Culture compass: Snoop Dogg, climate and safety

Here’s your guide to having a great weekend in the Twin Cities.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

Friday: The Sound of Aurora

The Wake, Radio K and Women for Political Change are partnering for this event to help with some fundraising for The Aurora Center. The benefit event will include comedy from Fool’s Errand and Kate McCarthy, as well as music by Nikhil Barr, Alec McKee and Sleeping Jesus. This is a great opportunity to see some great local talent while supporting a local organization.

Where: Mixed Blood Theatre Company, 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis 

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Saturday: “Shaping Fashion – An Exploration in Sustainability and Ethics”

Before beginning your Saturday festivities (if you know, you know), consider learning a little more about the clothes in your closet. More likely than not, what you buy contributes to your carbon footprint, overconsumption and the unethical treatment of workers. Sounds like a real issue, right? Well, Fashion Revolution MN and Global Shapers Minneapolis are here to inform you with panelists, workshops and an ethical marketplace experience. 

Where: Holden Room, 145 Holden St., Minneapolis

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

Cost: Free

Sunday: Snoop Dogg + Martha’s Drag Brunch

Now, if you missed out on your Saturday celebrations or you’re looking for something a little more formal, Flip Phone and Union Rooftop still have tickets available for their Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart drag brunch. These drag shows are probably the most fun meal you’ll ever enjoy with some of the most iconic drag queens you’ll ever see.

Where: Union Rooftop, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $12

CULTURE TO CONSUME

Listen to this: “You Might Find Yours” by Tom Rosenthal

This spoken word track makes you feel like you should be running through a field of flowers at dusk. This probably sounds dramatic, but the poem, which is laid over some soft music, speaks of finding your place and recognizing your surroundings. It’s a nice reminder to lift your head up and pay attention to the world around you.

Watch this: “Our Planet” on Netflix

If you haven’t heard about this nature documentary, you’re probably too deep into “Game of Thrones” hype. Exciting as that is, hear me out on this one. Narrated by everyone’s favorite historian David Attenborough, this series highlights the effects of climate change that we may not be seeing. It takes you to every ecosystem and shows that our environment is facing the consequences of our actions. 

Remember this: Stay safe! 

If you’re going out or staying in, remember to watch out for yourself and your friends this weekend. Bring water and fully-charged phones with you in case you need to get a hold of a friend lost in a crowd. There will probably be tons of people out, especially with the warm weather this weekend, so just make sure you’re with people you trust and you make it back home, safely in bed.