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Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday

Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday
Get crunked with Krampus at the Lowertown SantaCon

The weekend is almost upon us. Free stuff to do includes a bar crawl/street celebration in Lowertown where you can party with Krampus, a binge-drinking beast who likes to torture naughty children. There's also free theater in the Gonzo Group's new space, lots of holiday dance parties (including one with a duo who call themselves Sex Burger), and a three-day reception and open house featuring new work by Wing Young Huie.

Come check out our list.

Not free, but also happening this weekend:
John Waters on Christmas, caroling crack heads, holiday traditions
'The Santaland Diaries': Still funny

Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday
Wing Young Huie, 38th Street and Nicollet Avenue

FRIDAY:

Eat: An Exhibition by Wing Young Huie
(The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. S. Studio B, Minneapolis)

Potluck opening reception 7 p.m. Fri. (email stephanie@wingyounghuie.com to RSVP); holiday open house noon to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

11 p.m.

Steven Hobert & Brian Courage
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

Edie Rae & Kevin, Buzzique, Glasshouses, Bad Neighbor Band
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.  

Holiday Open House
(Solar Arts Building, 3rd Floor Gallery, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Read more about this cool new studio space (it's an old building with solar panels on the roof!) here. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m. Canned good donations accepted.

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

9 p.m.

Hardcore Crayons, Omnitrigger, All the Way Rider
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Dan Israel, Bigtree Bonsai

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m., 9 p.m.

Curtis Blake & Greazy Gravy
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders
(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9:30 p.m.

 

Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday
Lowertown SantaCon

SATURDAY:

Lowertown SantaCon V

(Various locations, but the event officially starts at  Kelly's Depot, 241 E. Kellogg, St. Paul or check Mears Park for performances)

Bar crawl featuring roving musicians, fire dancers, Krampus, Brass Messengers, Foxy Tann, and fun shenanigans. More info at www.LowertownSantacon.info or follow the event live on Twitter via @santacon55101. 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Monster Drawing Rally
(Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-465-0234)

Watch over 80s artists draw live. Proceeds benefit Midway Contemporary Art. See something you like? All drawings are $35. 6-10 p.m.

Who Made Who 5th Annual Holiday Sale & Studio Anniversary
(Who Made Who Design Studio + Screenprint Emporium, 158 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, www.etsy.com/shop/whomadewho)

Sales! Cupcakes! Prizes! Sat. 12-7 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday
Mike Davis, Tools of the Trade at World (craft) Fair

Third Annual World (craft) Fair
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

Featuring work by local printmakers, jewelrymakers, clothiers, and gift fabricators. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A Christmas Carol
(The Room, 275 4th St E, St Paul)

The Gonzo Group gives us a one-night only performance of Barbara Field's adaptation in the newly opened space, The Room. 7 p.m.

Women's Art Festival

(YWCA Midtown, 2121 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-215-4333, www.ywca.org)

Art show and sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Twin Cities Cultural Project

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

10:30 p.m.

The Jim DeFeo Trio
(The Nicollet: 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-424-5513)

7:30 p.m.

Winter Ware
(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-332-2386, www.circagallery.org)

Featuring handmade pottery by 10 local artists, desserts by Tom Lancaster, and live music from Forrest and the Rangers. 7-10 p.m.

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

With Rhythm Engine. 9 p.m.

The Slow Death, Old Towne Ghost, Strait A's, Crash Cuddle
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

 9 p.m.

Greg Herriges, Trent Romens, Frogleg, James Loney & Lolo's Ghost
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

3 p.m., 6 p.m.

Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday
Silver Cocoon at Last Minute Handmade Market

Last Minute Handmade Market
(Wonderland Park, 3262 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 917-439-5437)

More info at www.lastminutehandmade.com. 2-6 p.m.

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

With the Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins. 10 p.m.  

Holiday Party
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

With the David Booth Band, Open Bones, Aaron Tinjum & the Tangents, the Rolling 50's. 8 p.m. 18+.

Holiday Sparkle Jewelry Market
(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612, www.northrupkingbuilding.com)

Sparkle! With over 15 local jewelry artists. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m.  

Han Culture Festival: The Fun of Learning Chinese
(Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, 651-704-2033, www.ramsey.lib.mn.us)

Featuring keynote speaker Sam Borgwardt, calligraphy demonstration and practice, book fair, games, more. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Winter Book Release Party
(Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612-215-2520, www.mnbookarts.org)

Meet the artists and production team. 2-5 p.m.

 

SUNDAY:

Christfits Holiday Blowout

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

With France Camp, Teenage Moods, Dimensionals. 9 p.m.

Ruff Start Rescue: Howlidazzle 2012
(Chaska American Legion Post 57, 102 W. 4th St., Chaska, 763-355-3981)

With adoptable dogs, pet pics with Santa, vendors, bake sale, silent auction, more. More info at www.ruffstartrescue.org. 2-6 p.m.

Emily Davis & Robert Bell
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

9 p.m.

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

8 p.m.
 
ONGOING:

Patrick Kelley Worldwide Photography
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.

Illumination Winter Light Show
(Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/CivE/)

Light show designed by students features more than 100,000 LED lights set to music composed and performed by students. Premiere party reception and performances Fri. at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21.

Artists in Storefronts 3
(Nicollet Avenue, Whittier neighborhood)

Featuring 32 artists in 20 storefront exhibits, a pop-up performance festival, outdoor sculpture, mural, and a fashion design challenge. More info at artistsinstorefronts.com. Through Feb. 16, 2013. Many events are free, but some do have admission fees.

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.

Lowertown SantaCon, Sex Burger Holiday Dance Party: Freeloader Friday


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