Straya EP release show at the Kitty Cat Klub
In between bigger local shows at First Avenue this week, the famed Dinkytown watering hole Kitty Cat Klub is a more intimate environment to catch your favorite Minneapolis math rockers, Straya, for their EP release show Thursday. The band of (mostly) University of Minnesota alumni is enlisting their fellow campus pals William Within for support, as well as sets from bedroom poppers Strange Relations and metal Minnesconsinites Maeth.
Where Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Hours 8 p.m.
U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Minnesota has a long history with ice-based sport, from the 1984 Miracle on Ice U.S. Olympic hockey team to the filming of “The Mighty Ducks.” This Saturday, Minnesota’s nice ice is hosting the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Will skating phenom Ashley Wagner win gold for the fourth time in a row? Take your little sibling and find out while you discover the magic of competitive beauty together.
Where Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Hours 1 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
40th Annual Household Pet Cat Show
This is the rare example of a show where you almost want to know as few details as possible. Simply said, there will be cuddling, fur, meowing and king and queen cats, who will receive adorable little caps and crowns. Fur real. Hosting the event is the Saintly City Cat Club, which says cats and kittens not entered in the show will not be allowed into the event. Flip on the Weather Channel and leave your cats at home for this one.
Where Roy Wilkins Exhibition Hall, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Hours 9 a.m.
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MGMT on “Song Exploder” podcast
MGMT — the experimental art-electro weirdos behind 2007’s critically acclaimed “Oracular Spectacular” — dissected their mid-2000s indie hit, “Time to Pretend,” on Hrishikesh Hirway’s “Song Exploder” podcast. Press darlings including Courtney Barnett and Unknown Mortal Orchestra have discussed the making of their fan favorites, and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Bed Goldwasser explain the band’s unexpected success and how their dorm room recordings led to a platinum album.
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The cat that looks like Adam Driver
This week, the Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey set the feline-obsessed blogosphere ablaze when they posted a picture of Corey, an Oriental shorthair cat whose elongated face vaguely resembles actor Adam Driver. “Elite Daily” blogger Emily McCombs adopted the bugger, renaming him Kylo Ren. The story’s worth a read and adds yet another feline to the list of Internet Cats Who Have No Idea They’re Famous. Watch out, Grumpy Cat.
David Bowie, others
I know, I know; David Bowie died almost two weeks ago. Since then, actor Alan Rickman and Eagles troubadour Glenn Frey have joined the Starman in the afterlife, making 2016 officially the Deadliest Year for Pop Culture Icons in their Late 60s. While no amount of grieving can bring these artists back, you can pay your respects by watching “Harry Potter” on mute while listening to “Ziggy Stardust” on repeat. As for Frey? Turn the radio to the classic rock station, maybe?