Garrison Keillor, Amy Rice, Jennifer Davis: Freeloader Friday

As usual, there is tons of stuff to do in the Twin Cities that won't cost you a dime, you just have to know where to go. This weekend, there's a free party for the season premiere of A Prairie Home Companion, Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis are hosting an art show/pop-up shop in St. Paul, former Project Runway contestant Christopher Straub is exhibiting fashions created using artwork by Patrick Kemal Pryor, and more.

Check out our list of fun free stuff to do below.

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Delightful 3: Pop-Up Art Gallery

(The Historic Minnesota Building, 46 Fourth St. E., St. Paul, (612) 326-5646)

This adorable temporary shop features work by Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice. There will be a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.


Mad Ripple Hootenanny

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, (651) 222-3990)

9 p.m.


(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, (612) 338-0937,

Mixed Blood offers its first "radical hospitality" show with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' farce on modern race relations. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through October 9. Tickets are free, and given out on a first-come first served basis (it's $15 to reserve seats ahead).

Sundowners, the Rinks, Choplifter, Apocalypse Meow

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 721-6211)

10 p.m.

Nick Mauss: Perforations

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

7-9 p.m.

Joseph Haske: Solo Exhibition

(Circa Gallery, 210 N 1st St, Minneapolis, (612) 332-2386,


Paneled paintings. 5-8 p.m.

Spaces Between

(Textile Center, 3000 SE University Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 436-0464,

6-8 p.m.

Who Are You?!?

(Burnet Gallery, 901 Hennepin Ave (901 Hennepin Ave.), Minneapolis, (612) 767-6999,

Works by Dana Weiser explore issues of identity, adoption, and racial stereotyping. 6-9 p.m.


Nightosaur (CD-release)

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

With the Deaf, Knuckle Grinder, Flintlock. 9 p.m.

Bethany Larson & the Bee's Knees, the Parlour Suite

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

10 p.m.


Fashioned: One Becomes Another


(Anita Sue Kolman Gallery, 1500 Jackson St NE Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, (612) 385-4239)

Featuring fashions, furniture, sculpture, and more by Christopher Straub, Patrick Kemal Pryor, Nancy MacKenzie, Kate Casanova. The opening reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. and features a runway show at 7:30 p.m. Read more about this event here.

Al Grande Band, Kruddler, Uberscenester

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, (651) 222-3990)

9 p.m.

Zed's Dead: Music from Tarantino Film Soundtracks

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 721-6211)

10 p.m.


A Prairie Home Companion Street Dance and Meatloaf Dinner

(Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St E, St Paul, (651) 290-1200,

Listen to the live broadcast outside, then celebrate with a dinner (DISCLAIMER: Dinner is $5), a street dance, contests, live music. 5-10 p.m.

11th Annual Rustic Road 13 Pottery Event and Sale

(Historic Homestead, 1148 Troutbrook Rd., Hudson)

Head over to Wisconsin for art, activities, and more at various loations. Visit for info. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Planned Parenthood Benefit

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


With Littlefoot, Meg Ashling, Whitney Houston Residual Plan, 6 Underground. 9 p.m.

Nay-Say: Paintings and Other Things

(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 965-9162,

This show features the art of J. Wasyk and Louis N. LaPierre. The closing reception is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. this Saturday with music by makr/brodR (Mark Mcgee and Andrew Broder).

King's Fair 2011

(Matthews Park and Community Center, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 370-4950)

This festival features music, children's activities, pet judging, pet parade, Middle Eastern dancing, spoken word, five-minute plays, food, folks from TC Maker, more. 12-5 p.m. 

We Love Vinyl


(Tomodachi, 155 Rosedale Shopping Center, Roseville)

Munny art. Proceeds benefit Keystone community Services and Imagine No Malaria. 4-7 p.m.

Home: Group show

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, (612) 378-8888,

Artists explore the meaning of "home" for this group show. There will be an artists' discussion panel at 1 p.m.

Maple Grove Autumn Art Fair

(The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, 12459 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, (763) 424-0504,


Featuring work by over 50 juried artists, food vendors, children's activities, music, demonstrations. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Western Sculpture Park Festival

(Western Sculpture Park, Marion Avenue, between Interstate 94 and University Ave., St. Paul)

This daylong event features interactive art and performances by photographer Wing Young Huie, dancer Olive Bieringa, and sculptors Lourdes Cue, Mary Johnson, John Hock and Amy Toscani. In the evening there will be a cabaret with spoken-word artists Tou Saiko Lee and Hilltribe, the gamelon orchestra Sumunar, storyteller Danielle Daniel, and breakdancers from the Center for Hmong Art and Talent (CHAT) and B-Boys/B-Girls troupe. 1-7 p.m.

Childish Films: White Mane

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, (952) 847-8107,

With ukulele player Bill Grant. 10:30 a.m.

Wild Rice Festival


(Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 Dale St N, Roseville, (651) 765-4262,

This daylong celebration of Minnesota rice includes food, Native American dancers, demonstrations bee-experts, cider press machine, games, silent auction, and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Second Story Reading Series

(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave S Ste 200, Minneapolis, (612) 215-2575,

An LGBT young adult literature panel and reading featuring David Levithan, Brian Farrey, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Pat Schmatz. 7 p.m.

Find Your Magic with Project Runway's Mondo Guerra

(Rosedale Mall, 900 Rosedale Shopping Center, Roseville, (651) 639-2040,


Get styled by the Project Runway contestant. RSVP to 800.329.8667. At Macy's Rosedale, Second Floor in the Impulse Department. 2 p.m.

The Beehive Collective

(Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, (612) 871-7110,

The group celebrates the release of its graphic work, The True Cost of Coal: A visual exploration of Mountaintop Removal coal mining and Resistance. 8 p.m.

The Resonators (CD-release)

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

9 p.m.



No Glory

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

Group show explores the material and emotional cost of war. Sunday afternoon features a gallery talk with veterans at 3 p.m.

Ukrainian Heritage Festival

(Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St NE, Minneapolis, (612) 379-1956,

Enjoy cultural music, dance, crafts, gifts, kids' games and activities, food. 12-5 p.m.

The Rockford Mules, the Japhies


(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 S Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 822-6000)

7 p.m.

Curiosity Day: Celebrating Curious George

(Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, (651) 224-8320)

With Curious George stories told by the WonderWeavers Storytellers, craft projects. 2-3:30 p.m.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

(Landmark Center, 75 5th St W, St Paul, (651) 292-3293,

This kid-friendly event includes a lantern making contest, twilight games, moon cake, and a lantern parade through Rice Park. 4-6 p.m.


Kathryn Kysar, Jim Moore

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 822-4611,

The writers read from their poetry. 4 p.m.

Twin Cities Soul

(O'Gara's Bar & Grill: 164 Snelling Ave N (164 Snelling Ave. North), St Paul, (651) 644-3333)

5 p.m.



Mill City Farmers' Market

(Mill City Farmer's Market, 704 Second St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

Through October 15.


Uptown Market

(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues, Minneapolis)

With produce, jewelry, beauty products, flowers, gifts, food stands, and more. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25

Kingfield Farmers' Market

(Kingfield Farmer's Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.4550,

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Through October 30.