Culture compass: Finally, finally May

by Sophie Vilensky

Friday: BFA Thesis Show

Come one, come all and celebrate this year’s Department of Art BFA graduating class at their thesis show on Friday. Breaking Dreams: The Disjunction of Progress? Extravagant Ground: 15 Years of Social Progress? 

Where: Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: Public program 5:30 to 6 p.m., reception 6 to 8 p.m.

How much: Free

Saturday: Alma’s May Day Market

Ooo, what a perfect mother’s day present idea! On Saturday, University Avenue gem Alma will host its inaugural May Day Market. The hotel/cafe/restaurants’ staff will be selling their handmade crafts (trust me, everyone who works there is so cool), the geniuses of Bittercube will be available to hook you up with bitters and a limited supply of the hotel’s exclusive bath products will be available.

Where: Alma, 528 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How much: Free


Sunday: MayDay Parade and Festival

Puppets over ten feet tall, street food, costumes! Every year on the first Sunday in May, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater puts on the MayDay festival and ceremony as a way to both celebrate the coming of spring and voice community and contemporary issues. This year’s theme is “What you feed, grows (it’s about love).” Kanye would approve.

Where: Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: Parade at noon, festival follows

How much: Free


Drink this: Sun tea

At long last, it’s cold beverage time. Instead of heading to a coffee shop, enjoy your porch with a pitcher of sun tea. Fill up a pitcher, throw in four to eight teabags and put it out in the sun to steep. Maybe add some fruit? It might take a long time to get that perfect strength because the UV level isn’t up there yet, but it’ll sure feel fun to attempt. Summer!

Put this together: Summer reading list

No weekly assignments, just leisurely page turning. We’ll be here so soon, everyone! Pick a classic, a book of essays, something non-fiction or a memoir, something especially summer-y and something you’ve heard buzz about recently. May I suggest Leslie Jamison’s “The Empathy Exams”? Some Grace Paley short stories?

Prepare for this: The Met Gala

No, you’re not invited. And tickets are too expensive even if you had an in. But it’s still exciting! This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” is sure to be controversial. Follow along on Instagram as outfits are revealed on Monday, and check out prime account @TabloidArtHistory for some potential inspiration sneak peeks. Ava Gardner’s 1956 “Pretino” dress? Yes!!