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SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday
L-R: Krampus at SantaCon, Lady Heat, Holiday Sale in the Creative Enterprise Zone
With tight budgets during the holiday season, it's important to get those cheap thrills in when you can. This installment of Freeloader Friday features a pub crawl in Lowertown, a zine release party, holiday lights, and beer.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday
An early sketch of the cover

FRIDAY:

Freak Tension #15 Zine Release Party
(Extreme Noise Records, 407 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-824-0100, www.extremenoise.com)

Comedy with Kristin Ryan, and readings from MP Johnson and Justin Grimbol. 7 p.m.

Illumination
(Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis)

Dazzling light show designed by students. Friday and Saturday, 5:30, 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m.

www.cars.auto (EP release)
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Rock for Raingardens 3
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

With Hypoxic Punks, Simon Calder & Band, the Paper Days, Tim Gustafson. 9 p.m.

Patrick Allen
(The Coffee Grounds: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

Holiday Sale in the Creative Enterprise Zone
(Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-5692)

Special events and sales at three nearby locations. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m

Ali & the Scoundrels, General B & the Wiz, the Heavy Set
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

The Middle Spunk Creek Boys
(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)

8 p.m.

The Premiums
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

9 p.m.

Claps, Ne-H, the Velveteens, C. Kostra
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

Raging Art On
(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-701-8272, www.gamutgallerympls.com)

Art-happening, holiday-party, and pop-up boutique. Fri.-Sat.

Davina & the Vagabonds
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Michael Loonan
(O'Gara's Bar & Grill: 164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333)

In the Piano Bar. 9 p.m.

St. Peter Street Stompers  
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Jack Knife & the Sharps
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

MCAD Fall Senior Commencement Show
(MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3775, www.mcad.edu)

7:30-8:30 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

Rhymesayers PF Takeover: Friday Night Discussion
(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566, www.publicfunctionary.org)

Discussion on "Patrick Martinez: Buy Now Cry Later" at 8 p.m. followed by DJ music by Kool Akiem until midnight.

Prior Avenue
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

18+. 9 p.m.

Holidazzle Parade
(Nicollet Mall)

It's the final Holidazzle. The parade runs between 12th and Fourth Streets on Nicollet Mall. For more info, visit www.holidazzle.com. Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21. 

Bi-Annual Student Art Sale
(Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd., Coon Rapids, 763-433-1100)

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Sale & Fundraiser
(Vesper College, 681 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, 612-750-9538, www.vespercollege.com)

With art, culture, live music, food, more. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 12-5 p.m.

Orders of Possibility
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151, www.formandcontent.org)

Work by Paula McCartney, Lex Thompson, and Sonja Thomsen. 6-8:30 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

 

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday
James Ramsay Photography

SATURDAY:

Lowertown SantaCon
(Lowertown St. Paul)

Bar crawl with roving musicians, Krampus, costumes, and drink specials. More info at lowertownsantacon.info. Earlier parts of the evening at Black Dog Cafe and Wine Bar are kid-friendly. 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Heavy Deeds, Squares, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Tim Cheesebrow, Breanne Marie, Folk 'n' Thieves
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

9 p.m.

Through a Zen Lens: Seasons in Japanese Gardens
(Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244, www.trafficzoneart.com)

6-9 p.m.

Jack Brass Band 40th Birthday Bash
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

All ages. 6 p.m.

Kids of Comets, the C'Notes
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

Tidal Music: A Holiday Show
(The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis, 612-385-4239, www.kolmanpryorgallery.com)

Clay objects and sculptures by Kelly Jean Oh. 7-10 p.m.

JT Bates Group, John Devine
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

3 p.m.

Mrs., Dentist, Fort Wilson Riot, Wizards are Real
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

William O'Donnell
(Gallery 13, 811 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, 651-592-5503, www.gallery13.com)

Photography. Artist talk and opening reception 7-9 p.m.

Winter Wonderland
(The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, 12459 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, 763-424-0504, www.shoppesatarborlakes.com)

With carolers, shopping discounts, live reindeer, Santa. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Culinary Arts Open House
(St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-846-1600, www.saintpaul.edu)

Meet with instructors and students, watch cooking demos, and tour the cooking labs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday
Jen Merchant

Holiday Jewelry Sparkle Mart
(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612, www.northrupkingbuilding.com)

Shop handcrafted jewelry from 30 local artists. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m.

Holiday Movie Night
(Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700, www.stpauluniondepot.com)

Featuring A Muppet Christmas Carol at 4 p.m., A Miracle on 34th Street at 7 p.m., and Love Actually at 9:30 p.m.

Monthly Winter Market
(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580, www.millcityfarmersmarket.org)

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free Second Saturdays
(Bakken Library and Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-926-3878, www.thebakken.org)

With special activities and happenings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

Space
(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-824-2829, www.foxtaxservice.com/gallery)

Jesse Draxler curates a group exhibition examining the complex space between art and design. 6-9 p.m.

Up Jumped the Devil, the House of Teeth, Trendy Trendy Space Vegans
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

The Good, the Bad & the Funky
(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

Vine Arts Center 6th Annual Holiday Sale
(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745, www.vineartscenter.com)

Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday
Isa Gagarin

You Must Stand This While Reading There
(David Petersen Gallery, 2018 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-276-6541, www.davidpetersengallery.com)

Group show featuring artwork by seven internationally exhibiting artists. 7-9 p.m.

Phillips Phonograph
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Holiday Party  
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

With Snak Attack. 9 p.m.

Velahsa, the Smilin' Cowboys
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

18+. 9:30 p.m.
 

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday
A Surly Darkness label by Altered Esthetics

SUNDAY:

Surly Tap Takeover
(Uptown Tavern & Rooftop, 1400 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612-824-3333, uptowntavernmpls.com)

21+. Drink beer and meet the artists who design the labels for this special Surly brew. 6 p.m.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, 75 W. 5th St., St Paul, 651-292-3233)

Rent skates for free by flashing a Wells Fargo check or credit card. More info at www.wellsfargowinterskate.com/skating-info. Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2.

Greg Berman
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

8 p.m.  

The Medicinal Jazz Band
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

4 p.m.

SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

Lady Heat Hot Soul Party
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

9 p.m.

Dirty Shorts Brass Band (CD release)
(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

5 p.m.

Mark Martin
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.


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