This week in free stuff to do we have a beer battle, a David Bowie movie night, and a few really fun art parties. Come take a look and plan your week for cheap.
Infusion Battle: Bent Paddle Vs. Indeed
(Clubhouse Jager, 923 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-332-2686)
Infusing beer and liquor with additional ingredients is a longstanding tradition that has yielded a variety of really awesome (hello, cucumber vodka) and really awful (hey there, fennel beer) results. This Wednesday, two breweries will square off with in a battle of infusions that will hopefully be as tasty as they are intoxicating. For this competition, Bent Paddle and Indeed Brewery will be adding a special something to one of their flagship beers, and attendees will be invited to select the best batch. Bent Paddle will be taking their Venture Pils, a golden, hoppy, malty pint reminiscent of Bohemia brews, and adding blueberries. Meanwhile, Indeed Brewery will be starting with its crisp Dandy Lager and adding lime and Mexican honey. Yum. Both will be available on draft. Should you get hungry, there will be plenty of beer-infused nosh featuring Bent Paddle's Cold Press Black Ale and Indeed Breweries Midnight Ryder Black IPA. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The Hunger and The Serious Moonlight Tour
(Turf Club,1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-647-0486 )
The Turf's two-week film tribute to David Bowie wraps up this Wednesday with a great double-header. The Hunger follows Catherine Deneuve as we attempted to lure a new love, played by Susan Sarandon, into her vampire world. Meanwhile, vampire Bowie goes from fab to horrifying, as he ages rapidly from the undead affliction. Concert flick The Serious Moonlight Tour will also screen. Doors are at 7 p.m. (or get there early for 5 p.m. happy hour). Wednesday.
Friends and Strangers: A Portrait Collection
(ditch.gallery, 400 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-355-4300)
For the latest show at ditch.gallery in the North Loop, a handful of artists will be sharing their take on portraits, a genre of art that allows for wide and varied interpretations. There will be works almost photographic in their realism, pieces that look like a fading memory, geometric constructions, and wary cartoony cats. Works include bold and colorful art by Jennifer Davis, playful pieces by Michael Gaughan, and the intricately illustrative elements of DC Ice. Jonny Kelson, Collin Marx, Andres Guzman, and Sarah Hedlund will also be exhibiting. There will be an opening reception Thursday, January 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-375-7600)
For the next few months Guerrilla Girls, the awesomely anonymous feminist activists, will be celebrating 30 years of fighting the power through a variety of pop-up parties, art exhibitions, interactive events, talks, and so much more. One kick-off party this Thursday is at the Walker, which will include a poster retrospective, a chance to meet current Guerrilla Girls, a panel talk with Greg Grease, Ashley Fairbanks, Mase Santos, and Anna Min. Check out other art-making activities and enjoy cocktails as well. Free. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Other parties tonight can be found at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Minnesota Museum of American Art.