MPR open house, artwork by John Lennon: Freeloader Friday

MPR open house, artwork by John Lennon: Freeloader Friday

(Image by The Cleveland Kid

This week in Freeloader Friday we have artwork by John Lennon, a road trip to Elk River, and tons of weekend festivals.


In My Life: The Artwork of John Lennon
(Downtown Wayzata, 701 E. Lake St., Wayzata)

John Lennon would be 70 this year were he still alive today. Though the man himself is long gone, his legacy, art, and music live on. At this special three-day gallery show and benefit, you can check out his artwork. Sketches, doodles, drawings, caricatures, and illustrations will be on display in a vacant building in downtown Wayzata. Artwork will be available for sale, and while admission is free, there is a $2 suggested donation. Proceeds from the show will benefit Smile Network International, which provides oral surgeries to children living in third-world countries. For more info visit 5-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Discarded but Not Lost

MPR open house, artwork by John Lennon: Freeloader Friday

(IFP MN Center For Media Arts, 2446 University Ave. W, Ste 100, St. Paul, 651.644.1912,

This show exhibiting new work by artists Ann Marsden and Ann Prim features black-and-white photography of objects that were once loved, used, or important, but have since been tossed, forgotten, or replaced. The opening reception is tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


(Cafe Maude, 5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.5411)

Experimental and electronic. 9 p.m.

His Mischief, the Millionth Word, Hello Blue
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Rock, indie. 10 p.m.

Andy Elwell, Bella Ruse, Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords, Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Folk, indie rock. 9 p.m.  


Grand Opening Celebration
(Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main St. N., Maple Grove, 952.847.5550,

Maple Grove, come check out your brand-new library. Today's opening celebration will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, a scavenger hunt, live music, origami, and a visit from the Cat in the Hat. 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Matt Latterell (CD-Release), Brian Just Band, Cactus Blossoms
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Pop, folk. 9:30 p.m.

Aaron Kaufman, Like Trains and Taxis, Emot, Days of Rae
(Acadia Café, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.874.8702)

Soul, indie, alternative, electro-acoustic. 9 p.m.

Casanatra, All the Way Rider, Swallows, Torch the Spires
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock, alternative, indie. 9 p.m.

Goose Lake Artisan & Farmers Market
(Goose Lake Farm & Winery, 6760 213th Ave. NW, Elk River, 612.209.1721,

Road trip alert: Each Saturday Goose Lake Farm & Winery features local foods, live music, petting zoo, and local wines. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MPR open house, artwork by John Lennon: Freeloader Friday

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223,

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.


Cornhole Tournament
(Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.767.7766,

Bring friends and sign up at 2 p.m. to test your beanbag throwing skills. There will be drink and appetizer specials as well.

Iron Bartender
(Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St., Minneapolis, 612.332.4700,

This competition features 16 teams of 2 employees from local bars. Each week will feature a secret ingredient that must be used to create three drinks: one shot, one martini, and one cocktail. Drink special will abound. This event will take place Sundays through June 20. 8 p.m. Iron Bartender: Competition features 16 teams of 2 bar staff members each from local bars and restaurants as they make drinks using 'secret ingredients'. Sundays, 8 p.m.

MPR open house, artwork by John Lennon: Freeloader Friday

Open House
(Minnesota Public Radio Headquarters, 480 Cedar St., St. Paul)

MPR is celebrating surpassing their 100,000 member with self-guided tours, surround-sound demonstrations, visits from radio hosts and personalities, and refreshments. Music will be provided by cellists from Jelloslave. Over at the Fitzgerald Theater Adam Levy's Bunny Clogs will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by rock 'n' roll trailers. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

MPR open house, artwork by John Lennon: Freeloader Friday

(Photo by Retromodern)

BONUS FREE: Weekend Festivals

WaterFest 2010
(Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651.771.7507)

That day starts off with a parade, followed by hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Also with a 5K walk/run, canoe rides, fishing lessons, rain garden tours, and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Golden Valley Days Art & Music Festival
(Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley)

This city-wide celebration includes a pancake breakfast, parade, juried fine art festival, games, music, a vintage car show, food vendors, and street dance with music by High & Mighty. Non-perishable food items accepted at various locations. For more info, visit 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hopkins Mainstreet Day
(Hopkins Area Arts Association, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, 612.338.7722)

Another city-wide festival, this one features arts, crafts, food vendors, family entertainment, and live music. For more info call 952.931.0132 or visit 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

InterMarque Council 2010 Spring Kick Off
(Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul, 651.488.4920)

Vintage, European motorcars. Visit 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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