MUNA, new Milkjam flavors and food for the soul

Get through the second week of school with the A&E desk’s picks of the week.

A&E Staff

We’ve officially survived syllabus week. Now we’ll do all this over again–for the next 14-something weeks until winter break. Get through the second week of school with our A&E writers’ favorite picks of the week.

“Like, life’s so fun, life’s so fun”:

The three-piece pop group, MUNA, recently opened for Phoebe Bridgers’ Minneapolis concert, and their stage presence was enough to get all the eyeliner-clad, platform shoe-wearing girlies jumping. They recently released their single “Silk Chiffon,” featuring Bridgers, and the single has an up-beat tempo with cutesy lyrics about falling in love with a pretty girl. Other effervescent songs performed at the concert include “Stayaway,” “Number One Fan” and “I Know A Place.” -Nina Raemont

Lorde breaks the ice:

Lorde recently covered “Break the Ice” by Britney Spears for a Vogue video exclusive in an effort to promote Solar Power. Although Lorde’s toned-down interpretation pays proper respect to the princess of pop, her effort simply doesn’t reach the same ecstatic height. With contributions from Keri Hilson and Danja, two late ‘00s dance-pop fixtures, the original single was featured on Britney’s 2007 album, Blackout, and failed to crack the Top 40 charts. Since then, it’s achieved cult status as one of the star’s most underrated songs. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Jamie Spears’ lawyers filing to end his daughter’s conservatorship, be sure to revisit “Break the Ice.” -James Schaak

A sundae for your weekday:

Salty-sweet, crunchy and just the right amount of chewy — Milkjam Creamery’s Kunafa sundae packs a mean punch for a cool $10. Inspired by the beloved Middleastern dessert, the sundae base is a sweet cheese ice cream topped with pistachios, rose petals and shredded phyllo dough. It’s a classic example of Milkjam doing what Milkjam does best:; taking something we all love, spinning it on its head and delivering an end product that’ll be on your mind for days after. -Sophia Zimmerman

Food for your soul:

Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe is a Black-owned restaurant that celebrated their 20th anniversary on September 11. Located in the historic Rondo neighborhood, Golden Thyme hosted their annual Jazz Fest, a festival that celebrates Black unity in St. Paul through music and culture, on their anniversary. The event’s musical scene consisted of live performances from local, regional and national jazz musicians. The main food option was soul food, featuring baked and fried chicken, catfish, fries, collard greens, baked macaroni and cornbread. Locals from the Selby neighborhood catered the food. -Jarrett George-Ballard