Smitten Kitten b-day party, 'The Princess Bride': Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have not one, but two cultural festivals sure to entertain and feed you well. There's also a pet-friendly poster art party and benefit, movies in the park, a celebration of birth control featuring giant contraceptives, and tons of music shows.

So, save your money for another day and come take a look at our list when planning your weekend. There will be plenty of other opportunities to smash that piggy bank at a later date.

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Bark at Art

(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.874.7222)

This art show is also a benefit for the Pet Project. So bring unopened pet food, supplies, or donate cash at the pet-friendly opening reception 7-10 p.m.


Summer Music & Movies

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612.661.4785)

Featuring music by Chastity Brown followed by a screening of The Princess Bride. 7:30 p.m.

Buildings, Badgermen, Fetch the Warden

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

10 p.m.

Cow in a Concert Hall

(Shoebox Gallery, Robert's Shoes 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.825.3833)

Featuring works by Grace Keaton and Madeline Sorenson. The artists' reception is from 5-7 p.m.

Neon, Brahman Shaman

(Acadia Café, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.874.8702)

All ages. 8 p.m.

The Anchor Windlass, Broken Brakes, the Plot Lines

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

10 p.m.

Matt Moberg


(Republic at Seven Corners, 221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6146)

9:30 p.m.


Greek Festival

(St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.6220)

This two-day celebration of all things Greek features lots of tasty food, cultural performances, live music, an arts bazaar, and more. Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Smitten Kitten Birthday Party Carnival

(3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.721.6088)


Hooray for sex toys! Come celebrate eight years of sex-positive service with popcorn, face painting, and carnival-style games including a dildo toss. 2-5 p.m.

40th Birthday Celebration

(Family Tree Clinic, 1619 Dayton Ave. South, St. Paul)

This daylong celebration features kid-friendly activities including artistic birthday crafts, face painting, and live reading under; t-shirt screen printing; tours; adult beverages; food; music from Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Ashley Gold, and The Lost Shepherds. Added bonus: Get your pic taken with life-size birth control! 2-7 p.m.

Just Add Ink

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

This gallery show featured comics and original artwork from the locally-produced cookbook filled with recipes, stories, and tips. Hear more about it at the artists' discussion panel 1 p.m.

Chaun Webster


(Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.7110,

The poet reads from fuck poetry: bread is the politik of the hungry. 7 p.m.


(Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612.925.2400)

Paintings by Jill Van Sickle. 7-10 p.m.

Making a Scene Community Mural Project

(Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E. Main St., Anoka, 763.422.1838,


Help artist Carole Bersin paint a mural on the theater. There will also be a rummage sale, music, kids' activities, a farmers' market, and more. Painting starts at 10 a.m. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Rockin' for Music Ed Block Party

(The Shops at the West End, 1621 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 763.450.0554)

With an art fair, Taste of the West End, games and contests, demonstrations, live music. 12-10:30 p.m.

Pretend the World

(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley, 763.574.1850,

This gallery show features artwork based on the poems of Kathryn Kysar. 5-8 p.m.

Flying Colors Kite Festival


(Valley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, 952.848.3500)

Bring the kids for a kite-making workshop, flying competitions, sport kite demonstrations, and giant display kites. For more info, see 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Doug Otto & the Getaways, Jaysboatcar (CD-release), Nick Haas Trio

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

10 p.m.

CHAT's 10th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival

(Western Sculpture Park, 387 Marion St., St. Paul)


Come celebrate Hmong culture with film screenings, art on display featuring professional and youth art, live entertainment, and activities. For more info, visit 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


Xe La Kuschtik

(Acadia Café, 329 S. Cedar Ave.)

With Creatures on a Rock, Irenic, .425, Dem Atlas, Zac HB. All ages. 8 p.m.


(Dean's Tavern: 1986 Rice St., Roseville, 651.488.6868)

Hosted by StuperDave Hall, Phil Vogler, Shawn Burrington & Rob Snidarich. 8 p.m.




Mill City Farmers' Market

(Mill City Farmer's Market, 704 Second St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

Call and Answer Project: 9 p.m. until 5:28 a.m. Sat., June 4, free. Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S, Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612.215.2520,

8 a.m.-1 p.m.



Uptown Market

(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues, Minneapolis)

With produce, jewelry, beauty products, flowers, gifts, food stands, and more. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25

Kingfield Farmers' Market

(Kingfield Farmer's Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.4550,

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Open Field


(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

This ongoing event features workshops, performances, community activities, information, games, free Wifi, and much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit Through Sept. 4.