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Craftstravaganza, Truffles, Maifest Beer: Freeloader Friday

This week in free stuff to do we have a variety of art openings, a beer party, chocolate sampling, and more. Come take a look at our list.

FRIDAY:

Book Release Party

(honey mpls, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

John Jodzio celebrates the release of You Cannot Give Yourself a Nickname with additional readings from Courtney Algeo, Jenny Adams-Salmela, Sarah Askari, Dennis Cass, Nathan Hill, Mary Mack, Tracey Mumford, Ross Nervig, Annette Schiebout, and Andy Sturdevant. 7 p.m.

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RYKYGNYZYR

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

With Buzzard and Nightosaur. 10 p.m.

SPCO Composer Conversation Series: Missy Mazzoli

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

Free, but RSVP is required. 7 p.m.

Krange, War // Plague, Kontrastck, Verminoze

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

9 p.m.

The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist's Book

(Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S. #100, Minneapolis)

6-9 p.m.

Excelsior Brewing Company Maifest

(Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 3rd St., Excelsior)

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With beers on tap, German eats, and live music. On Friday, Refrigerager performs at 8 p.m., while Saturday's lineup includes the Big Wu and Bitter Roots. 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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SATURDAY:

Craftstravaganza

(Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-288-4400)

Shop for jewelry, terrariums, clothing, cards, and more. For more info, visit www.craftstravaganza.com/stp/2015. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Kris Lowe: The Back Story

(Douglas Flanders & Associates,  818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-791-1285)

6 to 9 p.m.

Fight like a Mother!

(ColorWheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis)

Featuring art, spoken word, food, and more. 2 to 8 p.m.

Hanan, the Great Went, More.Is.More, New wave Hookers

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

9 p.m.

The Awful Truth, Tso Big

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

7 p.m.

DJ Spooky

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

8 p.m.

MCAD MFA Thesis

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

LINDOR Chocolate Day

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(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington)

Free truffles. Noon to 8 p.m.

NE Art Showcase

(Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis)

This weekend-long celebration features work by Caitlin Karolczak, Peter Geyen, Brandon Martin, and Jonathan Aller. There will also be live live music and food. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Jaybone Bell & Restless Light (CD Release Show)

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

With Tin Can Gin. 10 p.m.

Helmsie's Make My Birthday Matter 3

(Grumpy's: 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-789-7429)

2 p.m. Food drive benefit show featuring Erik Koskinen, Katy Vernon, Scary Numan, Frizzle Fry, and Trompe le Monde. Free; food donations are suggested.

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Brian Just

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

6-8 p.m. In MIA lobby.

Kid Major

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8:30 p.m. With Perry Project, and Mystic Funk.

SUNDAY:

Mother's Day Madness: Featuring United Teachers of Music

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

With Angry Mothers, and special guests. 7 p.m.