Four free things to do this week

This week in free stuff to do we have two museum parties (one featuring teens and one celebrating flora and fauna), a workshop on the art of burlesque, and a gallery get together honoring water. Come take a look and plan your week on the cheap.

For the Water

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444,

Its ubiquity may make it easy for us to take it for granted, but water is truly one of our greatest resources. For "For the Water," Intermedia Arts will host a variety of pieces in response to the power and importance of water. The event showcases three projects/series: Camille Gage's "I AM WATER" project,  Sharon Day's 2014 Ohio River Water (Nibi) Walk, and Ananya Chatterjea's Mohona: Estuaries of Desire. 6 p.m. Wedesday.  

Learn the Art of Burlesque

(Fantasy Gifts Minneapolis, 814B Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 877-313-4438,


This Thursday, Queenie von Curves will be offering a free class on the art of burlesque. This lady knows her stuff, as she frequently takes the stage at various locations around the Twin Cities, including with the Ballet of the Dolls at the Ritz. Here, she'll be giving an introductory performance, discussing some of the rich and randy history of burlesque, and offering some tips and tricks for beginners -- be they timid or already torrid about the art. The evening will also feature drinks and appetizers. To RSVP, email [email protected] 7 p.m. Thursday.


Third Thursday: Garden Party

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

With Art in Bloom just around the corner, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will be celebrating flora and fauna for this month's Third Thursday celebration. There will be plenty of fun to be had, including an opportunity to build a terrarium to take home. Gardening tips and CSA information will be offered from folks from Big River Farms and Gardening Matters, and the U of M Bee Squad will be on hand to talk bees. Revelers will be able to check out the art of "Imperial Nature," an exhibition exploring plants, animals, and the (often, at times) uneasy blending of culture between India and England during the colonial era. Beer will be for sale, and music will be provided by indie-folk band Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade. 6-9 p.m. Thursday.

Free Thursday Nights: Teen Takeover

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

Expect high-energy hijinks at this week's Free Thursday at the Walker. For the evening, 12 creative teens took the time to curate a variety of performances, activities, and food happenings. In the Walker Cinema, youth groups from HUGE Theater, MN Opera, Penumbra, and more will be showcasing their work with sets featuring breakdancing, music, and theater. Teams will compete to create the best popcorn in the Cargill Lounge (join a group or just munch on the treats). And ponder and expand on what map-making means to you at the craft station.  6-9 p.m.