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Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Rick A. Kolodziej


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Summer is in full swing, and it shows in this edition of Freeloader Friday. There's plenty of hip outdoor festivals, including breakdancing at the Groundbreaker Battle in downtown Minneapolis, there's the strong man competitions at Highland Fest, and there's beer and bikes at the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show. The Art Cars will be taking a cruise around Lake Harriet, and there's free theater to be had in both St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday

FRIDAY:

Highland Fest
(Highland neighborhood, Ford Parkway and Cleveland Avenue South in St. Paul)

Featuring live music, Beer Dabbler (not free, obviously), kids' activities, food, rides, the always entertaining strongman competition. Visit www.highlandfest.com for more info. Fri. 2-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Middle Eastern Festival
(St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul, 651-457-0854, www.antiochian.org)

Featuring food, live entertainment, marketplace, silent auction, church tours, children's games, camel rides. Fri.-Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m. 

Romeo and Juliet
(Wolfe Park, 3700 Montery Drive, Minneapolis, 763-682-4590)

A fast-paced version of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy presented outdoors. Friday-Sunday 8 p.m. 

Al Grande, Jim Crego Band, Elsie's Room

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

10 p.m. 

Paper View: The 21st Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326, www.highpointprintmaking.org)

6:30-9 p.m.

Wabasha Days #5
(Ecolab Plaza: 376 Wabasha St N, St Paul)

With Idle Hands, We Became Actors, West of Aldine. For more info call 612.285.3112 or visit www.amsterdambarandhall.com. 4 p.m.

Earthrise, Torch the Spires, Morality Crisis, Lazaret

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

9 p.m.

Nice Bangs
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

9 p.m. 

Greeks in the Street Festival
(Frogtown Center, 633 W. University Ave., St. Paul)

Gonzo Group presents Aristophanes The Frogs in its first Greeks in the Street Festival, outdoors at Frogtown Square at the intersection of University and Dale. The whole event will feature games, activities, and food trucks. For information, call 651.330.2404. Fridays, Saturdays, 6 p.m. 

France Camp, the Velveteens, Part Mammal
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m. 

Bob Nordquist & the Intangibles
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

 

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Rick A. Kolodziej

SATURDAY:

Groundbreaker Battle Festival
(Butler Square, 100 5th St N, Minneapolis)

Featuring break dancing competitions, classes, panel discussions, workshops, live graffiti, dance showcases, emcees Desdamona and Carnage the Executioner. For a full schedule, visit www.thecowlescenter.org. 12-8 p.m. 

Claps (cassette-release), Collin Gorman Weiland, Rollerblade
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

(re)locate: A Place to Call Home
(The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. S. Studio B, Minneapolis)

Photography by Selma Fernandez and Wing Young Huie captures images of recent immigrants to Minnesota. There will be an opening reception with an artists' talk from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by ping pong. 

Whittier Artists in Storefronts
(Black Forest Inn, 1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-872-0812)

Artists take over 25 storefronts and points of interest throughout Whittier. For more info, visit artistsinstorefronts.com. There will be an opening reception at Black Forest Inn from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331.mn)

Featuring live music, burlesque, food, beer, bikers, costumed characters, performances, contests, and more. Noon-2 a.m.

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday
The House of Balls Art Car

Minnesota ArtCar + ArtBike Parade
(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis)

6 p.m.

Collecting Evidence
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Group show explores crime scenes, archaeology digs, and abandoned spaces. there will be an artists' discussion panel at 1 p.m. 

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Richard Westley Wong

Minneapolis Aquatennial

This huge, week-long festival features ends with a fireworks show along the Mississippi River. Visit www.aquatennial.com for a complete list of locations and events.

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project
(Lake Como, 1330 Lexington Ave. N., St Paul)

Public cleanup followed by wine and a performance by Joshua Radin. Sign up at BeachRescue2012.com. 9 a.m.-noon. 

Open Bones, Courtney Yasmineh, Stoned Acoustic
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

29th Annual Rondo Days
(Martin Luther King Center, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, 651-224-4601)

Featuring a festival, parade, 5K run/walk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

We Did What We Could: New Work by Broken Crow
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis) 

The XYandZ Gallery closes on a high note with a closing party featuring work by Broken Crow. Noon to 8 p.m.

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday

 

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday
Looks like someone found the Laborial Stone. Let the celebration begin!

SUNDAY:

Laborial Day
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331.mn)

Celebrate this made-up holiday with a pub crawl featuring prizes, live entertainment, music, the crowning of the King or Queen of Laborial Day, exotic dancers reading trivia questions, free cookies, and more. 5 p.m. 

Sneaky Pete Bauer
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

9 p.m. 

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Preview
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-883-8800, www.mallofamerica.com)

Huzzah! With performances, costumed characters, prizes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Urges from Elsewhere (CD-release)

(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100)

7 p.m.

The Taxpayers

(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

3 p.m. 

Groundbreaker Battle, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Shaun Laden

ONGOING:

Looking for a farmers' market in your neighborhood? Check out our complete list here.

Live Racing
(Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 Zurich St. NE, Forest Lake, 651-925-4600)

Live harness racing. Sundays, 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3.

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

This summer-long hangout on the Walker's field includes workshops, musical performances, talks, info share, beer, patio, food, games, club meetings, and much more. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1.



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