Art Shanties, dog sledding, German beer: Freeloader Friday

Friday is finally here, and with it comes lots of free stuff to do. Folks can stay indoors and enjoy art, live music, talks, and theater productions, or layer up and head outside for fireworks, parades, beer festivals, and ski races. Oh yeah, and there's even a bar screening the Superbowl and the Sherlock finale. At the same time.

Come look at our list and plan your weekend.


City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

(Lake Calhoun, 3000 Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis)


Watch races featuring biking, cross-country skiing, and dog sledding, or take in ice and show sculpting competitions. More info at Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lovely Dark, Squares, Ghost Towns of the West

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

St. Paul Winter Carnival

(Various St. Paul locations)

Free happenings this weekend include the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade and grand finale fireworks on Saturday. More info at Through Sunday. Many events are free; some have cover charges.


(Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244,

Portraits by Pamela Gaard. 6-8:30 p.m.

Breaking Ice

(Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-0459,


New work explores changes in the neighborhood around the theater, including the proposed expansion of the Seward Co-Op. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.

Headband Jam, So Big, Midwest Assembly, Tommy Bentz Band, Rhinestone Diplomats

(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

Mike Gunther, the Knotwells, Chokecherry, Thaumatrope

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)


9 p.m.

Danish Modern: Design for Living

(Goldstein Museum of Design, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, 612-625-5000)

6-8 p.m.


(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)


9 p.m.

Shakedown City

(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9:30 p.m.

Bill Cagley

(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)


8 p.m.


(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Minneapolis Art Lending Library

(The Ledge Gallery, 1916 3rd Avenue S., Minneapolis,


Need to spruce up your walls? Borrow art for free. Fri. 6:30-9 p.m.; Sat. 12-5 p.m.

Helen Otterson Gallery Exhibit and Lecture

(California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551,

The glass artists discusses her work. 7 p.m.

Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association

(Ramada Mall of America - Airport, 2300 E. American Blvd., Bloomington, 952-854-3411)


More info at Fri. 2-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Poems In Progress: An Open Mic for Imperfection

(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St Paul, 651-225-8989,

7 p.m.




Art Shanties Project

(White Bear Lake, 5050 Lake Ave. N., White Bear Lake)

Take to the lake for art installations, activities, performances, concerts, lectures, information, and other delightful shenanigans. More info at Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23.

Vats (tape release), American Cream, France Camp, Tom Luffa

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)


9 p.m.

I Hate Sports, mondOmega, Catbath

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

9 p.m.

Winterfest: A German Karneval Party

(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

Featuring food, beer, fire entertainment, live music, kids' activities, more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Del Vincents

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

The Platte Valley Boys

(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)

8 p.m.

Opening Weekend

(Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-804-7985,

With live music, food and drink, scavenger hunt, more. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Products of Our Environment: Studies of People and Animals in Harmony

(Driftwood Community Arts, 777 Raymond Ave., St Paul, 651-340-0929,

Art by Sam Robertson. Closing-night reception 6-11 p.m.

Vinyl Recliner First Saturdays

(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

9 p.m.

Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue

(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pursuit of Happiness

(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745,

Photography by Keith Holmes. 6-9 p.m.

Candlelight Ski

(Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus, 300 Spirit River Drive S., Cambridge, 763-433-1100,

5:30 p.m.

Words with Wolves

(Moon Palace Books, 2820 E 33rd St., Minneapolis, 612-454-0455)

Thomas Maltman, Benjamin Percy and Peter Geye read from new and recent novels. 4 p.m.

Grand Reopening Celebration

(Stans Museum, 235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee, 952-445-0378,

With tours, refreshments, family activities. 12-2 p.m.



Sherlock Screening

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612 332 8011)

Catch the season finale in the Clubhouse Lounge. Have Superbowl fans in your crowd as well? They'll be screening the game and offering drink specials in the main bar and long room. 8 p.m.

Music Under Glass: Urban Hillbilly Quartet

(Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park: 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 651-487-8200)

4:30 p.m.

T Collective

(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

9:30 p.m. 

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Landmark Plaza, 75 W. 5th St., St Paul, 651-292-3233)

Rent skates for free by flashing a Wells Fargo check or credit card. More info at Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2.