Hotpants East, Downton Abbey, Big Table Studios: Freeloader Friday

This weekend is going to be unpleasantly cold -- and that's saying a lot for Minnesota. However, that doesn't mean you have to hide under a blanket on your couch. There are plenty of free things to that will get the blood pumping and the heat rising, including dance parties, art shows, and rock gigs.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.



(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,


Artists give a new spin on classic works. 7-10 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m.


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

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

The Dropsteppers, Umbrella Bed

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

10 p.m.

Submission, We/Ours, White Boyfriend, Peter Pants

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


9 p.m.

Hotpants East

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

10 p.m.




Production of the Means of Control

(Big Table Studio, 375 Wabasha St. N., St Paul, 651-222-6428,

New works on paper by Erik Farseth. 7-10 p.m.

Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,


Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jeremy Ylvisaker, Adrian Suarez, Mike Lewis

(Barbette: 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710)

10:30 p.m.

A Piano In Every Home, Better Bones, Oklahoma

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


10 p.m.

inside, for a short amount of time

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

Work by Dan Buettner and Rebecca Krinke. 7-10 p.m.

Mill City Hot Club

(Hell's Kitchen: 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis, 612-332-4700)

10 p.m.  

Bear Trap, Agitate, Cokskar, Indulge

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

9 p.m.

John Devine

(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.



Wells Fargo Winter Skate

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

Rent skates for free by flashing a Wells Fargo check or credit card. More info here. Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2.

Downton Abbey

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

Watch the season premiere on the HDTV and surround sound in both the Long Room lounge and the Clubhouse room. There will also be drink specials.  Period dress is encouraged. The shows starts at 8 p.m. (but the party starts at 6:30 p.m.),

Corpse Reviver (Harry Smith anthology project); Chuck and Sean's Trivia Night

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

3 p.m., 8 p.m.

Basuketto, Tiny Deaths

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

21+. 8 p.m.

Music Under Glass: Matt Moberg

(Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul)

4:30 p.m.