Culture compass: Reads, rarities and rutabagas

Sophie Vilensky


Friday: Free day at The Coven

Women and non-binary folks (over 21) rejoice! On Friday, Minneapolis’s own co-working space, The Coven, is opening its doors to non-members for the day. Jump on the 6 bus from Dinkytown to get there, then enjoy fast Wi-Fi, good lighting and a world of networking opportunities. Bring your homework, your friend or a book with a cover interesting enough that you’ll be asked about it. Remember: networking!

Where: The Coven, 30 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: Twin Cities Book Festival

There’s no doubt you have some required reading to catch up on. Don’t worry — it can wait a little longer. Head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday to enjoy a different kind of abundance. The one-day-only event features exhibitors, presentations and “curiosities” for all ages. Need a little more convincing? Dessa will be there.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Minneapolis Vintage Market

Dozens of vendors! Cold beer! Vintage! The best case scenario? You find a haunted hair wreath and enjoy a festive October. The worst case scenario? You walk away with a perfect Halloween costume or some Gothic candle holders. Spooky good.

Where: Lakes and Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free


Listen to this: “Shallow”

Honestly, the song is good whether you’ve seen “A Star is Born” or not (but it’s better if you have!). Perfect to sing with a friend (has it made the Blarney karaoke lineup yet?!), it’s also great to blast on a rainy-day walk home. Or you can use it as 8 a.m. class pump up music? Whatever, really. We’re off the deep end.

Roast this: Root vegetables

It got so cold. So fast. Grab some sweet potatoes, rutabaga and rainbow carrots and learn how to roast. With timing depending on your vegetable of choice, toss with olive oil and salt and throw in the oven. Open the door to check on your bounty whenever you feel like it — the emanating 425-degree heat will feel good while you wait for your roommate’s approval to turn the heat on.

Read this: Susan Sontag’s “Notes on ‘Camp’”

Following Wednesday’s Met Gala theme announcement and note that the upcoming first Monday in May’s hosts will be Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Anna Wintour (duh), it’s only fitting to dive in to the affair’s inspiration. Next year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” will celebrate “love of the unnatural” — “irony, humor, parody, pastiche.” Have you worn thrifted scrubs to a party? You get it.