Culture compass: Live drag, live poetry and dead zombies

Kate Drakulic

Friday: National Coming Out Week Drag Show

Drag is taking over the Great Hall! Come celebrate Friday the 13th (costume is encouraged) with a drag show, student drag competition and dance party. The event is hosted by the Queer Student Cultural Center and Student Unions & Activities at the University of Minnesota. 

Where: Coffman Memorial Union, 300 SE Washington Ave, Minneapolis

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Cost: Tips suggested

Saturday: Zombie Pub Crawl

Get your freak (and flesh eating) on at Minneapolis’ 2017 Zombie Pub Crawl. The party will take place all night at the Zombie Lot with headliners Third Eye Blind, Tech N9ne, T-Pain, Sean Kingston, Sammy Adams and many more. Come dressed in your best tattered clothes and bloody make-up. You never know, you could meet the love of your dead life!

Where: First Avenue and 5th Street, Minneapolis

When: 5 p.m. – Midnight Saturday

Cost: $19.99 – $100

Sunday: Button Poetry at Honey MPLS

Button Poetry and Honey, a popular Northeast basement bar, present Neil Hilborn, Talia Young and Avalon Moon. Serve up some snaps while listening to live readings of Hilborn’s new poetry book and bid farewell to the local musicians from Avalon Moon as they prepare to leave Minneapolis. 

Where: Honey, 205 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door


Listen to this: “Take Me Apart” by Kelela

Kelela’s newly released album, which came out on Friday, is one of many about love, but she explores it with her own distinctive sound. Her breezy voice effortlessly fills the 13 pop / R&B tracks in a way that will keep you wanting to listen to it over, and over, and over again. 

Watch this: A Horror Movie

October is horror movie season, so kick back and cuddle up for some scares. While there are new horror movies coming out like “Happy Death Day,” it’s also a good time to delve into the genre’s past. Dig up classics like “Psycho,” “Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror” or “Rosemary’s Baby” to see the evolution of the horror film.

Do this: Carve a Pumpkin

It’s about that time, Halloween enthusiasts. The weekend of Friday the 13th is the perfect occasion to go pumpkin picking and carve up a jack-o’-lantern. Get artistic and have a competition with your friends to see who can carve the best one. Bonus points if you cover the seeds in salt and olive oil and roast them.