Culture Compass: Trenchball, Transylvania and tea

by Becca Most

Friday: Trench Tournament

Big fan of dodgeball? Wait until you hear what trenchball is. While in the traditional game you’re beaned by a foam ball and have to make the dejected trek to the sidelines, in trenchball things are a little different. Players on each team guard three bowling pins without getting hit themselves by stray balls. If you do get hit, you’re sent to the “trench” behind the opposing team where you can only get out if you catch a throw from one of your teammates. So essentially, dodgeball with more rules (and bowling apparently?). 

Where: University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 Harvard St. SE., Minneapolis

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is coming to Uptown Theatre this weekend, performed by the impressive Minneapolis shadowcast Transvestite Soup. “Rocky Horror” has long been a cult favorite and one of the longest running midnight movies of all times. Featuring the sensual and charming Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his unsuspecting guests Brad and Janet, audience members are in for a treat.

Where: Landmark’s Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 11:59 p.m. 

Cost: $9

Sunday: “The Weird SH*T Art Show

This probably won’t be like any other art show you’ve been to. Organized by Misha Estrin (colloquially known as the Free Hugs guy), the third annual Weird SH*T Art Show will celebrate the bizarre. Featuring a plastic bag fashion show, “insecurity officers” and much more, the event highlights artists who aren’t represented in the mainstream art world. 

Where: A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 Main St. SE., Minneapolis

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $3.50 online, $5 at the door


Sip this: Trader Joe’s Organic Pomegranate White Tea

Whether it’s quickly steeped in a to-go mug on the way to class or enjoyed chilled with a good book (let’s be honest — a textbook) this fruity tea hits the spot. With hints of hibiscus flowers and lemongrass, it’s the perfect way to start off spring.

Watch this: “The Little Hours

Who doesn’t like a movie with some rude and sassy medieval nuns? Especially if it has such a killer cast (we see you Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen and Nick Offerman). The story takes place in the Middle Ages where a peasant fleeing persecution from his king takes refuge among a flock of unstable nuns in their convent. How did I not know this existed before?

Write this: Details of your day

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and overworked, so take a moment to stop and breathe. Make time to find beauty in the little details of your afternoon, even if it’s just a conversation you overheard on the green line or a dog you saw on your way to class. Sometimes documenting the little things reminds us that the Earth is still moving and life will keep moving forward.