Culture compass: eight pounds, nine ounces and healthy

by Sophie Vilensky

Friday: Varsity Theater Re-Opening Party

REJOICE! THE VARSITY IS BACK! Featuring Dirt Train, Chris Koza, Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh, we can at last enjoy the beautiful venue without sacrificing our morals. An excellent warm-up for a schedule full of events in the coming months, and an opportunity for the under-21 crowd to dance the night away in Dinkytown once again.

Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis
When: 7 p.m. doors
How much: $8

Saturday: “This Is Now” Apparel Design Fashion Show

This year’s College of Design fashion show marks 50 years of outstanding student exhibition. At the show, 19 undergraduate designers will present their endeavors with a runway show. And while all collections will certainly be fabulous, designer Spencer Versteeg’s will feature over 30,000 individually applied crystals. Can’t miss it.

Where: Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
How much: $10 – $55

Sunday: “Make Believe Neighborhood”

In The Heart of the Beast has more to offer than the gorgeous puppets at its yearly MayDay Festival. Celebrating both Mr. Rogers and local Minneapolitan “neighbors,” “Make Believe Neighborhood” celebrates “the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make [the theater’s] own south Minneapolis neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place.”

Where: In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
When: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
How much: $20


Watch this: Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement video
On Feb. 1 at 4:43 p.m. PST, Kylie Jenner gave birth to a healthy, 8-pound, 9-ounce baby girl. And while we were all waiting for a big reveal, Jenner quietly announced the new legacy with a non-sponsored Instagram post and corresponding YouTube video on Sunday. No money grab, no “gotcha!” — just Stormi Webster. Here’s to baby’s first namesake matte lipstick color.

Read this: “This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry” by  Maureen Dowd
After a looming Thanksgiving Instagram post, Uma Thurman is finally telling her story — with the help of a New York Times op-ed. In the piece, Thurman recounts her time and turmoil at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, and Quentin Tarantino’s roll in it all, to columnist Maureen Dowd. It’s a toughie, but it’s important.

Enjoy this: Downtown
There’s no doubt that “Big Game” traffic revitalized downtown, but how will it be without the crowds and $14 hot toddies? Now that the out-of-towners are gone, you have a chance to go exploring and see how much really changed. What’s a Target liquor store like? Which team placed the last hat on Mary Tyler Moore? Even without the “Crew 52” jackets, we’re sure people will be friendly.