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Pond Hockey, Fat Tire Bikes and Beer, Boneshaker's B-Day: Freeloader Friday

This week in free stuff to do we have a few outdoor sporting events, tons of free music, and lots of pretty art shows. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

(Lake Nokomis Park, 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy., Minneapolis)

Featuring a variety of hockey competitions, open skate area, and a beer, food, and warming tent. More info at www.uspondhockey.com. Through Sunday.

Private Myths

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(The White Page Gallery, 3109 E. 42nd St., Minneapolis)

Christopher Saint Christopher presents works on hand-cut/hand-dyed paper exploring repetition and personal narrative. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, January 16.

Fox Smoulder's Incorrigible & Intimate CD Release Party

(Grumpy's Bar & Grill, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-340-9738, www.grumpys-bar.com)

With readings by Melora Moxie,Sarah Holiday, Paul Canada, and Da Black Pearll. 7:30 p.m.

The Last Jackson

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

10 p.m.

Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners

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

9 p.m.

Exploring Composition Epistemologies

(Midway Contemporary Art, 527 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis)

Check out the show and take in a free artist's talk. 7 p.m.

Donald Washington Trio

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

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7:30 p.m.

Dirty Rotten All-Stars

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

9 p.m.

Turn Back Now!

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

10 p.m.  

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Boneshaker 4th Anniversary Winter Formal

(Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Sip on punch, take a pic in the photo booth, enjoy snacks, and dance under a disco ball. Oh yeah, and there will be books. Plenty of books. Fancy dress is encouraged.

7-10 p.m.

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SATURDAY:

Indeterminate Present

(The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis, 612-385-4239, www.kolmanpryorgallery.com)

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Abstract paintings and works on paper by Betsy Ruth Byers. You can read more about her thoughts and process here. 7-10 p.m.

Fat Tire Bike Race

(Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 3rd St., Excelsior, 952-474-7837, www.excelsiorbrew.com/Lake Minnetonka)

Watch winter cyclists compete, listen to live music, check out fat tires and rising equipment, and enjoy beer. Noon to 11 p.m. It's free to watch and celebrate, but it's $5 to compete.

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

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

Mixed Blood presents Yussef El Guindi's Steinberg-Award-winning play as part of the 55454 series. Starting Jan. 17, Mondays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Jan. 19. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis, or pay $20 to reserve.

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SURE Festival

(Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-335-6000, www.minneapolisconventioncenter.com)

Community building activities geared towards kids 17-32. Featuring Paris Bennett, Ashley DuBose, and DJ Advance. For more info, call 612-521-3110. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

At this event kite enthusiasts will be performing stunts in the sky and showcasing unusual kites. You can bring your own kite or purchase one and learn tips and tricks. There will also be ice fishing, horse-drawn rides, marshmallow roasting, and other fun activities. Right now there is no set time on the event site, but heading over between noon and 1 p.m. is probably a safe bet.

Face Value: The Dynamics of Portraiture

(Gallery 427, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-2237)

Group show explores the portrait. The opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 17.

The Broken Bicycles

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

10 p.m.

LOTT

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

With the Sapwoods, Clementine, and FOXMO. 9 p.m.

Bottomless Pit

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

7 p.m.

Mystery Date (Record Release Show)

(Eagles Club #34: 2507 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, 612-729-4469)

With Teenage Strangler and VATS. 9 p.m.

Maeth

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

With Falcon Arrow, Strange, and Hanan. 9 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Palmer's MLK Eve Party

(Palmer's Bar, 500 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis)

With Cadillac Kolstad. 9 p.m.

Dan Israel Trio

(Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park: 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651-487-8200)

4 p.m.