This week in free stuff to do we have an amazing political art show, a five-day pro-cycling race and festival, a fabulously awful '90s teen rom-com, and a museum show highlighting the best of Minnesota art. It all looks like a blast, so come take a look at our list and plan your week on the cheap.
Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings
(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444, www.intermediaarts.org)
This fascinating, traveling group show explores the creative ways people have been able to express their opinions during the Arab Spring uprisings. These pieces include graffiti on walls, comic strips that ran in newspapers, protest photography and video, theater and performance pieces, and poster art. You can check things out at the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this Monday. Later in the exhibition schedule, there will be roundtable discussions, moderated by folks from Mizna, and poster-making sessions.
North Star Grand Prix: St. Paul Downtown Criterium
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul)
It's day one of this intense pro-cycling event that takes male and female athletes to five different Minnesota and Wisconsin locations for a variety of two-wheel challenges. In downtown St. Paul, you'll be able to watch as racers take sharp turns at very fast speeds on roads both asphalt and brick. Other fun happenings at each event includes an adorable kids' fun race between main events, and a bike expo where you will find lots of freebies, including snacks and handy doodads. For more info, visit www.northstarbicyclefestival.com. Wednesday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Cinema & Civics: 10 Things I Hate About You
(Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis)
This week's movies at Stevens Square Park features the late-'90s cinematic masterpiece 10 Things I Hate About You. The flick stars Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt before any of them went on to make prestige films. Oh, and you can almost call this Shakespeare in the park, as the movie is a modernization of The Taming of the Shrew. Bad Bad Hats will jam live before the screening. Wednesday, 7 p.m.
2014 Minnesota Biennial
(MMAA Project Space, 334 N. Robert St., Saint Paul, www.mmaa.org)
After a brief hiatus, this exhibition showcasing the best and brightest Minnesota artists has returned. Here, you'll find talents working in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, painting, print art, installation, and performance art. Artists also range from emerging to established, urban to rural. Regardless of where you taste lays, the show should be a fun opportunity to see just what our state's creatives have been up to lately. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.