Culture Compass 7/15/2015 – 7/21/2015

by Jackie Renzetti

Paddle this: Lake Harriet Make the most of the sunshine with a recently established pastime âÄî paddleboarding. When picking a paddle paradise, Lake Harriet makes a great contender with its free music and movie nights. This weekend, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will show âÄúBig Hero 6âÄù and âÄúHunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,âÄù so you can catch a free flick after a day at the lake. Listen to this: âÄúCurrentsâÄù After a series of singles, Tame Impala will release their third album, âÄúCurrents,âÄù on July 17. It was released on NPRâÄôs âÄúFirst ListenâÄù on July 12. Earlier this month, the band released âÄúCurrents in the Making,âÄù a video giving a snapshot of the process of making the album, which is available on YouTube. The 13-track record is the bandâÄôs first in about three years. Read this: âÄúModern RomanceâÄù Aziz Ansari debuted his book âÄúModern RomanceâÄù last month. The comedian worked with New York University sociologist Eric Klineberg, along with several other social scientists, and conducted hundreds of interviews and focus groups around the world. With his results, Ansari helps us explore how modern relationships work in the era of emojis. Friday Yussle the Muscle As part of Illusion TheaterâÄôs âÄúFresh InkâÄù series of original plays, playwright and director David FeldshuhâÄôs âÄúYussle the MuscleâÄù opens Thursday for a four-day run. The play centers on two friends during World War II: heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling and his manager, Jewish American Yussle Jacobs. Their friendship survives despite the presence of Nazi Dr. Joseph Goebbels. Where: Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Hours: 8 p.m. Cost: $15-$20 Saturday Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Returning for its fifth year, Roots, Rock & Deep Blues brings folk, Americana and blues to the Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis. All along Minnehaha Avenue, more than 25 bands will perform on six different stages. Concert goers can also enjoy food and drink from places like Gandhi Mahal, MerlinâÄôs Rest and Peppers and Fries. Included in the music lineup are the Fury Things, Charlie Parr and Spider John Koerner. Where: 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis Hours: 12 p.m. Cost: $15-$20 Sunday Stage Kiss Pulitzer finalist and Tony award nominee Sarah Ruhl wrote âÄúStage Kiss,âÄù which premiered in 2011. Casey Stangl directs the GuthrieâÄôs production of the romantic comedy. The story follows the relationship between two actors who get cast as romantic leads. As the plot unfolds, we learn whether or not the âÄúStage KissâÄù between the two is real. Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis Hours: 7 p.m. Cost: $15-$35