This week in free stuff to do we have a few movie screenings, a fun bike ride, a beer-fueled spelling bee with yummy Indian food, and cats. Come take a look and plan your week.
Summer Music and Movies: Hairspray
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)
Filmmaker John Waters may revel in making trashy movies, but often these flicks have a lot of heart. Released in 1988, Hairspray is a movie filled with drag queens, campy acting, and goofy moments. It’s also a film about racism and the Civil Rights movement. The story follows Tracy Turnblad, a plus-sized dancer on a popular local TV show, as she and others fight to desegregate the dance floor. The movie turned out to be so endearing that is spawned a play and a reboot, though the charm of the first film has held up over time. See it outside in Loring Park this Monday. Get there early, as the Honeydogs will be warming up crowds with tunes. 7 p.m. Monday.
Where the Wild Things Are
(Armatage Park, 2500 W 57th St., Minneapolis)
Monday at dusk.
The Hot Spelling Bee
(Eastlake Craft Brewery, 920 E. Lake St. #123, Minneapolis; 612-224-9713)
How well can you spell your favorite Indian eats? If you have confidence that you can correctly spell things like papadum, aloo mutter gobi, and poricha kuzhambu, then this special, extra spicy addition of Trivia Mafia’s beer-fueled spelling bee may be just up your alley. They’ve teamed up with food truck Hot Indian Foods and Eastlake Craft Brewery for a night of many words, brew, and grub. It’s free to sign up, and once you clear round one, the prizes kick in. In the second round, every word spelled correctly scores you a Midtown Global Market dollar. For those who want to rack up dollars faster, in the third round players can elect to spell a word of Indian origin (most will be Indian cuisine) for a $5 Midtown Global Market voucher. 7 p.m. (registration at 6:30 p.m.) Wednesday.
Common Room: The Cat Tour
(HOYO Childcare Parking Lot, 3600 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis)
The Common Room returns for another season of exploration with Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci. This Wednesday's walking tour will examine the world of felines, taking in the city from a cat's perspective. Along the way veterinarians, animal behaviorists, and pet owners will share fun facts and things to consider. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Pizza Farm at the Food Building
(Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-545-5555)
Pizza Farm was a massive hit last time it came to the Food Building. This Thursday, it will return. Bring a blanket, grab a spot on the lawn, and order up a pie. Northern Fires Pizza will provide the oven, with Bakers' Field Flour & Bread making crusts, fresh mozzarella from the Lone Grazer Creamery, and salumi from Red Table Meat Co. Able Seedhouse & Brewery will have drinks, and Sweet Science Ice Cream has dessert covered. Are you gluten-free? Smoking Cow will have options for you. Pizzas will set you back $9 to $11 each. 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Joyful Riders Club: August
(Surly Brewing Company, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 763-535-3330)
Join Mario Macaruso and Patrick Stephenson on this super-chill and friendly monthly ride. Cyclists will go at a comfortable pace through the neighborhood. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.