Culture compass: Dance, ‘Star Wars,’ and Beyoncé

Your guide to the last weekend of the school year from A&E.

by Becca Most

Friday: “Dance With Me”

Watch student-choreographed dances at the St. Paul Student Center this weekend. A student performance group, the Dance Collective features a variety of dance categories including but certainly not limited to ballet, jazz and belly-dancing. The annual spring showcase gives students a chance to show their love of dance regardless of skill level.

Where: University St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul

When: 8 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free 

Saturday: “MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!”

“Star Wars” fans — this is the place you want to be. With a lightsaber battle, costume contest, “Star Wars” trivia and specialty beers on-tap (like the Tatooine Sunset or the Blue Milk), Dangerous Man Brewing Co. is bringing a celebration uniquely its own to this beloved day. With DJ Jake Rudh starting at 9:12 p.m. (Dangerous Man notes that “all times are subject to rifts in the time-space continuum”), this is a spot for beer-lovers and droids alike.

Where: Dangerous Man Brewing Co., 1300 2nd St. NE., Minneapolis

When: 7 p.m. to midnight

Cost: $20-30

Sunday: MayDay Festival

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s annual MayDay Parade on Bloomington Avenue is a time for celebrating warmth and community. With 10-foot-tall handmade puppets, music and performance, the parade starts at noon on Bloomington Avenue before finishing at Powderhorn Park. Here, you can enjoy live entertainment, a plethora of food trucks and dancing. It’s the best way to start off spring.

Where: Powderhorn Park, 33rd St. E., Minneapolis

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Culture to Consume:

Watch this: Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” 

Leading with a full pep band and line of dancers, Beyoncé’s two-hour concert film on Netflix details her live Coachella performances from 2018, as well as the journey that led her to the creation of the shows. Filled with chronicle and heartfelt moments on and off stage, “Homecoming” celebrates the beauty and excellence of black culture, specifically targeting the importance of education in historically black colleges and universities.

Settle in with this: “The Tower” magazine

The annual literary arts magazine “The Tower” is out, and it’s gorgeous. Especially with all this nasty weather — who wouldn’t want to curl up with a good read? The student-run publication features some of the best of the University of Minnesota’s prose and poetry, as well as paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramics. You can pick up the magazine at a handful of buildings on campus or at the Weisman Art Museum — be on the lookout for its whimsical blue cover.

Do this (please!): Get some sleep

I know this seems nearly impossible, and maybe it is … but trust me. Power naps are your new best friend and you deserve them. With finals week coming up, it’s easy to forget that your body isn’t just a machine that can pump out six-page papers and survive off packaged ramen. Take time for yourself, even if it’s just 20 minutes of shut eye. Those last few paragraphs will be OK to push off for a couple hours and no — as much as it feels like it — it won’t be the end of the world.