Heat of the Week: “Magdalene,” MIA and mpls.clay

Take on election week in style with this week’s heat.

Nina Raemont, Arts and Entertainment Reporter

In case you missed it, there’s a presidential election happening on Tuesday, Nov. 3. To help ease the inevitable political stress, A&E put together some pop culture recommendations for your election week.

Something to check out:
Beginning Nov. 1, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is displaying “Foot in the Door 5,” its decennial celebration of Minnesota artistry. The exhibition pays homage to the talent and diversity of the Minnesota creative scene, and this year, the celebration is going virtual. Including multiple mediums of art, virtual visitors can check out textiles, ceramics, photography and much more, all from the comfort of their home.

Something to tap your foot to to:
“positions” by Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande is back with her sixth studio album, “positions.” This new record is a mix of bops and bangers with some clever lyricism and deep cuts. On “positions,” Grande flouts the media’s expectations of her with songs like “shut up” and gets loose with sexually-charged lyricism on “34+35.” The listener sees a self-aware Grande on her new project, unapologetically singing about whatever’s on her mind – in this case, it’s sex.

“Magdalene” by FKA Twigs: FKA Twigs’ sophomore album came out this week last year. This genre-defying, critically acclaimed LP that touches on heartbreak, power dynamics and femininity is worthy of a second listen … or a third, or a fourth.

Something to try:
You might have seen Nashville Coop’s food truck around the Twin Cities this summer. Its chicken, known to be “cluckin’ hot”, has been a staple in the Twin Cities food truck scene, and now it has its own physical shop on 300 Snelling Ave. S. The shop brings the heat with chicken strips, “sammiches” and Texas toast. As the weather gets colder, warm up with some hot chicken.

Something to buy:
A house plant: Fill your space with life as the outside world begins to turn frigid. @Ninos_Verdes_, an Instagram plant shop started by two University of Minnesota grads, is constantly selling interesting houseplants to its followers. Check out the online shop and peruse a pilea or a pothos, all while supporting UMN grads!

Some new accessories:
If you love new and cool accessories to wear even when there’s nowhere to go, check out @mpls.clay, another local Instagram account that makes and sells one-of-a-kind handmade clay jewelry and donates all profits to local organizations. The next collection drop will be announced Nov. 11, so keep an eye out for new accessories and support the fight for equity in Minneapolis in style.

Lastly, something to think about:
We have endured a crazy year and will soon experience an extremely unique presidential election. As COVID-19 cases rise and election results come in, we remind you to stay safe and care for your community. This can take many forms, from opting out of a night on the town and staying home to supporting local businesses during this hectic time. Whatever avenue you choose to go down to advocate for your community, don’t forget to do your part. Oh yeah, and vote if you haven’t!