Culture compass: A midwinter weekend’s guide

by Maddy Folstein

Friday: 35 mm Feminist Silents

A world of male homemakers might sound like an episode of “Black Mirror,” but a screening of 35 mm Feminist Silents at the Trylon Cinema will prove the concept is far more antiquated. Curated by University of Minnesota assistant professor Maggie Hennefeld, the screening will show three short, feminist films from the early 1900s, proving the suffragettes might have been much cooler than we thought. 

Where: Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $12

Saturday: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Shakespearean comedy is well known for its love triangles and comedic moments. By imagining the world in a chaos caused by the warring fairies Oberon and Titania, this University production blurs the line between dream and nightmare. If nothing else, a night in the magical summer forest can take your mind off the grueling Minnesota winter.

Where: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $7 student tickets, $17 general tickets

Sunday: Guthrie Theater’s Solo Emerging Artist Celebration 

Three solo performing artists will take over the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio through March 11. The Solo Emerging Artist Celebration allows the performers to fully explore their artistic lens. On Sunday, two of the performers will take the stage of the Dowling Studio. A.P. Looze will perform “Foray Softly,” an examination of transgender identity and journeys, at 1 p.m., and at 7 p.m., Ifrah Mansour will perform “How to Have Fun in a Civil War,” a story of resilience in the Somali Civil War.

Where: Guthrie Theater 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis

When: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cost: $9


Listen to this: “Reply All

“Reply All” is the podcast for anyone who spends most of their time scrolling through Twitter or sending their friends memes on Instagram. Described as a podcast about the Internet, “Reply All” digs deeper, as hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt examine the funny, unexpected or even painful ways technology influences modern life. Start with “#44 Shine on You Crazy Goldman,” the show’s exploration of LSD. 

Watch this: “The Good Place” 

Still mourning the loss of the golden era of NBC comedies, when “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” reigned supreme? “The Good Place” is the best pick for you. The show imagines a paradise afterlife called The Good Place, where the selfish Eleanor (Kristen Bell) is mistakenly sent after an embarrassing death. The first season is available for streaming on Netflix. 

Follow this: @willsmith

Yes, Will Smith is on Instagram. He sings, dances, vlogs and embarrasses his kids like any dad on social media. His feed is equal parts motivation and comedy, and if you need more Will Smith in your life, he also has his own YouTube channel.