Culture compass — Chrystal Castles, Carolyne Smith and Acoustic Africa

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Sally Hedberg

Friday

Crystal Castles with Teengirl Fantasy

First Ave, 701 First Ave. N.

8:00 p.m.

$22

Elusive, Canadian electronica duo Crystal Castles may be a source of split-opinion amongst musicheads, but thereâÄôs no denying that they can get you to dance. And who doesnâÄôt want an excuse to get loaded and dance their face off at MinneapolisâÄô premiere music venue?

Enough said.

Saturday

 Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps with Red Pens and Andy Ulseth

7th St. Entry, 701 First Ave. N.

8 p.m.

$10

If youâÄôre in any sense a frequenter of live local music, youâÄôve probably seen all of these acts, but have you seen them together? The sugary acoustic vocals of Caroline Smith lined up with the fuzzed-out abrasive rock of Red Pens and the docile indie folk of Andy Ulseth will provide for a diverse showcase of Minneapolis music.

Sunday

Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koite

Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S.

8 p.m.

$30/$35

Second in a series of âÄúAcoustic AfricaâÄù shows, this Malian guitar star Habib Koite will carry the culture of his music to the Cedar stage. Pairing intricate guitar orchestration with inventive percussion, Koite is a national icon in his country. Minneapolis is lucky to be privileged to such an interesting artist so do yourself a favor and expand your worldly musical horizons.

CULTURE TO CONSUME

 

Listen to this: âÄúWill DoâÄù by TV on the Radio

The Brooklyn indie-rock sensations havenâÄôt put out a record since 2008âÄôs âÄúDear Science,âÄù leaving fans impatient for the inevitable tour/album announcement. It came, and theyâÄôve dropped a single to heighten our hunger for the April 12 release. The track âÄúWill DoâÄù introduces us to a more pop-oriented TV on the Radio with less aggression and twinkly production. I dig the song, but I also dig the rough quality of albums like âÄúReturn to Cookie Mountain,âÄù so thereâÄôs an air of anxiety circling the release.

 

Drink this: Shamrock Shake from McDonaldâÄôs

Shame on me, perhaps, for endorsing the fast food corporation that contributes to AmericaâÄôs obesity problem. But, man, these things are the best. To those seeking philosophical clarity (I have found it) surrounding this drink: Do not ask yourself what makes it green. Do not ask yourself what you even taste. ItâÄôs better off remaining a mystery.

 

Eat this: Chef-driven brunch at Victory 44

Sure, everyone has their favorite restaurants and dishes, but thereâÄôs something to be said about going outside the box. Spontaneity is the spice of life, right? At Victory 44 your brunchy fate may lie in the hands of the chef, but trust me, itâÄôs worth it. Whether the daily special turns out to be eggs Benedict or French toast, youâÄôll emerge from your dining experience victorious.

 

Watch this: Charlie Sheen Interviews

If youâÄôre not already up to par on the Sheen-manâÄôs media presence as of late, you really need to be. His days of blow-fueled debauchery are over, and heâÄôs keen on setting the record straight, but heâÄôs projecting a debatably bipolar (or bi-winning âÄî America is in heated debate) attitude to the public. Woe perhaps for SheenâÄôs lawyers âÄî but hilarity for us. Not only are you assured an LOL, but also your social interaction will become much more entertaining when you can incorporate the correct usage of âÄúwinning.âÄù

 

Read this: âÄúMoby-DuckâÄù by Donovan Hohn

Hast thou seen thy yellow duck? In 1992 nearly 29,000 rubber bath ducks were accidentally dumped into the Pacific during a storm at sea. One man gave up his career as a teacher and has made it his precious goal to find them and track their floating journey. Looks like a Pixar screenplay if I ever saw one.