SantaCon, Ice Chamber: Freeloader Friday

Last week we were all snowed in, worrying about our parked cars, school closings, and our Monday drive to work. This weekend, we are all probably feeling a little stir crazy. With the holidays next weekend this is your last chance to have a little fun before travels, family obligations, and panicked shopping take over. This weekend there's a Santa-themed bar crawl, a posh bar made of ice, rock concerts, art shows, and tons more. Choose wisely: The next big weekend for fun is New Year's Eve.

[jump] FRIDAY:

Ice Chamber

(The Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.767.6900)

Looking for a more unique drinking experience? The new full-service bar at the Chambers Hotel is made out of ice.

Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre


(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.228.9274,

Spoken word performance. A portion of the proceeds benefit COMPAS. Free, but donations are accepted. 6:30 p.m.

The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever

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

Featuring Maudlin, Icy Shores, Middle Picker, Barb Abney, Pat O'Brien, and more. 9 p.m.

The Poor Nobodys, the Chord & the Fawn

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

Roots, electro-acoustic. 10 p.m.

Wheeler, We Became Actors, the 4onthefloor

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

Americana, pop, rock. 10 p.m.

Chloe & Taylor Turner, the Pachamama Band, Big in Japan

(Wild Tymes, 33 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul, 651.224.8181) 18+.

Wants vs. Needs

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

With DJ Espada, Petey Wheatstraw, So Gold, Anton. 10 p.m.



Amy Rice Art Annual Holiday Open Studio Event

(California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.788.5551,

Rescheduled due to SnowMFG, this weekend you can tour Amy's new studio. Featuring new art, "new" antique letterpress (demonstrations upon request!), and treats. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Belongings: Installation from Rosemary Williams

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

Filmmaker Rosemary Williams records every single possession in her home on several large screen projections. The opening reception is from 7-11 p.m.



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

Artists' discussion is at 1 p.m.


(Barhop begins at Hat Trick Lounge, 134 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.228.1347)

Come in costume for this bar crawl. With drink specials (for those in costume), music by the Brass Messengers, and more. Visit @santacon55101 on Twitter for location updates during the evening. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Childish Films: Toys' Stories

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952.847.8107,

Holiday/toyed-themed shorts for kids. 10:30 a.m.


Family Fun & Holiday Treats

(Kramarczuk, 215 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.379.3018,

With kids' crafts, samples, and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Guy Jerry Van Amerongen

(Birchbark Books, 2115 W. 21st St., Minneapolis, 612.374.4023)

The cartoonist discusses Keeping Score on Ballard Street: The Comic Art of Jerry Van Amerongen. 1 p.m.

I Do Believe

(Umber Gallery, 3109 E. 42nd St., Minneapolis,


Photographer Tucker Gerrick and writer Amber Corteau celebrate the publication of their new book. 8 p.m.

Bella Ruse CD-Release Show

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

Indie folk. With Ben Kyle, Holly Newsome. 10 p.m.

The 48-Hour Band Contestival #5

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

9 p.m.

Nicholas ''the Feelin'' Mrozinski, Mikel Wright & the Wrongs

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

Acoustic, funk rock. 10 p.m.

Poosa, Jezebel Jones & Her Wicked Ways, Snaps, James Loney, the Swallows

(Wild Tymes, 33 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul, 651.224.8181)



Night Moves

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

Country, electro, soul. 10 p.m.


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.

Target Holidazzle

(Nicollet Mall, From 12th Street to 4th Street, Minneapolis)

What's the holiday season in Minnesota without an evening spent enjoying this parade of lights? For more info visit Thursdays-Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 19.