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Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday
Ruben Nusz at "2012/13 McKnight Visual Artists Exhibition" at MCAD
The weekend is finally here, and it might actually be sunny. Here's a list of free stuff happening this weekend. Start planning now; it will be Monday before you know it.

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Stephanie Williams

FRIDAY:

Nature Valley Grand Prix: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium
(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Men and women pro cyclists races at breakneck speeds around several blocks in the heart of Uptown. There will also be a kids' fun race, a bike expo, and more. More info at www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com. 4:30-9 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

Oaks (Release show), Leisure Birds, Diva 93, Hyax
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday

Paper Darts POP-UP: A Storefront for Storytellers
(SOOlocal: A Division of SooVAC, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

Featuring special events showcasing over 25 different organizations, artists, and writers. Come for the free opening reception from 8:30-11 p.m. on Friday features live music from Black Diet, technicolor GIF art, photos, and a cash bar (the reading at 7 p.m. is $10). For a complete schedule, visit www.paperdartspopup.org. Read more about it here.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis)

Featuring 250 artists, 3 performance stages, family art park, Father's Day car show, food market. More info at www.stonearchbridgefestival.com. Through Sunday.

Bike Walk Week

This city-wide event encourages folks to commute via bike and foot. With tune-up stations, safety classes, and other fun happenings. For a complete schedule, visit bikewalkweek.org. Read more about it here. Through Saturday.  

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday
Jim Denomie, The Creative Oven

2012/13 McKnight Visual Artists Exhibition
(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700, www.mcad.edu)

Read more about McKnight artist Jim Denomie and the painting right, which was an idea 15 years in the making, here. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Also opening at MCAD Friday:

Artists of All Ages

Tucker's Robot
(Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-874-6338, www.openeyetheatre.org)

Young Tucker finds a robot in the garage, takes it home, and mayhem ensues! Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Continues through June 15.

The Friendly Beers, Rob Stealcheat, Gary Pruitt & 2 1/2 Brains, Dragich & the Trainwreck
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.

Coldwater Spring BioBlitz
(Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive S., Minneapolis)

Help count plants and animals over a 24-hour period. More info at www.missriverfund.org. 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

9 p.m.

James Wallace
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

MN Opera Under the Stars: La Boheme
(Harriet Island, 200 Drive Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul)

Puccini's classic opera outdoors. 7:30 p.m. Also at Lake Harriet Bandshell (4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis) Sat.

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

10 p.m.  

Poverty Hash, Crooked Saws
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Midway-Frogtown Arborators
(The Coffee Grounds: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

Dead Larry, Sherbetty, Item 9 & the Mad Haters, Chants & Seas
(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

9 p.m.

 

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday
Ben Fain

SATURDAY:

Resonating Bodies
(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176, www.soapfactory.org)

New work by 6 American sculptors, curated by Shannon Stratton. 7-11 p.m.

Music at Franconia: Women's Indie Music Festival
(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651-257-6668, www.franconia.org)

With the Chalice, L'Assassins, Mayda, Sleeper & the Sleepless. 12-6 p.m.

First Anniversary Party
(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-701-8272, www.gamutgallerympls.com)

With hands-on arts activities for kids and adults, artists' discussion with Ben Wuest, BBQ picnic-style refreshments, fresh juice bar, live music at 8 p.m. by Sex Burger. 2-10 p.m.

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Bruce Chalgren

Solstice River XVII
(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis)

Featuring a site-specific performance performed on the same day throughout the world on water quality issues. More info at www.globalwaterdances.org. 7 p.m. 

Juneteenth Celebration
(North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi, Minneapolis)

Featuring paddling on the Mississippi, live music, cultural and family activities. More info at www.juneteenthminnesota.org. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. More info at  www.juneteenthminnesota.org.

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

9:30 p.m.

Haunted Heads, Hardcore Crayons, Vernon Wayne
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.  

Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday

715nm: Digital Infrared Photography by Bradford Kissell
(Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, 952-979-1100, www.hopkinsartscenter.com)

6-8 p.m.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day
(Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul, 651-789-2500)

Featuring food, entertainment, resources, and more. Visit tcworldrefugeeday.org for more info. 12-5 p.m.

Elusive Parallelograms, Bongagonya, Gun for a Face, Driftwood Pyre
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Turn Back Now!, Onward Etc., the Grande Machine
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

The Second Generation
(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244, www.trafficzoneart.com)

New photographs by Steve Ozone. 6-9 p.m.

St. Peter Street Stompers
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Funk Trek, Space Monster, Stickysmash
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

9 p.m.

Nordic Crime: Which is stranger? Fact or fiction.
(Finnstyle, 160 Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis, 612-333-2127, www.finnstyle.com)

Finnish crime reporter and author Jarkko Sipila discusses crime in Nordic countries as well as famous cases. 2:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY:

Maker Fair
(Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., Maplewood, 651-501-6300, www.stpaul.lib.mn.us)

Artists, crafters, technologists, tinkerers share their creations. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Beth Dooley
(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St Paul, 651-225-8989, www.commongoodbooks.com)

The author discusses Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmer's Market Cookbook. 2 p.m.

Nature Valley Grand Prix: Stillwater Criterium
(306 W. Olive St., Stillwater)

Watch racers fight an upward battle, as each lap on the track requires them to scale steep Chilkoot Hill. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Weekend with the Weisguides: Celebrate Dad
(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, 612-625-9494, www.wam.umn.edu)

Family-friendly activities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ayd Mill Road
(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

3 p.m.
 
Tableaux, Chalk, Patch, Rotten Hotdish
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

9 p.m.

ONGOING:

Live Harness Racing
(Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 Zurich St. NE, Forest Lake, 651-925-4600)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31. 


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