There's plenty of free happenings this weekend.
Shattersquelch/The Utmost Natural
Crystalline and evocative as the hoar frost we’ve experienced lately, the work of Portland artist Hannah Piper Burns invites viewers to dive into a technological experience that ignites the physical and sensorial. Meanwhile, Ryan Fontaine’s vibrantly askew blends of representation and abstraction tilt perception into the realms of the surreal. Together, these two offer an essential jolt at a time when we’re all too prone to sensory deprivation. There will be an opening reception for both shows on Friday, January 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Hair and Nails Gallery, 2222 1/2 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-229-0585. –Camille LeFevre
With Staboteurs, Afraid of Girls, and Nemesissy. 9 p.m. Jan. 11; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.
With Rupees and Mr. Princess. 10 p.m. Jan. 11; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 11; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.
Let It Be and Riffs-Ahoy After Christmas Warehouse Record Sale
Featuring collectable vinyl; $3 LPs, $2 CDs, and $1 45s; plus books, DVDs, and who knows what else. 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 652 Transfer Rd., St. Paul.
8 p.m. Jan. 11; Free. Day Block Brewing Co., 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-617-7793.
The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. Every Fri. Free. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.
Featuring work by Meghan Duda and Amenda Tate. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 11. Free. Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington; 952-563-8575.
The Warm and Cool Of It
Work by Karen Caldwell. Artist reception 6-8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 11. Free. Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington; 952-563-8575.
BLCA January Reading Series
Featuring writers Paula Cisewski and Lisa Brimmer. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11; Free. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley; 763-574-1850.
Jimmy Famous and the Payback
7-11 p.m. Jan. 11; 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Jan. 12; Free. Stillwater Eagles 94, 14200 60th St. N., Stillwater; 651-430-2048.
8 p.m. Every 2nd Fri.; Free. Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St., St. Paul; 651-228-9274.
Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. All ages. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Every Fri. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
Retro Game Show Night
Play classic game shows hosted by local comedy celebrities. 9-11 p.m. Every Fri. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
Richfield Winter Market
Featuring seasonal foods, crafts, and gifts from local vendors, with live music from local musicians. 3-6 p.m. Jan. 11. Free. Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Ave., Richfield; 612-861-9360.
Wells Fargo Winter Skate
Once again, the Landmark Plaza and Rice Park in downtown St. Paul will become a winter wonderland for the season. As the temperature drops, the rink will grow more busy, with open skate sessions, broomball and hockey leagues, and free lessons taking over the space throughout the coming months. For weather updates and schedules, visit www.visitsaintpaul.com. Skate rentals are $4, or score a free rental when you flash a Wells Fargo debit or credit card. Daily from Nov. 17-Feb. 3; Free. Landmark Plaza, 379 St. Peter, St. Paul, Minnesota; 651-266-6400.
This Saturday, you can take a staycation to Roseville for a trip to “Hawaii” that will only set you back a few bucks and a few hours. Bent Brewstillery will turn their taproom into a winter luau, offering a bit of sunshine in their space, regardless of what is happening outside. They’ll be serving up true island eats at this party, which means you should expect treats showcasing SPAM, a product made in Minnesota and beloved by Hawaiians. This will include a King’s Hawaiian spam sandwich and something dubbed “SPAM-aroni and cheese.” No worries if the notorious canned meat isn’t your thing; there will also be kalua pork, mango slaw, and pineapple on the grill. Tiki-style drinks will flow freely at the bar, and beer specials will abound all day. 12 p.m. Jan. 12; Free. Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville; 844-879-2368. –Jessica Armbruster
Featuring Exotic Matter, Gypse Freq Circus, and Lazenlow. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jan. 12; Free. Day Block Brewing Co., 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-617-7793.
Jared the Damager
With Mental Floss, Easyrider, and 1234. 9 p.m. Jan. 12; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.
DDB: Donuts Dance Beer
Featuring sexy donuts, craft beer, and tunes from DJ SSSDUDE, Jack the Gemini, & k+. Bonus: The first baker's dozen in the door get a free donut from Sssdude-Nutz. Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Able Seedhouse & Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-405-4642.
SURLY Winter Bonfire Ride
Featuring a casual ride with stops along the way, ending in a tasty bonfire. Dress for the weather. Saturday, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar, 4208 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-1538.
Pop-Up Pet Stop
Free cat and dog food while supplies last: 1-gallon size bag per household. Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. 1159 University Ave. W., St. Paul.
Fly Vintage & Vinyl Grand Opening
Featuring tunes from DJ Jake Rudh, freebies and discounts, and more. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fly Vintage & Vinyl, 3900 36th Ave. N., Robbinsdale; 612-998-7579.
Root Down ft. Amy Rice/Sense of Place Group Show
For “Root Down,” Amy Rice brings her vibrantly nostalgic aesthetic, rife with fields of flowers in colors that warm the cockles of our winter hearts, to Groveland Gallery. Her mixed-media work features the natural world she explores and the cultivated landscapes she gardens in the country. As her scope expands from the single flower and the wild garden to encompass whole fields of botanical joy, so does our appreciation of the spirit in her work. Rice’s show is paired with “Sense of Place,” which was curated in collaboration with the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a magazine which is featuring an issue on the topic. Rice’s work is included, along with prints and paintings by Clara Ueland, Carol Oltvedt, Gaylord Schanilec, and seven other artists. Artist panel discussion 2-4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800. –Camille LeFevre
10 p.m. Jan. 12; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.
Coconut ROCK Saturday Night Warm Up
Funky tropical rhythms on vinyl from Worldwide Discotheque and La Doña Cervecería Saturday, 5-9 p.m. La Doña Cervecería, 241 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-315-4613.
Polka Dot Grand Opening
New shop features vintage and secondhand home goods, clothing, furniture, art, and greeting cards, plus creative classes for kids and adults. Saturday, 4-7 p.m. Polka Dot Shop, 168 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul.
Free Martial Arts Fundamentals Class
Give martial arts and kick boxing a try. Call to sign up for easy RSVP. Saturday, 2 p.m. Minnesota Kali Group, 4532 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis; 612-821-6800.
Featuring a fashion show hosted by Becca Kufrin from The Bachelor, and activities. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ridgedale Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka; 952-541-4864.
Public Art Installation
Mall of America has commissioned Big Animal Productions LLC to create a 30-foot monarch butterfly sculpture with a flock of 300 monarch butterflies fluttering below. Contribute by building monarch butterfly art pieces for the installation. Call 952-854-5900 to register/signup for the event. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington.
Visual works by printmaking rooted artists Ruthann Godollei, Teréz Iacovino, and Michael Marks. Opening reception 6-8:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12. Daily from Jan. 10-Feb. 16; Free. Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-436-1151.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 12; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.
Valuing Portraiture: The Approaches of 9 Twin Cities Painters
Group show featuring work by nine Twin Cities-based artists. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12. Free. Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-791-1285.
Launch party for author's new picture book, 'Isle of You,' featuring a storytime, Q&A, and refreshments. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12; Free. Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-224-8320.
Mill City Winter Market
Indoor marketplace featuring local food, ceramics, jewelry, art, music, and home products. More info at millcityfarmersmarket.org/visit/winter-market. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12. Free. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7555.
Minnesota Sinfonia: Featuring Ilya Kaler
7:30 p.m. Jan. 12; Free. Temple of Aaron Synagogue, 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul; 651-698-8874.
New Hope Community Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. Free. New Hope Farmers' Market, 4300 Xylon Avenue N., Minneapolis; 763-531-5196.
Family Day: Pompom Palooza
Featuring art-making, artist demonstrations, live music, performances, tours, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 S. Third Ave., Minneapolis.
Dogs of MSP January Meet Up
Dog owner meet up with merch for sale, treats for the pups, photos, food, and drinks. 1-4 p.m. Jan. 13; Free. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.
Imperial Black Friday and the Darkest Day of the Year have come and gone this season. But winters are long in Minnesota, and there’s no better way to get through the doldrums than with a malty, black-as-night beer. Finnegans is dedicating a full week to dark brew, kicking things off with a Smoked Baltic Porter on Sunday. Each day will have its own special tapping, with Dark Rage Milk Stout, Dark Chocolate Mint Stout, Scottish Stout, Spruce Tip Porter, and a bourbon barrel-aged Dead Irish Poet all on the schedule. Things wrap up on Saturday, January 19, with the release of Caorthannach Russian Imperial Stout, which will also be available in an aged version that has spent time in pinot noir and whiskey barrels. Daily from Jan. 13-19; Free. Finnegans Brew Co., 817 5th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-454-0615. –Loren Green
Author presents his new book, 'Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men.' 5 p.m. Jan. 13; Free. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-4611.
Minnesota Sinfonia: Featuring Ilya Kaler
3 p.m. Jan. 13; Free. Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-377-8680.
Weekly residency with a variety of special guests and opening acts. 7-9 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7625.
Music Under Glass: Chance York & Big Cats
4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 13; Free. Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul; 651-487-8200.
Sensory Friendly Sunday
Event for kids, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families, featuring art making activities, gallery exploration, and a short film, with the galleries closed to all other visitors. 8-11 a.m. Jan. 13; Free; registration is requested. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600.