Culture Compass: Gender, hip-hop and Katy Perry

A&E plans your weekend. You’re welcome, friends.

Sarah Harper



Friends of the Southeast Library Booksale

Kitty corner to the Library Bar, there’s another library — a real one. The Friends of the Southeast Library, a group still in its infancy, will hold a good old-fashioned book sale Thursday. This branch of the Hennepin County Library was shut down in 2006 due to a lack of city funding and reopened in 2008. Show your support and grab some old fiction, self-help manuals, reference tomes and more. Nothing is more than $1, so use your change from Mesa to buy a couple of books for decoration and/or reading. If you can’t make it today, the sale goes on Saturday, too, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Southeast Library, 1222 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis
When: Noon to 7 p.m.


Gender Reel Fest

Shed the harmful binaries — yes, all of ‘em! — and head over to the Minnehaha Free Space for Gender Reel’s second night. The festival is dedicated to shining a spotlight on an array of experiences, including those of transgender and gender non-conforming people. The first fest happened in Philadelphia in 2011 and has been growing since. This year there will be screenings in four cities, Minneapolis included. Thursday is the free night, but we recommend going Friday for a  7:15 p.m. screening of “Alley of the Tranny Boys.” The 1998 movie is by Christopher Lee, a remarkable filmmaker who paved the way for trans people in porn.

Where: Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
When: Screenings start at 6 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Age: 18+ after 7:15 p.m. Friday



Hip Hop Harambee

Last year was Hip Hop Harambee’s first time at the rodeo, and it went well: Talib Kweli and an all-star local lineup made everybody at the Nomad World Pub’s parking lot feel like they were having a big party together — “harambee” (huh-rawm-bay) means “coming together” in Swahili. For the fest’s second year, expect more people to be pronouncing “harambee” correctly and even more people to be having a good time — this year’s lineup includes a good mix of national and local artists, with a few of A&E’s favorites like Big K.R.I.T., Toki Wright and Lizzo.


Where: Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
When: 1-10 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
All ages




Listen to this:

“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

One of the geniuses of our time released a new song Tuesday morning, so hear ye, hear ye, and gather ‘round, my children. “Dark Horse” is the latest track from Princess Perry’s new album “Prism” — to be clear, it’s not an official single; it’s just another song that we’re lucky enough to be allowed to listen to. Like “Roar,” the eye-of-the-tiger fight song Perry premiered at the Video Music Awards, “Dark Horse” has a fierce sensibility. Who is Perry fighting? The world? Herself? …Russell? Whoever/whatever is on the other end, this is a really good trap-ish song with a killer beat plus Juicy J, so listen up.


Watch this:

“The Bling Ring”

“The Bling Ring,” was by far the most stylish movie to come out this summer — sorry, “Monsters University.” Based on the real-life case of a few teenagers who robbed celebrities’ homes, Sofia Coppola’s latest film is haunting, quiet and has Emma Watson playing her best role yet. If you missed “The Bling Ring” when it was in theaters, it came out on DVD on Tuesday, so get yourself to a Redbox. If you’re a lazy daisy, you’ll just have to go with the next best thing: “Pretty Wild,” the reality TV show that preceded the movie, is on Netflix.


Read this:

“And Every Day Was Overcast”

Start reading “And Every Day Was Overcast” this weekend so you’ll be ready with some Q’s for author Paul Kwiatkowski when he visits Magers and Quinn on Sept. 26. He’ll be joined by Twin Cities photographer Alec Soth of Little Brown Mushroom — both artists will be revealing their fall projects. There will be ping pong at the event, which is why we’re telling you this early — go mark your calendars! “And Every Day Was Overcast” is a novel about teenhood in South Florida, where Kwiatkowski grew up. His photos, which make up the bulk of the book, drive singular, clear prose about an LSD trip, growing up and just how important TV shows are.