Heat of the Week: ‘Bad Trip,’ Dad Bod and local delicacies

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat. Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.

Megan Phillips

Spring break is almost here. If you’re experiencing the familiar school burnout, fear not. A&E has several recommendations to help you get through the last week of the grind before break.

Something to watch:

“Bad Trip”: Netflix released its newest buddy comedy “Bad Trip” starring Eric André and Lil Rel Howery on March 26. The film follows André and Howery as they embark on a cross country road trip to New York City and the chaos that ensues. The story is partly scripted, with the rest featuring hidden camera pranks on the unsuspecting public. Those who enjoy “The Eric Andre Show” will find the film full of André’s trademark dry, slapstick humor alongside Tiffany Haddish’s and Michaela Conlin’s talents.

“Big Time Rush”: Those who have been waiting for more Nickelodeon shows to hit Netflix can rejoice, as “Big Time Rush” seasons one through four recently became available on the streaming platform. Escape school stress with this childhood favorite that features four Minnesota native hockey players turned pop stars and follows their wacky adventures as they try to make it big time. Are you team Logan, Kendall, Carlos or James?

Something to listen to:

“Queering Community Health”: If your eyes can’t handle additional screen time, take a break and check out Shift MN’s new podcast called “Queering Community Health.” Through the podcast, Shift MN hopes to create space for those who have been and continue to be excluded from telling health-related stories, while also providing trustworthy information and resources. The first episode introduces host Azul and includes interviews with the project’s creators about their vision for upcoming episodes.

Something to tap your foot to:

4/9” by Dad Bod: In Dad Bod’s latest single, “4/9,” the band combines steady drums and soft lullabylike guitar with lyrics of regret and longing to create this nostalgia-inducing record. Lead singer, Callie Marino, sings, “Sometimes I wish we hadn’t/I would grow old and/Forever miss a part of me I’d never meet/And just like the moon tugs at the waves/I’ll feel you pull me close across this cavernous divide” as the sound builds to a crescendo, ending the song with the same feeling of yearning as the lyrics. This record is perfect for spring rainy days when you want your music to be as relaxing as watching raindrops fall.

Something to try:

Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe: Located on West Bank at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Riverside Avenue, Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe is the only Chinese bakery in the Twin Cities and has served traditional handmade pastries since the 1980s, according to the bakery website.

Support a local business and try its mouth-watering coffee cream rolls or its vegan lemon custard bun. If you’re craving something more savory than sweet, try the barbeque pork pineapple topping bun or the meatless spring onion bun. The cafe also has an array of authentic Hong Kong-style entrees such as roast duck and shrimp wonton noodle soups. Keefer Court is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but you can grab takeout or curbside orders Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.