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Performer Mayyadda singing at the University of Minnesota Juneteenth Celebration “We Are The Noise: The Echoes of Our Ancestors” captured on Saturday, June 15.
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Published June 23, 2024

Weekend Culture Compass – 10 Years of Britney and local bands to refresh the palate

A&E plans your weekend. You’re welcome.
Source Britney Spears performs this weekend, knocking off her first decade of fame.
Image by Ashley Goetz
Source Britney Spears performs this weekend, knocking off her first decade of fame.

Friday Drinks – City Pages Wine Tasting So you canâÄôt go to Italy and visit a vineyard and stomp on grapes with your feet. At least City Pages still provides legals the chance to evaluate bouquets locally. We wonâÄôt tell if you donâÄôt spit them out afterward. International Market Square, 275 Market Street 6 p.m. âÄì 9 p.m. $34, $28 advance, $10 designated driver Music – Britney Spears Britney SpearsâÄô âÄúâĦ Baby One More TimeâÄù came out a whole decade ago, back in a world where Bill Clinton was president and Facebook did not exist. SheâÄôs survived the last decadeâÄôs hullabaloo along with her own clean-shaven breakdown and emerged with her 7th album, âÄúCircus.âÄù Accompanying her on the tour are The Pussycat Dolls, whose mere existence in our modern climate of (increasingly green?) pop could be attribute to the original teen queen herself. If Britney hadnâÄôt shown the world the profitability of a midriff in a Catholic uniform, the demand for said dolls might never have occurred. Target Center, 600 First Ave. N. 7 p.m. $37.50 – $125 Gospel Gossip, Private Dancer, Child Bite Gospel Gossip hail from Northfield, Minn. and like to think their sound captures the smell of Malt-O-Meal in the air. (Ok, A&E made up that last bit.) Their sound is atmospheric, ringing and decade-crossing, sliding down the spectrum of pop and into space rock. Accompanying them is A&E fave Private Dancer, and DetroitâÄôs Child Bite, a mess-rock foursome that sound like the kinds of dudes Kate Moss parties with. Hexagon, 2600 27th Ave. S. 9 p.m. Free The Underpants Show âÄúThe Underpants ShowâÄôsâÄù presenter, Joseph Scrimshaw, believes in adding a bit of chaos to traditional plays by turning them into audience-based mad-lib affairs. Each performance roughly uses a Shakespeare play to create a five-act presentation of the play that centers on a new audience member each night. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 Lake St. W. 7 p.m. $14 Peru in Color Howard M. Christopherson, the photographer behind âÄúPeru in Color,âÄù finds himself continually trying to use his camera to capture Peru. âÄúPeru is more than a special place, it is a soul so naked and raw that it can swallow you, and recreate you, at every turn in the road,âÄù he explains. His images are filled with simple things âÄì beer, soup, footprints âÄì and slices of history, like atmospheric shots of Machu Picchu and what the inside of a villagerâÄôs house looks like. If you canâÄôt make it to the Icebox, you can view the images here. Icebox Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. N.E. Open 10 a.m. âÄì 6 p.m. Saturday Music – Friendly Fires Shimmying around to über-catchy electro-beats is, like, mega-hip these days. Boogie over to the Triple Rock and earn some fresh scene points in the presence of British dance-pop darlings Friendly Fires. Their unrelenting hooks and throbbing pulsations are enough to tempt even the staunchest of wallflowers onto the dance floor. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S 9 p.m. $14 Music – Los Campesinos! Just in case the exclamation point didnâÄôt drive it home, let it be said: these guys and gals rock. Los Campesinos! is yet another band from across the pond that makes us all wish we grew up eating terrible food under miserable weather just so we could partake in the greatness that is UK indie rock. TheyâÄôre at the top of their game and 15 bucks is a steal, so get it while itâÄôs hot. Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Ave. N. 8 p.m. $15 Music – WhatâÄôs Going On: Remembering the Life of Marvin Gaye It has now been 25 years since the death of Motown great Marvin Gaye. His is one of those truly tragic stories that looms almost as large as the man himself, but itâÄôs far better to remember the good times and great tunes than the misfortunes of final days. For that reason, the Cabooze is hosting a nightlong tribute to the soul superstar featuring some of his most beloved songs. While the performances will never compare to Marvin in his prime, they will be a worthy tribute. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S. 8:30 p.m. $13 Theater – Lamb Lays With Lion’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Those who have never seen or read the works of Tennessee Williams really need to get their acts together. No other American playwright has captured the dysfunction of family life quite like Williams and his plays have left indelible marks on literature and theater. Now the classic play gets a makeover from Lambs Lay with Lion, a theater company that promotes experimentalism and their own inimitability. Their goal is to lead the charge âÄúbehind the thrust into a new age of artâÄù and choosing to stage a Tennessee Williams play is a bold and admirable way to do so. Bedlam Theater, 1501 Sixth St. 7:30 p.m. $15 Art – An Introduction to MouseSaw Gallery Too is a series from a group of artists called MouseSaw. Their work straddles the line between function and form, with wonderfully child-like renderings adorning everything from tables to wall decorations. ItâÄôs nice to see that art can provide a place to put coffee on top of just looking good. Soo Visual Arts Center 2640 Lyndale Ave. S. Free Sunday Music âÄì Wavves and Vampire Hands Sometimes two distinct things, for all their differences, seem to make a lot of sense together. Like salt and pepper. So what do you get when you put a wound-up California loud man like Nathan Williams of the Wavves together with the more mature sound of Vampire Hands? A harmonious blend of style that really works. It goes well with soup too. Seventh St. Entry 701 First Ave. N 8 p.m. $8 Books âÄì Jon Ginoli DoesnâÄôt it suck when you realize you have to rename your memoirs because someone was already using the name? Jon Ginoli, member of what has been called the first openly queer punk rock band, âÄúPansy DivisionâÄù, is the man to blame this week. GinoliâÄôs new book, âÄúDeflowered: My Life in Pansy DivisonâÄù revisits the hey-days of the early 1990s San Francisco when the band was first formed all the way up to present. IâÄôd suggest a name like âÄúPansy SquadâÄù in the mean time. Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave. N. 2 p.m. Free Theater- Blue Collar Diaries Written and performed by Saint Paul native Michelle Myers Berg, âÄúBlue Collar DiariesâÄù is the story of the eclectic world of blue collar life in 1960s Saint Paul. Berg shows a wide range of ability by playing 20 different characters in the play, each with their own unique commentary on what itâÄôs like to be a workinâÄô Minnesotan. History Theatre, 30 Tenth St. E. 2 p.m. $20 with student ID Dance âÄì James Sewell Ballet: BUD! Set to the airy Americana sounds of âÄúAppalachia Waltz,âÄù The James Sewell BalletâÄôs performance of âÄúBUD!âÄù is the perfect way to start the spring, though the last time you checked it may have still been snowing. This suite of lovely and harmonically rich music has the kind of country feel that can set you in a green field of grass no matter what the weather is. The show will also feature a performance by the Minneapolis based all-male vocal ensemble âÄúCantus.âÄù OâÄôShaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Ave. 2 p.m. $16 with student ID Art âÄì Almost Nothing Almost nothing takes up an entire gallery these days, especially not the Soap FactoryâÄôs 12,000 sq ft, except perhaps âÄúAlmost Nothing.âÄù The brainchild of Irish artist Clive Murphy, âÄúAlmost NothingâÄù is a network of geometrically arranged tubular garbage bags all painstakingly glued together and filled with air. DonâÄôt forget to bring your Pokéflute, because you may get lost in the inflatable forest for hours. Soap Factory, 518 Second St. S.E. 12 p.m. – 5p.m. Free Watch this: âÄúThe Venture Bros.: Season 3âÄù After seven long months, the DVD of the immaculate Adult Swim show âÄúThe Venture Bros.âÄù is finally out on DVD. The third season was the most outlandish yet, but it was also the most complex. Now, fans can take it slow and examine all of the subtle intricacies of the events following the battle at Cremation Creek. Listen to this: Born Like This by DOOM HeâÄôs dropped the MF from his name and capitalized the Doom, but heâÄôs still good olâÄô Daniel Dumile and he still makes great music. His rhymes are ridiculous and his samples get better and better. On top of it all, the album features cameos by two of Wu-Tangs finest, Raekwon and Ghostface, making this album a must-have. Read this: âÄúDeadpool Classic Volume TwoâÄù Deadpool is almost undoubtedly the coolest character in the Marvelverse, which makes the prolonged wait for this set that much more excruciating. Volume 2 collects issues 2-8 and -1 from the superbly written, magnificently drawn âÄúDeadpoolâÄù series that brought the character to prominence. The release gives fanboys another juicy addition to their library, but it also gives the unfamiliar a great starting point for entering the world of the coolest, craziest and most comedic character in comics. The issues collected are some of the finest in the âÄòPool saga and should not be passed up. Click this: The Dolphin Olympics Website The goal of The Dolphin Olympics is to get your little dolphin friend to jump as high as possible and do as many sweet tricks as he can in two minutes. If you can master the loop of reentry and jump, you may find your dolphin flying into space (which is a good thing). Some say you can find the fabled âÄúRestaurant at the End of the UniverseâÄù if you go high enough. Why is it called âÄúThe Dolphin Olympics?âÄù Who knows? But then again, if trampoline is in the Olympics, why canâÄôt this be too? Eat this: Eggs Benedict at the Purple Onion Put down the Pizzone! You need a real hearty fare to fill you up heart and soul. I want you to close your eyes and visualize the following: toasty English muffins, hash browns, ham, poached eggs and pillowy mounds of Hollandaise sauce! This weekend, treat yourself to bomb diggity breakfast, my friend. It is, they say, the most important meal of the day, and with eggs benedict at the Purple Onion, not a whole lot is what youâÄôll have to pay. Drink this: Mint Julep Looking for a mojito with class? One that walks with a cane and says âÄúhowdy yaâÄôllâÄù to all the young folks as it ambles down the street? ThereâÄôs one back from his southern migration and his name is the Mint Julep: two drips of bourbon, a dash of powdered sugar along with some mints and shaved ice, mixed together in a silver cup. Throw some money on your horse, smoke a cigar, sip your julep and give the old nod to your pappyâÄôs slow and genteel kind of life.

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