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Freeloader Friday: 28 free things to do this weekend

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This week in free stuff to do we have a few dance parties, events that are all about birds and dogs (not at the same time), a wintertime parade, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend on the cheap.

FRIDAY:

Chinese New Year Celebration

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)

Featuring live music, traditional lion dance by Ha Family Lion Dancers, Guzheng performance by Lauren Moy, Chinese Heritage Foundation activities, and kids' crafts. 5-8 p.m. 

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The Wibesmen

(Golden's Cafe and Deli: 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul, 651-224-8888)

7:30 p.m.

Demolition Means Progress (CD Release Show)

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

With Niki Becker. 10 p.m.

Bird Bits 2015 Art Show

(Lower Town Lofts Artists Cooperative, 255 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul; 651-224-6711)

Come see 365 bird paintings, one for each day in 2015. With music from Eva Beneke. 6-10 p.m.

Radical Recess

(IDS Center, 80 Eighth St. S., Minneapolis)

Instead of reading through your cell phone today at lunch, consider taking in some dance instead. This month's installment includes performances from Anna Shogren, Ananya Dance Theatre, and Robert Keo. 12:30 p.m.

Hotel 

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(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

5 Artists Take Over FAS

(Flow Art Space, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul, 612-564-3569, www.flowartspace.com)

Work by Gayle Cole, Chris Cinque, Karlyn Atkinson Berg, Mark Astrom, and Dennis J. Murphy. 6-8 p.m.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

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(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Featuring parades, family activities, ice palace sculptures, and more. For a complete list of locations, admission fees, and event schedules, visit the official website at winter-carnival.com, or call the hotline at 651-223-4700. Through Monday. Many events are free; some have cover charges.

Opening party

(Flashlight Vinyl, 1519 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Beer, deals, epanadas, and more. 6 to 10 p.m.

Feel Round

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(514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, (The Soap Factory Basement))

Work by Ben Heyer, GraceMarie Keaton, and Katelyn Rose White. 6-10 p.m.

Flora

(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624, www.theazgallery.org)

Group show featuring botanical art. 6-9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

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(Lowertown, aim for Fifth Street East and Sibley Street in St. Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit lowertownfirstfridays.org. 6-9 p.m. 

SATURDAY:

Art Shanty Projects

(White Bear Lake, 5050 Lake Ave. N., White Bear Lake, 651-748-2500, www.co.ramsey.mn.us/parks)

Interactive public art displays in shanties on frozen lake. More info at www.artshantyprojects.org. Starting Feb. 6, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28. 

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Farview Art Sled Rally

(Farview Park, 621 29th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-370-4922)

Watch cool art sleds make it or break it down a hill. 2 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration

(Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-227-9635, www.boomislandbrewing.com)

Featuring a specialty brew, variety of Chinese traditions, activities, and crafts, complimentary fortune cookies, and tea. 1-9 p.m. 

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Obscured/Revealed

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942, www.rosaluxgallery.com)

Paintings and digital images by Duane Ditty and Bob Roscoe. 7-10 p.m.

Doggie Depot

(Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700)

Featuring rescue dog adoptions, pet products vendor marketplace, pet photographers, and a Saint Paul Winter Carnival doggie royal court. Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

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Valerie Grondin: Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combination

(Veronique Wantz Gallery, 125 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612-254-2838, www.veroniquewantz.com)

First U.S. exhibition. Artist's talk 1-3 p.m. 

Desperation Burns: The Art of Purple

(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

Featuring drawings, paintings, and prints from John Dyer Baizley and Marald Van Haasteren. 7-10 p.m.

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Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, www.walkerart.org)

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

February Featured Artists: Paul Dresang, Jim Grittner, Eric Jensen

(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org)

Group show. Opening reception 1-5 p.m. Saturday features a chili cook-off. Part of 25th Anniversary winter celebration.

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Jonathan Kaiser: Of Shadows Of

(Gardner Hardware Co, 515 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-3393, www.gardnerhardware.com)

Photography and multi-media exhibition. 6-10 p.m. 

Broken Heartland String Band

(Golden's Cafe and Deli: 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul, 651-224-8888)  

8 p.m.

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Valet

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

10 p.m.

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Parade route starts at 5th and Wacouta, and ends in Rice Park. Traditional "Overthrow of Boreas" and fireworks show follows parade. 5:30-7:30 p.m.  

Sierra DeMulder

(Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-746-0306, www.honeympls.com)

The poet presents her new collection, Today Means Amen, with performances by Guante, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Rachel Rostad, Blythe Baird, Donte Collins, and DJ Big Cats. 6:30 p.m.  

SUNDAY:

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(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989, www.commongoodbooks.com)

Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 4 p.m.  

Ancestry Books Pop Up

(Juxtapostion Art's Textile Lab, 1104 W. Broadway Ave. N., Minneapolis) 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.