Weekend Culture Compass – Halloween festivites, Asobi Seksu and The Decemberists.

A&E plans your weekend. You’re welcome.

Asobi Seksu is a colloquial Japanese term for

Asobi Seksu is a colloquial Japanese term for “casual sex” and also a bilingual indie shoegaze group who are visiting this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY POLYVINYL RECORDS

John Sand

Friday: Music âÄì Asobi Seksu 7th Street Entry 701 1st Ave. N. 8 p.m. $12 New York-based band Asobi Seksu is touring to promote their second studio album, âÄúHush.âÄù Singer Yuki ChikudateâÄôs rumbling, mesmerizing lyrics fold themselves into a mix of reverberating guitars and thickly-layered keyboard echoes. Comedy âÄì Robert Hawkins Acme Comedy Club 708 1st St. N., 10:30 p.m. $15 From commenting on the phrase âÄúnothing to write home aboutâÄù to critiquing his own single-life masturbatory habits in the voice of a wrestling announcer, Robert Hawkins is a top-shelf comedian. âÄúNow enter The Octagon,âÄù he jokes, âÄúOne man will beat himself for the third time today.âÄù Music âÄì The Decemberists State Theatre 824 Hennepin Ave. 7:30 p.m. $32.50 With Colin MeloyâÄôs poignant vocals and rhythms that lend themselves to voyages into the wilderness, The Decemberists are marching their way onto the State Theatre stage. The band will be rocking tunes from their spring album, âÄúHazards of Love,âÄù and charming their way into the hearts of Twin Cities hipster girls (and/or boys). Film âÄì âÄúLe Cercle RougeâÄù Oak Street Cinema 309 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis 7 p.m. $5 The master of all noir suspense flicks, âÄúLe Cercle Rouge,âÄù melds four super-masculine men, ex-cops and ex-cons alike, in a thrilling heist film. The 1970s French flickâÄôs plethora of trench coats, gunfights on trains, fedoras and saxophone jazz is the stuff of classic thriller dreams. Readings âÄì Seward Arts Festival Reading PlaywrightsâÄô Center 2301 Franklin Ave. E. 3 p.m. Free Hear Joe Luis Cedillo read from his new play âÄúOn Painted Skin,âÄù an emotive WWII play that focuses on the relationships between men and women, and the ways that women were left to deal with the warâÄôs fallout. Saturday: Music âÄì The Horrors and Crocodiles Turf Club 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul 8 p.m. $13 British garage-rock band The Horrors and California surf-rockers Crocodiles plan to tear up the main stage of the Turf club with slamming high-hats and mumbling lyrics that donâÄôt really matter in comparison with their authoritative guitar riffs and power chords. Drinking âÄì Zombie Pub Crawl V: ItâÄôs Starting to Stink A plethora of West Bank bars 5 p.m. Free Unleash your undead fetish by donning the clothing of your favorite celebrity, reality television personality or Disney princess. Over 2,000 people will be storming the West Bank, consuming alcohol all the while as though it were human flesh. The party is hosted by Chuck Terhark of METRO Magazine, and will be more of a swarm than a crawl, since no West Bank bar could possibly hold an army of 2,000 undead drinkers. Performances âÄì Hawaiian at Heart Sabes Jewish Cultural Center 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park 7 p.m. $20 Enjoy an exploration of Hawaiian culture with music, theater performances and hula dancing. The performance is presented by esteemed dance company Halau Hula O Ka Hoku Akau . If youâÄôre lucky, you may even get LeiâÄôd (Bam! Pun!). Music âÄì The Jam Factory Band Minnesota Music Café 499 Payne Ave., St. Paul 9:30 p.m. Free The Jam Factory Band has been rocking the metro area since the early 1980s. With their rhythmic soul and up-tempo R&B, catching them in the Minnesota Music Café may be the perfect pick-up for the cooling temperatures. Halloween âÄì Haunted Hayride 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. $18 Why wait until Halloween to throw some spook in October? The mile-long haunted hayride at Hallow-scream park boasts doom and gloom galore. With ghouls and goblins lurking in every corner, the ride looks something to rival MJâÄôs âÄúThrillerâÄù video. Sunday: Music âÄì Where Astronauts go to Hide 501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S. 8 p.m. Free Where Astronauts go to HideâÄôs MySpace touts, âÄúMusic for humans, by humans!âÄù This humanity may have gone a little bit to the bandâÄôs head, as their emotive lyrics are beginning to sound a little too Taking Back Sunday. Angst-ridden voices aside, their distortive guitars and heavy bass thumping is something glorious to behold. Arts âÄì âÄúDonâÄôt Worry, I Have a Map,âÄù âÄúBrokenâÄù SOO Visual Arts Center 2642 Lyndale Ave. S. Oct. 9 âÄì Nov. 29 Free The SOO Visual Arts Center on Lyndale is unveiling two new mini-exhibitions this week. Greg GosselâÄôs âÄúBrokenâÄù pays a tribute to the weathered sides of buildings that expose several layers of paint and graffiti. âÄúDonâÄôt Worry, I Have a Map,âÄù shows the minimalistic, childlike musings of Amy Rice translated into paintings on a variety of canvasses, from shoddy wood to old love letters. Music âÄì Taylor Swift The Target Center 600 1st Ave. N. 7:30 p.m. $65-175 As Kanye posted to his blog in reference to T.Swift: âÄúI LIKE THE LYRICS ABOUT BEING A CHEERLEADER AND SHEâÄôS IN THE BLEACHERS âĦ EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT IâÄôM A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE.âÄù I think thatâÄôs all that needs to be said. Culture âÄì Gaylaxicon The Double Tree 1500 Park Place Blvd. Oct. 9 âÄì 11 $ Varies Members of the Gaylaxy, unite! This annual convention of LGBTAQ nerds spans the entire weekend. The conference features an art show and a cabaret, of course. Know one thing: there will be plenty of latex and rubber involved. Theater âÄì The Importance of Being Earnest Bryant-Lake Bowl 810 Lake St. W. 7 p.m. $12 Catch a crisp production of social satire with the illustrious Mr. WildeâÄôs âÄúThe Importance of Being EarnestâÄù as a weekend cap, presented by The Ministry of Cultural Warfare. Homoeroticism and name-based confusion abound! Culture to Consume: Watch This: No matter your television taste, thereâÄôs a television show for you. Catch MondayâÄôs âÄúGossip GirlâÄù online now, complete this week with the culturally irrelevant Hilary Duff and Miss Wannabe Oprah âÄô08, Tyra Banks . If GG isnâÄôt your thing, remember to watch the fall season premiere of âÄúSouth ParkâÄù online at southparkstudios.com >South Park Studios. Read This: Former Daily staff writer John Hoff explores the gentrification and revitalization of N. Minneapolis as an homage to his 12 year-old-son on his blog, âÄúThe Adventures of Johnny Northside.âÄù Eat This: Recently, The Bulldog, a Northeast restaurant, was named one of the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine, which writes, “Here, bar food like Vienna-beef hot dogs and truffle fries are the indulgence of an inventive chef, not pretentious irony. Or just come for the twenty-four regional beers on tap.” A&EâÄôs personal favorites are the happy hour chicken nuggets fried in truffle oil and the bacon scallion fried wantons. Click This: The Heavy Table, a Minneapolis-based site, is dedicated to all things food and drink in the metro area. From local soup recipes to cut-throat fiction, The Heavy Table is hard-headed journalism meets the Food Network. Drink This: Relatively new N.E. gay bar Lush is a welcome departure from dance halls that have become straight girl havens in the last few years. With its social-centric atmosphere and minimalistic interiors, LushâÄôs house wine is the perfect cap to a long day of class. Listen to This: UK band The NoisettesâÄô breakout album is a dancey hit that features pop-ridden rhythms akin to Phoenix , with vocals that can be likened to a raspy Beth Ditto . âÄúWild Young HeartsâÄù is great for everything from cleaning the house to driving down into the depths of a wintery blizzard.