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Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday
There are plenty of pup-friendly activities this weekend, including Paws on Grand

The weekend is almost here, and with it comes tons of free summertime activities. There will be many dog-friendly happenings, including an art show and a street festival with treats for pets and humans. Bachelor Farmer, the Red Stag, and the Seward Co-op will be throwing block parties, and Michael Gaughan will say goodbye to Minnesota for grad school with a fun celebration. Minneapolis will also be super busy as the Uptown, Powderhorn, and Loring Park art fests take over the city. Plan on going to all three art fairs? Download a Metro Transit pass at metrotransit.org/ArtPass and ride the bus between events for free.

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

FRIDAY:

Uptown Art Fair
(3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring over 360 artists from around the world, cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more. Visit uptownartfair.com for more info. Fri.12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Fuck Knights, Fret Rattles (vinyl-release)
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday
Art by Sid Tincher

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

Bring the dogs to this pet-friendly art show benefiting the Pet Project of MN. Pet food and kitty litter will also be collected. 7-10 p.m.

August Music & Movies: So I Married an Axe Murderer
(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

With music by Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps. 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax, AK, Tights in the Taxi, Business Man
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Anger, Angst, and Art
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Group show celebrates the angrier emotions that drive art and expression. The opening reception will will feature spoken word, poetry, and storytelling with a good dose of rage. 7-10 p.m. 

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

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

Chants & Seas, the Wives

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

8 p.m. 

Umami, Tickle Torture, Rupert Angeleyes (tape-release), Speeds the Name
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Friends With Benefits
(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624, www.theazgallery.org)

5:30-10:00 p.m. 

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday
Michael Gaughan with his dog, Buck

SATURDAY:

Goodbye, I Love You MN
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

Michael Gaughan says farewell to Minnesota (for now) with an art show featuring comedy, art, a humorous motivational speech from Gaughan himself, giveaways, and live music from Wild Wing, Erin Smith, Obchod Na Korz. The artist will also be creating art to take home for everyone who walks in the door. 7-10 p.m. 

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

8 p.m. 

Seward Co-op's 40th Anniversary Celebration
(East River Flats Park, 800 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis)

Featuring music from Willie Murphy, the Bunny Clogs, Brass Messengers, and more; food trucks and vendors; community booths; beer; and family activities with folks from the Walker Art Center. 12-8 p.m. 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday
Image by Sher Stoneman

Loring Park Art Festival
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring over 140 visual artists, strolling musicians, stage performances, children's activities, food, more. Visit www.loringparkartfestival.com for more info. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

West Bank School of Music
(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

7:30 p.m.

Summer Salon: Chris Koza
(Anita Sue Kolman Gallery: 1500 Jackson St. NE Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, 612-385-4239)

6:30 p.m.

Kräftskiva
(The Bachelor Farmer, 50 N. 2nd Ave., Minneapolis, 612-206-3920, www.thebachelorfarmer.com)

This fun street party features tasty crayfish, other edible treats, drinks. Live music includes Halloween, Alaska; DJ Jonathan Ackerman; Switzerlind; and City on the Make. 5-10 p.m. 

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

8 p.m. 

Club Book: Mark Rosen
(Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen, 952-227-1500, www.carverlib.org)

The WCCO-TV sports anchor discusses Best Seat in the House. 1 p.m. 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

Community Collaboration/Hot Metal Pour
(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651-257-6668, www.franconia.org)

Watch pros create sculptures out of molten metal. With music by Savage Aural Hotbed, and food. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free; $25-$75 to make art. 

TalkingImageConnection Reading: Hedge Magic
(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176, www.soapfactory.org)

Stories and poems inspired by the Soap's current exhibition. 8 p.m. 

Art: Uncaged
(The Beat Coffeehouse, 1414 W. 28th St., Minneapolis, 612-910-0360, www.thebeatcoffee.com)

Proceeds benefit the Animal Rights Coalition. 12-4 p.m. 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

Powderhorn Art Fair
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Enjoy art while strolling along the lake. Visit www.powderhornartfair.com for more info. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The Bad Companions, JT & the Fix
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Bombay Sweets, Brokeback, the Twilight & the Funeral
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

Free First Saturday: Garden Quest
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, www.walkerart.org)

Live action role-playing (LARP) transforms the Garden into a land of mythical heroes and foes for kids. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Gospel Gossip, Hollow Boys
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m. 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

Revisiting the Ark
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151, www.formandcontent.org)

Mixed-media installation by Sandra Menefee Taylor uses ancient textiles as inspiration. 7-9 p.m.

Tempest
(Matthews Park and Community Center, 2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-370-4950)

Public Dreams Theatre presents a summer outdoors production of the Bard's final play. Saturdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Aug. 12.

Back 2 School Family Expo
(Andover YMCA Community Center, 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW, Andover)

Get info on health services, alternative educational choices, after school programs, childcare, driver's education, financial planning, and more. There will also be live dance routines, karate demonstrations, and music performances. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The Affordable Art Show
(Douglas Flanders & Associates, 910 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-791-1285)

6-9 p.m.

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday
Japeth A. Storlie, Dock at Crystal Lake

 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

SUNDAY:

Paws on Grand 2012
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com)

Featuring dog-friendly activities, adoption info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Moss Piglets, Lau
(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Victory Neighborhood Annual Garden Tour
(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-9558)

Explore private gardens in the Victory neighborhood. With master gardeners, kick-off picnic at noon. Visit victoryneighborhood.org for more info. 12-4 p.m. 

Red Stag Block Party
(Red Stag Supper Club, 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766, www.redstagsupperclub.com)

With Rogue Valley, Mayda, the Honeydogs, Chastity Brown, Kill the Vultures, and more. 3-10 p.m. 

The Sauce Comedy Showcase
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

8 p.m.

Actual Wolf

(Barbette: 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710)

10 p.m. 

Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Shaun Laden

ONGOING:

Looking for a farmers' market in your neighborhood? Check out our complete list here.

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

Live harness racing. Sundays, 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3.

Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, www.walkerart.org)

This summer-long hangout on the Walker's field includes workshops, musical performances, talks, info share, beer, patio, food, games, club meetings, and much more. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1.



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