Four free things to do this week

Every Friday, we run a list of free things to do over the weekend in our Freeloader Friday column. But what about great free things that happen during the weekday? Each Monday, we'll be posting our top selection of cool stuff scheduled that won't cost you any money to enjoy. This list isn't all-inclusive: Some weeks there will be three events, others will have five. But we're only including the best of the best.

This installment kicks off with a V-Day shopping event, an art party (with booze!), and a millionaire Jeopardy! contestant.

Rhythm & Red

(Jungle Red Salon Spa & Gallery, 1362 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, 612-870-0653,

Who knew that a hair salon could also be a gallery? At this monthly art party, Jungle Red hosts an evening showcasing work by visual artists, live music, and jewelry designers. February's installment will offer colorful, abstract paintings from Patrick Pryor. Live music will create a party atmosphere, and guests will be invited to sample appetizers from Tryg's and liqueur from Lowry Hill Liquor. Pieces from locally designed jewelry will also be on hand if you're looking for something sparkly. 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, February 5.


9th Annual Local Tribute to Buddy Holly

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

How can a tribute to Buddy Holly not be awesome? This evening jam will feature tunes from the rock 'n' roll pioneer, who went to the big gig in the sky 55 years ago. Local artists set to perform include Nikki and the Ruemates, Steve West and the Northern Stars, the Lanes, Joe Fahey and the Bottom 40, and Larry Havluck. If you've never been to the brewery's Tap Room, this is a good opportunity to check it out. The beer is tasty, pretty cheap, and made on site. The Tollefson Family Pork food truck will be in attendance as well should you get hungry. 6 p.m. Ken Jennings

(Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-8320)

Not familiar with Ken Jennings? He's not just an author, he's also a record-holder. As a contestant on Jeopardy!, he won a mind-boggling 74 games, taking in over $3 million in winnings. Trivial Pursuit champs and pub-trivia buffs, this is what happens when you aim high. Since his electric streak in 2004, Jennings has published a few books. Tonight at Red Balloon, he'll be talking about about his kid-friendly work, Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 6.

First Thursdays in the Arts District

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

Stumped about what to give your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? At this First Thursday, you might find the perfect gift from a local artist. Each month, artists at Northrup King Studios open their doors for an event filled with original art (seriously, it's probably impossible to check out all the studios in one evening). Expect free wine, music, and other treats along the way. 5-9 p.m. Thursday, February 6.