Saint Paul Art Crawl, MN Fashion Week: Freeloader Friday

(Work by Greg Gossel)

This week we have the epic Saint Paul Art Crawl (now with live music from Soundcrawl!), MN Fashion Week events, and art openings featuring naked people and pop culture (not all in one spot).


Saint Paul Spring Art Crawl
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul,, 651.292.4373)

The city of St. Paul will be extra-busy this weekend with this constantly-growing art crawl. What was once limited to Lowertown St. Paul has expanded over the years to include downtown, Harriet Island, the Raymond/University area, and Grand Avenue. Literally hundreds of studios, gallery spaces, and street corners will be opening their doors, setting up shop, giving demonstrations, and more. There will also be wine tastings, live music, and performances at various locations. No wheels? No problem. MetroTransit will be offering free rides in some areas. Visit the website for complete schedules and locations. 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. (Pictured: Work by Raven Keller)

Outdoor Adventure Expo
(Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.339.3433,

Love the great outdoors? Get a jump on the season by checking out the latest products, watching demonstrations, and listening in on talks during this three-day festival. 4-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

MN Fashion Week: Imagination Mechanism
(Eitel Building City Apartments, 1367 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Hosted by the always fashionable people at l'etoile magazine, this party invites guests to follow a fashion shoot from point A to B up close. Create your own mood and story boards with l'etoile's help and input, and watch the pros work live as they style models, shoot the scene, then retouch and prepare images for editorial layout. You won't have to work though, there will be plenty of leisure time to sip complementary cocktails, snack on appetizers, dance to DJ music, and view the amazing Loring Park skylines at this glam shindig. Be sure to dress to kill, prizes will be awarded to the most fashionable. Free. For more info, visit 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Spring Jam
(University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.625.6000,

In celebration of the ending of the school year and the beginning of warm weather, the U's campus is alive with tons of free events, some for grownups and some family-friendly. Events include a carnival filled with games, a screening of Michael Jackson's This Is It, and performance competitions. Most events are free, but they will be accepting food shelf items. Check online for the complete schedule for Friday and Saturday.

Claw Like Things, the Funeral and the Twilight, Hawks and Oxen
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Psychedelic, punk, rock. 9:30 p.m.

Flavor Crystals, Fort Wilson Riot, Birds of Virginia, Atlas Mtns
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Indie rock, folk, experimental. 9 p.m.


(Downtown/Lowertown St. Paul)

Supplement your art crawl with a little music. Jeremy Ylyvisaker, James Patrick, Neverwas will be over at the Minnesota Public Radio Building (480 Cedar St.) around 7:30 p.m. with video artist by Oliver Grudem and Jim Weiss. Rahjta Ren, Brian Roessler, and Carnage play the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar (308 Prince St.) at 8 p.m. with Beatrix*JAR and Caly McMorrow playing later in the night around 10 p.m. At 9 p.m. Alec Ness & Chris Sexton, and Jesse Pollock perform at McNally Smith College Of Music (19 Exchange St. E.).

Dream Dead Language, Coke Wolf, Hardcore Crayons
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock, hardcore, metal. 10 p.m.



Greg Gossell: Answering Machine
(First Amendment Gallery, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.4151)

If you've been to the new Record Room at First Avenue, then you are familiar with the work of Greg Gossel. This Saturday the artist will continue to display his large-scale murals, filled with torn newspaper headlines, pulp fiction babes, commercial logos, and bright colors. The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Earth Day Festival
(Buffalo Exchange, 2727 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612.871.9115,

Uptown thrift clothing store Buffalo Exchange celebrates our Earth with this outdoor festival benefitting the Humane Society. There will be a few vendors dishing food, including Chef Shack, who has recently returned from India. There will be local music, DJ sets, and artist Scott Seekins will bring his traveling gallery with him. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MN Fashion Week: A Man's Show
(Lowry Theater, 16 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.227.2464)

A Man's Show, not to be confused with the gauche The Man Show, is the only MN Fashion Week party highlighting male fashion exclusively. There will be a runway show featuring local menswear in all its shapes and forms. Details Style Lab, Elsworth Menswear, and VState are listed as designers, with eyewear from the Spectacle Shoppe. Road Crew, a student band at School of Rock, will play sets filled with classic rock from the '70s and '80s. Donations benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities. RSVP to [email protected] 8 p.m.

The Dramatic Portrait: People and Nudes in the Badlands
(Umber Gallery, 3109 E 42nd St., Minneapolis,

This show features nude nature photography resulting from Douglas Beasley's Vision Quest Workshops. The opening reception is 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

MN Fashion Week: Tweed Ride, April Showers Edition
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.230.6400,

Dress in your most dapper threads for this charming afternoon bike and pub crawl. Meet at the falls for a spot of tea. The ride will be casual, with pits stops at several bars. 21+. 3 p.m.

Seward Co-op's 9th Annual CSA Fair
(Seward Co-Op Grocery & Deli, 2823 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.2465,

Come meet 30 of your local farmers participating in the co-op. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Doug Grow
(Town Ball Tavern, Target Field, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis)

Check out the new stadium and listen to the local author as he discusses and reads from We're Gonna Win, Twins. 2 p.m.

Tracy McMillan
(University of Minnesota Bookstore, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.625.6000,

This memoir explores the relationship between the author and her father, and how that affected her relationships with other men. Sounds sweet or dull? Her father was a convicted pimp, drug dealer, and felon. Yet thanks to the ex-local writer's experience writing comedy and television, I Love You, And I'm Leaving You Anyway keeps things funny and sharp-witted. You can hear her talk this weekend at 2 p.m.

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Come watch athletes and neighborhood drunks compete on stationary bikes. 7 p.m. Right from Rona play at 10 p.m.

Nyteowl CD-Release
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Electro/pop/soul artists Nyteowl are releasing their CD. Lookbook, Cepia, and Foodteam are also part of tonight's killer lineup. 9 p.m.


Nyteowl performing THE PAST live @ Hexagon Bar Dec. 31 2008 from Jeremiah Conlon on Vimeo.

Soundcrawl Finale
(Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St, Ste 100, St. Paul, 651.755.1600)

The scheduled includes Alec Ness & Chris Sexton, Keston and Westdal, James Patrick & Timefog, Heckadecimal, and DJ Centrific. Video art will be provided by Oliver Gruden, Jim Weiss. Midnight.


Gabe Barnett, Mike Nicolai
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Folk. 8 p.m.


Bight Club, Longshot, DJ B. Ready
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Bring your dancing shoes to this gig, and check out Bight Club's last gig at this totally cool underground party at Anthem Heart.


"Worn to be Wild" feat. BIGHT CLUB from Dan Huiting on Vimeo.