Beer parties, Sparkle Mart, Craft-o-Rama, Velveteens: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have some great rock shows, a few celebrations with beer, and plenty of opportunities to shop local this holiday season. Come take a look and plan your weekend on the cheap.


Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Featuring local jewelry designers, print artists, book makers, and more. More info at Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Minnesota Fax Registry


(Denler Art Gallery at Northwestern College, 3003 Snelling Avenue N., Roseville, 651-286-7560)

A month-long residency program, public archive of telecopying materials, and artists' books in fax-only format. 6-8 p.m.

The Sexrays

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

10 p.m.


(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.


(Flow Art Space, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul, 612-564-3569,

Two group exhibitions. 6-9 p.m.

Prints on Ice: The 26th Cooperative Exhibition

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326,


6:30-9 p.m.

Business Man

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

With Chiefs of the North. 10 p.m.  

Brian Naughton

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


Blues. 9 p.m.

Light Up the Night, Light Up A Life Holiday Open House

(Solar Arts Building, 3rd Floor Gallery, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m. December 5-14.

Doodles: A Five-Year Journey

(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-874-7222)


Illustrations by Nancy Carlson. Opening reception 7-9 p.m. features music by Bob and Lynn Dixon. 

Icing on the Cake

(Schmidt Artist Lofts, 882 7th St W, St Paul)

New paintings by Matthew Rucker. In the Landmark Gallery. 6-9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m.


A Christmas Carol

(Powderhorn Park Community Center, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141. )

Powderhorn Theatre Arts presents a Victorian-style version of Scrooge's tale with classic music and puppets. Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m. Admission is free with food-shelf donation.

Universe of Light: Holiday Light Show

(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-883-8800,

Interactive light shows and family fun taking place three times nightly at the south entrance of Nickelodeon Universe. More info here. Mondays-Thursdays, 7, 8 & 9:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sundays, 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 25. 



(Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, 715-386-2305,

Panoramic photographs by David Heberlein. 6:30-8:30 p.m.



Artists' Holiday Shop

(SOOlocal: A Division of SooVAC, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

Shop local. Opening reception noon to 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21. 


Here We Are Nice: Volunteer Biennial

(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176,

Read more about this show here. 7-11 p.m.

The Velveteens 

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

With the Hecks and Waveless. 10 p.m.

Winter Bike Expo

(Midtown Freewheel Bike Center, 2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-238-4447)


Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Sparkle Mart

(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

Featuring over 30 local jewelry artists. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Vernon Dixon

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

9 p.m.



(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

Works by Amelia Biewald and Elaine Rutherford. 7-11 p.m.

Intersections and Affirmations

(The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis, 612-385-4239,

Ceramics and paintings by Kathy Wismar. 7-10 p.m.


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

With Fake Limbs and Gay Witch Abortion. 10 p.m.


15th Anniversary Party

(Herkimer Pub & Brewery, 2922 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-821-0101,

Food and drink specials, and music by DJ oddREdealer. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Holiday Open Haus

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

The GAI's picturesque mansion will be decorated for the season and will host vendors featuring crafts and goods from both German and local artisans. Sat. 12-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Christmas Bazaar


(St. Lawrence Catholic Church And Newman Center, 1203 5th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-7341)

Handcrafted items, jewelry, bake sale, and more. Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

The Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the 'Hood

(Various locations)

Featuring a Friday-night benefit party for the neighborhood, followed by live music, painting demonstrations, cocktail tastings, gift wrap making, tree lighting at Triangle Park, local food and beverages, and more Sat-Sun. Visit for more info. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 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. This month's installment will feature a talk led by Congressman Keith Ellison with policymakers, artists, and others how art and arts institutions create and help arts communities thrive. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 


Nickyworks Open Studio

(Casket Arts Community, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551)

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holiday Craft and Gift Show

(New Brighton Family Service Center, 400 10th St. NW, Moundsview, 651-724-6002)

Featuring jewelry, art, scarves, candles, and other gifts for the season. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Art at Ramsey

(Ramsey Junior High School, 1700 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-8860,


Work by 80 local artists. More info at Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Michael Birawer's Annual Holiday Show

(Michael Birawer Gallery, 1618 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-239-9041,

1-9 p.m. 

Grand Meander

(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029,

Featuring breakfast with Santa, reindeer, shopping, art crawl, soup tasting, tree lighting ceremony, free trolley rides. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Sounds of the Season


(Ted Mann Concert Hall: 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-624-2345)

With the University of Minnesota Campus Singers, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus present seasonal choral music. 7:30 p.m. 

Holiday Geek Expo

(Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, 952-835-7800)

With jewelry, comics, action figures, shirts, gaming, books, and authors and artists in attendance. For more information, go here. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Jean Gumpper: Local Terrain

(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,

2-5 p.m.

Also opening at Groveland:

Fred Anderson: Painting from Life

Transylvania Night

(The Underground Music Cafe: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

Hot Drinks Cool Crowd: Mrs. Kelly's 22nd Annual Tea Tasting

(Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-465-0234)

Try over 100 award-winning local teas, along with Minnesota food samples. More info at Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission with a non-perishable food item. 



Honeycomb Holiday Boutique

(Honeycomb Salon, 3504 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-2662,

Featuring handcrafted and locally made gifts, free mini facials, refreshments and snacks, giveaways. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

2nd Annual Muddy Pig Art and Craft Beer Boutique

(The Muddy Pig, 162 N. Dale St., St. Paul, 651-254-1030,

Featuring local art vendors and 612 Brew beer specials. Get more info here. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

For info on leagues and open skating hours, visit 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. 1. Skating is free; but there is a $4 skate rental (or rent skates free when you flash a Wells Fargo checking or credit card). 

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

Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. First Sunday of every month, 4 p.m. 

Transitional Species

(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Hack and Surgery at the Hands of Machines. 8 p.m.

First Avenue's Holiday Garage Sale

(First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

Buy old merch and memorabilia from First Ave's archives. All ages. 12-5 p.m.