Green Gifts Fair, Sports Parties, Book Arts, CD-Release Shows: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have a few great art shows, a party celebrating pups and kitties, a project involving many LEGOs, and more.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.


2010 Artblok Open Studios & Art Sale

(2010 Artblok, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Fri. 12-9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Pill Hill (Record Release Show)

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

With Porcupine and Street Hassle. 10 p.m.

6 p.m.  

Insight Brewing Grand Opening

(Insight Brewing Taproom, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

With live music, food trucks, beer sampling. 4 p.m. to midnight.

Bill Bondsmen

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

With Brain Tumors, New Wave Hookers, and Waveless. 7 p.m.

Grolar Bears, Soul Surgeons

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

10 p.m.  

BTAC Instructor-Student Show and Sale

(Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, 952-563-8587,

6-8 p.m. 

The Right Here Showcase

(JSB TEKBOX, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-206-3636)

This week's shows include contemporary dance artist Rosy Simas, plus Vanessa Voskuil collaborates with theater artist Kym Longhi. Read more about the happening here. Friday-Sunday, 7:30 & 9 p.m. This event is free, as the goal is to get as many people in to enjoy performances; but for those able, there is a suggested donation $10-$25 (attendees are encouraged to take in both performances each evening).

Beyond Beaujolais 2014

(Mpls Photo Center, 2400 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-643-3511,

The French-American Chamber of Commerce hosts a party featuring music, dancing, live and silent auctions, cash bar, appetizers, and wine. 6-10 p.m.

Highland Camerata and Concert Choir

(Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center: 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-696-6808)

8 p.m.



Eric Inkala: Chaos Complex

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566,

The Minnesota artist, now based in NYC, returns with 14 original pieces on canvas including both large-scale paintings and smaller works. 7 p.m. to midnight. 

Arsenal FC vs. Manchester United FC

(The Local Pub - 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)

Enjoy a free breakfast and free beer before the game screens. The first 100 fans at the party will get a T-shirt and commemorative pint glass. 10:30 a.m.

C4W: 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition

(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-701-8272,

The closing reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 22 features improv jazz orchestra Improvestra. 

Crossing Guards, Jack Ventimiglia, JiLL.

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

10 p.m.

James Loney (CD Release Party)

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

With Mill City Hot Club, Elizabeth Ghandour, Doug Collins & the Receptionists, Lolo's Ghost, and Swallows. 4 p.m.

MCAD Art Sale

(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Shop from thousands of pieces by students. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Knotwells

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

With Claps, Blood & Sun, and the Quaking Bogge. 7 p.m.

4th Annual Bark at Art

(Bone Adventure, 312 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Calendar release party benefits the Pet Project. 1-5 p.m. The event is free; but there is a suggested donation of dog or cat food. 

Jess Hirsch

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263,

The author celebrates the release of Spooning. 3 p.m.


(Black Forest Inn, 1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-872-0812,

Storytelling event. 12:30-4 p.m.

Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival #15

(Amsterdam, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112,

Featuring readings from April Gibson, Jennifer Krueger, Molly Cooney, Will Tinkham, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria. 1 p.m.

Green Gifts Fair

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Featuring enviroment-friendly gifts. More info at 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make Garden

(Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-240-2317)

Artists explore the intersection of gardening and art-making. 6-8 p.m.

Love Local: MCBA's 13th Annual Book Arts Festival

(Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-215-2520,

With art-marking activities, refreshments, gifts, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

MN Waldorf School's Holiday Fair

(Minnesota Waldorf School, 70 E. Cty Road B, Maplewood, 651-487-6700,

Featuring handmade wares from local artisans, children's crafts & activities, plays and puppet shows, live music, bonfire, and food trucks. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 


(Valley Creek Mall, 1750 Weir Drive, Woodbury, 651-739-9433)

Featuring dealers selling music, comic books, toys, pop culture, and movie memorabilia, with special guest writer/artist Otis Frampton. More info at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Adam Turman Mosaic Build

(Brickmania Toyworks, 1620 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, 612-545-5263,

Watch the artist and others recreate his Minnesota Months piece. 6 p.m.



Holiday Lights in the Park

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul)

Featuring a giant, LED-lit tree and winter wonderland. Tree lighting 5-6 p.m.

Blackthorne, With Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, and Aziza

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

10:30 p.m.

John Heck B-Day Blues Bash

(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

With Curtis Blake and Greazy Gravy. 3 p.m.

Tyte Jeff, Ripper, What Tyrants

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis)

21+. 9 p.m.

Repetitive Play

(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-8007,

Noon to 4 p.m.