Culture compass: Cat meditation, local music and “You”

by Ksenia Gorinshteyn

Friday: Fool’s Errand Comedy Variety Show

Back with another variety show, Fool’s Errand will provide the Purple Onion crowd with some jokes and tunes for the first Friday night of the semester. The show includes improv, stand-up and music from The Enchantments. It’s the perfect opportunity to get those laughs in before the semester really hits hard. 

Where: Purple Onion Café, 1301 University Ave S.E., Minneapolis

When: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: Pelham and the Stella Loons

Looking to expand your local music taste? Pelham and the Stella Loons are a great place to start. Pelham’s music is genuine and gentle, with a sound reminiscent of Ed Sheeran and Bon Iver. The Stella Loons are a folk duo that cite First Aid Kit and The Staves as influences (and it’s apparent in their music). They mix their harmonies with sincere storytelling and a strong stage presence.

Where: Troubadour Wine Bar, 2827 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 9 to 11 p.m.

Cost: $9 bar tab minimum

Sunday: Cat Café Meditation

With the beginning of a new semester, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You have assignments upon assignments due; it’s stressful! The Café Meow has a great solution for you: meditation, but with cats. For $20 you can practice mindfulness, play with some cute cats and drink free tea. All you need to do is bring your own yoga mat.

Where: The Café Meow, 2323 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20


Listen to this: “Remind Me Tomorrow” by Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten’s new album is spacey, profound and quite possibly the most vulnerable album you will ever listen to. It’s short but sweet, and it carries such a heavy sense of nostalgia with it. The songs “No One’s Easy To Love” and “Seventeen” capture the artist’s growth and, simply, how she came into her own. 

Watch this: “You”

If you haven’t watched this yet … this is your sign. The show everyone’s talking about, which you can find on Netflix, is absolutely thrilling. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg makes Dan Humphrey look like an angel. And no, you’re not supposed like the main characters. 

Read this: “Hooked in America” 

This three-part series from the New York Times describes the opioid crisis from a more personal perspective, rather than offering pure numbers. Each article is extremely detailed and may include pictures, videos and statements that are graphic and sensitive. However, they add to the chilling reality of the issue and help us remember that these are real people going through very real experiences, all of which should not be taken lightly.