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Pride weekend, free Nice Ride, Pitch Perfect in the park: Freeloader Friday

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This week in free stuff to do we have lots of Pride fun, a movie in the park, bike rides, and much more. Come take a look and plan your weekend. 

[jump] FRIDAY:

Uptown Pride Block Party

(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater: 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737)

Head around the corner of BLB for this fun street fest featuring beer, food, and live performances. In attendance will be MC Foxy Tann, L'Assassins, the Lioness, Dykes Do Drag, Mistress Ginger, Courtney McLean & the Dirty Curls, B.O.Y.F, DJ Pam the Funkstress, and Epitome No Question. 6-10:30 p.m. 

Ross Kleiner & the Thrill

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

10 p.m.

Jazz Central All-Stars

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown: 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597)

Featuring Joe Mayo, Adam Meckler, and Andrew Schwandt. 8 p.m.

Bionik

(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

11 p.m.

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Joey Ryan

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m.

Dean Bakopoulos

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-822-4611)

The author reads from his new novel, Summerlong. 7 p.m.

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

(Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis)

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Documentary screening. 6:30 p.m.

environmentVEVO

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Installation by 17-year-old visual artist and videographer Harry Sutherland explores the state of art and corporate culture. Music by DJ Corbin. 7-10 p.m.

Pitch Perfect

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

The movie is at dusk, with Percolators warming up the crowd with tunes. 7:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY:

Twin Cities Pride Festival

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis; 612-255-3260)

Featuring sporting events, family activities, political organizations, art, music, performance, beer and other treats, and more in the park. For more info, visit www.tcpride.org. Free; $5 for a beer garden wristband; $10 for Pride in Concert. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

#NicestDayEver

(Select Nice Ride Stations, mpls100.org/about/events)

Nice Ride is hoping to break a record for the most Nice Ride bike trips ever taken in a single day. The event also benefits a good cause, as the Minneapolis Foundation will donate $1 to Free Bikes 4 Kidz for every ride taken. There will be free helmets and 24-hour Nice Ride passes from 9 a.m. to noon at the following stations:

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  • Loring Park Station (North side near Harmon Place)

  • 100 Main St. SE (St. Anthony Main)

  • Theodore Wirth Beach (Glenwood Ave.)

  • Midtown Greenway & 5th Ave. S.

  • Lake St. & Knox Ave. S.

  • Minneapolis Farmers Market (Border Ave. and Third Ave. N.)

Andy Hefner: Seeking Knowledge Beyond Planetary Confines

(Honeycomb, 3504 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis)

New works. 7-10 p.m.

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Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats

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

10 p.m.

Javi Santiago Trio

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown: 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597)

8 p.m.

Maiden Mars

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

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With Cone Trauma. 9 p.m.

Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet

(Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market: 289 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-699-3536)

6 p.m.

Highpoint's Open Portfolio IV

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-871-1326)

Check out the work of and meet over 70 printmakers from throughout the Midwest. 1:30 to 6 p.m.

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Brad Nuorala: Super Straight

(Gallery13, 811 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis)

Paintings. 7-9 p.m., artists' comments at 8 p.m.

Three Sisters Eclectic Arts Grand Reopening

(844 Grand Avenue, in St. Paul)

Local artist and artisan supplied retail space. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Turman/CHUX Garage Art Sale

(Chux Print and Design, 3316 Gorham Ave., St. Louis Park)

Check out art and get some cheap prints for your walls. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Pride Parade 2015

The Pride Parade marches down Hennepin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, starting at Third Street and ending at Spruce Street.