Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday

Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday
Jonas Crisco for "Entanglement" at the Gallery @ Fox Tax
With only one weekend left, Christmas is fast approaching. For the edition of Freeloader Friday, we have tons of special events featuring local gifts for gift givers who like to procrastinate. Need a drink after all that shopping? We suggest putting on your ugliest holiday sweater and heading over to the Lowertown SantaCon for a drink with like-minded elves, sprites, reindeer, and tipsy patrons.

For those you couldn't care less about the holiday season we've got plenty of secular stuff to celebrate, including CD-release parties, art openings, early morning rock shows, and even a vegan cookie exchange. Come on in and take a look!

Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday


Katelyn Farstad: Untitled Large Painting
(Shoebox Gallery, Robert's Shoes 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-3833,

Artist's reception 5-7 p.m.

Toys for Tots Metal Style
(Station 4, 201 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-224-6372,

Have an extra toy to donate to Toys for Tots? Bring it for free admission (otherwise it's $5 toget in). Tonight's lineup includes Demonicon, Bloodgeon, and Australis. 10 p.m.

Christmas Ceili Dance
(The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, 612-722-7000,

With the Twin Cities Ceili Band on Fri; the Gunnslingers on Sat. Fri. 6 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.

Local Clothing and Accessory Designer Sale
(Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420,

7-9 p.m.

The Color Pharmacy, the Sudden Lovelys, Mages

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

10 p.m.

Hollow Boys, NPCs, Sandcreeps, Prissy Clerks

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

9 p.m.

Local Holiday Boutique
(Foat Design Studio, 1828 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis)

With Tarot readings, Prosecco, treats, and more. 3-7 p.m. 

Ghostmouth, the New Suns, Modern Me
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.


Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday
Allen Brewer


Entanglement: A Group Exhibition of Collage
(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-824-2829,

6 to 9 p.m.

Festival of the Last Minute
(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-824-1240,

Shop from 20 different local vendors. 3-7 p.m.

Al & the Bad Companions (CD-release)
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

With Reckless Ones. 10 p.m.

Rock 'n' Roll Breakfast: The Blind Shake

(Treehouse Records: 2557 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-872-7400)

10 a.m.

Up Jumped the Devil, Tights in the Taxi, Black Church Service

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

10 p.m.

Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday
James Ramsey/James Ramsay Photography

4th Annual Lowertown SantaCon
(Lowertown, St. Paul;

Bar crawl through St. Paul with music by Brass Messengers, costumes, drink specials, a family-friendly leg at 7:30 p.m. at Black Dog, and more. Check in with @santacon55101 on Twitter or text "follow santacon55101″ to 40404 for updates on where the crawl is at during the evening. 6 p.m. to bar close.

Brit's Pop: Solid Gold as Oasis
(Brit's Pub: 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908)

9 p.m.

Introduction to Homebrewing
(Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies, 5825 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-925-9854,

Learn the basic step-by-step process to make beer at home from malt extract kits. 10:30 a.m.

Dreams and Effigies
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,

This show features new work by Camille J. Gage (installation) and Ellen Skoro (paintings). 7-9 p.m.

Vegan Holiday Cookie Exchange
(Ethique Nouveau, 317 W. 48th St., Minneapolis, 612-822-6161,

Making vegan treats? Bring a batch of vegan cookies to swap for other varieties. Email [email protected] with any questions. 2 p.m.

Vine Arts Center Holiday Sale
(Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651-699-1393)

Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Monster Drawing Rally
(Midway Contemporary Art, 527 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-605-4504,

Come see 60 artists create art live to raise funds for the space. 6-10 p.m.

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

With Self-Evident, Bloodnstuff, Accordion Crimes. 9 p.m.

Animal Art III: Rescue Me
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Exhibit both celebrates and promotes efforts to adopt, rescue, and protect animals facing mistreatment or abandonment. There will be an artists' discussion panel at 3 p.m.

Mighty Swell's Holiday Extravaganza
(Mighty Swell, 3109 E 42nd St., Minneapolis,

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Pangea World Theater, 711 W. Lake St. Ste 101, Minneapolis, 612-822-0015,

A community-wide program to address issues in area Latino culture, including immigration. 5 p.m.


Dream Crusher, Bible Shock

(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000)

9 p.m.

Tyan 'Niiki' Agnew
(True Colors Bookstore, 4755 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-821-9630)

The author discusses Love & Pain. 4 p.m.

Spoken Word at The Nicollet
(The Nicollet, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-424-5513,

Hosted by Da Black Pearll. 7:30 p.m.


Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul)

Visit for a complete list of hours, dates, and rental info. Bring your own skates, or get a free skate rental when you flash your Wells Fargo credit or checking card. Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through February 5.

The North Pole Goes Green
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600,

Santa and Albert the Elf return again for a short, kid-friendly holiday program. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 2 p.m. through December 18.

Target Holidazzle
(Nicollet Mall, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)

The yearly parade of lights runs from Fourth Street to 12th Street up Nicollet Mall. Visit for more info. Thursdays-Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through December 18.

Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Richard Westley Wong

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