Art by Curtiss A, Wants vs. Needs: Freeloader Friday

Art by Curtiss A, Wants vs. Needs: Freeloader Friday
Art by Curtiss A

It's another strong weekend for free stuff to do. There's dance parties like Wants vs. Needs, and parties including the Red Stag Block Party. Music and art will collide with a gallery show featuring Curtiss A, and the Soap Factory hosts an expo dedicated to the best in comic, zine, and graphic novel art out there. Check out our list after the jump.


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

Show up tonight to play a city-wide game of Risk. The game will be held in the Common Room as well as additional remote locations. 7-10 p.m.

Wants vs. Needs
(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

Dance to awesome tunes spun by DJ Espada, Petey Wheatstraw, So Gold, and Anton. 10 p.m.

Minneapolis Indie Xpo Kickoff Party
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Celebrate comic art early with music by Dreamland Faces, and the Great Confinement. 8 p.m.

Something to Do Until the End of the World: Work by Curtiss A
(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.874.7222)

Often referred to as the Godfather of the Twin Cities rock scene, Curtiss A has also been creating art for decades. His incredibly-detailed collage work features superheroes, devils, beasts, and political figures as they wander a landscape filled with urinals and cash. It's dark and humorous simultaneously. The opening reception from 7-10 p.m. features a live acoustic set from Curtiss A.

Nordeast Music Festival
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Curtiss A is presumably running from his gallery show over at the Hang It gallery to this gig. The Alrights open. 9:30 p.m.

Uncle Chunk
(Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.8100)

Show up with Twin apparel on or bring your ticket stub to get in free. 8 p.m.

Corn Fest
(St. Gerard's Church, 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, 763.424.8770,

Yeah, there's going to be a lot of corn at this festival. But there will also be live entertainment, games, a sports alley, basket auction, bingo, pull tabs, and more. 6-11 p.m. Fri.; 4-11 p.m. Sat.; 12-4 p.m. Sun.

The 4 on the Floor, Rockford Mules, Fattenin' Frogs
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock. 9 p.m.

Sorry OK, Small White, the Drug Budget, the Upshot
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Indie rock, folk. 10 p.m.


Art by Curtiss A, Wants vs. Needs: Freeloader Friday
Image by Will Dinski


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

This daylong event features local and visiting cartoonists, indie publishers, mini- and web-comics, a reading room, vendors, and more. For more info, visit 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Carnival de Wonque
(Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.724.6273,

Indoor and outdoor activities include games for children and adults, prizes, live music by Wolf Mountain, tap dance by Ellen Keane, food, treats, and more. 1-5 p.m.

Flying Colors Kite Festival
(Valley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, 952.848.3500)

Featuring specialty kites, open flying, kids' kite making, food vendors. For more info, visit 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Star Wars: Year by Year
(Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2100 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville, 651.639.9256)

Costumed characters sign books and take photos. 2 p.m.

2010 Greek Festival
(St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.6220)

This celebration of Greek culture features church tours, tasty traditional food, vendors, live music, family activities, and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

4th Annual Red Stag Block Party
(Red Stag Supper Club, 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.767.7766,

The music lineup at this bock party includes Wandering Sons, E.L.nO., Black Audience, Boom Boom Belam, Heiruspecs, and others. The North Star Roller Girls will make appearances, as will Familia Skateshop. Sign up for the hula hoop contest if you dare. 4-10:30 p.m.

9th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival
(Western Sculpture Park, Marion Avenue, between Interstate 94 and University Ave. (across the street from Sears), St. Paul)

This festival features artwork displays, juried art, contemporary and traditional musicians and performers, a youth tent, screening of shorts and excerpts of feature-length movies by Hmong filmmakers, games, family activities, vendors, food, resources, and more. For more info, visit 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Haley Bonar, Dark Dark Dark, the Daredevil Christopher Wright
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

This epic lineup continues with the Como Ave Jug Band, All the Pretty Horses, the Poor Boys, and others. 10 p.m.

The Sextons, Dragons Power Up, Southside Hustle, Battle Napkin
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Indie, rock, folk. 9 p.m.

West Bank Music Festival After Party
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)

Show up after 9 p.m. (or pay $5 to get in for the main show) for sets by Dessa, Martin Devaney, and Acoustic Beatdown.

Blood on the Tracks Live 10th Anniversary
(Wolfe Park, 3700 Montery Dr., Minneapolis, 763.682.4590)

Featuring Billy Peterson, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Odegard, Stan Kipper, Chico Perez. 7 p.m.

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

Folk. 10 p.m.


Art by Curtiss A, Wants vs. Needs: Freeloader Friday


New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.870.3131,

Photographer James Welling spent three years photographing Philip Johnson's Glass House, a marvel of modern architecture. You can check out the results in this series dedicated to photography.

(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.7027,

This family-friendly event includes food, a sing-along, period games, textile arts, medieval combat demonstrations, and costumed characters. 2-5 p.m.

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

Punk, metal, dub.


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

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.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223,

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.

Art by Curtiss A, Wants vs. Needs: 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 for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)

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