Culture compass: Spice Girls, screenings and spies

by Maddy Folstein

Friday: Spice Girls vs. Boy Bands

Flip Phone is taking over Can Can Wonderland for a competition between and a tribute to the Spice Girls and classic boy bands. You can watch drag performances, play mini-golf, enjoy food and drinks and compete in the Spice Girls and boy bands costume contest. Get your tickets ASAP— Flip Phone events sell out quickly!

Where: Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave N. Ste 004, St. Paul

When: 10 p.m to 2 a.m.

Cost: $15 – $20

Saturday: Adult Swim on the Green

If you’re a big fan of shows like “Rick and Morty” and “The Eric Andre Show,” Adult Swim on the Green is the outdoor event for you. They’ll screen never-before-seen episodes of Adult Swim shows, and you can vote for your favorite episodes and browse local vendors’ offerings. Each ticket comes with free popcorn and soda. 

Where: The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S., Minneapolis

When: 6 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Currently sold out

Sunday: Minneapolis Pops Orchestra

New to classical music? Looking to get your fix on a budget? The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, made up of professional musicians from the area, plays a variety of waltzes, marches, movie and Broadway music and other popular songs. They perform for free at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, making their concert the perfect option for a Sunday evening. 

Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free


Subscribe to this: An email newsletter 

Right now, your inbox might be filled with Venmo payment emails, ASOS sales alerts and the dreaded billing statement from One Stop. Subscribing to another email newsletter might seem backwards, but it’s a way to add something meaningful to your inbox every week (or day). For example: the Poem-a-Day newsletter, sent daily by the Academy of American Poets. Look to your favorite writers, publications and creatives for more sources of email inspiration. 

Watch this: “Killing Eve

“Killing Eve” is the spy show you need to take your mind off your summer job or internship. Sandra Oh plays Eve, an MI5 officer tracking down a vicious assassin named Villanelle. You can buy the entire first season on Amazon, YouTube or Google Play. 

Read this: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

Shirley Jackson’s classic short story takes place on June 27 (and turned 70 years old on Tuesday), making today the perfect day to revisit the most haunting story you read in middle school.