Four free things to do this week


This week in free stuff to do we have a beer party, a gallery crawl, Cuban art, and a fabulous dance party. Come take a look.

The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World's Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today's Craft Brewing Revolution

(Dangerous Man Brewing Co., 1300 Second St. NE, Minneapolis)

There is at least one thing that modern man shares with the average dude from 7000 BC: beer. In The Comic Book Story of Beer, Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith take readers through the fascinating history of brew. There are scientific asides on pasteurization and fermentation, historical facts on the impact of beer during periods such as the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages, and colorful tales of early brewmasters. Come for the history and grab a pint for yourself. Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Transmission presents: A tribute to Duran Duran

(Clubhouse Jäger, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis)


Transmission's end-of-the-month party is at Jager this week. This Wednesday, the popular dance night will pay homage to Duran Duran, whose flashy, pretty-boy music videos were huge back when MTV played music videos. There will be feathered hair, neon eye makeup, and colorful clothing reminiscent of what your grandma wears while vacationing in Florida. God bless the '80s. Other hit-makers from the era will also be featured. Wednesday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

River to Lake Gallery Crawl

(Various Locations)

This epic art crawl features 13 galleries — including Burnet, Traffic Zone, Circa, Form + Content, and SooVAC — that will be opening their doors for an evening of art and other fun. See what each gallery has been up to. There will be a shuttle bus available for those looking to avoid parking (or hop on a bike if the weather is nice). Check out the list of participating galleries hereThursday, 5 to 8 p.m.

Cuban O!

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

For the next four days Northrup King Studios will be hosting a unique show featuring fabulous work by many Cuban artists of note. The showcase is curated by Cuban artist Ciro Quintana, whose influential career spans over 30 years. “We felt that with relations changing between the U.S. and Cuba that we also should reach out and present important Cuban art to people across the U.S.,” says Quintana. On display will be paintings, mixed-media works, drawings, and more from over a dozen artists, including Gustavo Acosta, Nestor Arena, Ariel Cabrera, Consuelo Castañeda, Carlos Estevez, and Adrian Morales. The show will open during the monthly Third Thursday art crawl in the neighborhood, and will be on display through Sunday. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.