Culture compass: Herbal tea, building bridges and a cappella

by Ksenia Gorinshteyn

Friday: “A Cappell-Off

The “A Capell-Off” returns for another year, with five a capella groups competing for a $250 cash prize. The night will be jam-packed with a capella renditions of your favorite classics. 7Days A Cappella, Urban Sound, The Enchantments and Basses Wild will compete against last year’s winners, Vocal U. The event is completely free and open only to University of Minnesota students. 

Where: Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE., Minneapolis

When: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: “Free First Saturday: Building Bridges

The Walker Art Center is featuring a new exhibit called “Siah Armajani: Follow This Line” for their monthly “Free First Saturday.” Go check out the newly refurbished Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, which connects Loring Park to the Sculpture Garden. The day will also include a drag story hour with Doña Pepa, Old Man Zimmer and their special guest Queen Utica.

Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: “Improv A Go Go

Go have a laugh at Huge Theater on Sunday, pretending as if the next day were not the start of another week of class. This lottery-based improv showcase welcomes comedians and performers from anywhere and everywhere. Get to know the local improv community every Sunday night, four groups at a time. 

Where: Huge Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Pay what you like


Listen to this: “I Need to Start a Garden” by Haley Heynderickx

Even though this album came out in the spring, Heynderickx’s haunting yet gritty songs set the perfect mood as we transition into November. The album is acoustic and Heynderickx’s airy voice is enchanting. Get yourself in a cozy mood and light some candles — this album will make you never want to leave your bed.

Drink this: Lots and lots of herbal tea

It’s getting to that point in the year when everyone in class is sniffling and getting sick. What better way to avoid that and also keep yourself warm than some herbal tea? Mint, lemon ginger or whatever your preference is, herbal tea will be your best friend as the cold slowly approaches.

Start this: “The Argument” by The New York Times

Many are familiar with the New York Times’ podcast “The Daily,” and their newest weekly addition is just as informative. Three of the newspaper’s opinion writers, each from different sides of the political spectrum, discuss the biggest stories of the week and argue about them.