Hotel, Vegan Chili, Bikes on Franklin: Freeloader Friday

This edition of Freeloader Friday includes free rock concerts, free art shows, free films, and free dance nights. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Entwined: New Prints by Julie Buffalohead

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St.,  Minneapolis; 612-871-1326)

Julie Buffalohead currently has some paintings on display at the MMAA Project space. This month at Highpoint Center, she will be venturing into the world of prints. 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Falcon Arrow


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

10 p.m.


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

With Mute Swan, Old Moon, and Dead Gurus. 9 p.m.

Haptic Image

(Waiting Room, 1629 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-643-1171)

Four artists - Hartmut Austen, Katelyn Farstad, GraceMarie Keaton, and Justin Quinn - will explore mark making, a.k.a. the lines and textures that make up an artwork. 7 to 10 p.m.


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

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

Mississippi Driftwood

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

With Dirty Louis and West of Steve. 10 p.m.  

Brian Naughton


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

9 p.m.

Wintertide: Conversations and Closing

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis)

Featuring a talk with the artists and jurors, plus music by DJ Brian of Hipshaker. 7-11 p.m.



Friction Fiction/The Party's Over


(The Soap Factory, 514 SE Second St., Minneapolis; 612-623-9176)

The Soap hosts receptions for two new shows this weekend. "Friction Fiction" features animated works by black filmmakers examining urban relationships. Meanwhile, "The Party's Over" is a group show featuring work resulting from the Midwest Artist Exchange. 7 to 11 p.m.

Winter Walkerland

(1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis;612-375-7600)

The Walker Art Center continues its 75th anniversary festivities this week with extra winter-y activities. Outside, folks can enjoy ice skating in the Sculpture Garden, as a rink has been set up by the Spoonbridge and Cherry (bring your skates). Inside, there will be family-friendly happenings for Free First Saturday, including hands-on art projects, film screenings, and other fun. People will also be able to check out "75 Gifts for 75 Years," which features new works gifted to the museum's collection, and opened this Thursday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vegan Chili Cook-Off

(First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-2242)

Sample from a variety of animal-free recipes. 7 to 10 p.m.


The Edge of Nature

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren Street NE #195, Minneapolis; 612-747-3942)

Entomology and plant-themed paintings by Eleanor McGough and James Wrayge. 7 to 10 p.m.

SweetArt Salon des Refusés

(Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-363-5612)

On Thursday, guests voted on their favorite pieces in this group show. See who made the cut this Saturday. Sweets and chocolate will also be offered. Noon to 7 p.m.

Midwest Paul Cook


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

10 p.m.

The Dee Miller Band

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

9 p.m.


Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

(Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis; 612-625-9494)


This group show, which opened as part of the museum's annual WAM Bash benefit, examines the intersection of art, food, and dining.

Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet

(Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park: 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 651-487-8200)

4 p.m.

Bikes on Franklin(Kenwood Park to Boneshaker Books)Meet at 1 p.m. at the Community Center for this super chill, slow-paced ride aimed at bike safety, fun, and respect. More info here.