Halloween on the cheap, Poster Offensive 5: Freeloader Friday


So, you blew all your money on that Lady Gaga costume. Or perhaps you were broke to begin with. Either way, there's no excuse to break the bank any further celebrating Halloween this weekend. Unlike upcoming Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, this holiday is super easy to celebrate super cheap. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have spooky art receptions ranging from raging, to elegant, to intriguing. We have dance parties and concerts that span classy to delightfully chaotic. We even have a Halloween party dedicated to The Big Lebowski.

Are you not that into Halloween? We have some awesome non-costumed events as well, including political art, music shows, and a gubernatorial debate.

It's a epic list this week. Check it out after the jump.

[jump] FRIDAY:

Poster Offensive 5

(Galley, 1224 Second St. NE (the space formerly occupied by Frank Stone Gallery), Minneapolis, 612.203.0786)


This group show features nonpartisan political poster art from artists all over the country. 7 p.m.

Nomad Halloween Party

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424,

Come in costume to get in free, otherwise entrance will cost you $13. With Frizzle Fry, Schitty Weezer, and Neil Dynamite and the Heartlights. 9 p.m.

Nicholas Harper: Masquerade

(Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.3889,

Nicolas Harper's portraits featuring doll-like individuals with long necks should make for an excellent art show to kick off Halloween weekend. Come in costume and party by candlelight. 7 p.m. to midnight.

Midtown Monster Bash

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Featuring trick-or-treating, storytelling, activities, and more for the kiddies. 5-8 p.m.

The Sunny Era, In the Cinema, Bella Ruse

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Indie rock, folk. 9:30 p.m.

The Dirty Hits, Blood Sweat and Beards, Western Curses, the Chase Down

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)


Rock, alternative. 9 p.m.

Small White, One Man Dan, the Grande Machine

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock. 10 p.m.

Cosmoline, Chemistry Set, High on Stress

(Wild Tymes, 33 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul, 651.224.8181)

Americana, folk, rock. 18+.



Gods and Monsters: Part II

(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162,

This group show features creepy art loaded with iconic monsters and original horrors. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Skalloween 2010

(Acadia Cafe, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.874.8702,

With music by the Dropsteppers, the Prizefighters, and 2 Tone Runts. All ages. 9 p.m.



(Tarnish&Gold Gallery, 1511 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis,

This show features paintings, prints, and drawings from Chuck U and Zamon. The closing/Halloween party includes performances from Idle Hands, Black Blondie, OBCT, and DJ Greenis. DISCLAIMER: The show starts at 6 p.m. and is free and all ages, but at the stroke of 9:30 p.m. it becomes 21+ and $5 ($7 without costume, but why would you do that?).

Lights Out Halloween Party

(Foci Glass, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.623.3624,

Come in costume and prepare to watch some live art in creation. The studio and gallery will be lit only by molten glass and candles. There will also be a competition for most creative, creepiest, and coolest costumes; live music; refreshments; and an art sale. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Red Carpet to Hell II

(W Minneapolis - The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, 612.215.3700,

This posh party features a celebrity lounge up at Prohibition, DJ music downstairs, costume contests, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.


Pumpkin Fest

(50th & France, 3925 50th St. W., Edina, 952.922.1524)

Fun kids' activities include trick-or-treating, balloon artists, air brush face painting, horse trolley rides, pin the face on the pumpkin, and a costume parade. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

CBG Halloween Party

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

With Personhurter, Ass Rash, Useless Wooden Toys, Complete Waste, and Diminished. 9 p.m.


The Nearly Departed

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952.847.8107,

Veteran ghost hunter Michael Norman discusses Minnesota ghost stories. 2 p.m.  

Tonight We Abide: The 3rd Annual Big Lebowski Halloween Party

(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.825.8949)

This fabulous party features $2 bowling (with costume), movie screenings, DJ Christian Fritz spinning Coen brother classics, karaoke, a midnight costume contest, and prizes. Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie. 9-2 a.m.


Childish Films: Halloween Toons for Tots

(Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina, 952.847.5900,

2:30 p.m.

20 Years of Brit's Halloween Party

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908,

Come up with a cool British-themed costume (The Beatles? Austin Powers? Harry Potter? The kids from Skins?) and dance the night away with Solid Gold (who are dressing up as Oasis), E.L.nO., and DJ Jake Rudh. Get pissed and have a smashing time. 8 p.m.

Halloween Eve Monster Mash

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211,

Spooky times with Al's Rockabilly Quartet. 10 p.m.

Halloween Eve

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

With the Goondas, Red Daughters. 10 p.m.

Halloween Party

(Wild Tymes, 33 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul, 651.224.8181)

With Green Island, the Conner Allen Band, the Brian Metreyeon Band, the John Mayfield Band. 18+.


Hot Roxx Halloween Hextravaganza

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

With Vampire Hands, Teddy and the Turks. 9 p.m.

Memory Lanes Halloween Special

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

With Brent Amaker & the Roadeo, Bouncer Fighter, Bootstraps of Doom, DJ Tuckstache. 9:30 p.m.

Halloween Party

(Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.8100,

With Unexpected Guests, Drug Budget, Small White, Pair of Sevens. 7 p.m.

The Final Gubernatorial Debate

(Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, 651.290.1200,

Oh yeah, I guess it's not just Halloween weekend. Minnesota Public Radio News hosts the traditional final debate of the election season. 4 p.m.

Monster Art Show and Halloween Party

(Pink Hobo Art Gallery, 507 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.216.3924,

This group show features awesome monster-themed art. The opening party includes trick-or-treating from 5-7 p.m. at ROBOTlove, followed by art and DJ music afterwards.

The Great Pumpkin Festival

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

Featuring storytelling, music, art projects, a costume parade, and more. 1 p.m.

World's Largest Trick-or-Treat

(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,

With trick-or-treating, costume contest. 4-7 p.m.