Culture compass: local zoo, local art and local eats

Maddy Folstein

Friday: Adult Night Out at the Zoo

Enjoy a kids-free, 18+ evening at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Grab a bite to eat or a cocktail and wander the trails of the extensive Minnesota Zoo. Sometimes it’s fun to be a kid, especially without the judgmental stares of, you know, actual kids.

Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

When: 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 for non-members

Saturday: Yeah Maybe #10

Held in an artist-led gallery, Yeah Maybe showcases the work of local artists Peter Happel Christian, Mara Duvra, John Fleischer and Jehra Patrick. Throw in live music from Avalon Moon, and your answer should be “yes of course,” not just “yeah maybe.”

Where: Yeah Maybe, 2528 E 22nd St., Minneapolis

When: 7:30 pm to 1 a.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Pizza Farm, October Edition

This is the Midwest — of course pizza has to come from a farm. Head to Food Building, a grocery store dedicated to supporting local farmers, for wood-fired pizzas made with local ingredients. Ample samples will be provided in case a pizza just isn’t enough.

Where: Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE., Minneapolis

When: 12 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Pizzas should be priced around $10


Listen to this: “Sprained Ankle” by Julien Baker

Julien Baker’s debut 2015 album is ideal for rainy day listening. Baker’s raspy and intricate voice will break your heart in all the best ways. If the 33-minute long album isn’t enough to feed your new obsession, listen to her Spotify Sessions or Tiny Desk Concert on NPR’s YouTube channel.

Watch this: “Veep”

You’re probably tired of the election cycle. However, HBO’s “Veep” covers politics in a bitter, sarcastic way that might just give you a little hope. With Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the head of the talented comedic ensemble as Vice President Selina Meyer, “Veep” portrays the blunders and inner-workings of politics. Keep track of all the Jonah Ryan insults — you’ll want to use some one day.

Read this: “Station Eleven”

Highly buzzed about when it was released back in 2014, “Station Eleven” is an apocalyptic masterpiece that connects the dots of multiple lives across multiple years. There’s Shakespeare, cults, comics and the ideal balance of poeticism and suspense. Be cautious about starting “Station Eleven” — you will surely tear through its ending.