Culture compass: Corn, thrash punk and the Greeks

A&E plans your weekend. You’re welcome, Olympians.

Joe Kellen

Friday: “Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival”

When I was growing up, my sister told me to get lost on a daily basis. I bet yours did, too. Even if you didn’t have siblings or if they were nice to you or something, you still ought to take it to heart. Sever’s does a bang-up job with a massive corn maze in their annual autumn celebration. Take a stroll through the Minnesota-themed labyrinth and grab some cider afterward. If you’re planning on taking to the stalks in the dark, don’t forget to bring a flashlight. You’d be surprised at how lost you can really get.

Where: 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, Minn.
When: Oct. 3-27; 1-8 p.m., Fridays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays
Cost: $12 online, $13 onsite


Saturday: “Birthday Suits”

Minneapolis-based punk rockers Birthday Suits will scream at you. Really. They’re known to expend an insane amount of energy in their live shows, so the faint of heart may want to pack some elbow pads if they’re wary of the thrash. If you’re raring to get in a Halloween mood, the hypnotic energy of this loud’n’fast duo ought to be a good substitute for a séance or exorcism. Go ahead, live a little. Feel your eyes roll back into your head and let those two-stepper demons tear you to shreds.

Where: Turf Club, 1601 University Ave., St. Paul
When: 9 p.m., Oct. 5
Cost: $7


Sunday: “Eurydice”

Sarah Ruhl has become a playwright of insane prominence in the past ten years. University of Minnesota professor Lisa Channer directs one of Ruhl’s early successes, challenging actors to take on the myth of Orpheus from his wife Eurydice’s perspective. Oh, and I forgot to mention, a vast majority of the play’s action takes place in the underworld. If you’re enamored with that sort of thing, you’ll be fascinated by Ruhl’s magical world. Poetic, thoughtful and full of imagination, this adaptation of the Greek tale is not to be missed.

Where: Nolte Xperimental Theatre, Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S., Minneapolis
When: Oct. 3-13, 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $6 for students, $16 for the general public



Watch this: “Masters of Sex”

This Showtime original dangles its lingerie directly in front of your eyes. “Masters of Sex” premiered last Sunday, and if there’s anything we’re sure of, it’s that we’re intrigued. The show details the exploits of two pioneering sex researchers in the 1950s. They brush up closely with each other as well as some unexpected trouble, and eventually end up sparking a sexual revolution. If you’re wondering, it’s all based on the real lives of William Masters and Virginia Johnson (paging Dr. Freud). Featuring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” turns up the heat and probably won’t stop smoldering.


Read this: “Kanye West isn’t Joking Anymore” Pitchfork Media, Sept. 2013

Kanye West, although his music is widely praised, is the celebrity the media loves to hate. Admittedly, it’s not hard to do so. West is a relentless narcissist and goes off the handle fairly easily. On the other hand, he’s also a dedicated genius and a provider for the family he’s building. This article centers on West’s recent explosion at Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter and asks us to empathize with him. Perhaps we would see the rapper differently if we could know what it was like to have our every action documented by the media.


Follow this: @Horse_ebooks

So this is it. Our favorite Twitter account is sort of a hoax. If you’re out of the loop, @Horse_ebooks was an account supposedly hooked up to an entire network of e-books online. Each day, it would spit out nonsensical sentences about everything from self-esteem to proper knife skills. It’s completely ridiculous and popular — the account possesses an absurd charm. However, it turns out that the whole thing was a conceptual art piece. Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender created the account as a part of a larger project they’ve kept quiet. Even though the two have stopped posting to the account, this new information only deepens the mystery.