Weekend Culture Compass – Basilica Block Party and Green Day

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ca. 2004 --- The members of Green Day are, L-R, Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Mike Dirnt. --- Image by

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ca. 2004 — The members of Green Day are, L-R, Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Mike Dirnt. — Image by

FRIDAY Music âÄì Black Francis What can be said of Frank Black? The legendary frontman of the legendary Pixies has been at it since the mid-’80s and every successful indie band today owes him royalties. Even though BlackâÄôs last few solo records havenâÄôt received the critical adoration his Pixies work did, itâÄôs still Frank frickinâÄô Black. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S. 9 p.m. $20 Music âÄì The Guystorm, Military Special While rockers The Guystorm and Military Special are two of MinneapolisâÄô finer acts, the real draw of this show will be snooping around Sauce to see what this new venue is all about. It has lined up a pretty impressive list of local artists and has a prime center-Uptown locale, so things appear promising. And for a first show, the raucous gents in the Guystorm should only help make it a memorable one. Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S. 9:30 p.m. $5 Film âÄì Monty Python and the Holy Grail YouâÄôve seen. You quoted it endlessly when you were 13. And yes, it still rules. âÄúHoly GrailâÄù may be everyoneâÄôs DadâÄôs favorite flick of all-time, but it stands up well to the ages. A good, clean night of fun canâÄôt get much better than viewing the 1975 British goofball classic on the big screen. Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S. 11:30 p.m. $5 Festivals âÄì Basilica Block Party For the fifteenth year, the drunken collection plate known at the Basilica Block Party invades downtown Minneapolis. Ticket prices are almost painfully high and beer prices are sure to follow suit, but still, Twin Cities residents seem to love this damn block party. As for music acts, Friday has The Jayhawks playing the same time as Black Crowes (opt for the âÄòHawks), but the real draw is The Hold Steady (somewhat inexplicably) playing Saturday. Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th St. N. 5 p.m. âÄì 10:30 p.m. $35 – $40 SATURDAY Music âÄì Green Day Many of us saw Green Day come through town in 2002 with Blink-182. We were all freshly out of 8th grade and had a blast. Then, Green Day had to go see a Michael Moore documentary, take themselves too seriously and invest too heavily in eyeliner. Yes, post-âÄúAmerican IdiotâÄù Green Day has been somewhat of a drag, but itâÄôs still the band that made âÄúDookieâÄù (they could do themselves a service and remember that) and they probably still kill live. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. N 7 p.m. $25 – $49.50 Music âÄì A Night in the Box DonâÄôt feel like dropping $50 and enduring the Target CenterâÄôs atrocious sound quality for Green Day? Perhaps seeing an awesome local band in a tiny (but dually awesome) local bar is more your thing. A Night in the Box plays old-timey music even though theyâÄôre young pups with a frontman whoâÄôs a dead ringer for Jack White, vocally. Downtime is a bar with good food, cheap drinks and a lower ratio of frat brahs than most Dinkytown establishments. Downtime Bar, 1501 University Ave. SE 9 p.m. $6 History – Public Enemies: A Retrospective: Exhibit & Memorabilia Evaluation Kudos to the Landmark Center for striking while the ironâÄôs hot. The film âÄúPublic EnemiesâÄù is a massive success and the Landmark center is doing a host of gangster-centric events from the 10th through the 28th to channel that hype into something more substantive. Most of the events seem pretty cool, but SaturdayâÄôs features of a parade of 1930âÄôs gangster memorabilia (including DillingerâÄôs hit-list) and local historians and appraisers will be on hand for an âÄúAntiques RoadshowâÄù-ish affair. Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W., St. Paul 10 a.m. âÄì 4 p.m. Free Food âÄì 75th Annual Raspberry Festival You like Raspberries? Get your ass in line; theyâÄôre fantastic! Like folksy festivals that have been around for as long as your grandmas? Err, probably. Saturday features an arts & crafts fair, but things get more thrilling as the week goes on. WeâÄôre talking sports tourneys, karaoke, blood drives AND dancing/fireworks .DonâÄôt get too excited, but the week long event also includes a city-wide search for the âÄúGolden Raspberry.âÄù Only in America/Hopkins! Between 5th and 17th Aves., Hopkins, Minnesota 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free Sunday Drinking âÄì Bastille Day Annual Celebration By most standards, Bastille Day (FranceâÄôs Independence Day) falls on July 14. Never mind the details, though, as BritâÄôs Pub has lined up quite a little party. Bar rocker Graham Parker will be on hand for a free show and a troupe will be performing 37 of ShakespeareâÄôs plays in a gimmicky 97 minutes. As a show of solidarity to our highly invade-able French counterparts, be sure to get wicked sloshed on wine. TheyâÄôd want it that way. BritâÄôs Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall 1:30 p.m. Free Biking âÄì Minneapolis Bike Film Festival: Co-ed Bike Polo Tourney This entire festival, which started with a free No Age show on Wednesday, seems pretty cool. The weekâÄôs biking, bike-centric film watching and boozy after parties concludes Sunday with the big bike polo tourney. Not to get into predictions, but considering bikers fancy the drink (Stupor Bowl, anyone?), this particular polo tournament might be booze-fueled as well. And if itâÄôs not, more power to our car-less friends and their seemingly dangerous variation on a sport. McRae Park, 906 47th St. E. 11:30 a.m. $15 per team Festivals âÄì Norway Day Being that weâÄôre the whitest state in the world, why shouldnâÄôt we have the whitest sounding festival in the world? Half-accurate race jokes aside, this event seems like a pleaser for the Garrison Keillor lovers among us. The day beings with church service (of course), features a parade, various booths, food and even live music. After a weekend of debauchery, taking ma and pa to Norway Day seems like an appropriate thing to do. Unless, of course, youâÄôre the rest of Minnesota âÄì then you can just wait for Ireland or Germany Day. Minnehaha Park & Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S. 10 a.m. âÄì 4 p.m. Free Music âÄì Chuck Berry; Little Richard Yes, this show is too expensive, too far away and âÄì considering the venue and start time âÄì will be comprised almost exclusively of retirees who just bought their first motorhomes. ThatâÄôs sucky. WhatâÄôs not, on the other hand, is the fact Chuck Berry and Little Richard are music icons, legends and playing the same damn show. If youâÄôve got the scratch to see these guys play, do yourself a favor and enjoy seeing two of the creators of all rock âÄòn roll. Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Hwy. 210 Carlton, MN 6 p.m. $49 – $59 CULTURE TO CONSUME Listen to this: Dead ManâÄôs Bones is Ryan GoslingâÄôs (âÄúThe Notebook,âÄù âÄúLars and the Real GirlâÄù) foray into the music world. Must suck, right? Actually, the band âÄì which is a two-piece outfit featuring Zach Shields âÄì is pretty decent. The dudes clearly have a bit of a thing for Nick Cave, but thatâÄôs never a bad thing. Plus, theyâÄôve recently been signed to Anti- Records, the home of Tom Waits, Neko Case and âÄì yes âÄì Mr. Nick Cave himself. Drink this: Olde English 40s. Just when everyone thought the economy was beginning to turn, VP Joe Biden goes and says the administration underestimated the recessionâÄôs severity. Drag. In the mean time, pennies need pinching and livers need pounding, so reintroduce yourself to an old fallback: O.E. Some consider the taste putrid, but if thatâÄôs the case, simply mix with a Sparx and enjoy the flavor almost identical to Smarties candy. ItâÄôs called a âÄúSidewalk SlamâÄù – itâÄôs delicious. Eat this: For ten Tues. this season, the Twins are set to display the most outright expression of Americanism there is: baseball and gluttony. For a $34 ticket, fans are granted the opportunity to gorge on unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels and pop. Sadly, beer is not included, but for the sake of us Twins fans’ waistlines, maybe thatâÄôs a good thing. Read this: Based on the surge in popularity of cooking shows, eating shows and the term âÄì sadly âÄì âÄúfoodie,âÄù America is not only obsessed with eating food (read above), but also watching it, talking about it, and yes, reading about it. And with that, we have the newly released guide âÄú500 Things to Eat Before itâÄôs too Late: and the Very Best Places to Eat Them.âÄù Authored by award-winning food journalists Jane and Michael Stern, the book has photos, maps, is divided by regions and offers âÄúbestsâÄù lists centered on the most essential food groups: pizzas, burgers, pies, ect. Watch this: While âÄúBoratâÄù was certainly hilarious (save the bro-y cultural backlash it spawned), âÄúAli GâÄù mastermind Sacha Baron CohenâÄôs funniest character is undoubtedly the very European, very gay Bruno. Trailers suggest that Bruno has a hotel encounter with libertarian hero Ron Paul, so that alone is worth the ticket price. Expect this blockbuster to be as funny as it will be huge. Opens Friday. Click this: The one thing media outlets love more than their respective purposes? Talking about themselves and their peers nonstop. Insufferable? Yes. Interesting? Well, thatâÄôs up to the reader. If tracking media trends and happenings was too difficult before, now the world has Mediaite.com. Overall, itâÄôs a mildly neat browse with the coolest feature being its âÄúPower GridâÄù that (somewhat) scientifically charts the buzz around different media personalities.