Culture compass: good beers, latte art and mini plays

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Friday: Artepils 2019

Head on over to Utepils Brewing Co. for the third annual celebration of art, music and brews. There will be live music from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday. And, if you enjoy the first day, the party continues on Saturday, with a new lineup of bands. Artepils 2019 is a rain-or-shine event. 

When: 12-10 p.m.

Where: Utepils Brewing Co., 225 Thomas Ave. N. #700, Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Saturday: Latte Art Throwdown at The Bachelor Farmer

Whether you’re just there to watch the show or to try your hand at the competition itself, this latte art competition is sure to be evenly matched. With beer from Modist Brewing Company and cocktails from the Marvel Bar, take a seat and see what designs some of the best baristas in the city can draw in the foam (a pro tip: it’s all in the pour).

When: doors open at 7:30 p.m.;  competition starts at 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Bachelor Farmer, 50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis

Cost: free to attend, $5 to compete (which goes toward the winner’s prize)

Sunday: Mini Plays for Minneapolis (+ St. Paul)

Produced by Hedge Theatre Company, “Mini Plays for Minneapolis (+ St. Paul)” features a number of short plays written by a series of upcoming playwrights in the Twin Cities. With themes that touch on the classic “Minnesota goodbye” and our beloved public transit system, the company provides a unique take on the happenings in the cities (and performs it with a student budget in mind). There are also performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

When: doors open at 6 p.m.; plays start at 7 p.m.

Where: Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater, 810 W Lake St., Minneapolis

Cost: $10 in advance; $10 at the door with student ID; $14 at the door

CULTURE TO CONSUME:

Watch this: “Tuca & Bertie”

The Netflix animated show, created by Lisa Hanawalt (production designer/producer on “BoJack Horseman”), stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as its title bird BFFs. The surreal landscape and comedy of the show will hook you at first, but you’ll stay for the heartfelt depictions of mental health, friendship and more.

Try this: Send a postcard

We all have a friend or two that we’ve lost touch with. Whether that is because of distance or another reason on a long list of excuses, summer is a great time to rekindle a lost relationship. Or send a postcard to someone you hang out with every day. Send one to your cat. Go to a local, artsy store, pick out a cute postcard and get writing. Rest assured that receiving the card in the mail will mean a lot more than a text.

Listen to this: “99% Invisible”

On this podcast, host and creator Roman Mars covers the mostly overlooked elements of design and architecture that surround us. There are over 300 episodes, so even if the premise seems niche, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest. The podcast’s Mini Stories episodes are a great way to get a taste of the show’s storytelling, if you need a place to start.