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Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Natasha Pestich, Fulfillment is Such a White-Collar Thing #6 at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

There's plenty of free things to do this week. Tolkien fans will want to bring the kids to the Red Balloon's hobbit party. Or grab your sweetheart and head to the Amsterdam, where folks will try to break the world record for most kisses under the mistletoe.  Single? Head out the door with some friends and bust some moves at Hotel at the Kitty Cat Klub. Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Not free, but also happening this weekend:
Jaime Carrera talks about Outlet performance festival
Interact opens 'Madame Josette's Naughty & Nice Cabaret' this weekend
Frank gets back into holiday spirit with 'Santaland Diaries'

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Moss Love at No Coast

FRIDAY:

No Coast Craft-O-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)

Shop local art. For more info, visit nocoastcraft.com. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hotel
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Patrick Harison & Tim O'Keefe
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Mike Elko, The New Neighbor's Dog at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Art Formally Known as Prints: The 22nd Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326, www.highpointprintmaking.org)

6:30-9 p.m.

Lowertown Artists' Holiday Bazaar

With gifts, arts and crafts, open studios, special performances, and holiday-themed treats in a number of arts venues in Lowertown. More info at lowertownfirstfridays.org. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Big Surf (CD-release), the Fractals, Gagitar
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Freewheelin' First Fridays 

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

With Eleganza! 10 p.m.

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Danielle Dean, No Lye with Words

Danielle Dean: Confessions on a Dance Floor
(The Bindery Projects, 708 Vandalia St., St Paul, www.thebinderyprojects.com)

7-9 p.m.

Tights in the Taxi, Black Market Brass
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Jenny Schmid for "Minnesota Funk"

Minnesota Funk
(Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-624-6518, nash.umn.edu)

This group exhibition, which opened Thursday, explores the diverse, groovy, funky side of Minnesota culture.

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782, www.3-ad.com)

Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday on 44th
(Patrick Henry High School, 2020 43rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-8060)

With horse-drawn hayrides, ice sculpting, carolers, crafts, musicians, and the Workhouse Theater Company. 6-9:30 p.m.

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Susanna Gaunt, Late Night TV at Altered Esthetics

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

Group show explores memories of family experience. 7-10 p.m.

Illumination Winter Light Show
(Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/CivE/)

Light show designed by students features more than 100,000 LED lights set to music composed and performed by students. Premiere party reception and performances Fri. at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21. 

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

Movie-release party with games, activities, giveaways, costume contest. 6:30 p.m. 

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
"Impressions"

Impressions
(Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 612-587-0230, www.homewoodstudios.com)

Encaustic paintings by Jeffrey Hirst, Linda Maylish, and Jodi Reeb-Myers. 6-8 p.m.

Said Kelley, the Mark Cameron Band, Headband Jam
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+. 

Nick Leet, Tommy Bentz Band
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m., 9 p.m.

A Stone Thrown at the Guilty
(Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-625-4001, theatre.umn.edu)

British director Irina Brown leads a staged reading of Nuruddin Farah's Somalia-set play. Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 

 

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
John Erste Solo

SATURDAY:

John Erste Solo: Crude
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-965-9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)

New work. 6 p.m. to midnight.

World Record: Most Kisses Under Mistletoe!
(Amsterdam, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990, www.amsterdambarandhall.com)

Help set a world record for the most kisses received in one minute under mistletoe. 9 p.m.

GST with Natalie Lovejoy, Eleganza!
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Pamela Machala, Loki, RJ & the Soul, the Undergroove
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.

J. Earl Miller: Dakota Moniker
(Gallery 13, 811 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, 651-592-5503, www.gallery13.com)

Prairie life photography. 6-9 p.m.

Also at Gallery 13:

Jennifer Nelson: The Curious Life of Objects

Recent works. 6-9 p.m.

Reina del Cid & the Cidizens
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m. 

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

8 p.m.

Open Door 8: Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition
(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942, www.rosaluxgallery.com)

7-10 p.m.

Emily Dickinson's Black & White Birthday Bash
(Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-215-2600, www.openbookmn.org)

With an open recitation of Emily Dickinson's poems, party favors, music, poetry swap, black-and-white reception. Come dressed in all black or all white. 7 p.m.

Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4 Release Party
(Electric Fetus: 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-9300)

With Chastity Brown. 7 p.m.

Liftbridge, Yours Truly, What Tyrants, Hotel San Sebastian
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

20th Annual Tour of Trees
(Martin Luther Senior Living Campus, 1401 E. 100th St., Bloomington)

With over 20 decorated trees, sweets, carriage rides, music and caroling, Santa, holiday tastes and tips, cooking demos, wine tasting, more. 2-4:30 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

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

6 p.m.

 

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday
Steven Lang, Artists in Storefronts

SUNDAY:

Artists in Storefronts 3
(Nicollet Avenue, Whittier neighborhood)

Featuring 32 artists in 20 storefront exhibits, a pop-up performance festival, outdoor sculpture, mural, and a fashion design challenge. More info at artistsinstorefronts.com. Through Feb. 16, 2013. Many events are free, but some do have admission fees.

Santa's Workshop
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293, www.landmarkcenter.org)

With kid's crafts, music, dancing, more. 1-3 p.m. Free, but foodshelf donations are encouraged.

Auggie Bohemia
(Acadia Cafe, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702, www.acadiacafe.com)

Music, poetry, skits. 7 p.m.

Soul Rumination, Boxer Style
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

9 p.m.

Kivi & Pray (album-release)
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

9 p.m. 

Mousey music video release party
(Republic at Seven Corners: 221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6146)

7 p.m.

ONGOING:

Patrick Kelley Worldwide Photography
Target Holidazzle Parade
(Nicollet Mall from 12th Street to 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis)

Bring a thermos of hot cocoa (or brandy) and watch this light show from the street (or the bar). More info at www.holidazzle.com. Thursdays-Sundays 6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23.

Santa Busts a Christmas Move
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600, www.bachmans.com)

Santa and Albert the Elf are back for holiday adventures. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23.

SooVAC Pop-up Shop
(SooVAC Pop-up Shop, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

Featuring art and gifts from a great lineup of local artists and makers. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 4-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, 75 W. 5th St., St Paul, 651-292-3233)

Bring skates and enjoy the ice for free! More info at www.wellsfargowinterskate.com/skating-info. The opening reception 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 involves free performances, hot chocolate, and open skate. Through Feb. 3, 2011.

Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday




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