Art-A-Whirl, Goth Prom: Freeloader Friday


So, according to some people on the internet, the world is set to end on May 21. That sounds as good a reason as any to kick back and have a good time. And while money might be no object when there's no saving for tomorrow, you might not want to spend it all just in case we're not fast approaching doomsday.

This week in Freeloader Friday we have tons of art events thanks to Art-A-Whirl, a northeast Minneapolis gallery crawl. Not into art? Not a problem. There's still plenty of free things to do, from dance parties to street festivals to soundscapes on the Mississippi.

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(northeast Minneapolis)

This huge, sprawling art festival features open studios, demonstrations, parties, performances, and more. For a list of locations and happenings, visit 5-10 p.m. Friday; 12-8 p.m. Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday.


Art-A-Whirl 2011

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

With The Blind Shake, Gospel Gossip, and Buildings indoors. 10 p.m.

CURIO: A Michael Thomsen Retrospective

(Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.3889,

This show features the unusual, whimsical, and often dark media installation work of Michal Thomsen. Open during Art-A-Whirl hours. (Photo by Jason P. Schumacher)

Art Form 1040: Mission Accomplished

(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave. Ne, Minneapolis, 612.824.2829,

They've done your taxes, now check out their art. The opening reception is from 5-10 p.m.


(Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, 952.979.1100,

Watch as five sculptures are welded onto History Mainstreet from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Afterwards there will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. 

Czeslaw's Loop: The Final Opus

(behind the Sample Room, 2124 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis)

This awesome three-day experience features multimedia audiovisual performances on a behind the Sample Room. Throughout the event there will be live music, soundscapes, light art, a gallery exhibition, and other performances. For more info call 612. 202.7295 or visit Or check out our article on scheduled happenings here. 8 p.m. Friday; 12 & 8 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday.

A Vision of the Vernacular


(IFP MN Center For Media Arts, 2446 University Ave. W, Ste 100, St. Paul, 651.644.1912,

Photography by Eric Ruby and Lex Thompson. The opening reception is from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Erik Brandt: Typografika/Detailien

(Shoebox Gallery, Robert's Shoes 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.825.3833,

The artist reception is from 5-7 p.m.

The Dead Flowers, Steve Sullivan & the Factory, Stellarogue

(Wild Tymes, 33 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul, 651.224.8181)

Blues, soul. 18+.


Jerome Emerging Printmakers Exhibition

(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.871.1326,

Check out works from three print artists. The opening reception is from 6:30-9 p.m.

Burlesque Garage Sale

(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. Minneapolis, 612.379.4151)

Shop posters, prints, and rare LPs. During Art-A-Whirl.

Voytek (7''-release)

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)


Garage, new wave. With Howler, Wisconsin Nightlife, Hot Rash. 9 p.m.

The Bloodshot, the Red Flags, Sons of Gloria

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Metal, psychedelic, rock. 10 p.m.


The Erasers

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

This group show explores the world of dreams, memories, and complete fabrications. The opening reception is from 7-11 p.m.


Art-A-Whirl 2011

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Outdoor concert features DOSH, Crescent Moon/Big Trouble, The Cloak Ox, Blue Sky Blackout, Satellite Voices, Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords, Villa, Roe Family Singers from noon to 10 p.m. In the evening, come indoors for Charlie Parr at 10 p.m.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

Candid camera this ain't. This show explores the world of unusual photography, from execution images to surveillance footage to peeping toms.

Rivertown Art Festival

(Lowell Park, Water Street from Mulberry St. S. to Nelson St. (along the St. Croix River), Stillwater, 651.430.8800)


Looking for a road trip? For more information, visit 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Jack Brass Band

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Funk, jazz. 10 p.m.

TPT Family Fun Day

(Como Town. Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651.487.8200,

Meet PBS characters from your favorite kid shows, listen to live music, and enjoy other family actvities. DISCLAIMER: If you want to ride the rides, it costs $13 for a wristband. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



(Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651.771.7507)

This afternoon features a 5K walk/run, discovery hunts, canoe rides, kids' fishing lessons, fish demonstrations, rain garden tours, native plant give-aways, raptors, clowns, art, water games, food, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Blaine Aviation Days

(Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport Rd. NE, Blaine, 763.786.9490,

This daylong celebration includes kids' activities, exhibitions, food and drink, airplane rides, and more. Visit for more info. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Golden Valley Days Art & Music Festival

(Brookview Park, Sw Corner Of Hwy 55 & Winnetka, St. Louis Park)

With music by Soul Tight Committee, fireworks, a vintage car show, food and drink vendors, art show, battle of the bands, and more. For more info call 612.377.3043 or visit 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Hopkins Mainstreet Day

(Hopkins Main Street, Between 5th and 7th Avenues North, Hopkins)

With arts and crafts vendors, food, a beer garden, a mechanical bull, pony rides, garage sale, more. For more info, visit 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

5th Birthday Celebration

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952.847.8107,

Come celebrate the library with kid-friendly films, storytelling, poetry readings, kids' book sale, scavenger hunt, tours, and more. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The 48 Hour Band Contestival

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)


9 p.m.

Nick Haas (CD-release)

(Hell's Kitchen: 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis, 612.332.4700)

Jazz. 6 p.m.


Art-A-Whirl 2011

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

With The Pines, Zoo Animal, the Goondas, Como Avenue Jug Band, Matt Latterell, Bella Ruse, Boys'n the Barrels. 1-9 p.m.


Queer Bike Gang's Mustache Ride

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Rockin' a stache? Just wanna ride? All are welcome at this LGTB-friendly get-together. Visit for more info. 2:30-5 p.m.

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier, Part 3

(St Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main Street SE (115 Main Street SE), Minneapolis, 612.331.4723,

7:30 p.m.


Goth Prom 8

(The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.332.0835)

This dance party features industrial and dark wave music, giveaways, fun fashion, and more. 18+. 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.