Erotic Crafts, Lao Arts, Winter Salon: Freeloader Friday

All images courtesy the artist

All images courtesy the artist

Free stuff to do this weekend includes a sexy art party, some challenging performance art, a handful of group shows, and lots of great music. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Erotic Arts & Crafts Show

(The Smitten Kitten, 3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6088,

Smitten Kitten's sexy gallery show featuring locally made artworks, crafts, and products returns this Friday with an opening from 8 to 11 p.m. with drinks and appetizers.


Mississippi Hot Club (CD Release Show)

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

10 p.m.


(Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington)

Work by Carey Netherton and Patrick Kemal Pryor. The opening reception is January 9 at 8 p.m.

Brice Plays Drums

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Nature Shows

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

9 p.m.

Peter Kenar: Linkage of Art and Liturgy; Everything Happens for a Reason

(Flow Art Space LLC, 308 Prince St., St. Paul)

Solo and group shows open this Friday from 6-8 p.m.





(Made Here Pop-Up Gallery, 319 First Avenue N., Minneapolis, 612.729.9124)

A new dance work by Jaime Carrera, featuring Jennifer Arave and Kimberly Lesik. As usual, this show is for grown-ups only. 7 p.m.



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

9 p.m.

U.S.A. vs. Canada Bandy Match

(John Rose Minnesota Oval Skate Park, 2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, 651-792-7191,

More info here. 4 p.m.

Free Second Saturdays

(Bakken Library and Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-926-3878,

With special activities and happenings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


I Need to Be Somewhere

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,


New artworks from Dan Buettner and David Malcolm Scott. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.


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

10 p.m.



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

Jazz. 7 p.m.

Lao Diaspora Project: Refuge of the InvisibLao

(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745,


Photography, artworks, history, and community. Part of the Little Laos on the Prairie. The opening reception includes special guests and appetizers Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info, visit

Winter Salon


(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-332-2386,

This group show celebrates Circa's 25th anniversary. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Make Garden

(Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-240-2317)

Artists explore the intersection of gardening and art-making. There will be a closing reception and gallery talk this Saturday with Sean Connaughty, Elizabeth Garvey, and John Schuerman, moderated by Mason Riddle, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Falderals

(Ward 6: 858 Payne Ave., Saint Paul, 651-348-8181)

9 p.m.


Fox Faves Revisited

(Gallery @Fox Tax, 503 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

The opening reception is 6 to 10 p.m.

Astronomique w/Tired Tongues and Nice Quarter

(Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul)

9 p.m. 21+.

Minnesota Sinfonia


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

2 p.m. With soprano Maria Jette, and featuring works by Mozart, Rubin and Arriaga, as well as excerpts from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, un bel di and o mio babbino caro.


Fourteen Rising: An exhibition of VSA/Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grantees

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263,

This varied gallery show, which opened this Thursday, features work such as puppetry, painting, poetry, sculpture, creative nonfiction, and more. Wednesdays-Sundays.



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

9 p.m.

Collected and Contained

(Silverwood Park, 2500 Cty Road E., St Anthony, 763-694-7707,

This show, which opened on Thursday, features jewelry by Chelsea Kelly and paintings and drawings by Lynda Monick-Isenberg. The natural setting of the gallery space allows for quiet contemplation.