Culture Compass: Light shows, yoga and Jaden Smith pretending to be an artist

Kate Drakulic

Friday: CSE Winter Light Show

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The College of Science and Engineering will kick off its seventh annual Winter Light Show on Friday at 5 p.m. sharp, with repeats at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The light show is completely student-run and hosted by CSE. Be sure not to miss the premiere party, which will be just across the lawn at Rapson Hall. There will be free hot cocoa and cookies!

Where: Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Cost: Free

Saturday: Yoga at WAM

Final exams are fast approaching, as are crippling stress, anxiety, total breakdowns, etc. What’s more relaxing than a little bit of art and yoga? Stretch all of that negative energy away Saturday morning at the WAM. The hour-long vinyasa class will be led by University of Minnesota alumna Elleni Paulson. Don’t forget to BYOM (bring your own mat)!

Where: Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Parkway, Minneapolis

When: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Cost: Free, registration required

Sunday: European Christmas Market 

This weekend marks the beginning of Union Depot’s annual European Christmas Market. Located just off of the Light Rail’s Union Depot Station, the market aims to reflect the open-air Christkindlesmarkts that are seen in Germany and have long been tradition. There will be locally made art, gifts, decorations and delicious European food and drink. The market will only be open this weekend and next, so don’t miss it! Hours vary depending on the day. 

Where: Union Depot East Plaza, 214 4th St. E, St. Paul

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free


Read this: “The Sun and Her Flowers”

Rupi Kaur, author of “Milk and Honey,” recently released her second book. The collection of poetry and prose acts as somewhat of a sequel to “Milk and Honey,” and grapples with growth, healing, ancestry and a sense of home. 

Watch this: “Wonder”

Perhaps the first round of heartwarming holiday films, “Wonder” is the story of a boy named August, played by Jacob Tremblay, who has a face that looks a little different than everybody else’s. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, who directed “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and wrote for “Beauty and the Beast” and “Rent,” the story is based off of the New York Times’ bestselling novel. With actors like Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, the film is sure to jerk a few tears. 

Listen to this: “Syre”

Jaden Smith has had somewhat of a phantom public existence throughout his adolescence. On Twitter, his tweets are at first seemingly existential, yet simply confusing at second glance. No one seemed to be able to determine whether the kid was a joke or genius — his newest rap album might answer the question, though. Smith’s album received harsh reviews across the board since its release mid-November. The sounds are seamless, but the lyrics? Questionable. Give it a listen and decide for yourself if he’s a child prodigy or a spoiled pseudo artist/intellectual.