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Freeloader Friday: 23 free things to do this weekend

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This week in free stuff to do we have a fashion party, a handful of gallery shows, and a celebration that is all about dogs. Come take a look and plan your weekend for cheap.

FRIDAY:

Urban Extracts

(Artistry, Inez Greenburg Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, 952-563-4777, www.bloomingtonartcenter.com)

Paintings by Lindsey Ries and Mike Welton. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meet Fabio. This little guy is up for adoption at Dog Day.

Meet Fabio. This little guy is up for adoption at Dog Day.

Stanley & Aladdin: Two Stories About Men (The Art of Jeff Johnson)

(Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-3889)

6 p.m.

Fashion Week MN Kick Off Party

(Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420, www.clichempls.com)

Featuring live DJ, refreshments, and store-wide sale. 6-9 p.m.

The Dirt Road Ramblers 

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Ilika/Ward Duo and Matt Jennings. 10 p.m.

Chicago Invades Mpls Pt. 2

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

From "Clouds" at WAM.

From "Clouds" at WAM.

With Crime Spree, Murrieta, Stomping Grounds. 9 p.m.

20th Anniversary Alumni Show

(Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery and Education Space, 1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis, www.franconia.org)

Group show. 6-9 p.m.

Kelly Blau Duo

(Vieux Carre: 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 612-332-5299)

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6 p.m.

Access/Print, Look/See

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326, www.highpointprintmaking.org)

One group show features teen work and other other showcases work by students at the facility. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY:

Dog Day

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(California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551, www.californiabuilding.com)

Featuring open studios, work from local artists, adoptable dogs from Pet Project Rescue, and dog art show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mary Allen & the Percolators, Wingtips, Lamp Rays, Private Interests, Universel

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Shawn Stelton (CD Release Show)

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(Studio 2: 818 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-444-3460)

With Jim Walsh. 7-9 p.m.

Peter Lochner

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Billy Dankert and the Sanchos Four (Album Release Show), and Doug Collins and the Receptionists. 10 p.m.

Tugboat Rampage

(Cinema Grill & Outtakes Bar: 2749 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope, 763-417-0017)

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9 p.m.

Slow Art Day

(Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Pkwy, Minneapolis; 612-625-9494)

Pic up a "Perceive" card at the front desk and soak in the art. There will be a free tour at 1 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In which we ride bikes and eat pastries

(Perennial Cycle, 3342 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-827-8000)

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Pastries, coffee, and nice people abound at this weekly friendly-paced bike ride that usually covered 5- to 6-miles total. 9 a.m.

Senior Juried Exhibition

(Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6644, www.stkate.edu/gallery)

Featuring work of Danielle Moler, Tavia VanZuilen, Anna Rosenthal, LaVina Branscomb. 6-8 p.m.

Shelter's 10th Anniversary Party

(Shelter Studios, 721 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-877-4377)

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With free beer, wine, music, and more. 7 p.m.

Old To The New

(Ginger Hop: 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-746-0304)

Featuring DJ Mike 2600 and DJ Nak. 10 p.m. 

StoryFest

(City of Lakes Waldorf School, 2344 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-767-1502)

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Featuring classes taught by Amy Salloway and Allison Broeren, and workshop by Michael Mann, with events continuing at different venues throughout the day. More info and full lineup at storyartsmn.org/storyfest-2016. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

And later in the evening:

StoryFest

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Avenue W., Minneapolis, 612-321-8324, www.sisyphusbrewing.com)

Conclusion of daylong event, featuring Christy Marie Kent, Ifrah Mansour, and Pam Colby. More info and full lineup at storyartsmn.org/storyfest-2016. 7 p.m.

The Chronicles of Native Life: The MacMillan Gift of Seth Eastman Watercolors

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(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131, www.artsmia.org)

See the works starting this Saturday. 

SUNDAY:

Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts

(Workhorse Coffee Bar, 2399 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-348-7561)

Recent work. 1 to 3 p.m.

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Local Author Day

(SubText: a bookstore, 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul, 612-387-8803)

Featuring readings by Lee Henschel, Elizabeth De Grazia, Susan Thurston Hamerski, Sisters in Crime, Tom Combs, Midge Bubany, Barbara Deese, Christine Husom, Carol Kusnierek, and Wendy Brown-Baez. Noon to 5 p.m.