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Culture compass: Christmas trees, new museums and Tiny Desk Concerts

With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas is now in full swing — and the Union Depot has you covered in the early-holiday-spirit department. Their annual tree lighting will be complete with music, fireworks and a screening of “Elf.” There will be snacks for purchase, but make sure to bring your own blankets and folding chairs for an extra level of cozy. While you’re there, you might as well check out the "European Christmas Market" on the East Plaza and get started on those holiday season gifts, too!


Power of the poster amplifies voices at Weisman workshop

An 11-by-7 inch poster holds the potential to lead movements and change headlines. Artist and activist Leon Wang shared this power of the poster with University of Minnesota students during a workshop at the Weisman Art Museum Friday.


There’s no place like home for ‘Ruby Slippers’ production

The “Wizard of Oz” is often associated with innocence and fairytale — a story about a girl trying to find her way back home. This well-known film is about to get a makeover with Jazzercise, an exploration of its connection to white supremacy and stolen ruby slippers.


Culture compass: Herbal tea, building bridges and a cappella

The "A Capell-Off" returns for another year, with five a capella groups competing for a $250 cash prize. The night will be jam-packed with a capella renditions of your favorite classics. 7Days A Cappella, Urban Sound, The Enchantments and Basses Wild will compete against last year’s winners, Vocal U. The event is completely free and open only to University of Minnesota students.  


Northeast coffee shop serves up local music

Five Watt Coffee’s Northeast location, which opened about a year ago, is quickly becoming a hub for local musicians to gather and share their work. The shop’s “Bummer Strummer Sessions” feature heavyhearted acoustic tunes that invite everyone in the room to find camaraderie through what's described as “intimate feels.”