Four free things to do this week

Four free things to do this week
"Water & Gasoline"
This week, we have a variety of readings from notable personalities and a bunch of fun art events to check out. Come take a look at our list.

Janet Mock
(Macalester College, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St Paul, 651-696-6000,

As part of Women's History Month celebrations on campus, Macalester College will be hosting Janet Mock, a writer and transgender rights activist. She'll be discussing her experience as an author, as well her journey as a transgender women, as penned in her recently released memoir,  Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.

7 p.m. Tuesday.

Water & Gasoline

(Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-767-6999,

Artist Matthias Merkel Hess works in ceramics to meticulously recreate plastic and tin gas and water cans from past decades. You can also wander the halls to check out works from the hotel's permanent collection, and order up a fun cocktail from the bar. 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Keith Ellison
(SubText: a bookstore, 165 Western Ave. N, St Paul, 612-387-8803)

Meet you Congressman. Ellison is in town to promote his book, My Country, 'tis of Thee. 7 p.m. Thursday. 

First Thursdays in the Arts District
(Northeast Minneapolis)

See what artists in  northeast Minneapolis have been up to at this monthly gallery hop. Spaces include folks in the California Building, Q.uarma, Casket Arts, and others. During this time, artists open up their studio spaces, special events are hosted in common areas, and nearby bars and restaurants have happy hours. You can read more about participating buildings and more on the event's Facebook page. 5-9 p.m. Thursday.

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