Culture compass: Cult films, trippy electro-pop and the best food for finals in Dinkytown

Haley Bennett

Friday: Screening of “The Room” – Midnight Madness

This December, the Uptown Theatre’s monthly showing of “The Room” complements this week’s release of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.” Bring your friends (or nemeses) to the Worst Movie Ever Made. Hint: Make sure also to bring a box of plastic spoons. Can’t tell you why yet, but you won’t be sorry.

Where: Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

When: 12:15 a.m. Saturday (Friday night)

Cost: $10

Saturday: 12 Bars of Xmas Crawl

The holidays can be a stressful time — you have to spend money you don’t have on gifts, family in tight quarters means drama and your grandma is definitely going to be disappointed you’re still single. The 12 Bars of Xmas Crawl is the perfect gift to yourself: a chance to get grossly intoxicated while dressed as slutty santa, which will make the next few weeks of biting your tongue during family dinners bearable. 

Where: Brothers Bar and Grill, 430 N. 1st Ave, Minneapolis

When: 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 at the door

Sunday: Leslie Vincent at Can Can Wonderland

Musician Leslie Vincent performs her own material and ukulele covers of everyone from Johnny Cash to Nina Simone. Stop by her performance at Can Can Wonderland this weekend and chase it with a flight of samplers from BlackStack Brewery next door.

Where: Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Av. N, Minneapolis

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free 


Watch this: “Raw” on Netflix

Forget holiday cheer. Everyone seems to have missed this gnarly thriller, but it fits the finals mood far better than “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A young vegetarian starting veterinary school plus vicious hazing rituals — what could be better? Prepare for some brilliant, stomach-turning filmmaking in Julia Ducournau’s directorial debut.

Listen to this: Equiknoxx, “Colón Man”

“Colón Man” sounds like the maturation of the music your high school friend made, the one who sat in the basement messing with computerized synths instead of doing pre-calc homework. Repetitive and drone-y, this makes a dangerous soundtrack for driving, but an ideal one for doing homework or zoning out.

Eat here: Himalayan Restaurant in Dinkytown

If you’re like the rest of us, you barely have time to eat granola bars between exams and papers, let alone go grocery shopping. But eating healthy during finals is actually possible — we’ve found the best of the Dinkytown quick eats. At the Chipotle of Nepalese food, try the momo (spiced dumplings) and a combo meal of saffron rice, tikka masala and choyala. There are plenty of vegetarian options, too.