Culture compass: Nostalgia, comebacks and never-lefts

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

by Joe Cristo

Friday: Bruise Violet “Trophy Wife” EP Release Show

Minneapolis teenage hard rock trio Bruise Violet is releasing their newest EP, entitled “Trophy Wife,” this Friday. Opening acts include best new band Sass, and best old band Catbath. Come for the openers, and stay because everyone will be rocking this record over the summer.

Where: 7th Street Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

When: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Cost: $5 (18+)

Saturday: “A Century of Women Filmmakers”

The Trylon microcinema is the best place to see movies in the Twin Cities, hands down. They use real film and the space is comfortable. It’s privately run, and this weekend they’re showing movies made by women dating back to 1916. The event runs all weekend and will include movies like “American Psycho” and “Desperately Seeking Susan.”

Where: Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

When: Screenings all day

Cost: $8

Sunday: Nancy’s Raygun, Cheap Fantasy, Sauna Accident and Dahlheimer

Nancy’s Raygun hasn’t played a show in a while. Last year they took a hiatus and focused on other projects. This year marks their big return with new and old material. New electro rock project Cheap Fantasy and garage blues rockers Sauna Accident are opening with the kids in Dahlheimer.

Where: Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE

When: 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free (21+)


Watch this: “The Boss Baby”

I’ve been waiting about a year to see this movie. I’m not a huge animation fan, but the premise of a talking baby who is a boss to professionals sounded cute. It is. It isn’t deeply emotional like Pixar or instantly classic like old Disney flicks, but it’s self-aware enough to let the jokes breathe.

Listen to this: “Tremendous Sea of Love” by Passion Pit

The perennial high school electro pop band Passion Pit isn’t as good as it once was. Beset by band members’ personal issues, the music has sat at an impasse — until now. “Tremendous Sea of Love” is definitely a step in the right direction for a resurgence to Passion Pit’s former glory.

Catch up on this: “Big Little Lies”

“Big Little Lies,” which wrapped its seven episode arc Sunday, is one of the best new television shows. The HBO drama follows the lives of a group of Monterey, California mothers living double lives while exploring themes of isolation, loneliness, sex and marriage. The excellent cast and subtle writing make this another entry into the impressive HBO canon.