Culture compass: Smith, Stranger Things and the stage

by Gunthar Reising

Friday: Caroline Smith at the O’Shaughnessy

Indie rock or ’90s R&B? Decide for yourself at The O’Shaughnessy this Friday, where Caroline Smith will coo her groovy R&B rhythms over an atmospheric backdrop.

In her record “Half About Being a Woman,” Smith not only explores genre miscegenation, but also the complexities of femininity. Smith approaches the topic with a rare, upbeat vulnerability that’s impossible not to love and respect.

Where: The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-35

Saturday: Grrrl Scout: The Upside Down

Get into the Halloween mood with Eggos, “Stranger Things” and “The Goonies” at the Nomad World Pub. The pub will be crafting an ’80s ambience that just might stop time for a night.

From 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Eggo waffles will be provided in honor of Eleven’s favorite meal, and afterward there will be a dance off.

Go gush over how nostalgic “Stranger Things” made you feel — without realizing that you never lived in the ’80s.

Where: Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $6 (21+)

Sunday: “Steel Storm”

Reclaim your forgotten aspirations with the inspiration this stage play provides.

“Steel Storm” chronicles a young woman fighting to keep her dream of becoming a famous singer despite society, and her family, constantly trying to break her down.

The play examines family secrets, race and the individual’s navigation between good and evil.

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

When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cost: $25

CULTURE TO CONSUME

Listen to this: “Reverie” by Tom Misch

Tom Misch’s newest EP does what Tom Misch does best: Smooth jazz guitar is shown off over bouncy, minimalist beats and complemented by Misch’s soft and agreeable voice. Following his album “Beat Tape 2,” “Reverie” emphasizes Misch’s skillful guitar and challenges his vocal abilities.

Watch this: “Black Mirror”

In this mind-bending science fiction television series, nothing is off-limits. The show investigates human decency, the meaning of our existence and humans’ relationship with technology. “Black Mirror” is a Millennial’s “The Twilight Zone” — “A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity … ”

Read this: “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”

Nobody has time to read fiction during the school year, but here’s a pitch for a book anyway. Author Michael Chabon of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” delicately weaves an eclectic, multigenerational story about letting go of hatred and escaping to happiness. If this opus doesn’t strum your heartstrings — never mind, it will.