Weekend Culture Compass – Bourdain, Chabon and other methods of enlightenment.

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Travel foodie extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain is in town, to smoke and drink and shed his wisdom. PHOTO COURTESY THE TRAVEL CHANNEL

Travel foodie extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain is in town, to smoke and drink and shed his wisdom. PHOTO COURTESY THE TRAVEL CHANNEL

Mark Brenden

Thursday Literature âÄî Michael Chabon The author of such literary paragons as âÄúThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh,âÄù âÄúWonder BoysâÄù and âÄúThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,âÄù ChabonâÄôs lecture makes A&E say $35 be damned. Once Cormac McCarthy dies, he might be a consensus for the âÄúBest Living AuthorâÄù moniker. Hopkins Center for the Arts 1111 Main St. 7:30 p.m. $35 – $45 MPLS-St. Paul International Film Festival If something is around for 28 years, it deserves some credit. Indeed, MPLS-St. Paul International Film Festival turns 28 this year. That means it has outlived Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain. Some noteworthy titles for ThursdayâÄôs feature are âÄúPink Taxi,âÄù âÄúAgrarian Utopia,âÄù âÄúVital SignsâÄù and âÄúSkeletons.âÄù St. Anthony Main Theater 115 Main St. S.E. Showings from 3:15 to 9:45 p.m. Friday Music âÄî Rebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy VII ItâÄôs no wonder an annual party for a hipsterâÄôs two favorite living creatures (David Bowie and cats) has thrived for six years. This yearâÄôs feline get-down features Bowie covers from Little Man, The Honeydogs, E.L.nO. and Jeremy Messersmith. Meow! First Avenue 701 N. First Ave. 8 p.m. $8 – $10 Food âÄî Anthony Bourdain When heâÄôs wining and dining in Asia, heâÄôs a giant in stature. But when heâÄôs giving a spoken word performance in downtown Minneapolis, heâÄôs a giant in reverence for Midwest cookbook junkies and Travel Channel enthusiasts. State Theatre 805 Hennepin Ave. 8 p.m. $41 – $78.50 Music âÄî Leisure Birds, Red Pens, The Beets The Turf ought to be aflame Leisure Birds, Red Pens and the ultra-cool psychedelia of Red Pens and Doug Funnie-defying song and dance of The Beets. A guest yodeling from Vice Principal Mr. Bone is not expected. Turf Club 1601 University Ave. W. 9 p.m. $5 Saturday Music âÄî Gogol Bordello Lucky us, the colorful gypsy wagon of Gorgol Bordello is hitching at First Avenue this weekend. What can we expect from the Ukranian-born, Rick Rubin-produced band oâÄô gypsies? Well, any expectations are bound to be broken by their musical unpredictability. First Avenue 701 N. First Ave. N. 5 p.m. $25 – $27 Culture to Consume . Eat this: KFCâÄôs long-awaited fried chicken-bunned cheese and bacon sandwich, Double Down tests the limits of gluttony. A&EâÄôs chief reporter on the Crispy and Delicious beat Jay Boller had this to say of the sandwich: âÄúSure, I left feeling grotesquely full. But given its polarizing pretense, it also rendered me spiritually void.âÄù Booze this: NicolletâÄôs Salsa a la Salsa makes a mean margarita and favors the vowel âÄúaâÄù more than any other restaurant we can think of. Their tequila concoctions are the ideal companion to an outdoors boozer in the springtime. Listen to this: Canadian electronic mad scientist of sound CaribouâÄôs new album âÄúSwimâÄù just came out with more psychedelic soundscapes. Dance-punksers LCD SoundsystemâÄôs hyped follow-up to âÄúSound of SilverâÄù comes out in the beginning of May, but you can stream it online now. Read this: While youâÄôre ignoring Stephenie MeyerâÄôs newest novel âÄúThe Host,âÄù get your literary vampire fix with the âÄúTrue BloodâÄù source materialâÄôs newest addition, Charlaine HarrisâÄô âÄúDead in the Family.âÄù Watch this: The greatest athlete of all time and the self-nicknamed âÄúBig AristotleâÄù (Lebron James and Shaquille OâÄôNeil) are taking the storied odyssey to the championship on TNTâÄôs coverage of the NBA playoffs. In ShaqâÄôs words, to miss it would be âÄúhorr-awful.âÄù Click this: