Rock and Roll Swap Meet, art at SooVAC: Freeloader Friday

Just because the weather is growing increasingly cold  doesn't mean that there aren't a ton of hot activities around town. Even better: Some of the best ones don't cost a thing. Check out this week's list.


Wants vs. Needs
(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

DJ Espada, Petey Wheatstraw, So Gold, Anton spin tunes that will get you dancing. Check out this slideshow from a previous evening. 10 p.m. 

Rock and Roll Swap Meet
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Part shopping, part rock 'n' roll concert. Live music includes Pink Mink, Red Pens, the Hounds Below, Baby Boys, and Still Pacific. The rummage sale will feature fashion, lamps, art, music gear, records, and more. 9 p.m.

Radical Chic (EP-release)
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock. 10 p.m.

Sims, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak
(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 42nd St. and W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis; 612.673.4098)

Members of Doomtree perform before a screening of Back to the Future. 8 p.m.


Rock and Roll Swap Meet, art at SooVAC: Freeloader Friday
R. Justin Stewart, system of knowing 04 (half torus)


Alternative Futures/Systematics
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.2263,

Two very different shows are opening up at the SooVAC this weekend. "Systematics" features work by Liz Miller and R. Justin Stewart. Both will be exploring systems of knowledge and communication in the modern age. Allen Brewer and Pamela Valfer will take items and icons with forgotten meanings and bring them into the present and future with "Alternative Futures." The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Lost Shepherds (CD-release)
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Pop, indie. With Tarlton, Minor Kingdom. 9:30 p.m.

Rock and Roll Swap Meet, art at SooVAC: Freeloader Friday
The Sun Gives Birth to the Grid III, photo credit by Fredrik Nilsen

Karthik Pandian: Before the Sun
(Midway Contemporary Art, 527 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.605.4504,

In this film installation by Karthik Pandian, the artist explores our connection to the past through filming ancient clay mounds made by people from of Cahokia long ago. The opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m.

10 Gallon Monk, the Melvilles
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock, blues, country. 10 p.m.

Lakeville Art Festival
(Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, 952.985.4640)

This two-day festival features art, demonstrations, family activities, vendors, and more. Visit for more info. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Fall Class Kickoff: WGM Open House
(Textile Center/Weavers Guild of Minnesota, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.0464,

See what the Textile Center has been up to and what they are planning for the future with demonstrations, chats with instructors and artists, and activities. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Birth professionals, parenting resources, natural products, wellness services, support groups. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wild Rice Festival
(Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville, 651.765.4262,

Learn more about wild rice through exhibits, demonstrations, and activities, dance, storytelling, and games. For more info visit 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Self Evident, the Bronzed Chorus, Hildur Victoria, Falcon Arrow
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Indie, rock. 9 p.m.

The Bronzed Chorus: Hiding In The Woods from Matt Williams on Vimeo.


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

Bring the kids to this cool, free event featuring cultural lantern dances, holiday displays, storytelling, twilight games, moon cakes, and a lantern parade through Rice Park. 4 p.m.

Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival 2010
(Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.1956,

With family activities, music, dance, ethnic crafts, games, and food. 12-5 p.m.

Rock and Roll Swap Meet, art at SooVAC: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)

Rock and Roll Swap Meet, art at SooVAC: Freeloader Friday


Trash Film Debauchery: The Apple
(Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651.647.0486,

Want to see a really, really bad '80s flick about the price of fame? Set in the disco halls of the "future" (a.k.a. 1994)? Then you must see this film. 21+. 9 p.m.

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