Hitchcock, Hotel, art from Duluth: Freeloader Friday
The first of the month is never kind on the wallet. Here at Freeloader Friday, we share you pain. Fortunately, the Twin Cities hosts tons of free events throughout the city each weekend. Our list this week includes art shows celebrating Alfred Hitchcock, Duluth, and a world without money (sign us up); readings including a rollergirl and Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games series); and tons of free music. Come take a look.
Brandon Kuehn, Birds
AE Presents: Hitchcock
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)
This group show pays homage to the notorious master of suspense through paintings, photography, mixed media, and more. The opening reception from 7-10 p.m. will feature Hitchcock-inspired music by Greg Brosofske.
(Bedlam Theatre, Ivy Arts Building (2712 E. 27th St.), Minneapolis, www.bedlamtheatre.org)
Though they recently moved from their West Bank digs, the Bedlam bar, restaurant, theater, and concert venue is hardly down for the count. Visit their temporary headquarters this weekend to hear what they are up to this year and next, including collaborations with the Walker, projects with various theater troupes, and more. Take tours of the space, and enjoy treats like hot apple cider, fresh breads, and grilled kielbasa. 6-9 p.m. Friday; 12-7 p.m. Saturday.
The F Plus
(Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge, 2027 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.3000, www.bluenilempls.com)
Come listen to enthusiastic readings of horrible writing. Contributors to the F Plus podcast will be reading the worst passages from books by Ice T, Maculay Culkin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dustin Diamond, and others. 8:30 p.m.
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)
Jonathan Ackerman helps you dance your way into the weekend with this chic party. 10 p.m.
Anchor Windlass, Mike (the Pike) Frottage, The Brutes, National Bird, Flying Dog Takeover
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis)
When Trust is the New Money: Broken Crow
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651.503.8062, www.thexyandz.com)
Artists John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons collaborate to create a large scale stencil mural exploring a future where money no longer holds meaning or value, and trust is the new currency (sign us up for this utopia). The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday. Check out their preview video below.
Mighty Swell: A Vintage Pop-Up Shop
(Umber Gallery, 3109 E. 42nd St., Minneapolis, www.umberstudios.com)
Looking to shop vintage? Check out this random happening featuring clothing, accessories, home décor, and small furniture. Visit www.mightyswell.com for more info. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 12-3 p.m. Sunday.
Seward Art Festival
This three-day festival includes open studios, homes, and businesses featuring over 100 artists, writers, and performers. Though there will be events on Friday and Sunday, Saturday is the biggest day. For more info, visit www.sewardarts.org. 12-5 p.m.
Free First Saturday: Discover Dance
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)
This kid-friendly event features a performance of Raven by Eiko & Koma, art activities, and a screening of Burning Stage. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
DULUTH! A Love Story
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)
Curator Erin Sayer, who used to run the Duluth Artists' Guild during her grad school years, has invited her old friends to exhibit their work here in the Twin Cities. Come check out what our creative neighbors up north are up to. 8-10:30 p.m.
Military Special, Claps, Aaron and the Sea, Dirty Dancing
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis)
The Hunger Games author discusses her final book in the series, Mockingjay. 2 p.m. at the Red Balloon Bookshop (891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651.224.8320) and 4 p.m. at the Wild Rumpus (2720 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis, 612.920.5005).
(Black Forest Inn, 1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612.872.0812, www.blackforestinnmpls.com)
This is the final weekend for this big party at the Black Forest. Friday night features activities surrounding David Hasselhoff, Saturday's highlight is the Desperate Hausfrau costume contest, and Sunday around 2 p.m. patrons are invited to help drain taps with pints ranging from $.25 to $.50 each. Most events start at 6:30 p.m.
The Phantom of the Opera
(Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 612.827.5919)
The original silent film will be screened with an organ accompaniment by John Schwandt. 4 p.m.
Alex "Axles of Evil" Cohen
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)
Think you have what it takes to be a rollergirl? Come hear Cohen's tale of triumph on roller skates as she discusses Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby. 4 p.m.
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)
Jim Walsh hosts his monthly music shindig. 4 p.m.
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