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Freeloader Friday: 40 free things to do this weekend

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This week in free stuff to do we have a ton of art parties, a beer-release celebration, store openings, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend on the cheap.

FRIDAY:

Saint Paul Art Crawl

Open studios and gallery events throughout Lowertown, downtown, and other neighborhoods. For locations and full event listings, check saintpaulartcrawl.org. Fri. 6-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. 

Arts Board Film Festival

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(Minnesota State Arts Board, 400 N. Sibley St., St Paul, 651-215-1600, www.arts.state.mn.us)

Featuring work by Minnesota State Arts Board grantees, with filmmakers present for most screenings. The opening reception is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Through Sunday. More info at: www.arts.state.mn.us/filmfest-Spring2016.htm.  

Conversations

(Northern Warehouse, 308 E. Prince St., Saint Paul, 651-368-2047)

New paintings by Kara Hendershot. In Studio #516. Fri. 6-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. 

The Dee Miller Band

(Crooners Lounge & Supper Club: 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, 763-571-9020)

7:30 p.m.

Portage, Xerxes Palomino (album release), the Hot Estate

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

7 p.m.

Art Crawl Launch Party

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(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown: 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597)

With live Music from Hot Date, Late Century, Wastrels. 10 p.m.

Fierce Lament

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151, www.formandcontent.org)

Group show featuring artists and poets exploring environmental concerns. 6-9 p.m.

Plagued Insanity, Eternal Voyager, Incarnatus

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

9 p.m.

Snak Attack  

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Dan Newton

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

6 p.m.

Thunderheads

(Morrissey's Irish Pub: 913 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-465-8555)

9:30 p.m.

How Did You Find My House? 

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(Denler Gallery, 3003 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul; 651-286-7570)

Work of five graduating art students.  5 to 7 p.m.

MCTC AFA Visual Arts Show

(Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 S. Ave., Minneapolis; 612-659-6000)

6 to 8 p.m.

SATURDAY:

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Purple Rain

(Target Field Station)

With music, concession, film screening. 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Clothing Swap

(Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-382-9477)

Bring women's clothing to swap. Trans, femme, and queer friendly. 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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Vegan Bake Sale

(Animal Rights Coalition, 317 W. 48th St., Minneapolis; 612-822-6161)

1 to 4 p.m.

Shakes-Beer's Birthday 

(NorthGate Brewing, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-354-2858)

Celebrate the Bard with themed brews, a Shakespearean spelling bee (2 p.m.), trivia (5 p.m.), Shakespearean duels from Theatre Coup d'Etat, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Noon.

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Mark Schoening: Shape Shifter

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566, www.publicfunctionary.org)

Collages, painting, and mixed-media. 7-midnight.  

Hip Hop and Hops

(LynLake Brewery, 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-224-9682)

Featuring Homeless, Big Cats, Tufawon, Both, the Highest Low, Benny Motion on the Tables. 8 p.m. to midnight.

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Nikki Roux & Rich Rue

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

6 p.m.

Wailing Loons Mini-LP Release Party

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

With Luke Graner, Flatwater Mississippi. 10 p.m.

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The Art Force Mural Bike Ride

(Maeve's Cafe, 300 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-1033)

No-drop ride touring cool Minneapolis murals. Noon.

North Loop Spring Crawl

(Martin Patrick 3, 121 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-746-5329, www.martinpatrick3.com)

Featuring sales, prizes, and special events at stores throughout the North Loop, with free pedicab rides for participants. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Photography by Rashelle Brown, who is in the Rossmor Building this week for the Saint Paul Art Crawl.

Photography by Rashelle Brown, who is in the Rossmor Building this week for the Saint Paul Art Crawl.

Grand Opening Party

(Roe Wolfe Boutique, 121 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-294-6583)

Music, drinks, and prizes. 7 to 9 p.m.

8th Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

(Ethique Nouveau, 317 W. 48th St., Minneapolis, 612-822-6161, www.ethiquenouveau.com)

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Featuring locally made vegan cupcakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, and other baked goods, with proceeds benefiting People and Pets Together. 1-4 p.m.

Future Developments

(David Petersen Gallery, 2018 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis)

7-9 p.m.

Jon Leon: Free HBO

(Midway Contemporary Art, 527 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-605-4504, www.midwayart.org)

The poet/writer lectures about American crime and thriller dramas of the 1980s and '90s. 4 p.m. 

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The Authorities

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

9 p.m.

Willie Walker and We R

(Crooners Lounge & Supper Club: 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, 763-571-9020)

7:30 p.m.  Noteworthy Parking Lots of Saint Paul Bike Tour

(Rainbow Foods, 1566 University Ave. W., St Paul, 651-644-4321)

Guided 8-mile tour of seven historic sites led by Bill Lindeke, concluding at Mancini's Char House. 3 p.m.

 

After Crawl Ball

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown: 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597)

Performances by Sexy Delicious and Missed Connections. 9 p.m.

Rupert Angeleyes, Floral Print, Battlerat, Joey Joey Micheals

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

9 p.m.

Crazy Larry

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

The Collective

(Loring Social, 1629 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 612-238-4444)

Interactive salon for local makers, featuring thrift, beauty, and household goods. More info at www.labmpls.com/the-collective-members. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Koochella Cask Release Party

(Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105)

Sociable Cider Werks is brewing up a Koochella Cask Ale. Proceeds from the pints will benefit the group, which is made up of competitive cyclists who seek to support and encourage women (trans, femme, and beyond) biking. 2 p.m.

Fashion Week MN's It's a Wrap Party

(W Hotel Minneapolis-The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; 612-215-3700)

Featuring light snacks and DJ music. 1 to 3 p.m. RSVP here

Minneapolis Craft Market: Arctic Market

(Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, 612-999-6020, lakesandlegends.com)

Featuring goods from local artists and makers, with Belgian-style beers. 12-6 p.m. 

Kill It! Comedy Open Mic

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

7 p.m.  

The Art of Stitch and Hitch

(801 Art Gallery, 801 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-747-2313, www.801washingtonlofts.org/art-at-801)

Work by Gail Baar, Janet Groenert, Brie Morris, Scottie Hall, Ro Coco, Lizz Windnagel, and Anna Ruhland. Artists' talk 2-4 p.m.

Nightchain

(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

9 p.m.

Corpse Reviver

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331club.com)

3 p.m.