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Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Fourth of July weekend promises to be a good one. This week in Freeloader Friday we have free fireworks, free film fests, free events for families,and more.


 
Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

FRIDAY:

Independence Day
(Water Power Park, 206 Main St. SE; Minneapolis)

What's more patriotic than a movie featuring angry aliens, a drunk Randy Quaid, and a stirring speech by Bill Pullman as President? Nothing. Be sure to get there early to find a spot, and bring a blanket or a lawn chair for extra comfort. Mark Mallman will warm up the crowd at 7 p.m. with rock tunes before the blockbuster movie starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.mplsredwhiteboom.com for more info.

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Suburbs v. Cities
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Which do you prefer? At this group show 25 artists from the 'burbs and the city will explore the pros and cons of life in both areas. The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Glenwood Avenue by Toni Dachis)

Phantom Tails, Fort Wilson Riot, Prizzy Prizzy Please, Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Rock, punk, theatrical, R&B. Pretty much a little of everything here tonight at the 501.

Freewheelin' First Fridays
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Roots and Americana featuring Charlie Parr. 10 p.m.

Liarbirds, Dingus, Father Son & Holy Smokes, Choplifter
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock. 9 p.m.

Kitten Forever
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Punk. 10 p.m.

  SATURDAY:

UFC Bout: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
(Buffalo Wild Wings, 1280 Promenade Pl., Eagan, 651.414.6200, www.buffalowildwings.com)

This fight may be a hard one to watch. UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has had a long battle regaining his strength and weigh after a near-death bout with diverticulitis. Tonight, he will face interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin. The event is airing on pay-per-view. However, you don't have to pay to watch. Various locations throughout the city will be screening the fight, including most Buffalo Wild Wings and Drink in Uptown. 9 p.m. (Photo courtesy of UFC)

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Fourth of July Celebration
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223, www.canterburypark.com)

This two-day celebration includes live music by Big Twang and fireworks on Saturday. Sunday will feature free hot dogs, plus a special Dachshund race that is guaranteed to amuse. 4-11 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Free First Saturdays: Webshare, v.2
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)

Bring the kids to this fun afternoon outside on the lawn. Here they can join the drawing club and create a work of art for the museum's Flikr, record their thoughts on the meaning of 'local,' and listen to live music. Pert' Near Sandstone and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers will play old-time tunes. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Pert' Near Sandstone image courtesy of the artists)

Dirty Colors, Kill Me Kare Bare, Ole Ritz
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Indie, rock. 10 p.m.

The Boys N' the Barrels, Darkwood Flower, Wood Chuck Chuck
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

9:30 p.m.

Dance Band, A Paper Cup Band, the Vampirettes
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Pop, alternative, goth rock. 9 p.m.

The God Damn Doo Wop Band, the Dopamines
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Old-school doo-wop, pop-punk. 10 p.m.  

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

SUNDAY:

Red, White, and Boom!
(Main Street, between St. Anthony Main and Riverplace, Minneapolis, 612.230.6484)

There are several locations that are ideal to watch the fireworks from. Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis) is where you'll find family-friendly activities from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Radio Disney, and Underwater Adventures Aquarium. On Main Street (between St. Anthony Main and Riverplace in Minneapolis) starting around 3:30 p.m., there will be several live stages with acts including Orange Whip, Lynhurst, and Urban Myth. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. Visit www.mplsredwhiteboom.com for more info.

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Ten Second Film Festival
(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)

This lo-fi film fest is always a crowd pleaser for all ages. Each year DIY film auteurs create 10-second masterpieces using using laptops, camera phones, and iPods. The resulting films touch on just about every emotion or reaction possible. Past treasures have included a noir movie, office humor, and a ride to the ER. This year's screening starts at 8 p.m. and will feature beer for sale and live music from Private Dancer. After the fireworks the top 100 movies screen. MplsTV's Kevin Albertson emcees, with the Current's Barb Abney judging winners based on audience approval (cheer for your favorites). Categories added this year include Hangin' Out, Wildlife, and Mindless Violence. 8 p.m. (Photo by Sarah Nienaber)

FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND:

Richfield Hometown 4th of July Celebration
(Veterans Memorial Park, 6400 Portland Ave. S, Richfield, 612.861.9385)

Featuring family nights, fireworks, street dance, car show, parade, and more. Visit www.richfield4thofjuly.com for more info. Through July 6.

Manitou Days
(White Bear Lake, 5050 Lake Ave. N, White Bear Lake, 651.748.2500, www.co.ramsey.mn.us/parks)

City-wide three-week event features local authors, sand castle building, fishing contest, walking tours, lighted boat parade, food, entertainment, dance, more. Visit www.explorewhitebear.org for a complete list of events or call 651.653.5122. Through July 4.  

ONGOING FREE:

Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org) This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit www.stevierays.org. Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223, www.canterburypark.com)

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.

Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit www.uptownmarket.org for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)


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