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A&E gives you the scoop on what you should be doing this weekend.

Joe Cristo

Friday: Michael Kleber-Diggs and Sun Yung Shin Poetry Reading

Earlier this year, the Daily published a Q&A with Sun Yung Shin, a Minneapolis-based poet who has garnered acclaim from critics as well as audiences. Sun Yung Shin will be performing a poetry reading on Friday for the Banfill-Locke Reading Series along with poet and essayist Michael Kleber-Diggs. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best writers in town, so don’t sleep on this one.

Where: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts,6666 E. River Road., Fridley

When: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: Chris Rock at the Orpheum

Okay, sure, tickets are expensive. And sure, Chris Rock has been around for a while so it’s not like you’re in danger of never seeing him again. Still, as one of the greatest standups ever, it’s hardly a waste of money to splurge on this one. Keep in mind, Rock has been moving more toward movies and TV as of late, so he may go the way of Eddie Murphy and stop touring all together. You never know.

Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $49.50+

Sunday: Panic! At the Disco, Misterwives and Saint Motel

I know nothing about the acts backing up pop-punk veterans Panic! At the Disco at this show. What I do know is that Panic! never lets an act unready for moderate acclaim open their shows. I also know that the last two Panic! albums have been more mature, adopting subtlety over style. You should go because there’s nothing more fun than belting middle school hits with a couple thousand people.

Where: Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $47+


Watch this: “The Carmichael Show”

Jerrod Carmichael’s NBC show is one of the best-written and acted sitcoms left on TV. I’ll admit, the sitcom as a form should die its inevitable death already, but Carmichael is giving his best shot at reinventing the form. The show’s season finale punctuated one of the best seasons of TV this year, so now you can binge watch it at your leisure. And come on, it has David Alan Grier.

Listen to this: “Semper Femina” by Laura Marling

There is no real way to emphasize just how good of a songwriter Laura Marling is. Each time she’s released a record over the last decade it has consistently topped the competition, and this LP is no different. I managed to find my copy on the deep web, but even the already-released single “Soothing” demonstrates Marling is undergoing a Joni Mitchell-like jazz phase. Exciting stuff.

Watch this: “Get Out”

I know, I know. You’ve been hearing about this thriller flick for the last few weeks and it’s getting tired. Obviously, it’s good, but is it THAT good? I’m not sure it lives up to the hype, either. But then again I’m not sure anything really can. It’s best to quell the hype and go see it with a clear head. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is a scathing satire that seems worth a visit to your local movie theater.