Scene: It's 1991. You're sitting atop basement shag carpet; MTV is blasting Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." That lanky guy slapping the bass notes in the dystopian high school gymnasium? He's so dangerous! He totally knows Kurt.
Back to the present: That very same guy looks more like a geologist now, but goddamnit he was still in Nirvana. And now is your chance to discuss our current black president and future Trump president with him over hard cider, a mélange of words that would seem unfathomable in the '90s.
Hosted by nonprofit voter advocacy group FairVote Minnesota, happy hour this Thursday at Sociable Cider Werks will be focused around a conversation about democracy with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. The free event goes down 4-6 p.m. in northeast Minneapolis; click here to RSVP on Facebook. Steve Simon, Minnesota's rock 'n' roll secretary of state, will host.
Novoselic, who serves as board chair of FairVote, will espouse the virtues of ranked-choice voting. The founding member of Nirvana and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has devoted much of his post-Nirvana life to social and political advocacy, including authoring the 2004 book Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy.
Novoselic, 50, talked with Twin Cities Daily Planet about about voting fairness, Dave Grohl, jamming with Modest Mouse, and potato/onion farming ahead of his 2012 Twin Cities visit.