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Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
L-R: Naughty art at Patrick's Cabaret, We Love Vinyl, Grand Meander
Just in time for holiday shopping, this weekend is filled with free arts and crafts fairs around the Twin Cities. There's an expo for geeks, a stroll along Grand Avenue, a fair for horse fanatics, and plenty of places offering adorable gifts for all types of personalities.

Got your shopping down? Not celebrating a holiday this season? There's plenty of dance parties, live music, readings, and other fun events to be had as well.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Penguin and Fish

FRIDAY:

No Coast Craft-O-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)

Check out lots of adorable crafts, including jewelry, plushies, stationary, poster art, and more. More info at nocoastcraft.com. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Illumination
(Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis)

Dazzling light show designed by students. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30, 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14.

Thirty-Six: MFA Open Studio Night
(MCAD Whittier Studios, 2840 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis)

6-10 p.m. 

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

HoliGaze Bawdy Boutique, Xmas Cabaret, & Juicy Raffle
(Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-724-6273, www.patrickscabaret.org)

Non-traditional and risque gifts. Cabaret performances at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 6-10:30 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Dead Skull, It's Criminal, We/Ours
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

Apollo Quad, Old Desert Road, the Melvilles
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Miranda Brandon, Impact (Warbler)

UNTITLED 10: SooVAC's 10TH Annual Juried Show
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263, www.soovac.org)

6-9 p.m.

Jon Rodine & Friends, Electro-Pigs
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Marc Debauch, Metamorphosis

EroticArt: A Local Art & Crafts Fair
(The Smitten Kitten, 3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6088, www.smittenkittenonline.com)

Featuring handmade sex supplies, erotic art. Opening reception 8-11 p.m. Fri.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

Hennepin Made
(Hennepin Made Glass Studio, 1621 E. Hennepin Ave, 715-220-9524, www.hennepinmade.com)

Glass blowing demonstrations and sale. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Histronic, Mike Moilanen, Curt Canyon
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

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

10:30 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Melanie Pankau, 8760 hours (#6)

Power Lines II
(Thomas Barry Fine Arts, 900 6th Ave. SE #225, Minneapolis, 612-338-3656, www.thomasbarry.com)

Art which uses strong lines as a form of expression. 6-8:30 p.m.

Holy Rocka Rollaz (CD release)
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782, www.3-ad.com)

Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

Crossing Boundaries
(TractorWorks Building, 800 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-315-3611)

Monotypes and mixed-media prints by Amy Sands. 5-8 p.m.

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

18+. 9 p.m.

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

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

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

Prints on Ice: The 24th Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326, www.highpointprintmaking.org)

6:30-9 p.m.

Holiday on 44th
(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-9558)

Featuring a craft show, face painting, magic, music, horse drawn hay wagon rides, pony rides, ice sculpting, jugglers, carolers, crafting opportunities, music. More info at www.facebook.com/HolidayOn44th. 6-9:30 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

We Love Vinyl 3
(Tomodachi, 155 Rosedale Center, Roseville, 651-631-1777)

Works from artist Michael Lau, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, and more. 6-9 p.m.

French Landscapes
(Alliance Francaise, 113 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612-332-0436, www.afmsp.org)

Work by local artists Bev Marx and Laurel Gregorian. 5-7 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Mirjor Rivas, Connection

Knot What It Seams
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.org)

Fiber art. 7-10 p.m.

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

With Little Man. 9 p.m.

Holidazzle Parade
(Nicollet Mall)

It's the final Holidazzle. The parade runs between 12th and Fourth Streets on Nicollet Mall. For more info, visit www.holidazzle.com. Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21.  

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Patrick Kelley

 

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Supra Capsuleria

SATURDAY:

Bio Scenic Mission Celebration
(MMAA Project Space, 334 N. Robert St., Saint Paul, www.mmaa.org)

Contribute to a time capsule with Minneapolis artist Sara Hanson's mobile public sculpture, Supra Capsuleria. 1-3 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

Transcending Masquerade
(Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-879-0200, www.stevensarts.org)

Group show. Opening reception and masquerade party 7-10:30 p.m.

Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the 'hood
(2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis)

More than 60 artists will be displaying and selling their work at local art studios, galleries, businesses, churches and home-studios. Info at sewardarts.org. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Small Wonders
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800, www.grovelandgallery.com)

Small-scale paintings and prints. 2-5 p.m.

Also opening at Groveland:

James Conaway: Construction/Reconstruction

Idealized landscapes. 2-5 p.m.

Open Door 9: Rosalux's 9th Annual Juried Exhibition
(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942, www.rosaluxgallery.com)

6-10 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

World (Craft) Fair: Santopticlaus
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151, www.burlesquedesign.com/temp/coexhibitions)

Curated by Autoptic (zines and indy books) 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Finding Fish
(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481, www.pwcenter.org)

Staged reading of a new work by Carlyle Brown as part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series. 7 p.m.

Marché de Noël
(Alliance Francaise, 113 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612-332-0436, www.afmsp.org)

Local vendors of French products. 9:30-11 a.m.

Elva Kaffe
(Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, 651-457-3373)

With coffee and cookies, craft demonstrations, samples of traditional Scandinavian holiday foods. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holiday Geek Expo
(Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Edina, 952-835-7800)

With jewelry, dragons, comics, action figures, shirts, books. More info at www.HolidayGeekExpo.com. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293, www.landmarkcenter.org)

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

Grand Meander
(Grand Avenue Business Association, 867 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com)

Featuring breakfast with Santa, reindeer, shopping, art crawl, soup tasting, tree lighting ceremony. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Who Crashed Santa's Sleigh?
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600, www.bachmans.com)

Santa and Albert the Elf team up for a new 20-minute holiday adventure. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m., 12:30, & 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22.

The Wreck, Tommy Bentz Band, the Renegades
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

Horse Crazy Holiday Market
(Ramada Inn, 2300 E. American Blvd., Bloomington, 952-854-3411, www.ramadamoa.com)

Equine-themed gifts. Click here for more info. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Erick Blard, Electric Ensemble
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

3 p.m.

3 Snake Leaves, Teenage Stranglers, XZX, Go Go Slow
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Jason Dixon Line
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday
Jufer Yoko

Art at Ramsey
(Ramsey Junior High School, 1700 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-8860, www.spps.org)

Work by 80 juried artists. More info at www.artatramsey.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Savanna & the Saviors
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Everett Smithson Band
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

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

All ages. 9:30 p.m.
 

Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

SUNDAY:

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, 75 W. 5th St., St Paul, 651-292-3233)

Rent skates for free by flashing a Wells Fargo check or credit card. More info at www.wellsfargowinterskate.com
/skating-info
. Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2.

Fair Trade/Union Made Holiday Sale
(CWA Local 7200 Communications Workers Of America, 3521 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-722-7200, www.cwa-union.org)

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nikolaustag and Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027, www.gai-mn.org)

With food, music, model trains, Christmas crafts, holiday shopping, cocktails, more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Basilica Fair Trade Market
(Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th St. N., Minneapolis, 612-317-3511)

Unique gifts from artists and farmers around the world. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Carbon Handshake, the Resonance, the MPLS Chapter of Roustabouts, Stellar Vector
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

9 p.m.

Nice Beaches, Vacate, Enormous Beast, Hell & The Moon
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

9 p.m.

Mark Martin
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Annual Shop Local Sale
(The Beauty Lab, 681 Winnetka Ave. N, Minneapolis, 763-559-1886, www.thebeautylabmn.com)

With jewelry, pottery, musical instruments, knit wear, knick knacks, candles, art, and local authors. 10 a.m.

Andy Sturdevant
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

The author discusses Potluck Supper With Meeting to Follow. A tour of the building precedes the reading. 2 p.m.

Irregular Readings
(Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, www.triplerocksocialclub.com)

With Dennis Cass, Ward Rubrecht, Amy Salloway, Jake Skillings. 8 p.m.



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