Four Free Things to Do This Week


This week in free stuff to do we have an evening celebrating poetry and film, a pet-photography event sure to be cute, parties, and more.

Come take a look and plan your week.

Motion Poems (Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

What happens when filmmakers take on poetry as their muse? Back for another year, Motion Poems answers that question. Screening this week at the Walker will be 15 short works, all based on poems. Some pieces are thoughtful, others are funny, while others are mind-bending. There will be two screenings, at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, with the early one featuring a panel talk.

Inimitable Remains (TuckUnder Projects, 5120 York Ave. S., Minneapolis)

TuckUnder is a gallery housed in a private residence, and is a lot of fun. The latest event features three different shows. In the main area, Jamie Winter Dawson's installations feature odd layers of things attached to walls; The Leaky Sink Gallery, which is a bathroom, offers portraits by Michael McGraw, and out in the yard you'll see some early growth as the Raspberry Patch returns. Thursday, May 21, 6 to 9 p.m.


Housebroken Release Party (Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-2263)

They might not be cute in a traditional sense, but the animals featured in Housebroken should elicit at least a few "Squees!" and "Awwwws!" Artist Areca Roe's latest project features photography of unusual pets living with their humans in traditional homes. There are pot-bellied pigs, little birds, iguanas, fluffy bunnies, and more creatures featured. The collection will be released in book form this Thursday. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Third Thursday: #nofilter (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3000)

This year, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is celebrating a major birthday, as it turns 100. For this installment of Third Thursday, the museum will be taking a trip down memory lane while also inviting guests to enjoy the present. In the gallery is "100+: A Photograph for Every Year of the MIA." As the title suggests, folks will be able to check out over 100 images spanning a century and beyond. To put the show together, curators sifted through 12,000 pics. Some years had lots of options, while others were not as well documented. "1916 offered just five works, while 1993 had 333," the museum states. At Thursday's party, guests will be invited to snap images in the museum (no dreaded selfie sticks, please) and share the results on social media. Folks from @Minnstameets, an Instagram group that hosts events and photo-op-themed explorations, will be on hand. Big Trouble will provide music. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.