Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday

Being broke is never a problem with Freeloader Friday. In this edition we have tons of really cool stuff to do. Including experimental theater, steampunk art, several art festivals, and a very special screening of Footloose. Be sure to practice your "seven degrees of Kevin Bacon" before attending.  


Artery Twentyten
(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

This four-day festival kicked off Thursday evening. In the past, it has been a 24-hour endeavor. This year will feature 18 very different performances, from dance to visual art to theater each evening. 6 p.m. to midnight through Sunday.

Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday

North Shore Dragon Boat Festival
(Grand Marais Harbor, 13 N. Broadway, Grand Marais)

Looking for a road trip this weekend? Look no further. This charming festival features colorful boat races and practices to watch from shore, a parade of racers, a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, performances, and more. For more info visit or call 218.387.9076. Fri., July 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., July 31, 7 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

Koi Show & Product Expo
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.861.7600,

This two-day event for koi hobbyists is a must-see. Featuring displays, talks, vendors, giveaways, and more. Fri., July 30, 4-9 p.m.; Sat., July 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Storefront-in-a-Box, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis,

The tenants this week will be hosting theater-related workshops, activities, and special events. Be sure to check out the Fringe sneak peek. More info is available at Events are mostly free, but some do have a cover. Fri., July 30, 12-8 p.m.; Sat., July 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 1, 12-8 p.m.

Summer Dance Series: Footloose
(Outdoors at Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

Be thankful that it's Kevin Bacon on the screen and not Chase Crawford (plans for the presumably craptacular remake fell through earlier this year). 9:30 p.m.

The Small Cities, the Sunny Era, the Chord and the Fawn
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Indie, rock. 9:30 p.m.

The Blind Shake, Bombay Sweets, Indian Summer
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

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Sundowners, Girlfriends, Colleen Green, All You Sisters
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

10 p.m.


Brian Just Band, Wolfman Strikes Again, Canon Chorus
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Folk, pop, electro. 10 p.m.
Bustop Bearclaw

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Dearling Physique
(Apple Store, 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 952.229.1460)

We know what you are thinking: A concert at a computer store? What the hell? We're just as confused. But hey, it's a free show. Stop in before checking out a movie. 7 p.m.

The Nightinghales, Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, June Panic & June Panic's Wife, Gabe Barnett & the Big House Big Band
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Indie, rock, pop, folk, blues. Um, everything! 9 p.m.

Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday

The New Antiquarians
(Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.879.0200)

See art from the future in the present. Retro-futurist paintings, alien landscapes, steampunk sculptures, and more. The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Red Hot Art Festival
(Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612.879.0200)

Featuring art, music, food, live painting from the Rogue Citizen. Visit for more info. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

DJ Shannon Blowtorch
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

You're going to want to dance at this party. 10 p.m.  

Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday


Caffetto Arts & Crafts Fair
(Caffetto Cafe & Gallery, 708 W. 22nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612.872.0911)

This street art sale features over 40 local artists and artisans offering jewelry, bike accessories, bags, woodwork, art prints, glass, zines, comics, and more. There will also be live music from Black Audience, Gabe Barnett and the Big House Jug Band, Jesse Roberts, and Kenwood Slim & His Fairly Reliable Backup Band. Shop, listen, and sneak. 12-6 p.m.

Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday

Paws on Grand
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651.699.0029,

This daylong store hop will include pet-friendly activities (pools, doggie treats, and games), services, deals, and events. Visit for info. 12-4 p.m.

DJ Darlin' Nikki, DJ Drugemergency
(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

City Pages writer Nikki Miller spins tunes Sunday night. 9:30 p.m.

Monthly Hoot
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)

Jim Walsh's monthly hoot is back again. Stay later for Cadillac vs. Cornbread. 4 p.m., 10 p.m.


Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223,

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.

Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Upright Egg Theatre Company presents free Shakespeare. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 10 at Matthews Park and Community Center (2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4950) and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting July 10 at Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141) through August 1.

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