Nerd Party, Public Display of Affection Night: Freeloader Friday

Nerd Party, Public Display of Affection Night: Freeloader Friday

(Find out what's on top and bottom of this image at "Exquisite Robot." Artwork by Rogue Citizen)

It's an insanely awesome weekend for free stuff. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have a dance night that encourages bold displays of affection, a party celebrating nerds, art that features both robots and hamsters, and the Uptown Market. Take a look after the jump.


Nerd Party
(Storefront-in-a-Box, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis,

This week-long celebration of nerd culture features skill-sharing workshops, a geek-craft exhibition, Presentation Karaoke, movie screenings, a Freaks and Geeks marathon, vegan baked goods, a costume contest with celebrity judges, an interactive museum of obsolete computer storage devices, and a Pong video game station. For a complete schedule of events, visit 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Nerd Party, Public Display of Affection Night: Freeloader Friday

Nature Valley Grand Prix: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium
(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

Earlier this week cyclists took to the streets of downtown St. Paul. Now they race through Minneapolis's hipster paradise, taking sharps turns at high speeds while you relax and drink your overpriced electric blue cocktail. During the event there will also be a bike expo, novice races, and other activities. 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Photo by Steve Pottenger)

Nerd Party, Public Display of Affection Night: Freeloader Friday

Ordinarily Here
(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, 612.625.9494,

This show features 10 Minnesota artists who were asked to draw inspiration from the ordinary, be it in subject, material, or concept. Pieces include stitched graffiti art, photographs of personal items, drawings of paper jams, and other funny and interesting works. Tonight's preview party is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Artwork by Jenny Jenkins)

Summer Dance Series: Dance with Me (1998)
(Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

This movie stars Vanessa Williams as a dance instructor who falls in love with her partner. Will she choose to dance or to follow her heart? Perhaps she can have both. 9:30 p.m.

Bingham Cup 2010
(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763.785.5600,

This gay-friendly rugby competition will feature teams from around the country. Visit for info. Through June 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday.

2010 Twin Cities Jazz Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E 5th St., St. Paul, 612.308.5785,

Free jazz in the park returns with sets by Pippi Ardennia, Joe Lovano with Us Five, John Scofield and the Piety Street Band, John Ellis and Double-Wide, Sean Jones, and others more. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651.487.8200,

One of Shakespear's most enduring plays, Upright Egg Theatre Company presents this tale of love, theater, asses, and magical forest imps. 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Red Pens, Cadette, IS/IS, Bombay Sweets
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Red Pens are on City Pages' cover this week. Here you can check them out live. 9 p.m.

Anti-Civ Records Showcase
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Featuring A Paper Cup Band, Rio De Al Muerte, ShugE, and Chicken Little. 10 p.m.

Maria Isa
(Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.625.6600)

Local R&B/hip hop favorite will play a free set outdoors on the plaza. 7 p.m.

(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Get your dance on with Gigamesh. 21+. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Kitty Rhombus CD-Release
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Experimental. 9:30 p.m.

Strange Lights, the Softrocks, Hastings 3000
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Rock, experimental. 9:30 p.m.

No Bird Sing, Face Candy, Mayda Miller
(Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.746.0306)

Hip hop, rock. 9 p.m.


Nerd Party, Public Display of Affection Night: Freeloader Friday


Exquisite Robot
(Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.879.0200,

You might know Rogue Citizen from various live art parties around town. At this gallery show the group will present futuristic art filled with space modules, hamsters, and robots that run on worms. The opening reception will feature live performances by Unicorn Dream Attack and John Keston from 7-10 p.m.

Public Display of Affection Night (Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

Yes, you will be encouraged to show your affectionate side at this wild dance party. Bring your favorite make-out partner, and get ready to bump and grind to electro music sets from Dirty McKenzie, Slater, and Walker. 21+. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612.341.7580,

At this week's famers' market you'll be able to check out local pasture-raised foods, watch demonstrations, and meet animals at the market's mini-farm. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bike Art V
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

This show, which pays homage to the best thing on two wheels, continues this weekend with an artists' panel talk at 1 p.m. and a bikini bike wash from 3-5 p.m.

Open House and BBQ
(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.4444,

Intermedia Arts in Uptown will celebrate summer with a BBQ, a DJ dance party, hands-on activities for families like screen printing (bring a t-shirt to create art on), and stuff to do with the interactive gallery installation "Storefront of Ideas." 4-7 p.m.

Solstice Arts Celebration
(Left of Center Style, 509½ First Avenue N.E., Minneapolis, 612.282.7363)

This outdoor event features local artwork and furniture showcasing. There will also be food, wine, and vodka sampling. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts
(St. Anthony Main Courtyard, 117 SE Main St., Minneapolis)

This year's music lineup includes Me & My Arrow, Zoo Animal, Painted Saints, A Night in the Box, Ten Centuries, and others. They'll also be artist booths, youth art activities, an art car show, and food and beverage vendors. For more info call or visit 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Nerd Party, Public Display of Affection Night: Freeloader Friday

Midsommar Celebration 2010
(American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.871.4907,

This festival celebrating Midsommar includes live music, arts and crafts, food, games, head wreath making, folk dancing, colorful Swedish folk costumes, and family-friendly activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Al Church & State, the Butcher's Bag, Omnitrigger, Space, Land and Time
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock. 9 p.m.

Schitty Weezer, Smashed Pumpkins, Straight 90's
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Are you looking to celebrate the late '90s? These bands have it covered, literally. 10 p.m.  


The Funeral & the Twilight, Poor Weather Club, Permanent Vacation, the Great Confinement
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)


Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Sunday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit for more info. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


International Festival of Burnsville
(Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952.895.4509)

Featuring music, dancing, cultural displays. Visit for more info. Saturday from 3-9 p.m.

Manitou Days
(White Bear Lake, 5050 Lake Ave. N, White Bear Lake, 651.748.2500)

City-wide three-week event features local authors, sand castle building, fishing contest, walking tours, lighted boat parade, food, entertainment, dance, more. Visit for a complete list of events or call 651.653.5122. Through July 4.

St. Louis Parktacular
(Wolfe Park, 3700 Montery Dr., St. Louis Park,, call 952.924.2550)

Featuring carnival games, inflatables, parade, Taste of St. Louis Park, Kids Fest, health and eco fairs, more. Through Sunday.

Strawberry Fest
(Kingston Park, 9195 75th St. S, Cottage Grove, 651.458.4163)

Featuring carnival games, hot air balloon rides, petting farm, fireworks, and more. For a complete schedule visit 4-11 p.m. Friday; 10-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Tater Daze
(Noble Sports Park, 4701 Oak Grove Pkwy., Brooklyn Park)

Featuring sporting events, carnival, Thursday kick-off parade, Spud Run, more. For more info visit or call 763.493.8154. 5-11:30 p.m. Friday; 3-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 12-6 p.m. Sunday.  


Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

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.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

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.

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