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Oscar parties, vegan chili, Rock the Cradle: Freeloader Friday

Even if you have no money, there's always something fun and free to do around town on the weekends. This installment of Freeloader Friday features a slew of CD-release concerts, a rockin' party for toddlers, a chili cook-off for vegans, and an awesome Oscar party at Brit's.

Come take a look at our list of the best free stuff to do in town.

FRIDAY:

Phillips Phonograph (CD-release), Mayfly Rooks, the Family Trade
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

A Dream of Calabi-Yau Fetus
(Fallout Urban Art Center, 2609 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-462-3873, www.falloutminneapolis.com)

Choreography and performance by Kats D. This event is free, but donations  will be accepted. 8 p.m. Also Saturday.

Oscar parties, vegan chili, Rock the Cradle: Freeloader Friday
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Lisa Nankivil: New Monoprints
(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244, www.trafficzoneart.com)

5:30-8 p.m.

Better Together: A Family Service Event
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)

This local, non-profit organizations will host stations with a kid-friendly service activities, and info on work and volunteer opportunities. 5-8 p.m.

The Human Condition
(Regis Center For Art, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-625-8096)

Group exhibition features work by University of Minnesota students. 7-10 p.m.

Hasps, Miami Dolphins, Animal Lover, Toxic Shrews
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Crashing the Party
(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937, www.mixedblood.com)

Sally Wingert and Joe Minjares star in this examination of the pursuit of the American Dream. Through March 4. Tickets are free, and first-come first served (it's $15 to reserve seats ahead).

Honky Tonk Bowl
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

With Bootstrap Family Band, Calamity & the Owl. 10 p.m.

 

Oscar parties, vegan chili, Rock the Cradle: Freeloader Friday

SATURDAY:

Minnesota-St. Paul Fashion Week: SnowGRADE
(Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-332-8344, www.archantiques.com)

This manly pop-up market for men includes local fashion vendors, beer from Northern Brewers, food from Clancey's Meats and Fish, and DJ tunes. 12-8 p.m.

Fuck Knights, Nightinghales
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

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

Celebrate Fat Tuesday on Saturday with Jack Brass Band. 10 p.m.

Dan Hartman: Solo Exhibition
(HAUS Salon, 4240 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-827-4287, www.haussalon.com)

Collage work. 7-10 p.m.

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

7:30 p.m.

Bombay Sweets, NPCs, the Velveteens, Little Pagans

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

9 p.m.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: Parc Boutique Trunk Show
(Parc Boutique, 328 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-353-4966, www.parcboutique.com)

Featured Twin Cities jewelry designers include CAMBA Jewelry, Candid Yams Jewelry, Kim-Anh Tong Jewelry, and M. Bridget Designs. 12-5 p.m.

3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off
(Seward Community Cafe, 2129 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-1011, www.sewardcafempls.net)

Sample a variety of vegan chili prepared by local cooks and vote for your favorite. 7:30-10 p.m.

Izun/Mizan: My So Called Enemy

(Nicholson Hall, University Of Minnesota, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 612-626-5054, www.umn.edu)

Film screening and talk. 5:30 p.m. Free, but donations will be accepted.  

2012 Minnesota Food & Nutrition Expo
(Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-335-6000, www.minneapolisconventioncenter.com)

This event features cooking demos,vendors, dietitians, and a Kid Zone. For more info, visit www.eatrightmn.org. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. WARNING: Entrance costs $7 per family, but admission is free if you bring a foodshelf donation for Second Harvest.

This Time It's Forever: Portrait Interpretations of the Icon: Scott Seekins
(Gallery 13, Highland Bank Court Building, 811 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, 651-592-5503, www.gallery13.com)

Check out artwork by the man himself and other local artists at this closing celebration. 7-10 p.m.

Brides Night Out
(The Beauty Lounge, 20 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-227-9363)

Planning a wedding? Find out more about bridal accessories and services, and win prizes. 4-7 p.m.

My My Misfire
(Gabe's by the Park: 991 N. Lexington Parkway, St. Paul, 651-646-3066)

SUNDAY:

Oscars Party
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908, www.britspub.com)

Want to watch the Oscars out on the town? This party is free and features the 2 Gingers 20 Second Movie Festival, movie trivia with John Cosgrove, drink and food specials, prizes, more. The party starts at 6 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band
(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

3 p.m.

Lillian & the Harveys

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

Speedboat Girls

(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100)

7 p.m.

Oscar parties, vegan chili, Rock the Cradle: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Stacy Schwartz

Rock the Cradle
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131, www.artsmia.org)

This adorable party for kids aged tot to tween features a musical instrument petting zoo; live music from Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Bunny Clogs, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Okee Dokee Brothers, and Gabriel Douglas from The 4onthefloor; kids' disco; story time with Current DJs; Kevin Kling; art activities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Before 'It Gets Better' or Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

(Christensen Center Art Gallery, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, 612-330-1524, www.augsburg.edu/galleries)

Mu Performing Arts present a panel talk on how family, race, economics, media, and government policy impact LGBT lives and where they can go for support. Visit www.muperformingarts.org for required tickets. 1 p.m.

The Amen Corner: A Page to Stage Discussion with Lou Bellamy

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-266-7000, www.sppl.org)

Penumbra Theatre founder Lou Bellamy discusses the company's upcoming production of James Baldwin's story. 2 p.m.

Staraoke Sundays
(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399)

Hosted by Arzu & Stoo. 10 p.m.


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