MN Fashion Week, Wants vs. Needs, Dr. Dog, more: Freeloader Friday


(Pictured: Kokoon Spring 2010)

With MN Fashion Week in full swing, this is an excellent weekend to check out some of the free fashion parties around town, from a charity events to high fashion to t-shirt sales. But don't worry if you're not a fashionista; there are plenty of other cool events for you too, including dance parties, rock shows, and a reading with Neil Gaiman.


Wants vs. Needs

(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)


This super-popular dance night is less about philosophical conundrums and more about getting out on the floor and moving your feet. The evening's homecoming performance will please dancers; this is their first show since their trip to SXSW. DJs Espada, Petey Wheatstraw, So Gold, and Anton will spin tunes to make you happy (and thirsty for another cocktail, which there will be plenty of). They'll also be giving away limited edition t-shirts by local graphic design/illustrator Adam Garcia of the Pressure, so get there early (we hear they're being distributed via lottery). 21+. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

MN Fashion Week: Ivy Spring Exclusive

(Ivy, 1440 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.827.2764)

Can't make it to Voltage? Domino Jeans Trunk will be hosting a fashion party with swag bags and refreshments. The after-party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Honey, the newish hot spot in the old Jitters space. The event is free, but you need to RSVP to [email protected] 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Machinery Hill

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Folk, Americana. 9:30 p.m.

Riistetyt, S.S.R., Assrash, Animals & Beasts

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Ever wonder what Finnish punk rock music would sound like? Riistetyt will answer that question. 9 p.m.

MN Fashion Week: W7 Collective Gallery

(The Pilney Building, 1032 7th St. W., St. Paul,

This pop-up artist mart opened last night with a reception for designer Laura Nelli. It continues Friday and Saturday with unique, locally-designed products you'll want to grab up. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dirty Hits, Liarbirds, Truck Stops Across America, Clawthroat

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock, funk, punk, crunk. 10 p.m.




331 Drinking Spelling Bee

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Sometimes you have to give a little to get. To enter the contest, you have to spend $6. However, you get free beer for every word you spell correctly. Plus, if you win, you get a $25 bar tab. Don't want to spend $6? It's still free to watch. This week's celebrity judge is the Current's Steve Seel. 21+. 7 p.m.

Art-o-Mat Swap Meet

(The Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.767.6900)


Never heard of an Art-o-Mat? This nifty machine is a cigarette vending machine converted to sell art. But rather than receiving smokes, $5 gets you pocket-sized pieces that are not only affordable to collect, but also great conversation starters. This weekend Art-o-Mat creator Clark Whittington will be in town to host a swap meet where artists and collectors are invited to trade, view, and discuss their work. Fun fact: The Art-o-Mat at the Chambers is one of Whittington's most popular "gallery" machines, selling up to 500 pieces a month. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Black Blondie, Anders Ponders

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

R&B. 10 p.m.


Socialist MN Conference

(University of Minnesota - Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.210.5714,

Come learn a little about alternative political systems. Throughout the day there will be panel talks, a reading and talk with author Paul Street, a film screening of Rock El Imperio, and an after-party featuring music by Junkyard Empire. For more info visit Noon to 6 p.m.


MN Fashion Week: Local Artist T-Shirt Mart

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

Check out t-shirt designs by locally-based artists, including Burlesque of North America, Alec Soth (creating under the Lester B. Morrison moniker), Lovely Mpls, and Saman Bemel-Benrud. Proceeds from all sales support the Walker's artistic and educational programs. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pictured: Work by Sara Lintner)

Weavers Guild of Minnesota Open House

(Textile Center/Weavers Guild of Minnesota, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.0464,

Okay, so the Textile sale also happening onsite is not free (it costs a mere $1 though), but other happenings are family- and artist-friendly and worth checking out. See demonstrations including loom work, and try hands-on activities. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MN Fashion Week: Style for Smiles Installment 1: Kokoon

(CW Lofts, 730 Stinson Blvd., Minneapolis, 612.216.4444,


This event is free, but it is a benefit, so if you could give that would be great. Some proceeds benefit Project Healthy Smile, which seeks to provide supplies and education to impoverished children who can't afford dental care. During this party guests can enjoy fashion from feminine, flirty, and flowing clothing line, Kokoon. There will also be prizes, mini-makeovers, style tips from HMStyling, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to [email protected] 7 p.m.

Childish Films: Slapstick!

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.630.6000,

Admit it: You're an adult and you kind of want to go. That's okay; you're welcome to join too. This installment of childish films includes family-friendly shorts filled with pratfalls, banana peels, and other tomfoolery. 10:30 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Saturday is when Midtown Global Market goes green for Earth Day (or a little more green than usual). There will be will be happenings for all interests and ages, including sustainable cooking demonstrations, a planting activity for kids, bike tune-up demonstrations to get you rolling into spring, an eco-friendly fashion show, live music, and an Art Car display on Lake Street. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brianna Lane


(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Folk, Americana. 10 p.m.

4onthefloor, Palomino, Dan Tedesco

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Rock, folk. 9:30 p.m.


3rd Annual Record Store Day

(Electric Fetus, 2000 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.870.9300)

Didn't get tickets in time for the First Avenue Dr. Dog show? They'll be doing an in-store performance during the day, as will Paul Cebar. 1 p.m.


MN Fashion Week: InsideOut

(Spill the Wine Loft, 1101 Washington Ave. S. (2nd Floor), Minneapolis, 612.245.8466,

During this afternoon party, guests can check out models up close as they mingle with the crowd on the second floor of Spill the Wine. There will also be fashion vignettes and live-action shoots to watch. Those who need to freshen up their look can get hair and make-up advice, watch demonstrations, and enjoy drinks from the cash bar. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

MN Fashion Week: Vintage City Classics Studio Open House

(Vintage City, 314 Clifton Ave., Carriage House C205, Minneapolis,

Looking to accessorize that Mad Men dress you recently acquired? You'll get tons of ideas at this open house for Vintage City, which specializes in bright, bold jewelry inspired by the early '60s. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Club Book with Neil Gaiman

(Stillwater Junior High School, 523 W. Marsh St., Stillwater)

The beloved and respected author of graphic novels, children's books, and adult literature kicks off this discussion series. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the reading, and seats are first come, first served. For more info visit or call 952.847.8107. 2:30 p.m.

The Han Dynasty, the Magnatrons

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

This is not an evening of history and science. Rather, it is an evening of electronic and experimental tunes. 8 p.m.

MN Fashion Week: I Like You Trunk Show and Anniversary Party

(I Like You!, 501 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.208.0249)

The popular Northeast store celebrates its first b-day with a trunk show featuring 8 local designers Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's event includes Pea & Bean, which you may remember from the MN Fashion Holiday Boutique. Noon to 5 p.m.