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Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

Jim Campbell, Scattered Light at Northern Spark 2011
Jim Campbell, Scattered Light at Northern Spark 2011
Photo by Dusty Hoskovec
The weekend is finally here. And with it comes lots of awesome free stuff to do. This installment of Freeloader Friday includes a handful of epic festivals, a high-speed fixed gear bike race, and dance parties in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend shenanigans.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday
Sherri Dahl, Sprockets

FRIDAY:

Bike Art VIII
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.org)

Group show features art inspired by cycling. 7-10 p.m. (There will also be an artists' discussion 1 p.m. Sat.)

The First Friday Showcase  
(Ginkgo Coffeehouse: 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647)

With Chris Becknell, Dan Israel, Jeff & Naomi Zupfer. 7 p.m.

Hotel
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

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

10 p.m.

The Great Went, Shamanettes, Falcon Arrow, Paragraphs
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Fixed Gear Classic
(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-785-5600, www.nscsports.org)

More info at www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com. Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., June 8, noon.

The Histronic
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Willie McManus, Warsaw Cipher, Kitty Rhomus, Tiger Vs., Orchyd
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.

Hot Pants East
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

10 p.m.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

The Amazing Cow Boat
(Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-874-6338, www.openeyetheatre.org)

Open Eye presents this Driveway Tour favorite at the home theater. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit lowertownfirstfridays.org. 6-9 p.m.

Charanga Tropical, DJ Fatty
(Northrop Memorial Auditorium Plaza: 229 Northrop 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-6003)

7 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet
(Lake Nokomis Main Beach, 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis)

Shakespeare in the park! Visit www.cromulentshakespeare.org for the full schedule and list of locations. 7 p.m.

MN Music Summit
(McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange St. E., St. Paul, 651-291-0177)

This 3-day festival features workshops, concerts, and social networking opportunities at various downtown St. Paul locations. Visit www.mnmusiccoalition.org for a complete schedule. Through Sun.

 

Aniccha Arts, In Habit Living Patterns, at Northern Spark 2012
Aniccha Arts, In Habit Living Patterns, at Northern Spark 2012
Photo by Patrick Kelley

SATURDAY:

Northern Spark
(Lowertown St. Paul)

This huge, all-night celebration features art installations, interactive events, live music, pop-up galleries, and more at 28 locations. More info at 2013.northernspark.org. Events run from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Ex-Nuns (7''-release), Buildings, Animal Lover, Congorats
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday
Mike Hoyt

Arts on Chicago Celebration
(Chicago Avenue, from 32nd Street to 42nd Street in Minneapolis)

Featuring a Paint the Pavement activity, knitting workshops, screen printing, poetry writing, performance tours, visual art, and photography. For more info, visit www.artsonchicago.com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Nodaways, Jim Crego Band, Jonathan TeBeest
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.  

Dead Bundy & the Neat Neat Neats, Al Subola & the Bad Companions
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

Deutsche Tage (German Days) 2013
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027, www.gai-mn.org)

Featuring the Lederhosenlauf 5K Run/Walk and Mile Fitness Walk, live music, bicyclists' beer garden, dancing, German food and beer, Euro-pop dance party Sat.; family-friendly festival happenings Sun. Sat., 8a.m.-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

With Mikkel Beckmen & Friends, Mother Banjo, Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers, Como Ave. Jug Band, the Ditchlillies, more. For more info call 612.874.9002. 12-8 p.m.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

National Get Outdoors Day
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Featuring canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, geocaching, fishing, nature crafts, archery, mountain biking, marshmallows roasting, games, climbing wall, food, live music, more. With bike technicians offering free safety checks. 12-5 p.m.

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

Group show. 5-8 p.m.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

Spring Member Show
(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745, www.vineartscenter.com)

6-9 p.m.

Free Second Saturday: Wind & Weather
(Bakken Library and Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-926-3878, www.thebakken.org)

With special activities and happenings related to weather. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lone Crows, Blue Voodoo, Kill Konrad
(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9:30 p.m.

Greyfest
(Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-288-4400)

With vendors, food, contests, photo opportunities, dogs, info, raffle. More info at www.gpa-mn.org/greyfest.html. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Dirty Banks, Culkin, Noonan
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

9 p.m.

 

SUNDAY:

Romeo and Juliet
(Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd., St Paul)

2 p.m.

Neal Karlen
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

The author discusses Augie's Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip. 2 p.m.

The Twin Cities Comic Book Convention
(Mermaid, 2200 Highway 10, St Paul, 763-780-2900)

For more info, visit www.epguides.com/comics. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Moving Parts, Blue-Eyed Son, Edward the Confessor
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

9 p.m.

Chris Pickering, Karlyn DeSteno
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

All ages. 8 p.m.  

Chokecherry
(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

3 p.m.
 
Lady Heat
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

9 p.m.

Mystery Date, Sweet Talk, Cozy
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

ONGOING:

Live Harness Racing
(Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 Zurich St. NE, Forest Lake, 651-925-4600)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31.

Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

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