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Culture compass: social justice, streaming and soup

Friday: CabarABLE: Rights/Responsibilities

This cabaret performance showcases the work of artists with disabilities. Hear poetry, storytelling, music and theater from a variety of perspectives. For the third installment in this cabaret series, the performances will examine the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities.

Where: The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $12 – $15 at the door, $10 (plus service charges) online

Saturday: Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival

What do you get when you combine social justice and the Twin Cities arts scene? Easy — a social justice arts festival. While donations are encouraged, this free festival will provide a platform for artists, musicians, actors, poets and others to share their thoughts on pressing social issues.

Where: SpringHouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th St., Minneapolis

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Polish Soup Festival

Fall … soup … duh. The 28th annual Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota Soup Festival will showcase a variety of soups, including vegetarian options and PACIM’s famous ?urek soup (as seen in Esquire TV’s “Best Bars of America: Minneapolis”). You’ll also be able to pick up Polish craft goods from local vendors.

Where: Kolbe Hall, 1630 4th St. N.E., Minneapolis

When: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for PACIM members


Watch this: “Election”

Luckily, this 1999 film is not about the election going on right now. Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick star in this dark comedy about a student council election. That’s not to say that “Election” doesn’t comment on the government, but the humor in the film is more than enough to distract you from modern political drama.

Stream this: Anything on HBO Go

Thanks to the University of Minnesota, anyone living in residence halls now has free access to HBO Go — go crazy. You can finally start watching “The Wire,” stream recent blockbuster hits like “Deadpool” or “The Revenant” and catch up on John Oliver’s brilliant political satire on his show, “Last Week Tonight.” Homework first, though!

Read this: “The Strategist”

I’m a big believer in treating yourself, as long as your retail therapy doesn’t completely deplete your bank account. You should enjoy the things you use every day. New York Magazine’s “The Strategist” has the best recommendations on everything from dish soap to Korean skincare. It’s your new, curated list of everything you didn’t know you needed.

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