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8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday

It's a long weekend for most of us here in the Twin Cities, and in many ways the next three days mark the end of summer. It's your last chance to check out the Minnesota State Fair, and for some it's the last weekend before school starts up again. But fear not: There is still plenty of free things to do. For this installment of Freeloader Friday we have an 8-bit music fest, a gallery show's homage to old video games, tons of dance nights, a Harry Potter screening, and free stuff to do Monday. Come take a look.


FRIDAY:

8-BIT^3 Festival
(Shuga Records, 165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.455.6285)

If you've ever played an original Nintendo game, then you have heard 8-bit music. Get your beep-and-booping jam on at this festival including Unicorn Dream Attack, L-Tron, Albino Ghost Monkey, and more. Free; but donations are welcome as they support traveling artists. 4-10 p.m.

8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday

Sleaze Book Club
(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952.847.8107)

Max 'Bunny' Sparber invites actors and non-actors to write and give book reports on pornographic novels found at adult bookstores. Bonus: You'll receive a book to take home as well. 4:30 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, and much more. For more info visit lowertownfirstfridays.com. 6-9 p.m.

Freewheelin' First Fridays
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Tonight's show includes a double CD-release show with the Surf Dawgs and the 99ers. 9:30 p.m.

Dragons Power Up!, Falcon Arrow, Say Like the French Say, Citizens of the Empire
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock. 10 p.m.

Hotel
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Jonathan Ackerman hosts this excellent dance night.

A Conscious Divide, Blue Ox, All the Way Rider, Lesser Known Saints
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Indie, rock. 9 p.m.
   

8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday
Ana Log by Kari Schuster

SATURDAY:

Level_13: Classic Video Game Art
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Check out art inspired by old-school Atari, Nintendo, and arcade games at this group show. The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Andy Elwell, Ember Schrag, Adam Svec
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Folk, indie. 10 p.m.

8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Gene Pittman

Free First Saturday
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)

Enjoy a day of family-friendly happenings including a performance by found-object percussion group Savage Aural Hotbed, an art-making activity led by Futurefarmers, a collaborative drawing club for families, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

New Labor 7''-release
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Also with the Yoleus, the Undesirables, Teddy & the Turks. 9 p.m.

  SUNDAY:

Desde, the Battle Royal
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Electro, country, soul. 9:30 p.m.

Jeff Deck, Benjamin Herson
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

The authors and friends discuss their book, The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time. 4 p.m.

France Has the Bomb, Tiger Bones, Teenage Strangler
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday

BONUS FREE: MONDAY

Summer Movie Series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(Brit's Pub,1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908, www.britspub.com)

Watch the sixth installment of Harry Potter out on the rooftop lawn. With drink specials. 8:30 p.m.

Annandale Cardinals, Amen & the Hell Yeahs, Nato Coles & the B.D.B.
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock, country. 10 p.m.

High Tide
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Catch a Case Mondays
(Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.746.0306)

With DJ Noam the Drummer, Musicians in Disguise, and more. 9:30 p.m.

ONGOING FREE:

Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org) This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit www.uptownmarket.org for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)




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