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PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have a variety of events that won't break the bank, including the PlayLabs theater series, a yearly event featuring raw theater in the early stages of becoming great. There's also Hallo-Whomp, the 331's pre-Halloween dance jam that honors the freshness of the '90s. If you've got a pit bull, or just want to learn more about the breed, there's a festival for that too. Otherwise, check out our list of expos, dance nights, barhopping events, gallery openings and closings, and more.

PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday
Michael Gaughan and Sean Hartman

FRIDAY:

Sean Hartman, Michael Gaughan

(Modern Times Cafe, 3200 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-886-3882)

Recent collaborative paintings, drawings, and works on paper by Minneapolis the two artists. Read more about the exhibit here. 7-10 p.m.

Hallo-Whoomp (There It Is) VI
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331.mn)

This pre-Halloween dance party is X-Files themed, so come as Mulder, Scully, an Alien, or just smoke a lot and claim to be the Smoking Man. Or rock your favs looks from the early '90s. 10 p.m.

MNKINO26: Beyond the Grave
(Minneapolis Television Network, 125 Main Street, Minneapolis, 612-331-8575, minnesota.cbslocal.com)

Bring a video that's five-minutes long or less to screen. Or, just come to watch other submissions. 8 p.m.

PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday

HP Editions: Newest Projects 2011
(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326, www.highpointprintmaking.org)

6:30-9 p.m.

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481, www.pwcenter.org)

Part of the Playlabs Series, this production follows a woman as she searches for eternal life while all around her, the world crumbles. The piece is written by Dominic Orlando. 7 p.m.

The Spent .50s
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Blush Fridays
(Lush Food Bar: 990 Central Ave., Minneapolis)

Meet new friends at this lesbian-friendly get together that starts the weekend right. With D-Baz. 10 p.m.

PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday
Beth Barron, Implosion

Beth Barron: Wounds and Bandages
(Shoebox Gallery, Robert's Shoes 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-3833, www.mnartists.org/shoebox_gallery)

Found art, mixed-media pieces explore pain, healing. 5-7 p.m.

Liftbridge, the Jelly Project, Battlefish, Dike Fight
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

AVSM Fall Show and Sale

(Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Dr. NE, Blaine)

Display of African Violets and other Gesneriads. Also Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday
Sally Hartman for "The Curative"

SATURDAY:

The Curative
(Burnet Gallery, The Chambers (901 Hennepin Ave.), Minneapolis, 612-767-6999, www.lemeridienchambers.com)

Creative works from Target employees. 7-9 p.m.

The New Monarchs
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

The Red Dog Band
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

Folk. 8 p.m.

Warrior, Bloom of Doom, Tide Lion, Wooded Hearts
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Jet-setter Hideaways /hot 3-way action
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263, www.soovac.org)

Last change to check out these two great shows. 6-9 p.m..

The Water Play

(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481, www.pwcenter.org)

Part of the Playlabs series, in this piece Sarah Gubbins explores the political and social ramifications of contaminants in the drinking water. 4 p.m.

Pit Stop
(Neighborhood House, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul, 651-789-2500, www.neighb.org)

Love pit bulls? Interested in possibly adopting one? At this daylong event guests can receive free pit bull spay/neuter surgeries (call 763.489.7729 to set up a time beforehand--a $10 deposit is required), listen in on a microchip clinic, play family friendly games, meet educators and dog trainers, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday
Trees Among Us

Margaret M.Gamache: Dead Assets
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782)

Solo exhibition. 6:30 p.m.

Tinkers to Evers to Chance
(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481, www.pwcenter.org)

Also part of the PlayLabs series, in this work the sad fate of the Chicago Cubs intertwines with a woman's search for her mother. Written by Mat Smart. 8 p.m.

Cheese and Apple Festival
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)

This event features pairing suggestions and samples, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, cheese- and apple-themed specials, and cheesecake and apple pie baking competitions. 12-3 p.m.

PlayLabs, pit bulls, Hallo-Whoomp at 331: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Graham Wylie

Scottish Ballet Performance Preview
(Solera Restaurant & Event Center, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-0062, www.solera-restaurant.com)

Can't make it to the show? This sneak peek is free. 7:30 p.m.

Healthy Life Expo/ Home Improvement & Design Expo
(Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-335-6000, www.minneapolisconventioncenter.com)

These are two different expos in one location. Admission is free if you bring a foodshelf donation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Alpha Showdown National Championship
(Lifetime Fitness, 5525 Cedar Lake, Minneapolis, 952-546-5474, www.lifetimefitness.com)

This healthy living event includes activities like the Power Gauntlet, the Hypertrophy Decathlon, rowing, and an obstacle course for the Endurance Gauntlet. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

7 p.m.


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