minnesota at their improv comedy showcase. Long-form improv uses a single suggestion to build an entire story, so you’ll be in for a long, funny ride.

Where: Bell Museum Auditorium, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

When: 7 – 9 p.m.

Cost: One ticket for $3, two tickets for $5

Saturday: Jazba 2017

This Saturday, Northrop will host the third installment of Jazba, an annual competition for Bollywood-fusion dance teams. Competitors hail from Milwaukee, New York, Florida and everywhere in between. Who knows, maybe you’ll leave with some new moves.

Where: Carlson Family Stage at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

When: 5:30 p.m. doors, show starts at 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 with student ID

Sunday: People-Powered Letter Writing Sesh

Meeting new people and engaging in your civic duties? There’s no better way to spend a Sunday night. Gather at Junket: Tossed and Found to write letters to your elected representatives about the topics that matter most to you.

Where: Junket: Tossed and Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Cost: Free


Listen to this: “The Bright Sessions”

Take a break from your Netflix queue and listen to one of the best fiction podcasts on iTunes. “The Bright Sessions” feels like a mash-up of the X-Files and American Horror Story: Asylum. Most of the episodes are less than 20 minutes long, making it perfect for binge-listening.

Watch this: “Girls”

I’m still a little behind on Lena Dunham’s HBO series, but the show is currently airing its final season. As controversial as its creator may be, “Girls” is funny, heartfelt and painfully relevant. Start the final season if you’ve followed Hannah Horvath and her group of friends for years, or dive into the first episode.

Watch this: “89th Academy Awards”

Will “La La Land” cause yet another storm of controversy? Will Meryl Streep take home another award, and will “Moonlight” get all the love it deserves? Find out at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday. Better yet — follow along on Twitter to hear the snarky commentary as the drama unfolds.