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Little Mekong Night Market, cats, DIY art: Freeloader Friday

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This week in free stuff to do we have a night market in St. Paul, a DIY art festival, and cats. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

Little Mekong Night Market 2015

(Western Ave. Green Line Stop, University and Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7798)

Festival inspired by East and Southeast Asia, with unique foods, art activities, and free cultural performances. Fri. 6 p.m.-midnight;

Sat. 4 p.m.-midnight. www.littlemekong.com. <!———EndFragment———>

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<!———StartFragment———> Cats, Cats, Cats...and all those other animals

(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624, www.theazgallery.org)

Group show inspired by cats and the upcoming Internet Cat Film Fest. 6 to 9 p.m. <!———EndFragment———>

Ballet in the Parks

(Lake Como, 1330 Lexington Ave. N., St Paul)

Continental Ballet Company presents a family-friendly program showcasing highlights from the classical repertoire. 7 p.m. 

Irish Fair of Minnesota

(Harriet Island Regional Park, 85 W. Water St., St Paul)

The nation's largest free celebration of the music and arts of Ireland. With family-friendly activities, dancing, food and beverages, a Celtic marketplace, a children's tent, and live performances from Cherish the Ladies, Finbar Furey, Young Dubliners, Screaming Orphans, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Katie McMahon, Sweet Colleens, and the Tim Malloys. For more info, visit irishfair.com. Fri. 3-11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. www.irishfair.com

Dumb & Dumber

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

With music by Brass Messengers. Performance followed by movie screening. 7:30 p.m.

Autoptic Festival Kick Off Party

(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737, www.bryantlakebowl.com)

Featuring a DJ, and video by Caitlin Skaalrud. 9 p.m.

Chaos Management

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(Waiting Room, 1629 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Group show. 7-10 p.m.

Bartell (EP Release Show)

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

With Rank Strangers, and Malaparte. 10 p.m.

Rainbow Bruce

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

With Not From Here, Ghost Replicant, and Surgery at the Hands of Machines. 9 p.m.

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Hotel

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

<!———StartFragment———>With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

<!———StartFragment———>MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Lydia Liza<!———EndFragment———>

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m.

Thunderheads<!———EndFragment———>

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

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9 p.m.

<!———StartFragment———> Uptown Art Fair

(Hennepin from 26th to 31st Streets, Minneapolis)

Featuring art displays and vendors, live music, dance, food, and a beer garden. Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5

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

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visit lowertownfirstfridays.org. First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. 

Nothing Will Ever Be The Same: Comics 2015

(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-239-2047, www.lightgreyartlab.com)

Featuring original artwork by Charles Burns, Aidan Koch, Antoine Marchalot, Helge Reumann, and Laura Park, with a solo exhibit of work by Dominique Goblet. Part of Autoptic. 7-10 p.m.

Pierre/Feuille/Ciseaux #5 (Rock Paper Scissors)

(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700, www.mcad.edu)

Group show by comic artists. 6-8 p.m. 

SATURDAY:

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Autoptic

(Aria, 105 1st St. N., Minneapolis, 612-342-2742, www.ariampls.com)

This fest celebrates DIY culture. Shop for art, music, books, and more from independent artists, zine makers, self-published authors, and indie record labels. There will also be satellite events, lectures, workshops, music, and podcast tapings. More info at Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. autoptic.org<!———EndFragment———>

<!———StartFragment———>Pizza Lucé Block Party 2015

(Pizza Lucé Downtown: 119 4th St. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-7359) 

Featuring Har Mar Superstar, Sims & Mike Mictlan, Retribution Gospel Choir, the Blind Shake, Pink Mink, Frankie Teardrop, Tiny Deaths, L'Assassins, and Rogue Valley. Plus pizza, Summit beers, and Izzy's Ice Cream. 12-10 p.m.

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More.Is.More

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

With Tongue Party, and HHRRIISSTT. 10 p.m.

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(Ginger Hop: 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-746-0304)

Featuring DJ Mike 2600 and DJ Nak. 10 p.m. 

<!———StartFragment———> Low Lying Area: Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942, www.rosaluxgallery.com)

New work featuring paintings and sculptures. 7-10 p.m.

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Indian Burial Ground

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

With Knifight, and HHRRIISSTT. 9 p.m.

Loring Park Art Festival

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis, 612-370-4929, www.minneapolisparks.org)

Visual artists, musicians, stage performances, children's activities, and food booths. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Powderhorn Art Fair

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

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Regional fine arts and crafts, with food, music, and family events. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.powderhornartfair.org

Terra Incognita/Hovering in the Void

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-2263)<!———EndFragment———>

Two shows open this Saturday. "Terra Incognita" features the work of Shannon Estlund (paintings) and Aaron Squadroni (drawings), and "Hovering in the Void" showcases works by Joel Jannetto and Jesse Ruiz. 6 to 9 p.m.  

Grand Reopening

(Kings Wine Bar, 4555 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Featuring Asian BBQ food, wine and beer gardens, cooking demos, and prizes. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

SUNDAY:

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Birthday Block Party

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3000)<!———EndFragment———>

Block party features performances by Mu Performing Arts, Brass Messengers, Duniya Drum and Dance, Children's Theatre Company, Minnesota Orchestra, and others. Hands-on happenings, food trucks, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. . 

Loring Alley Rally and Made Here Market

(The Third Bird, 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-767-9495, www.thethirdbirdmpls.com)

Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30. madeheremn.org/market.

Har Mar Superstar's Power Lunch Hangover Brunch<!———EndFragment———>

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

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Eat breakfast while Har Mar spins tunes. 10 a.m.

Vibes<!———EndFragment———>

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

With Feeldon, Crxsh, Ally Mattson, Rich Lee, Exxe, ReoGalor, and Andra Knox. 9 p.m.

8th Annual Caffetto Arts & Crafts Fair

(Caffetto Cafe & Gallery, 708 W. 22nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-872-0911, www.caffettocafe.com)

Featuring over fifty local vendors, food, and performances by the F*!k Knights, Black Audience, Off-10, Fergus Plinko, Kenwood Slim, The Vitaphones, ABNA, Bob Rue & the Thousandaires, Anonymous Choir, and the Dumpy Jug Bumpers. 12-7 p.m.