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Four free things to do this week

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This week in free stuff to do we have an art party featuring the work of cinematic sound-maker Mark Mothersbaugh, an epic gallery crawl, a handful of amazing pro bike races, and a cool mid-week art reception.

Come take a look and plan your week on the cheap.

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North Star Bicycle Races (Various locations)

Each summer, pro cyclists come to the Twin Cities for five days of intense races. Some are fast-paced, while others are about endurance. The St. Paul Downtown Criterium features breakneck cycling filled with sharp turns, brick roads, and skyscraper views (Wednesday). Cannon Falls Road Race offers nearby wineries for guests and scenic country for competitors (Thursday). The Uptown Minneapolis Criterium requires incredibly tight turns at frantic speeds (Friday). The Menomonie Road Race is all about length, as riders travel along rural roads on 76- and 101-mile courses (Saturday). Finally, the Stillwater Criterium is a notoriously cruel finale, as riders must repeatedly scale Chilkoot Hill on every lap (Sunday). All legs of the race offer a bike expo, freebies, entertainment, and adorable kids' races. For a complete schedule of times and locations, visit www.northstarbicyclefestival.com. Wednesday through Sunday

Jake Herrick: Everything Elsewhere (ditch. gallery, 400 First Ave. N., Minneapolis)

Jake Herrick's paintings and drawings are colorful and compelling, featuring wild animals both angry and ornery, cityscapes, and glimpses of humanity. Expect maps, jungles, and colorful characters that would look at home in a wild children's book — if the beasts weren't so destructive. Wednesday 6-9 p.m.

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#GalleryCrawl (SooVAC, Groveland, Gamut, Instinct, Burnet, and Circa Galleries)

This week six galleries in downtown and south Minneapolis hosting great exhibitions team up for a special evening. SooVAC currently has two shows playfully featuring cats. Groveland Gallery as travel paintings from local artists. Gamut Gallery just opened an exhibition exploring the struggle to become (and stay) middle class. Instinct's group show explores the ephemeral qualities of air. Ashely Peifer's works at Burnet are as bright and joy-inducing as a candy store. Circa Gallery is currently showcasing abstract art and re-purposed furniture. So, expect to see a little bit of everything. Thursday 5 to 9 p.m.

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

This installment of Third Thursday will celebrate the opening of traveling exhibition "Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia." You may know Mothersbaugh from Devo, of "Whip It" fame. Since his early years in music, he has scored the music in many films and TV shows, including The Lego Movie and Wes Anderson flicks like Rushmore and The Life Aquatic. He also has great interest in visual art, drawing inspiration from pop culture and cultural criticism spanning over 30 years. The opening party will include music from DJ Jake Rudh, art activities for grown-ups, and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.