Culture compass: Relaxed reading and carnation creations

by Maraya King

 Friday: Art in Bloom

The 35th annual Art in Bloom festival will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this Friday. The festival features an abundance of fresh flowers and works of art that inspired them. With temperatures in the 60s, Art in Bloom is a rite of passage after this past winter.

Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 S 3rd Ave., Minneapolis

When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: Independent Bookstore Day

This Saturday is the annual Independent Bookstore Day nationwide. Bookshops across the Twin Cities will be having special discounts, complimentary drinks, snacks and more. This is the perfect time to stock up on summer reading material with classes ending soon.

Where: Moon Palace Books, Milkweed Books, Boneshaker Books, Red Balloon Bookshop and more!

When: All Day

Cost: Up to you!

Sunday: Holi Festival

Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Bharat, this festival celebrates the arrival of spring. DJ, food vendors and an abundance of neon-tinted powder makes for an afternoon you won’t forget. With temperatures reaching into the 70s, who wouldn’t want to grab some friends and soak up the sun?

Where: East River Flats, 360 E River Parkway, Minneapolis

When: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free


Watch this: Netflix

It’s what we have all been waiting for — new titles.  Netflix is adding everything from childhood favorites to guilty pleasures throughout the month of May. A few of the names released the first of the month include: Shrek, High School Musical 3, The Bourne Ultimatum and John Mulaney.

Do this: Carve out some time for yourself this weekend

Finals are quickly approaching and that usually means sanity is deteriorating. Whether you string up a hammock in the knoll, try the Purple Onion’s new ice cream, take a three-hour nap or pet puppies at the humane society — practice self-care. Due dates are important, but so is your mental health.

Listen to this: “Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monáe

The actress, model, rapper, record producer, singer and songwriter drops her long awaited album, “Dirty Computer,” this Friday. If her singles “Pynk” and “Make Me Feel” are any indication of the rest of the album, then this is sure to be the go-to album of the summer. This is her first album in five years, and expectations are high.