Culture compass: Concerts, craft beer and comedy

A&E weighs in on what you should be doing this weekend.

Katie Lauer

Friday: Lizzo in Concert

There is little doubt that Minneapolis-based vocal powerhouse Lizzo will bring down the club Friday. Her 2016 EP “Coconut Oil,” is full of gospel soul and electronic club bangers, and you can expect her performance to be as electric as her killer Spring Jam 2015 set.

Where: The O’Shaughnessy,

2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $14 – $33

Saturday: Minnesota Craft Beer Festival 2017

What’s better than beer? Quality craft beer. This festival will feature more than 85 breweries and 220 beers to sample from Minnesota and beyond, including brews from Surly, WeldWerks, Crooked Stave and Deschutes — all available with your tasting ticket. Drink responsibly!

Where: Minneapolis Convention

Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis

When: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Cost: $19.99 – $49.99

Sunday: Comedy Night with Hasan Minhaj and more

Daily Show Correspondent Hasan Minhaj, Aman Ali and Daina Ali will be bringing the laughs at this annual event presented by Al-Madinah Cultural Center. The University group aims to enlighten others about Islamic culture, and this event will enlighten with a comedic edge.

Where: Northrop Memorial Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E.,


When: 6-10 p.m.

Cost: $10 – $25

Culture to consume

Listen to this: “This Is: A$AP Ferg” Spotify Playlist

A$AP Ferg was just announced as the headliner for this year’s Spring Jam, and anyone who is planning on going should brush up on their song knowledge. Luckily, this playlist does the searching for you. All of his essential tracks like “Work,” “Shabba,” and “New Level” are there along withsome of the deeper cuts.

Read this: “1984” by George Orwell

There has never been a better time to read a novel about a dystopian society than right now. This classic oddly reflects much of the recent political talk and hubbub, and can provide for great conversation over coffee.

Plan for this: Minnesota Twins Opening Day

Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals is the start to the season. Despite the team’s record or reputation, a baseball game can be an excuse to take advantage of a beautiful spring day. Grab a hot dog, sing along to the organ and enjoy watching the Twins play ball.