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Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday

Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday
Lucas Richards for "Illo Minn"

Looking for something to do that won't break the bank? Nomad World Pub will be Superbowl tailgating this weekend with a bocce tournament and music on Sunday. O'Gara's will be celebrating the reopening of its Shanty space with free craft beer, whiskey, and pre-Superbowl treats. It's also the last weekend for the Ice Shanty Project on Medicine Lake, Well's Fargo Winter Skate, and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Not into sports? There's plenty of concerts, art openings, and other happenings to entertain folks not into football as well.

There's tons of stuff happening this weekend that won't cost you a dime. Come check out the list after the jump.

Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday
Image from the Flight series, by Sundus Abdul Hadi with photography by Tamara Abdul Hadi

FRIDAY:

Not About Bombs
(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444, www.intermediaarts.org)

Works by female Iraqi artists explore identities in flux. Read more about this fascinating exhibit here. 7-9 p.m.

Grand Opening of the Shanty
(O'Gara's Bar & Grill, 164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333, www.ogaras.com)

This three-day celebration of the opening of O'Gara's remodeled entertainment area includes a free craft beer tasting on Fri., a whiskey tasting Sat., and a hot-dog bar on Sun. Fri.-Sat. 7-9 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday

126th Saint Paul Winter Carnival
(Downtown St. Paul)

This is the last weekend for this huge, city-wide celebration features ice-sculpting competitions, sporting events, barhopping, art exhibits, parades, scavenger hunt, and more. Many events are free, but some do have a cover charge. For info, visit www.winter-carnival.com.

WORKING TITLE: An Evolving Art Exhibit
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

This group show features four weeks of evolving artworks created collaboratively. 6-9 p.m.

Jochen Lempert

(Midway Contemporary Art, 527 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-605-4504, www.midwayart.org)

7-9 p.m.

Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday
Andres Guzman

Illo Minn: Volume Three
(College Of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-0884, www.cva.edu/gallery/gallery.htm)

This show, which opened last night, features great illustration work from local artists.

Aaron & the Sea

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

With Ocean Cats, Your Friends & Family, Complexes. 9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)

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

Fret Rattles, New Labor, Peter's Ghost
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Multiple, Limited, Unique
(Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612-215-2520, www.mnbookarts.org)

Selections from the permanent collection of the Center for Book Arts. 6-9 p.m. Fri.  

Crossing Borders
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Artists explore immigration and cross-cultural influences in this group show. 7-10 p.m.

Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday
Laura Migliorino, Juan

 

Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Steve Kotvis

SATURDAY:

The City of Lakes Loppet
(Theodore Wirth Park, 1339 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-230-6400)

Though some parts of this event have been tweaked due to the lack of snow this year, with the help of artificial snow this cross-country ski festival goes on. For two days the loppet will feature races on various trails and lakes in the Twin Cities, children's games, beer garden, and a nighttime hike. For a complete schedule and list of locations, visit www.cityoflakesloppet.com. Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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

With Pennyroyal, Castle Danger. 10 p.m.

Art Shanty Projects 2012
(Medicine Lake, 9699 17th Ave. N., Plymouth)

This is your last weekend to head on out to the lake to visit this charming artists' community featuring games, activities, music, performances, fashion events, family happenings, and much more. Dress warm as it's chillier on the ice. Visit www.artshantyprojects.org for more info. Saturdays, Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Feb. 5.

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

10 p.m.

The Evening Rig, High on Stress, Little Man, Disaster Bird
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Peter Kramer, Kathy Wismar
(The Grand Hand Gallery, 619 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1122, www.thegrandhand.com)

Postcards, ceramics. 5-7 p.m.

Wine Making 101

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

10 a.m.

Athena Kildegaard

(Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-215-2600, www.openbookmn.org)

The author celebrates the publication of Cloves & Honey. 7 p.m.

Public Candlelight Ski (or Walk)
(Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus, 300 Spirit River Drive S., Cambridge, 763-433-1100, www.an.cc.mn.us)

5:30-8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Balls Out Sunday
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424, www.nomadpub.com)

This Super Bowl tailgating party features a bocce tournament, music by DJ B-Rock and Dream Crusher. 1 p.m.

Burt Levy

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

The author reads from his Last Open Road series. 4 p.m.

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

Saint Anyway
(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100)

7 p.m.

Open House
(Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville, 651-765-4262, www.forhanc.org)

With crafts, displays, and games celebrating the Chinese New Year. 1-4 p.m.

ONGOING FREE:

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul)

Visit www.wellsfargowinterskate.com for a complete list of hours, dates, and rental info. Bring your own skates, or get a free skate rental when you flash your Wells Fargo credit or checking card. Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through February 5.



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