Freeloader Friday: 23 free things to do this weekend


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.


Urban Extracts

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

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,

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,

Group show. 6-9 p.m.

Kelly Blau Duo

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


6 p.m.

Access/Print, Look/See

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

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


Dog Day


(California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551,

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)


(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)


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)


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,

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)


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. 


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


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 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

And later in the evening:


(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Avenue W., Minneapolis, 612-321-8324,

Conclusion of daylong event, featuring Christy Marie Kent, Ifrah Mansour, and Pam Colby. More info and full lineup at 7 p.m.

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


(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131,

See the works starting this Saturday. 


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.


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.