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Fashion trucks, Bastille Day, dance in the park: Freeloader Friday

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This Friday in free stuff to do we have cool shopping from fashion trucks, parties in the park, and where to celebrate Bastille Day. Come take a look and plan your weekend on the cheap.

FRIDAY:

Hot Off the Press: The 27th Cooperative Exhibition

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-871-1326)

During the event, 35 printmakers will be presenting over 70 pieces of work ranging in a variety of styles. At the opening reception and sale Friday, July 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., visitors will be able to chat with the artists, shop (items will be 20 percent off during this time), and take a tour of the facility. 

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Adam Svec

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

In the MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m. 

Nathan Scott Phillips (CD Release Show)

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

10 p.m.

Dances at the Lake Festival

(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd., Minneapolis)

Professional and student dancers create movement in the park. Bring a picnic and a blanket for a cozy evening, organized by Christopher Watson Dance. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 

Slipmats Radio DJs

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown: 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597)

10 p.m.

The Modern Era 

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

With Capitol Sons, Mr. Go. 9 p.m.

SATURDAY:

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Shaping the Qualitative Phase of Contemporary Chinese Art

(The Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-623-9176)

There will be an opening reception and artist’s talk Saturday, July 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. 

Nastinctive: Jack Dale And Michael Sweere

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis)

7 to 10 p.m.

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Donkey Kong World Record Attempt

(Mall of America)

He's held Donkey Kong World records previously, but Steve Wiebe is currently not the champ. This Saturday, he'll be trying to break the world record for the highest score at Mall of America. Watch him play on a giant screen in the rotunda, and if you feel inspired, play some free arcade games too.

For the Love: A Community Celebration

(Union Depot: 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700)  

Featuring Kanser, Ashley DuBose, the Big Epic Show, Carnage the Executioner, Alissa Paris, Rogue Citizen, Tish Jones, Manny Phesto, I.B.E., Nsikak, Megan Hamilton, Veins, Chris Lawrence, Old Friend, Tek, and Greg Grease. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Old To The New

(Ginger Hop: 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-746-0304)

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Featuring DJ Mike 2600 and DJ Nak. 10 p.m.

What Tyrants, Canopies, Panther Ray 

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

10 p.m.

Six McKnight Artists

(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org)

Featuring the works of Claudia Alvarez, Kelly Connole, Sanam Emami, Sarah Heimann, Jae Won Lee, and Kip O'Krongly. Summer open house and opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m.

Art at St. Kate's Art Fair

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(St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6000, www.stkate.edu/ce)

Various artists display and vend their works. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Countdown to Pluto

(Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 SE Church St., Minneapolis, 612-624-7083, www.bellmuseum.org)

Learn more about NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, as it flies by Pluto this month after a 9½ year journey. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival

(Lyngblomsten, 1415 W. Almond Ave., St. Paul, 651-632-5356, www.lyngblomsten.org)

A celebration of arts for all-ages, featuring live music, dance, food, and games. 11 a.m. 

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The Hawthorne Shop Lot: Twin Cities Annual Fashion Truck Fest

(Ramada Lot, 41 N. 10th St., Minneapolis)

4-8 p.m. Click here for more info.   

SUNDAY:

Open Streets Northeast

(Northeast Minneapolis, Central Avenue to 13th Avenue, via the 22nd and Fifth Street bikeways and Second Avenue, Minneapolis)

Activities will be found along a route that includes parts of Central Avenue, Quincy Street Northeast, and 22nd Avenue Northeast, among quite a few more. Visit www.openstreetsmpls.org/northeast for a Metro Transit pass. Noon to 6 p.m. 

DC Comics Panel Discussion

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(Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 8040 Wedgewood Ln. N., Maple Grove, 763-420-4517)

Featuring Britt Aamodt, Christopher Jones, and Gordon Purcell. 2-4 p.m.  

Bastille Day Block Party

(Selby Ave. and Snelling Ave., 167 N. Snelling Ave., St Paul)

Food, music, activities, and more. Click here for more info. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Bastille Day Block Party

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

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Featuring music by PaviElle, Gramma's Boyfriend, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Suzie, Tropical Depression, Karen Vieno Paurus & The Peackock Showgirls, Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows, the Brass Messengers, and entertainment by Kaleena Miller Dance, North Star Roller Girls & Infiammati Fire Circus. Artwork, food, beverages, and more. 3-10 p.m.