Freeloader Friday: 66 free things to do this weekend (including original 'Star Wars' art)

John Berkey, 'Defending Rose.' Photo credit Chelsea Reeck.

John Berkey, 'Defending Rose.' Photo credit Chelsea Reeck.

This week in free things to do we have quite a few great beer garden parties, a Harry Potter bar crawl, art from the original Star Wars (pictured above), and tons of live music. Come take a look.


Exhibit features work that was rejected for the Minnesota State Fair. (David Biljan's piece is featured above.) 6:30 p.m. Mpls Photo Center, 2400 N. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-643-3511.

Not Far-Far Away: John Berkey's Sci-Fi Paintings
The artist behind the original Star Wars trilogy posters was a Minnesotan, working as a freelancer after getting his start at a St. Paul advertising agency. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 22. Free. MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis; 612-874-3700.

Crossing Guards
With Persian Leaps (EP Release Show) and Queen of France. 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Trinity Test
With Shadow Party, Ally Mattson, and Holiday Heart. 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Every Fri.; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Chris Larson: Axonometric/Threshold
There will be a public reception Friday, September 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Daily from Sept. 1-Oct. 31; Free. TOPO Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE, #133, Minneapolis; 612-850-6860.

Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour Release
4-9 p.m. Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-227-9635.

Vinyl Club
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. 10:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat.; Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

Quentin Super
The author discusses 'The Long Road North. 7 p.m. Eat My Words Bookstore, 214 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 651-243-1756.

Iyapo Repository
New York artists Salome Asega and Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde imagine the ways in which people of African descent will find agency and self-determination in the future. Find it in Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery in Janet Wallace. There will be an opening reception and artists’ discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 22. Free. Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-696-6000.

Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator
Exhibition featuring textiles, drawings, correspondence, and production samples. Opening reception and Jack Lenor Larsen birthday celebration 6-8 p.m. Fri., Sep. 22. Free. Goldstein Museum of Design, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul; 612-625-5000.

Josh Ritter In-Store
Live performance and CD and LP signing. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22; Free. Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-9300.

Omni Brewing Weekend Birthday Celebration
Beers on tap include Soaked 2017, Raspberry Milk Shake IPA, F.A.D., and the Sour One. Entertainment includes comedians Tiffany Norton and Shannan Paul, food trucks, beer-themed sweets from Nadia Cakes, a Sunday-morning 5K, a local makers craft market, and an outdoor music stage. All ages. 12-11 p.m. Daily from Sept. 22-23; 12-10 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Omni Brewing Company, 9462 Deerwood Ln. N., Maple Grove; 763-424-6664.

Page/Stage/Engage 2017
Featuring performances by Guante, Tish Jones, BdotCroc, DJ Just Nine, and members of the 2017 Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Slam team. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22; Free. Whole Music Club, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-625-2272.

St. Dominic's Trio
9 p.m. Sept. 22; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Group show featuring over sixty artists from around the world. With additional special collections by Matt Rockefeller and Trung Nguyen. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri., Sep. 22, with book launch for 'Then Now: Childhood Revisited.' Free. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612-239-2047.

Tappy Hour
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. from Aug. 4; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
Every Fri.; Free. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.

West Broadway Farmers Market
Featuring locally sourced food and informational community presentations. More info here. 3-7 p.m. Every Fri. from June 9-Oct. 6; Free. West Broadway Farmers Market, 300 W Broadway, Minneapolis; 612-353-5178.

Works in Progress Reading Series Event: Generations Elevated
Readings from Tou SaiKo Lee, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Ibe Kaba, Kayla Steward, and Chynna Heu. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22; Free. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley; 763-574-1850.



The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named 2017
Hop on your Nimbus 2000 and head downtown this Saturday as Potterheads convene in Minneapolis for a night of spellcasting, costume contests, and magical drinks. Wear your house colors and grab your wand, as those who get into the costumed spirit of the crawl will score drink specials and free admission during festivities. Bars welcoming witches and wizards include the Loon, the Pourhouse, and Brothers Bar & Grill Minneapolis. At each location, revelers will find a variety of special drink items, reasonably priced from $3 to $7. That includes familiar wizard-world concoctions like Firewhiskey, Polyjuice Potion, Butterbeer, Gillyweed shots, and Felix Felicis, a delicious-sounding champagne cocktail made with simple syrup, lemon juice, and ginger beer (find it at Kieran’s Irish Pub). The aptly named Potter’s Pasties food truck will be offering eats throughout the night, and folks will gather for a group photo at the 508 Bar at midnight. Cash and book donations collected during the event will benefit Friends of Hennepin County Library. Find more info at 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 23; Free. Kieran's Irish Pub, 85 6th St. N, Minneapolis; 612-339-4499.

Fair State's Co-Optoberfest 2017
The beer garden becomes a mini-Munich with brats, pretzels, polka from the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band, live screenprinting of T-shirts from ShamelessInc Mpls, and beer, including the debut of 4HOP. 2 p.m. to midnight Sept. 23; Free. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-444-3209.

Fall Fest 2017
Family and pet friendly festival featuring food, craft beer, games, raffle, karaoke, and live music. 12-7 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Wabasha Brewing Company, 429 Wabasha Street South, St. Paul; 651-224-2102.

The People's Art Fair
Featuring local artists and vendors selling their wares, live mural painting with Burlesque, beer, food truck, and music from DJs Adonia Kyle and Devata Daun. 4-10 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Modist Brewing Co., 505 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis; 612-454-0258.

90's vs 00's Dance Night
Featuring DJ Auralexic and DJ Sumanu. 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Club Underground, 355 NE Monroe St., Minneapolis; 612-627-9123.

A Journey In Continuity
Grand re-opening party for the new art gallery featuring work by Allison Johanson, Alyce Gottesman, Asa Hoyt, Debora Stewart, Donna Rice, Eleanor McGough, Gaby Silva Bavio, GUAXS, Jack Dale, Jim Hillegass, Juliane Shibata, Kathy Wismar, Linda Puiatti, and Samuel Johnson. 4-8 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Veronique Wantz Gallery, 901 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612-254-2838.

With Old Moon and Josh Harmony. 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera
There will be an opening celebration with free admission and special performances from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 23. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-259-3000. 

Tony Cuchetti
Live music in the beer garden. 6-9 p.m. Urban Growler Brewing Company, 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul; 651-340-5793.

Northrup King Nights
Showcase of over 40 studios and art gallery openings. 6-10 p.m. Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-363-5612.

Beyond the Canvas
New sculptural work by Kate Casanova, Jodi Reeb, Patrick K. Pryor, Jim Dryden, and Betsy Alwin. Artist reception 7-9 p.m. Sat., Sep. 23. Free. The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis; 612-385-4239.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live
Snacks, activities, and free admission. Noon to 4 p.m. Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota, 375 University Ave., St. Paul; 651-917-9937.

612Brew Oktoberfest
Live music (Apollo Cobra, XIII Arrows), meat giveaways, games, brats with kraut, and a costume contest to crown Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest. 4 p.m. to midnight. 612BREW, 945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-930-4606.

Booya! Grappa Release!
Featuring meat stew and grappa, a super-alcoholic drink made from wine skins after they have been pressed for wine making. Noon to midnight Saturday. Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville; 844-879-2368.

Bring Your Old Bike: Rally & Ride
Meet new bike friends, have your bike blessed, and take a six-mile ride to a watering hole. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis.


Bouchra Ouizguen: Corbeaux (Crows)
A group of 20 multigenerational women move as if composing a living sculpture. Saturday at noon in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis) and 4 p.m. at North Commons Park (1801 James Ave. N., Minneapolis); Sunday at 1 p.m. at Rice Park (109 Fourth St. W., St. Paul). All shows are free.

Eat for Equity Dinner and Block Party
Free neighborhood block party at 1423 East 29th Street in Minneapolis, featuring table tennis, sign-making from Ready Go, free Thai rolled ice cream, flower planting, chess, and tours of the demonstration project, followed by a group dinner. Noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 23. The block party is free; the dinner is pay-as-able ($20 suggested). Midtown Greenway Coalition, 2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-879-0103.

Franconia Sculpture Park's 21st Annual Art & Artists Celebration
Featuring guided tours of new art work, family art-making activities, food, beverages, spin art, face-painting, and live music from Malamanya, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Platypus, and the Jags. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23; Free; $5 on-site parking. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer; 651-257-6668.

Seeking a Truth: German Art of the 1920s and 1930s
Works from the collections of Mia and Al and Ingrid Lenz Harrison. Daily from Sept. 23-Feb. 18; Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.

Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival
Featuring artwork from local artists and crafters, with live demos, music, street performers, and food from area vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Lakefront Park, 100 Walnut St., Hudson, WI.

Unique Perspectives
Group show. Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Gallery 427, 1500 Jackson St NE, # 427, Minneapolis; 763-286-5010.

Mill City Oktoberfest
Featuring the tastes, sights, smells, and sounds of Germany, with activities inside and outside the museum and at the Mill City Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7555.

B-Fest Teen Book Festival
Featuring a YA Panel with Bryan Bliss, Pete Hautman, Carrie Mesrobian, Monica Ropal, and Jacqueline West, and a talk and signing with Abby Cooper. 11 a.m. Sept. 23; Free. Barnes & Noble Galleria, 3225 W. 69th St., Edina; 952-920-0633.

Back Alley
With Soul Tree. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 23; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Brett McKean
Author presents his new book, 'Slashquatch: And Other Toothy Tales.' 8 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Club Underground, 355 NE Monroe St., Minneapolis; 612-627-9123.

Fresh Art: Show and Tell
Hosted by Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM). Noon to 3 p.m. California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-5551.

2017 Biscuits & Blooms Fundraiser
Benefit for Underdog Rescue featuring silent auction, vendors, photobooth, adoptable dogs, craft beers from LTD Brewing, food from Stanley's on Wheels, and ice cream from Funky Town. 1-5 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Tonkadale Greenhouse, 3739 Tonkawood Rd., Minnetonka; 952-938-6480.

Andrew and Sarah Wilson
Husband and wife retrace Martin Luther's pilgrimage to Rome. Registration and more info at 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 23; Free; Registration required. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 952-847-8107.

Midtown Farmers Market
Featuring local produce, meats, and cheeses, with prepared foods, local artwork, and live entertainment. More info at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 6-Oct. 28; 3-7 p.m. Every Tue. from June 6-Oct. 31; Free. Midtown Farmers' Market, 2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis; 612-724-7457.

Museum Day Live
Free museum admission all day, with exhibits, make-and-take crafts, and family fun. Registration and more info at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Scott County Historical Society, 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee; 952-445-0378.

New Hope Community Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from June 21; Free. New Hope Farmers' Market, 4300 Xylon Avenue N., Minneapolis; 763-531-5196.

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market
Featuring locally grown produce, live music, children's activities, and food trucks. More info at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 20-Oct. 21; Free. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 629 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-2761.

Susan M. Latta
Author presents her new book, 'Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs.' 2 p.m. Sept. 23; Free. Edina Community Library, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina; 952-847-5425.


Open Streets Minneapolis: Nicollet
The last car-free Open Streets Minneapolis of the season comes to Nicollet Avenue, from the Lake Street Kmart to 46th Street. With live music, arts and activities for kids and adults, free samples from local businesses, and more. For maps and more info, visit 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. 3400 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Ramen Kazama Rama 2017
Part of Nicollet Open Streets, featuring food, drinks, and live music from Marijuana Deathsquads, Vaz, Murf, C. Kostra, Celica, Hardcore Crayons, Birthday Suits, Kid Dakota, Wild Wing, In Corridors, and Citric Dummies. 12-8 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Ramen Kazama, 3400 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-353-6160.

Fair State U: The Future of Car Tech
Talk on the changing world of transportation with Chris Berrens, Urban Planner with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-444-3209.

Larsen K. Husby
Postcards. Artist's reception Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. Smallest Museum St. Paul, 2399 University Ave., St. Paul.

With Concorion and Wax Lead. 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Blues Jam
7-11 p.m. Every Sun. from Jan. 11; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Caffeine and Correspondence
Host Jessica Lindgren provides stationary, writing implements, and postage for correspondence. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 24; 1-3 p.m. Oct. 29; 1-3 p.m. Nov. 26; Free. The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2854 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-259-8478.

Charanga Tropical: Danzon Matinee
5-7 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523.

Comedy Open Mic
Featuring local and visiting stand up comedians, hosted by Trish Cook. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. In the Poco Loco Lounge. 7 p.m. Every Sun.; Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Curtis Blake and the Greazy Gravy Blues Band
4:30 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Shaws Bar and Grill, 1528 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 612-781-4405.

Harley Dresner
Author presents his new book, 'Mishegas: A Concrete Tale of Family Quicksand.' 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8989.

Kill It! Comedy Open Mic
7 p.m. Every last Sun.; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Washburn Games
Non-competitive sports sampler presented by Washburn Center for Children. More info at 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 24; Free. Bryn Mawr Meadows, 400 Morgan Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-370-4833.