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Lady Heat, Crashed Ice, Saint Paul Winter Carnival: Freeloader Friday

There's lots of free stuff to do this weekend, with festivals, sporting events, art shows, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

Design Cycles: A Bike Show

(Goldstein Museum of Design, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, 612-625-5000)

This exhibit explores bikes as a means of transportation, as a historical item, and as a political statement. Opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, January 23.

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Rat Pit (CD Release Show)

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

10 p.m.

United Teachers of Music

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

With Blackthorne, Rifle Diet, Noble Beast. 9 p.m.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

(Various locations, including Rice Park)

This huge, citywide celebration features sporting events, ice and snow sculpting tournaments, scavenger hunt, art exhibits, family activities, and more. For a complete list of events, visit www.winter-carnival.com. Through Feb. 1, many events are free; some have admission charges or entry fees.

Dead Larry

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

10 p.m.

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Red Bull Crashed Ice Saint Paul

(Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul)

The annual ice cross downhill competition takes place on Cathedral Hill. For more information check www.redbullcrashedice.com. Fri. noon to 9 p.m.; Sat. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Added bonus: Check out MetroTransit.org for a free ride to the event.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Welcome Party

(Turf Club: 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486)

Featuring Lizzo. 9:30 p.m.

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Beyond the Buzz: New Forms, Realities, and Environments in Digital Fabrication

(Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Also at MCAD:

Afterimage: Life After the Death of Photography

one two three: New Photographic Work

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6-9 p.m. for all three opening receptions.

Union Shakedown

(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

8 p.m.

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SATURDAY:

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Vibrant Matters

(Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-240-2317)

Group show of artists who take found objects or use old techniques to create vibrant work. There will be an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, January 24.

Lady Heat Hot Soul: The Deep Freeze Beach Dance Party

(Ginger Hop, 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

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With Lori Barbero. 21+. 10 p.m. Wintertide: A Biennial Juried Art Exhibition

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566, www.publicfunctionary.org)

Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Sat., Jan. 24.

Krista Braam & Rachel Andrzejewski: Common Oasis

(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis)

7-11 p.m.

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WonderWomen: Artists' Panel Discussion

(Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis)

7 p.m.

Shane Hope: Nano-Nonobjective Noo-Goo-Zoo Opening

(Gallery 13, 811 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis)

Opening reception 7-9 p.m.

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Kristie Bretzke: Together | Alone

(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800, www.grovelandgallery.com)

New paintings. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. Sat., Jan. 24.

4th Annual Paul Manske Memorial Mardi Gras Celebration

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

9 p.m.

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Chokecherry

(Seward Community Cafe: 2129 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-1011)

9 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Kill It! Comedy Open Mic

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

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7 p.m.

Chokecherry

(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

4 p.m.