Culture compass: art, aliens and Richard Simmons

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

Maddy Folstein

Friday: “Depths of Field” opening reception

On Friday, Coffman Memorial Union will host the reception of University of Minnesota alumnus Reggie Spanier’s newest art exhibit “Depths of Field.” Spanier’s work plays with 3D illusions and collages, so expect a mind-bending deviation from traditional art exhibits.

Where: Coffman Art Gallery, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

When: 6 p.m.

How much: Free

Saturday: Winter Farmers’ Market

Usher in summer produce and outdoor markets by visiting Bachman’s last indoor market of the season. With live music and entertainment, restocking your pantry can be much more fun than heading to Target. Offerings will include cheeses, breads, eggs, pastries and more. (There’s even talk of dumplings and nachos.)

Where: Bachman’s Floral, Home and Garden, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

How much: Free

Sunday: “The Wanderers”

Hosted by the Minnesota History Center and Trylon Microcinema, this screening will spotlight “The Wanderers” — a film directed by Philip Kaufman and released in 1979. The film provides a glimpse into 1963 New York and gangs from that era. University professor Lary May will introduce the film, so there’s some scholastic merit.

Where: Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

When: 3 p.m.

Cost: $8


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