Four free things to do this week


This week in free stuff to do we have a bunch of horror movies, a happy hour with dogs, and some cool art. Come take a look and plan your week.

Free Horror Movies

(Theatres at Mall of America, 401 S. Ave., Level 4, Bloomington)

It's not Halloween season yet, but this week Mall of America's movie theater is screening free scary flicks Monday through Wednesday in honor of Sinister 2 coming out on Friday. On Monday, catch a showing of Videodrome, a David Cronenberg film starring James Woods and Deborah Harry. The story follows a shitty TV station that discovers a signal offering extreme torture and violence. Is the channel coming from hell? On Tuesday, Video Undead tells the story of zombies that somehow make their way out of a regular TV set. Finally, Wednesday's Sinister follows a true-crime author who discovers 8mm movies that may include footage of decades of serial killing. Monday through Wednesday, all shows start at 7:30 p.m.

All-Breed Dog-Friendly Happy Hour

(The Freehouse, 701 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7011)


Pups aren't always welcome on patios, but this Wednesday's special happy hour invites leashed dogs of all kinds. During the summer months, Sidewalk Dog organizes a series of dog-friendly happy hours at bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities in hopes of making new friends and raising funds for animal causes. This installment will help the local organization Minnesota Boxer Rescue. For your pooch, there will be gift bags and sampling. For people there will be plenty of happy-hour specials, including $4 pints and rail drinks, and $5 wine and apps. For those feeling extra fancy, a vodka-based Boxer's Punch will be on the menu during festivities as well. To RSVP, visit 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Paul Shambroom: Lost

(MMAA Project Space, 141 E. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651-797-2571)

See what photographer Paul Shambroom has been up to with his latest series on view at the MMAA. One series, "Lost," explores the world of lost-pet flyers. Other series include “Shrines: Public Weapons in America” and “Gloves,” a collaboration with Andy Mattern. There will be a public reception Thursday, September 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., but the show opens Thursday, August 20. 

Third Thursday: Leonardo da Vinci, Design & AIGA Minnesota

(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3000)

Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, “Leonardo da Vinci: the Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind,” this installment of Third Thursday is all about the Renaissance man and the creative process. To help you write down your ideas, font designer extraordinaire Chank Diesel will be teaming up with Spark Letterpress for hands-on sketchbook making. Work on your calligraphy skills by trying out writing styles from hundreds of years ago. Contribute to group art projects. Or just take it all in while enjoying beer and wine. Al Church will provide the tunes. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.