This weekend in free things to do we have a totally metal beer fest, a Stranger Things DJ night, and a pop-up shop featuring Prince pins. Come take a look.
Bobby Rogers: The Blacker the Berry
Photographer celebrating black excellence. There will be an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday, October 20. Free. Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-978-5566.
The Spins: Stranger Things Edition
Andrea Swensson of Shane Kramer spin tunes. 8-11 p.m. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911.
Half Baked Day
Celebration of the brewery's half-birthday, with specialty IPAs and a food truck. 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct. 20; Free. Inbound BrewCo, 701 N. 5th St., Minneapolis; 612-615-8243.
Culture As Weapon
This group show is in reaction to gun culture and violence. In Space 369. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Other open hours are noon to 5 p.m. October 21 and October 27. Free. Dow Building, 2242 University Ave. W., St Paul.
With Sass, Karate Break, and Ahem. 9 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.
The Von Tramps
With the Pour Organs and the Mondale Riot. 10 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.
The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. Every Fri.; Free. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.
There will be a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 20. Free. Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-8007.
Nature/Nurture: Norman Holen & Alisa Holen
Public reception 6-8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 20. Free. Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-8007.
Friday Family Fun Night
Halloween-themed party featuring games, cultural activities, art, open gym, nutrition demonstration, beverages, and light refreshments. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1539 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-879-1700.
Art, skate, and music show featuring live performance by Josh Harmony & Co., with artwork by Lance Cyril Mountain, Kevin Bergquist, and Josh Harmony, complimentary beer, and giveaways from Vans, RVCA, and Toy Machine. 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Familia Skateboard Shop, 2833 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-353-6930.
Paintings by Lisa Pemrick. With hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and a performance by Paris1919. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-340-9738.
7 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Flashlight Vinyl, 1519 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 612-558-3838.
6:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 612-332-5299.
8 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020.
Late Night Jazz in the Dunsmore
Featuring a variety of bands and musicians. 9-11 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020.
Author presents his new book, 'The Mighty Fallen: Our Nation's Greatest War Memorials.' 10 a.m. Oct. 20; Free. Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul; 612-726-1171.
Author discusses his new book, 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.' RSVP and more info here. 1 p.m. Oct. 20; Free; RSVP required. Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-624-2345.
Peter Schimke Trio
7-11:30 p.m. Daily from Oct. 20-21. Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.
President's Lecture Series Presents: A Conversation with Mel Chin, Jay Coogan, and Kinji Akagawa
In auditorium 150. 1:15 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis; 612-874-3775.
Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Every Fri.; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. from Aug. 4; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
The Brian Naughton Band
9 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.
University Wind Ensemble Concert: Musical Portraits
7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis; 612-624-2345.
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. 10:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat.; Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.
Work-in-Progress Showing of New Work by Salia Sanou
With the Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project. Public reception with artists to follow the performance. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Free. The Lundstrum Center, 1617 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-521-2600.
Surly Darkness Day 2017
With bottles of Surly Darkness, special beers on tap, and metal from God Came From Space, Sunless, Ghost Bath, Khemmis, and Toxic Holocaust. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Surly Brewing Brooklyn Center, 4811 Dusharme Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; 763-999-4040.
Fall Flea Market Part Deux
Artista Bottega and the Bearded Mermaid Bazaar team up. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center For Lost Objects, 957 W. 7th St., St. Paul; 651-504-2356.
Cherry Moon Press Popup
Prince-themed pins and tunes. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Seen the Future, 2223 E. 35th St., Minneapolis.
Dog costume parade around the North Loop. 2 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Modern Love Veterinary, 213 N. 5th Ave., Minneapolis; 612-361-4200.
Fragile Canyons (CD Release Show)
10 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.
With Treasons, Pyralis, and Wanderer. 9 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.
Jack Knife & the Sharps
9 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.
Jourdan Hines (EP Release Show)
With Mary Elizabeth Wallin and Moon Chicken. 8-11 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. HeadFlyer Brewing, 861 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-567-6345.
Innovative performance series featuring Pancake7, DJ Mickey Breeze, Soul Reflect, and Thadra Sheridan. 7 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-746-0306.
Frogtown Arts Fest
Fundraiser for the Victoria Theater, featuring live music, art, food trucks, and comedy. Located at 815 University Ave., with afterparty at Ngon Bistro. 2-9 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Ngon Bistro, 799 University Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-3301.
Big Fat Bacon and Other Paintings
New work by Greg Graham. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800.
New work by Rod Massey. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800.
The Exquisite Crypt
Create collaborative art. Bring materials to contribute. Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612-239-2047.
Get Behind the Work V
Member group show. Artist talk 2-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21. Daily from Oct. 7-28; Free. Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-728-5745.
Beyond Bars: Voices of Incarceration
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop’s annual reading. 7 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Hamline University Klas Center, 1537 Taylor Ave., St. Paul; 651-962-5000.
With the Ers and Babylon Slims. 8 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Viking Bar, 1829 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis; 612-353-4794.
Dance the Balkan Way Festival Gala
Featuring performances by the local community folk dance groups Bulgari, TAAM Turkish Folk Dance Group, Romanian Izvorasul, Greek Dancers of Minnesota, with local live music, open dance, and food served at 5:30 p.m. More info at bibach.org. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 21; Free; $10 for dinner. Concordia University Buetow Music Center Auditorium, 1282 Concordia Ave., Saint Paul; 651-641-8248.
8 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020.
George Morrison: Drawings and Small Paintings
Daily from Oct. 21-July 1; Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.
6:30 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 612-332-5299.
Mi Vida, Mi Amor
Photographs by Eduardo Blidner. Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21. Free. Icebox Quality Framing And Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE, #443, Minneapolis; 612-788-1790.
Midtown Farmers Market
Featuring local produce, meats, and cheeses, with prepared foods, local artwork, and live entertainment. More info at midtownfarmersmarket.org. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 6-Oct. 28; 3-7 p.m. Every Tue. from June 6-Oct. 31; Free. Midtown Farmers' Market, 2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis; 612-724-7457.
New Hope Community Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from June 21; Free. New Hope Farmers' Market, 4300 Xylon Avenue N., Minneapolis; 763-531-5196.
Nick Costa, Danny Wolf, and Alex Tulp
8 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Caydence Records & Coffee, 900 Payne Ave., St. Paul; 651-207-6856.
Parallel Liberation Struggle: Lessons in Resistance
Featuring a variety of speakers exploring the similarities in violence used against Palestinians, African Americans, and Native Americans. Register at mn.breakthebonds.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21; Free; registration required. University of Minnesota - Kenneth H. Keller Hall, 200 Union St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-625-3300.
The Banjo Concert
Featuring Dumpy Jug Bumpers, Adam Kiesling, Mike in the Wilderness, Phil Nusbaum, and Sherry Minnick. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 21; Free. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 952-847-8107.
7-11 p.m. Every Sun. from Jan. 11; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.
Comedy Open Mic
Featuring local and visiting stand up comedians, hosted by Trish Cook. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. In the Poco Loco Lounge. 7 p.m. Every Sun. from Feb. 12; Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.
Book launch for 'Hundred Miles to Nowhere,' featuring readings and live songs from the author/songwriter. 5 p.m. Oct. 22; Free. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-4611.
Author presents her new book, 'Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty.' 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22; Free. University Baptist Church, 1219 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1768.
Power Gathering: Sewing and Sambusas
Learn techniques for hand sewing and sewing machines, and create a banner in support of Black Lives Matter. 2-5 p.m. Oct. 22; Free. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-872-4041.
Saint Paul Civic Symphony: An Autumn Journey
1 p.m. Oct. 22; Free. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-292-3293.
Author presents her new book, 'We Spoke Jewish,' at the JHSUM annual meeting. 1 p.m. Oct. 22; Free. Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park; 952-381-3400.
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