Weekend Culture Compass – Chicago Afrobeat Project, Eggs for Africa, and um, Spring Break

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The Chicago Afrobeat Project arrives at the Cedar Cultural Center this Friday.  PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT

The Chicago Afrobeat Project arrives at the Cedar Cultural Center this Friday. PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT

John Sand

Thursday Music âÄî Patches and Gretchen The Varsity 1308 4th St. S.E. 7 p.m. $10-$12 The Minneapolis-based group Patches and Gretchen call themselves an anti-folk band, but we canâÄôt be sure where the line between folk and anti-folk resides. The band is celebrating their CD release this weekend for âÄúSugar Head Pie.âÄù Gretchen SeichristâÄôs pained voice humming alongside simple strumming guitars is reminiscent of Bon IverâÄôs âÄúFlume.âÄù Friday Film âÄî âÄú35 Shots of RumâÄù The Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Ave. 7:30 p.m. $8 This poignant French film is a continuation of the WalkerâÄôs Women with Vision film festival. The film, based on Japanese filmmaker Ozu , centers on a cohabitating father and daughter, whose conversations remain shallow, always side-stepping the true subject at hand. Music âÄî Chicago Afrobeat Project The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave. S. 7 p.m. $12-$15 Celebrated Chicago Afrobeat Project received a nod for the Chicago Music Award in 2009. Afrobeat is an amalgamation of traditional Nigerian music, heavy percussion, jazz and funk that guarantees beats ideal for what LFO calls âÄúa shake and a wiggle to a hip-hop song.âÄù Saturday Food âÄî Gastro Non Grata: Eggs for Africa The Hexagon 2600 27th Ave. S. 8 p.m. $10 ArlingtonâÄôs Bar 5 has donated 600 eggs for Gatro Non GrataâÄôs egg-centric benefit for the education of children in Mozambique. The chef collectiveâÄôs goal is $5000 and will be accompanied by 6 local bands, including Captain Clawthroat and Total Fucking Blood. Art/Food âÄì FEAST MPLS Minneapolis Eagles Club #34 2507 25th St. E. 7 p.m. $10-20 Donation FEAST stands for âÄúFunding Emerging Artists with Sustainable Tactics.âÄù This sliding-scale art benefit began to support up-and-coming local artists. FEAST takes a semi-socialist view of art by making it accessible for the haves, the have nots and the starving poets alike. Sunday Film âÄì âÄúIt Came From Beneath the SeaâÄù The Trylon 3258 Minnehaha Ave. 5:20 p.m., 7 p.m. In a continuation of their Ray Harryhausen film series, the Trylon is screening the cult classic âÄúIt Came From Beneath the Sea.âÄù The 1955 flick features a nuclear submarine that encounters a giant octopus. A possible inspiration for âÄúLost?âÄù Culture to Consume: Eat This: Birchwood Café has busted out a brand new waffle. As they describe it, itâÄôs a âÄúpear parmesan waffle topped with bacon lardons, sunny side up egg, pear jalapeno salsa & apricot cardamom butter.âÄù Savory, meet sweet. Love will ensue. Drink This: The infamous SurdykâÄôs wine sale ends this weekend, so take advantage of their wine consultants. The position is there for amusement, so make your requests as whacky as possible. Something to pair with chicken nuggets, perhaps? Watch This: Robert PattinsonâÄôs “Remember Me” is out this week, and A&E is ready for some shameless cinematic pleasure. A âÄúTwilightâÄù grad meets the hottest girl on âÄúLostâÄù (Emilie de Ravin)? Wow. Also, make sure to catch MondayâÄôs âÄúGossip GirlâÄù online. Read This: Local publishing company Milkweed EditionsâÄôs 2003 book âÄúEvery War Has Two Losers: William Stafford on Peace & WarâÄù has recently been released as a film directed by Hadyn Reiss. The book is derived from celebrated poet and conscientious objector William StaffordâÄôs nonviolence poetry. Listen to This: As Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold put it, “I don’t think the world needs another trad-folk record.” Too bad their main competition, The Ruby Suns, already proved that with their latest release “Fight Softly,” which replaces hippie folk with trippy chillwave. Also check out The Morning Benders “Big Echo,” which was produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor . Click This: Mnimal.com is a Minnesota collective of artists, and their site is a yellow pages of the designers and artists to know in the Twin Cities. The web design group is pushing for minimalist, functional creations and theyâÄôre now accepting submissions.