Heat of the Week: mini-golf with a view and vegans eating barbecue

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

Nina Raemont

With this week’s weather forecast in the 90s and some restaurants, movies, events, music and books to check out, get a load of this week’s heat — in more ways than one.

Something to try:

Beast Barbecue: For far too long, barbecue season has excluded our vegan and vegetarian besties. But at Beast Barbecue on East Hennepin Avenue, you can find vegetarians, vegans and omnivores gathering at the same table, eating different smoky items off the same menu. For the vegans/vegetarians, try their smoked Vegan Jackfruit Ribs or their Smoked Portabella Sammie. For the omnivores, try their Smoked BEAST or Smoked Salmon with a preserved lemon gremolata.

Something to watch:

“Cruella”: Have you ever watched “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and thought, “Hmm, I wonder why Cruella de Vil is so…. devilish”? In Disney’s newest live-action movie, you’ll discover the answer, with some mid-1960s London fashion and some plot twists, because who doesn’t love a good origin story mixed with a bit of haute couture?

Something to do:

Skyline Mini Golf on the Walker’s rooftop: Maximize your Thursday afternoon with some skyline mini golf. Capture breathtaking views of Minneapolis’ skyline all while scoring a hole-in-one — or if you’re anything like me, a hole-in-five (or six or seven). Not only is this a cheap date idea ($10 per person), it’s also a great way to spend an hour or two with some friends.

Something to tap your foot to:

VIAL’s “Roadkill”: Minneapolis’ favorite “honk rock” band’s new single “Roadkill” comes out this week. Listen to it on June 8 when it debuts.

Something to read:

“¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons” by John Paul Brammer: John Paul (JP) Brammer’s new book of essays debuts June 8. It details his experience growing up in rural Oklahoma as a biracial, queer man and confronts questions we’re all struggling to answer. Brammer runs his own substack newsletter ¡Hola Papi!, and he’s an illustrator and columnist — it’d be a shame not to mention the fact that his tweets are also very good.