Culture Compass: Nicki Minaj, jazz and dinosaurs

Here’s what you should be doing this weekend.

by Katie Lauer

Friday: Decoding Nicki Minaj

Is Nicki Minaj a feminist? This discussion will try to answer that question. By analyzing the rapper’s music videos for “Anaconda” and “Starships,” a Twitter feud with Taylor Swift and more, the conversation will take a look at Minaj’s impact on modern day feminism. Minaj might be “Feeling Herself,” but is she feeling feminism?

Where: Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis

When: 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: University of Minnesota Jazz Festival Concert

Who doesn’t love some good jazz? Saturday’s event will feature Rex Richardson, a celebrated trumpeter, as the guest artist alongside University Jazz Ensembles. The event is conducted by University professor Dean Sorenson. If you can’t make it, the night will be live-streamed to satisfy your jazz needs.

Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Tchami at First Avenue

Come Sunday, this Parisian DJ will put on a great thumping EDM show downtown. A pioneer of “future house,” Tchami co-wrote “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon and has supported Skrillex and Diplo on the road. From his Janet Jackson remix “Go Deep” to his 2013 single “Promesses,” he might just bring the house down with his tunes.

Where: First Avenue, 701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $22 in advance or $25 at the door

Culture to consume

Eat this: Restaurant Alma

Recently named a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, Alma’s Alex Roberts will have you eating and feeling good at this American eatery on University Avenue. Also, if you can’t get away for the University’s upcoming spring break, you can have a “staycation” in one of the seven overnight rooms at the restaurant’s “urban inn.”

Listen to this: “Drunk,” by Thundercat

This new release manages to encompass almost every genre and emotion. Thundercat’s falsetto traverses and combines soul, R&B and electronic in the record’s quirky 23 tracks. Featuring heavyweights Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell, this album really brings a unique, quality listening experience. Grab a drink and enjoy.

Watch this: Jurassic Park

PSA: This classic just arrived on Netflix, and who doesn’t love a dystopian dinosaur tale? The stresses of daily life can sometimes make you feel like you’re being eaten by a velociraptor, and this hit of nostalgia might be just what the doctor ordered. Sit back, relax and let Steven Spielberg take you to 1993.