Shoebox Gallery, West Bank Bike Ride, fall art fests: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have an insane amount of art shows featuring beautiful and challenging works. There are also a few outdoor festivals and gallery hops, a bike ride that is sure to be awesome, Oktoberfest celebrations, and more.

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


The Black Moon: New Works by Kate Iverson

(SOOlocal: A Division of SooVAC, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

A blend of photography, collage, and painting inspired by an artist residency at Tofte Lake Center via its Emerging Artists Program. 6-9 p.m.


Dick Diver, Mute Swan, the Velveteens, Visions of Christ

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.


(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons, Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band, Piñata Hearts

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

10 p.m. 

The Shirt Show

(514 Studios, 514 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis, 612-520-1514)

Locally inspired T-shirts. Bonus: Pay $5 for all-you-can-drink beer. 5:30-11 p.m.

Oktoberfest 2014

(Black Forest Inn, 1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-872-0812,

Week-long festivities include live music, German cultural activities, food and drink specials, and a different theme each day. Friday's party will celebrate reunification day, Saturday celebrates marriage, and Sunday is all about drinking up the rest of the beer. Visit for full schedule.

Poetry Out Loud: East African Voices


(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Ste. 200, Minneapolis, 612-215-2575,

With Faiza Abubakar and others more, plus a special appearance by Keith Ellison. 7 p.m.

2013/14 Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Work by Kjellgren Alkire, Pao Her, GraceMarie Keaton, Robin Schwartzman, Nate Young. 6-8 p.m.

Also at MCAD:

Arsenal of Democracy: a visual study of war

(Gallery 148, MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 816-868-7443)


Photography by MCAD student Joseph Loeffler. 6-8 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m.

First Friday Films: Reel Bad Arabs

(Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, 141 E. 4th St., Saint Paul, 651-222-6080,

Screening of the documentary follows a presentation by U of M Arab studies scholar Waleed Mahdi. 6:30 p.m.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Health & Fitness Expo


(Saint Paul Rivercentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-265-4800,

Featuring vendors, seminars, and demonstrations on fitness, running, and more. Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Afton Alps Fall Fair

(Afton Alps, 6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings, 651-436-5245,

Featuring ski and snowboard swaps, family events, music, beer & wine tasting (this event is $15), more. Fridays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 12.



Arrests, Accidents, Fires, and Openings: Eleven Years of the Shoebox Gallery and Chi-Lake corner


(Shoebox Gallery, 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-3833,

The Shoebox Gallery throws one last art party in its current space with dance, performance, and art. show in its current space. Read more about Shoebox and its colorful history here. 7 p.m. to midnight.


(Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-925-2400,

Recent works by Dick Brewer and Al Wadzinski. 7-10 p.m.

West Bank Ride

(Meet in front of Hub Bike Co-op at 301 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis)


Bike ride includes special art happenings, music, performance, food and drink specials, and more. More info at 1-4 p.m. This event is free, but there is an incentive to pre-register for $13, as it gets you a T-shirt and a super-cool collectible/worthy of framing map.

Tramps Like Us, Brief Candles, Brilliant Beast

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

On the Road Again Festival

(South St. Paul, 8th Ave & Southview Blvd., South St. Paul, 651.207.4442)

Features World Championship Booya Cook-Off, car show, petting zoo, rubber duck race, and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Get Behind the Work II: Fall Member Show


(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745,

6-9 p.m.

Fall Art Tour

(Various locations)

Neighborhood art crawl boasts a guided bus tour featuring 10 Twin Cities college and university gallery exhibits. For more info, visit 1-5 p.m.

Josie Lewis: The Fair Unknown

(Christensen Center, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, 612-330-1524,

Dimensional collage (work pictured right). 1-5 p.m.


Fall Colors Fine Art & Music Festival

(Lowell Park, Water St. from Mulberry St. S. to Nelson St., Stillwater, 651-430-8800)

With art vendors, live music. For more info visit Saturday, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Caroline Yang: The Saint Paul Ballet Project, Part 1

(Grand Central, 1672 Grand Ave., Saint Paul, 651-964-1012)


Year-long photo documentary project covers Saint Paul Ballet's transformation into an artist-led organization. The opening reception features performances. 6-9 p.m.

Rewriting Hiawatha

(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Ste. 200, Minneapolis, 612-215-2575,

Local authors, artists and musicians examine, deconstruct and revise Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha." With Chris Martin, Heid Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, Brad Zellar, Brian Laidlaw, more. 7 p.m.

Apple Crushing & Pressing Event

(Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies, 5825 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-925-9854,

Features activities and demonstrations on making do-it-yourself apple wine and hard cider. Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.


Boundary Conditions: Tara Costello and Bob Roscoe

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

7-10 p.m.



Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag: Native Kids Ride Bikes

(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, 612-625-9494,

This new show, which opened on Thursday, features lowrider bicycles created by urban Native youth, contemporary Indigenous artists, and non-Native university students in Michigan. 

The F Plus Presents: Weird Romance

(Grumpy's Bar & Grill, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-340-9738,

Comedic readings of bad writing. 9 p.m.

Art Outside the Box

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444,

Celebration marks the completion of the Uptown 2014 art installation project. Featuring the unveiling of wrapped utility boxes in the CARAG and LHENA neighborhoods, an educational documentary, interactive activities, food and drinks, more. 1-3 p.m.

inIrie, Rabbit Holes, Techician

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

8 p.m.

Pre-Halloween Poetry Bash

(Blush Beauty Room, 2004 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

Open mic. Hosted by Yvette Howie. 12-5 p.m.

Farmers Markets:


Minneapolis Farmers' Market

(312 E. Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-1718,

May 24-Nov. 15, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kingfield Farmers' Market

(4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-207-7893,

Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26.

Mill City Farmers Market

(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

The Mill City Farmers' Market kicks off. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

Midtown Farmers' Market

(2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis, 612-724-7457,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28.

Fulton Farmers' Market

(4301 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.207.7893,

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

St. Paul:

St. Paul Downtown Farmers' Market

(5th St. and Wall St., St. Paul, 651-227-8101,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23.

Farmers' Market

(Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-227-7669,

Fridays, 1:15-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31.

The suburbs and beyond:

Richfield Farmers' Market

(64th St. and Portland Ave. (Veterans Memorial Park Shelter), Richfield, 612-861-9396,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon; Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 25.

Farmers' Market

(Anoka County Growers, 707 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-792-4025)

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 25.

Prior Lake Farmers' Market

(Pleasant Ave. & Highway 13, Prior Lake, 952-447-0263,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 31.

Farmers' Market

(Goose Lake Farm & Winery, 6760 213th Ave. NW, Elk River, 612-209-1721,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19.