Culture compass: Bell Museum, Bastille Day and Bon Appétit

by Maddy Folstein

Friday: Bell Museum Opening Night Celebration 

The long-awaited grand opening of the new Bell Museum is finally happening this weekend. On Friday night, head over to the St. Paul campus to see the new exhibits, preview the planetarium and enjoy refreshments and live music. 

Where: Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul

When: 6 to 11 p.m.

Cost: $40

Saturday: Vintage on a Dime Sale

If you’re looking into high quality pieces, even buying secondhand can get expensive. Luckily, three Twin Cities vintage vendors have joined together for the second annual Vintage on a Dime Sale. Canary Club Vintage, Tandem Vintage and Dearheart Vintage are clearing out their stocks, giving you great deals on top-notch clothing, accessories and home goods. Be sure to bring a reusable bag for toting your new finds!

Where: 2925 S. 34th Ave., Minneapolis

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Bastille Day Block Party

No storming the Bastille required here! Just food, MN Nice Cream and live music, including Jeremy Messersmith, Static Panic and more. A portion of the proceeds from this open-air party will benefit Be The Match, a bone marrow registry that helps connect donors to those in need.  

Where: Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

When: 3 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free


Listen to this: Bon Appétit Foodcast

If you watch every Tasty video you scroll past in your Facebook feed, the Bon Appétit Foodcast is the podcast for you. Every Wednesday, Bon Appétit food writers and editors publish a food-related episode. There are episodes based around a single ingredient, like eggs and rice, interviews with chefs and food writers and discussions about the latest news from the culinary world. 

Watch this: “Dirty Computer” Emotion Picture

Missed Janelle Monáe’s stunning “Dirty Computer” tour when it stopped in the Twin Cities? Get your fix by watching the “emotion picture” that accompanied the album. The film follows Jane 57821, a woman living in a dystopian, totalitarian future. Tessa Thompson also performs in the film, which features music from the “Dirty Computer” album as well — what more could you need?

See this: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is about one of the most beloved children’s shows of all time, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” covers the life and work of Fred Rogers, who started his show at a public television station in Pittsburgh.