Four free things to do this week

Looking for free stuff to do this week? For this installment, we have a competitive crafting event, an outdoor movie screening, free beer, and a studio hop. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

Library Salon Series: Craft Cage Match Returns!

(American Craft Council, 1224 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, 612-206-3100,

Can crafting be a competitive sport? The folks at the American Craft Council think so. At this wild, fun, and silly evening, local artists will form two teams and play against each other in rounds that involve Family Feud-style trivia, action-packed debate, and craft-oriented physical challenges. The event will be hosted by artist and arts writer Andy Sturdevant on the rooftop. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cinema & Civics: The Goonies


(Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-879-0200)

If you were a kid in the '80s, then you probably grew up loving The Goonies. The Steven Spielberg masterpiece is a craptacular ride that follows a bunch of kids into underground caves as they flee a bunch of criminals. What they end up discovering is some Rube Goldberg-style booby traps, pirate's buried treasure, and new friends. The film stars Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Martha Plimpton. Before the show, music will be provided by Hippo Campus. 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Free Thursday Nights: Brewer-in-Residence

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

There's more than just artists and chefs in residence at the Walker Art Center this summer. The museum is also hosting brewers in residence. On the first Thursday of each month through July, an expert local brewer will be on hand to talk beer. This installment will feature Bob Roepke of St. Paul craft brewery Flat Earth Brewing Company. During the evening, folks will be invited to sip samples of Angry Planet Pale Ale, Cygnus X-1 Porter, and Ovni French Style. In addition to drinks, folks at the Walker will be invited to enjoy special art activities, screenings, talks, tours, and more. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. 

First Thursdays in the Arts District

(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

On the first Thursday of every month, artists in art galleries, studios, and other working spaces open their doors to the public for special exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities. Whether you're looking for some pretty jewelry to wear to a festival, in search of something to spruce up your walls at work, or in dire need of a new coffee table, there's something here for whatever you are looking for. The Northrup King Studios will also be serving up root-beer floats while supplies last this evening. 5-9 p.m. Thursday.