Culture Compass: Helmets, hometown heroines and haunts

Here’s what you should be doing this weekend.

by Maddy Folstein

Friday: MN4MN Blank Canvas

As part of Fashion Week MN, Blank Canvas is giving 10 local artists the opportunity to redesign a simple motorcycle helmet. Following the redesign, 10 photographers and 10 models will showcase the gear at Blank Canvas’ event. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an event full of fashion, art and music.

Where: Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE., Minneapolis

When: 6 to 11 p.m.

Cost: $10

Saturday: BALLS Cabaret

Those looking for a chance to see some new talent or perhaps stretch a special skill of their own need to check out BALLS. As one of the longest running open-mic cabarets, you’ll have the chance to experience a true cornerstone of the Twin Cities arts scene. BALLS won’t turn away contestants, but those looking to display their talent should have attended at least once before getting onstage.

Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 S Washington Ave., Minneapolis

When: Midnight

Cost: $5 recommended donation

Sunday: Haley Bonar’s “Impossible Dream” Release Party

Outdoor concert season won’t last much longer, but cider season is just beginning. The music of St. Paul favorite, Haley Bonar, has been described as indie, alternative, country and hardcore, so this album release party can offer something for music lovers of all genres. Cults will be performing as well.

Where: Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. N.E., Minneapolis

When: 3 p.m.

Cost: Free with RSVP


Listen to this: “My Favorite Murder”

Hosted by comedians Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, “My Favorite Murder” is a comedic podcast about homicide. Hardstark and Kilgariff present an alternative to other true crime podcasts like “Serial” by combining crime tales, dark humor and candid discussions about their real fears.

Watch this: “Mr. Robot”

Rami Malek, who plays the main character in the cyber-thriller series, Mr. Robot, just became the first ethnic minority actor in 18 years to take home an Emmy for best Leading Actor in a Drama Series. What better time to start binge watching a new show? “Mr. Robot” follows Malek’s character as he joins a team of hackers who are on a quest to take down the dangerous corporation, E Corp. The first season is available via streaming on Amazon.

Read this: “Coraline”

Halloween is just around the corner, everyone! Labeled as a children’s story, Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel — Coraline — will give you just enough spooks before October rolls around. Follow Coraline as she tumbles through terrifying dimensions and alternate worlds, then trick-or-treat yourself further with a screening of the 2009 stop-motion film adaptation.