Culture compass: Moose patrols, Scrooge and photons

Samir Ferdowsi

Friday: Victor Shores w/ Pierre and Heart to Gold

Nothing says “punk show” like a good ol’ Minneapolis dive bar. Catch a locally-stacked lineup of basement punk bands as they perform new music specifically for the Terminal audience. From Heart to Gold’s angst to Pierre’s hard-hitting anthems off their newly released album, the show will definitely wash off any wear-and-tear from the week. Victor Shores is rumored to be performing a plethora of new music for the crowd, so be ready to go off!

Where: Terminal Bar, 409 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis  

When: 7 p.m. 

Cost: $10 advanced, $12 door

Saturday: “Outdoor Adventure Expo

Explorers, it’s finally that time of year again. This weekend, West Bank’s iconic Midwest Mountaineering will host their annual “Adventure Expo.” In addition to crazy good deals on all the gear you can imagine, there will be clinics, film screenings, lectures, book signings and lots of free giveaways. Check out the “Winter Survival” course or hear a talk from certified winter guide Scott Oeth as he recounts his tales from the north. BANFF film fest will be in town partnering with the Expo, so swing through for a screening to get your adrenaline pumping and inspire your next adventure.

Where: Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: 9 a.m to 6:30 p.m. 

Cost: Free

Sunday: “A Christmas Carol

It’s never too early for some Christmas cheer. Forty-four years running, The Guthrie’s classic winter performance returns, and the skilled cast recounts this beautiful tale of wholehearted goodness. Join Scrooge as he explores his Christmases past, present and future. Grab your family and friends and warm up with spirit and good times as the most wonderful time of the year quickly approaches. Think it’s too cold? Bah humbug.

Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St., Minneapolis

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: Varies by seat

CULTURE TO CONSUME

Read this: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Ever look up at the stars and wonder how we got here? Follow along with the G.O.A.T. Neil deGrasse Tyson as he puts the question “how do we exist?” in layman’s terms. From the Big Bang to the breakdown of a photon, this book turns 5000-level physics course material into a page turner you can’t put down. 

Listen to this: “BALLADS 1” by Joji

Get into a mood with Joji on his newest album “BALLADS 1.” While most artists save a couple tracks for a self-reflective “sad boi” mood, Joji utilized all 12 slots. From the banger “YEAH RIGHT” to relatable-for-everyone-in-some-way “TEST DRIVE,” Joji has hit heart-plucking gold right off the success of his and 88 Rising’s “Head in the Clouds” (also a slapper of an album to check out if you haven’t already).

Learn this: Something new

It’s almost finals season and — though it may not look this way as far as class is concerned — the end is definitely near. With the days shortening and the temperature dropping, it’s easy to get sucked into a negative mood that will affect your health and studies. Try picking up a new hobby or dive into a subject on YouTube if you get a moment. This will keep your brain fresh and out of the academic slosh of the season.