Culture Compass: Aziz Ansari and a New York childhood

The A&E crystal ball foresees indie films, Wes Anderson shorts and a ROFL-worthy comedian in your immediate future.

Shannon Ryan


What: “Bhopali”

When: 5 p.m. doors open, 5:45 p.m. show begins

Where: Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis

Cost: Free


It’s the fourth day of National Public Health Week, and things are getting environmentally conscious on the East Bank. With “Bhopali,” a documentary surrounding the Union Carbide disaster of 1984, director Van Maximilian Carlson transports his audience to the site, Bhopal, India, to reveal the effects the gas leak has had on survivors and their families. Global politics, human rights activism and high-risk protests permeate the film, shedding light on the struggle for justice sought against the Union Carbide Corporation.



What: A Dialogue: Noah Baumbach and Scott Foundas

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: $15 for students, $20


Noah Baumbach is one of those filmmakers you’d want to have a drink with and pick his brain. Now is your chance — well, perhaps not the former but certainly the latter. And as an indie filmmaker who creates characters with such astute authenticity and plots drawing from semi-autobiographical details, his prowess is one to learn from. Baumbach will engage in a dialogue with Variety’s chief film critic Scott Foundas to discuss his personal filmmaking visions and past films he wrote and directed.



What: Aziz Ansari

When: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: $50


Tom Haverford is in the house! The “Parks and Recreation” star will bring this Minneapolis theatre to its knees in a LOL stand-up routine, which is highly anticipated by ticketholders. Ansari has been featured across a variety of comedy platforms, from online comedy sites to television bits to film roles and more, but the easiest way to track the comedian for a daily — more like hourly — dose of laughter is his Twitter, @azizansari. You’ve got to catch one of these performances, for real.




Listen to this: “Perth” (Bon Iver) v. “Ready For The Floor” (Hot Chip) by Daughter

Ya’ll like mash-ups, right? Daughter, a London-based folk-rock trio, creates an irresistible blend of two songs ostensibly deemed incompatible, doing so with hushed vocals and a smooth transitioning between the two tracks. Elena Tonra, the frontwoman behind the moniker, is known for her ghostly, dream-folk songs, which impart a unique sound into the pop landscape today. This intriguing mash-up is one of the trio’s finest.


Watch this: “Prada Candy L’Eau” by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

My, my, my, French love triangles never looked so delightful. This short film — three minutes and 31 seconds — is a wonderfully charming and pleasantly humorous high-fashion ad for Prada’s new fragrance, Candy L’Eau. Directed by Anderson and Coppola, the filmmaking is not surprisingly anything short of exquisite, and the dialogue is amusing enough for a repeat play.


Read this: “Childhood in New York,” New York Magazine, March 2013

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, New York Magazine decided to commemorate its native city with a centerpiece surrounding the childhood histories of New York’s most famous sons and daughters. The article features 39 interviews with highly recognizable men and women from Barbara Walters to Regina Spektor to Anthony Weiner to Matthew Broderick. It’s an enchanting read, one found especially intriguing if you have an affinity for Big Apple living.