Culture Compass: Rhymin’, stuntin’ and chillin’

It’s that time of year: Evel Knievel’s birthday.

by Alexander Brodsky


Hats Off to Dr. Seuss
Jean Stephen Galleries; 4811 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park
Gallery open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you can’t get enough “Green Eggs and Ham” and have been enraptured by the life of Theodor Geisel since birth, then you’re definitely going to dig taking a peek at his collection of personal hats and rare artwork.

Besides titling books “The Cat in the Hat” and “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” Seuss was big on hats, even owning ones reminiscent of those titular characters.

Besides his baller choice of headwear, the gallery has plenty of rare prints and sculptures from “The Art of Dr. Seuss” collection. So add this to the list of places you’ll go.



“Viva Knievel!”
The Trylon; 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
Showings at 7 and 9 p.m.

The Trylon presents a rare showing of the only feature film Evel Knievel ever acted in. “Viva Knievel!” currently holds a 2.4 out of 10 on IMDB, features Leslie Nielsen as the drug-dealing antagonist and contains maybe a tiny bit of completely awesome non-stop, death-defying motorcycle action. Showings celebrating the late stuntman’s 75th birthday will be playing on Thursday night, too.

A microcinema, the Trylon’s unique charm happens to be its greatest fault: There are only 50 seats. Fortunately, reserving spots ahead of time is plenty convenient.

The Trylon’s proximity to Minnehaha Falls makes it an ideal date spot. It’s a classic waterfall-and-a-movie combination. Cruise on by the water before catching the movie. After all, it won’t be waterfalling for much longer.


Bonobo with Grey Reverend
Fine Line Music Cafe; 318 N 1st Ave., Minneapolis
Doors open at 8 p.m.

Are you looking to chill out on Saturday? I mean full-on The Dude levels of relaxation? Because Bonobo is bringing his brand of jazzy down-tempo electronica to the Fine Line. His music blends organic instruments with samples and the silkiest vocals you’ll hear this side of a Motown ballad.

The show comes on the heels of his newest release, “The North Borders.” The album skews more towards the Four Tet school of chopped-up world music samples rather than his spacy saxophone solo roots. The variety of guest vocalists featured on the record help set it apart from some of his electronic peers.



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Northeast Farmers Market

Saturday marks the final day of the Northeast Farmers Market’s 14th season. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot between University Avenue Northeast and Seventh Avenue Northeast, stock up on all the apples your arms can carry. Enjoy some fancy tomatoes while you still can. Get your pumpkins for Jack-o’-lanterns and decorative gourds for whatever people use those for. Besides all the local produce, the market features food trucks aplenty, including Minneapolis’ favorite Korean fusion Vellee Deli, the thoroughly deep-fried Anchor Fish & Chips, and Indian burrito specialists Hot Indian Foods. If food isn’t your thing, the market also has plenty of stalls from local artists, glass blowers and self-proclaimed gypsies.

Parking lot between University Ave Northeast & Seventh Avenue Northeast

Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Eat this: Beef pho

Nothing warms the soul like the wonderfully murky broth of pho. If you’re one of those prematurely besweatered people embracing the cold weather, celebrate fall with the best bowl of the Vietnamese beef soup you can find in Dinkytown, at Dang Quang Minh at 425 13th Ave.

Half of the fun of ordering pho is the ritual of assembling the perfect bowl. Tweaking the Sriracha, hoisin, chili paste, basil and lime individualizes your meal. Plus, just think of all the amazing “pho” puns you can make while eating it. Hilarious recommendations include “It’s pho-bulous,” “Pho-get about it,” and “What the pho?”


Hear this: “Uncanney Valley” The Dismemberment Plan

On their first album in 12 years, The Dismemberment Plan expand on their spazz-rock sound rather than trying to recreate their former glory. “Uncanney Valley” incorporates more electronics and samples than previous efforts while retaining the huge shout-along choruses that endeared them to fans around the turn of the millennium.

The album features plenty of lead singer Travis Morrison’s unique style of talk-singing but mostly eschews the frantic almost-rapping so common in early releases.

Although it may not compare to the dazzling heights of 1999’s “Emergency & I”, “Uncanney Valley” offers up enough catchy choruses and interesting rhythms to hold its ground among The Dismemberment Plan’s discography.