Ruff Love, Curtiss A: Freeloader Friday

Who needs money when so many great things are free? This week in Freeloader Friday we have a sex-positive art show, a benefit for our furry, four-pawed friends, a Chinese New Year celebration, and tons of great free music. Check out the list after the jump.

[jump] FRIDAY:

G.A.S.P.! Gender Anarchy Sex Positivity

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.4444,

If you missed last night's opening party don't fret, there's still plenty of time to check out this group art show featuring work exploring human sexuality, gender identity, and human rights.

Curtiss A's History of Rock'n'Roll


(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Longtime prolific local rocker Curtiss A gives the Twin Cities a lesson. 9:30 p.m.

Online (Dis)connect

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

Artists evaluate the pros and cons of technological advancement in a variety of mediums. 7-10 p.m.

Christina Schmidtt's Rock the Womb Show

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

With Chambermaids, Bombay Sweets, Cadette, Sweet Violets.

Ruff Love

(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162,

This one-night-only group show and auction benefits Secondhand Hounds, an Edina-based organization that helps puppies and dogs find permanent homes. Come meet some friendly pups! 7 p.m.-midnight.


(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Start the weekend with a dance party featuring Jonathan Ackerman.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)


This monthly gallery hop features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, and more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m.

Chinese New Year

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Featuring a traditional Lion Dance, Asian musical performances, martial arts demonstration by the Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota, children's crafts, and fortune cookies. 5-8 p.m.

Red Label, Enchanted Ape

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock 'n' roll. 10 p.m.



(Rosalux Gallery, 1224 NE Second St., Minneapolis)

Part installation, part performance, part traveling show, artist Rebecca Krinke's "Visitations" is an ambitious project to say the least. Tonight's opening show will feature her haunting artwork, floating female structures who appear translucent save their circulatory systems. Her performance this evening will explore memory. Check out the show's Facebook page for a list of happenings at various locations. 6-10 p.m. 

Mayda, Fauna

(Nick & Eddie, 1612 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis; 612.486.5800)

Power pop. 8:30 p.m.



(Nicademus Art & Framing, 225 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul)


Guy Chase presents his latest work. With snacks, drinks, live music. 7-10 p.m.

Hands (CD-release)

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

With Strange Lights, Still Pacific. Experimental, psychedelic. 10 p.m.

Casanatra, All the Way Rider, Poundcake, Future Planets

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)


Union Suits, Calamity & the Owl, Tree Party


(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Americana, folk, alt-country.

40 Oz Bounce

(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

11:45 p.m.

Mustache Jim & the Straight Razors

(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

10 p.m.



St. Paul City Ballet

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

1 p.m.

Family Sunday Funday

(Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis, 952.381.3400,

Featuring trivia, chair massages, face painting, tennis playing with a robot, dance, and more. 12-4 p.m.

Moving the Dream Forward

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

T. Mychael Rambo celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with poetry, music, and song. 2 p.m.

Oaks, Bouncer Fighter, Teenage Strangler, Vag

(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Thrash, metal.


Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul)

Flash your Wells Fargo check or credit card for a free skate rental. For times, visit Through Feb. 6, 2011.

125th Saint Paul Winter Carnival

(Downtown St. Paul)

This huge festival features sporting events, ice and snow sculpting competitions, family-friendly events, gallery shows, barhopping, and much more. Visit for a complete list of happenings. Through February 6. Many events free; some have cover charges.