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Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
Artwork by Elizabeth Erin for "Known UnKnown"
The holiday shopping season is now on full-blast as Saturday is the first of December. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have tons of special events where you can purchase gifts from local artists (including folks who specialize in kink gear!). We've also got a handful of interesting art shows, such as "Known UnKnown," the Soap's annual gallery exhibition featuring work by the talented people who volunteer at the gallery space. Free theater, free soup, free AIDS testing, free comedy, free burlesque, free music, and free parties also made the list. Come take a look!

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Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
Mary Simon-Casati

FRIDAY:

Memento Mori: Cartography of Grief
(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244, www.trafficzoneart.com)

Exhibit features work by Minneapolis-based artist Mary Simon-Casati, which she developed after her mother's death. 6-9 p.m.

Tomahawk Tassels & the Tribe of Tease
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band, Slow Death, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Tyler Haage
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
"Pentimento"

Pentimento
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151, www.formandcontent.org)

Abstract paintings and pottery by Kathy Wismar. 6-8 p.m.

The Wolf I Feed
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.  

Speed's the Name, Sleep Study, Dustin Smith Band
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

The Dynamite Dirt Boys, Blue Drifters
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

6 p.m.

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday

We Love Vinyl Too
(Tomodachi, 155 Rosedale Center, Roseville, 651-631-1777)

Work by over 20 diverse artists, including Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. The opening reception 6-9 p.m. will have interactive live painting, DJ music, raffle, silent auction.

Wolfhoppers, Fairfax, AK, Smoking w/Baby
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

9 p.m.

World AIDS Day
(Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, 612-643-2024, www.thecapritheater.org)

Featuring a dinner and discussion from 4-6 p.m. Followed by Getting to Zero from 6-8 p.m., which features performances by Jamar Rogers of The Voice and LaMont Wheat. There will also be free HIV testing available, food, and prizes.

Being a Ghost Story: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Powderhorn Theatre Arts presents its version of the holiday classic. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 3:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2.

Holiday Open House
(Scott County Historical Society, 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee, 952-445-0378, www.scottcountyhistory.org)

With crafts, hot chocolate, scavenger hunt, prizes, bonfire. 6-8 p.m.

MN Sinfonia: Seasonal Favorites
(First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St., St. Paul, 651-774-0344)

For more info call 612.871.1701 or visit www.mnsinfonia.org. 7 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

Steven Hobert, Steve Pikal
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

 

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
Christi Fields

SATURDAY:

KnownUnKnowns
(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176, www.soapfactory.org)

Work by over 30 volunteers at the Soap. 7-11 p.m.

MSDB's 12th Annual Bizarre Bazaar
(Grumpy's Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville, 651-379-1180, www.grumpys-bar.com)

Kink-friendly vendors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Stephanie Says (featuring Stephanie Winter), The Blue Mollies
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins, the Farmhouse Band
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

6 p.m.

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
Grand Meander snapped by Kristine Erickson

Grand Meander
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com)

Featuring soup tastings, art show, breakfast with Santa, free trolley rides, carolers, tree-lighting ceremony, more. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

 9 p.m.

Shake That Ass Productions: Ice Cold, with Hey There Handsome, Slow Moe.
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m. 

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
Arts on Chicago

Arts on Chicago Launch Party
(Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3749 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-294-0400)

Artists share their creative plans, followed by works-in-progress on display, ping pong and more at Third Place Gallery. 7 p.m.

Free First Saturdays
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, www.walkerart.org)

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

MN Sinfonia: Seasonal Favorites
(Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th St. N., Minneapolis, 612-317-3511)

For more info call 612.871.1701 or visit www.mnsinfonia.org. 2 p.m.

Crafty Pancakes
(FAIR School Crystal, 3815 Adair Ave. N., Minneapolis)

Artwork and holiday crafts from local artists, pancakes.  8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
"Gabba Gabba One of Us"

Gabba Gabba One of Us
(One On One Bicycle Studio, 117 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-371-9565, www.oneononebike.com)

New work by Mary Gibney and Noah Harmon. 7-11 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar
(Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-5693)

Shop locally. Sat.-Sun. 2-8 p.m.

The Bitterroot Band, Kind Country, A Tree With Roots
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

8 p.m.

James Buckley & Bryan Nichols
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday
Seward Art Crawl

Seward Winter Fest/Art Crawl

More info at www.sewardarts.org. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Scene in Minnesota/Fred Anderson
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800, www.grovelandgallery.com)

2-5 p.m.

Holiday Boutique and Open House
(Feline Rescue, 593 Fairview Ave. N, St Paul, 651-642-5900, www.felinerescue.org)

12-4 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair
(Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, 651-792-7000)

Over 60 local crafters and artists sell handmade wares. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m.

Ye Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar
(St. Lawrence Catholic Church And Newman Center, 1203 5th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-7341)

Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

ZRS Healing Holidays EXPO
(ZRS Fossils and Gifts, 3018 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-824-1068)

With demonstrations, samples, live kantele music, holiday treats, more. 2-7 p.m.

 

SUNDAY:

The Sauce Comedy Showcase
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

8 p.m.

Nikolaustag and Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027, www.gai-mn.org)

Featuring tours, cookie decorating, traditional food, live music, model trains, live music, German vendors, arts and culture groups. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shop Local
(The Beauty Lab, 681 Winnetka Ave. N, Minneapolis, 763-559-1886, www.thebeautylabmn.com)

With jewelry, cards, artwork, children's gifts, authors, musical instruments, longboards. 10 a.m.

1850s Holiday Party
(Ard Godfrey House, 50 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-870-8001, www.ardgodfreyhouse.com)

With holiday decorations, tours, refreshments, music. 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Tipsy Pixels
(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399)

Play video games. 7 p.m.

ONGOING:

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.

Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday

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