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Brother Ali, Britstock: Freeloader Friday

Brother Ali, Britstock: Freeloader Friday
Gloria's Lobotomy by Rudy Fig

There's never a week in the Twin Cities without great free stuff to do. This week's hot happenings include an incredible lineup at the Pizza Luce Block Party (Brother Ali! Dessa! Pink Mink!), sugary sweet art by Rudy Fig and Jeff Warner over at the Gallery at Fox Tax, a bike tour that turns mundane destinations into awesome moments, and the Irish Fest over on Harriet Island.

FRIDAY:

Summer Dance Series: Sabar
(Outdoor screening at Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000, www.sppl.org)

An American hip-hop dancer discovers herself and more when she heeds the call of Senegalese dance. Will she find herself through dance and love? 9:30 p.m.

Brother Ali, Britstock: Freeloader Friday

32nd Annual Irish Fair of Minnesota
(Harriet Island, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. (across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul), St. Paul, 952.474.7411, www.irishfair.com)

This festival features three days of awesome Irish food, traditional and modern music and dance, beer, competitions (including an epic tug of war bout), culture, heritage workshops, sporting events, genealogy, and more. Fri. 3-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

BNLX, Red Pens, National Bird, Teenage Strangler
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

Brother Ali, Britstock: Freeloader Friday
Strangers and Visitors by Rudy Fig

Sticky Sweet
(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave. Ne, Minneapolis, 612.824.2829, foxtaxservice.com/gallery)

Fox Tax is a place that will do your taxes, and show you some awesome art. Their latest show features eye-catching delights in pop surrealism. Works are by local artists Rudy Fig and Jeff Warner. The opening reception is from 6-10 p.m.  

Brother Ali, Britstock: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Julian Murray

SATURDAY:

Pizza Luce Block Party
(Pizza Luce, 3200 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.827.5978, www.pizzaluce.com)

The lineup for this block party reads like a who's-who of local music. Scheduled to perform: Brother Ali, Dessa, Lookbook, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, Red Pens, Pink Mink, and many more. 12-10 p.m.

The Hard Left, the Mood Swings, Blue Sky Blackout
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Indie, garage, rock. 9:30 p.m.

Fort Wilson Riot, Zombie Season, Strangelights, the Gleam
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Experimental, pop goth rock, rock. 9 p.m.

Brother Ali, Britstock: Freeloader Friday

Art and Flea Market
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162)

Featuring over 50 local artists and artisans selling their interesting works of art, knick-knacks, jewelry, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also Sunday

Common Room: Surplus Space Tour
(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)

Bring your bike for this city tour that turns static places into sites of exploration. Each stop along the way will feature brief talks from people with something unique to say, including artists, geographers, urban planners, and others. 7-10 p.m.

Art Swap in a Box Gala Party
(Storefront-in-a-Box, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, www.storefrontinabox.com)

Did you swap art this week? Bring your "I Swapped" voucher to this party celebrating the circle of life in art (entrance costs $5 otherwise). 8-11 p.m.

Hop Heads Only 2010
(Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge, 2027 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.3000, www.bluenilempls.com)

The beer is not free, but the cover is. Stop by to try some of the hoppiest beers around. What's a hoppy beer? Imagine the opposite of a stout or Guinness, think beers like Surly Furious, Bell's Two-Hearted, and double IPAs. 21+. 4-10 p.m. Also Sunday

Uptown Bikes and Bands Block Party
(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.465.0280, www.uptownblockparty.com)

Party on the new patio of Calhoun Square. Live music includes music by Bryan Thuney, Dan Israel, and the Brass Kings. There will also be good people-watching at this event, thanks to a motorcycle show and contest. 12-4 p.m.

13th Ave. Folk Festival
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746, www.331club.com)

Featuring Matt Latterell, Tuesdays Robot, Bleeding Mayberd Warandshoes, Cashin Brown, and more. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.  

SUNDAY:

DJ Denver Dalley
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Sauce continues the space's fine tradition of name-changing by becoming Cause. 9:30 p.m.

Britstock
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908)

Enjoy live music as Brit's celebrates its b-day. With the Belfast Cowboys, E.L.nO., the Beatles are in Big Trouble. 2:30 p.m.

IndiaFest
(Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul)

Featuring food, music, dancing, culture, more. For more info visit www.iamn.org. 12-5 p.m.

Toyota Farm to Table Tour
(Minneapolis Farmers' Market, 312 Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.333.1718, www.mplsfarmersmarket.com)

Local farmers and chefs team up to create tasty samples. There will also be experts offering gardening tips, and a free herb giveaway. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Street Art: The Art of the People (Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612.823.5693) Enjoy live art outside, a young artists' wall, shopping, food, drinks, sweets, music, and more. 12-8 p.m.

ONGOING FREE:

Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org) 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 www.stevierays.org. Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223, www.canterburypark.com)

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.

Brother Ali, Britstock: 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 www.uptownmarket.org for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)




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