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Thanksgiving weekend: Freeloader Friday

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. And while most folks will have family obligations that involve eating huge amounts of carbs then watching football on the couch like a beached whale, that doesn't mean that you can't get out of the house for a little bit of fun.

This week in Freeloader is expanding to include fun, free stuff to do in town from Wednesday night to Sunday evening. Highlights include free skating in downtown St. Paul, dance nights, the two-year anniversary of XYandZ Gallery, the the return of the Holidazzle Parade. Come take a look!

WEDNESDAY:

The Death Comedy Jam

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

www.grumpys-bar.com

)

Enjoy some standup comedy. 9:30 p.m.

Trailer Park Trivia
(Grumpy's Bar & Grill: 2200 4th St. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-789-7429)

8:30 p.m.

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

With Black Blondie, Useless Wooden Toys, DJ Asylum Sound System. 10 p.m.

DJ Bryan Gerrard
(Caterpillar Lounge: 533 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-813-1200)

Free Bacon Wednesdays
(Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, www.triplerocksocialclub.com)

Start your holiday weekend off right with an basket full of bacon. Order a pint, and chow down on free pig. Yum! 21+. 9-11 p.m.

10 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Dingus, Manix, Brother Nature
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

Los Federales
(Republic at Seven Corners: 221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6146)

9:30 p.m. 

The Swamp Kings

(The Nickel Joint: 501 Blair Ave., St. Paul, 651-489-9858)

7:30 p.m.

The Fontanelles, Nathan Miller & Unstoppable Company
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY:

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

With Four Nuns and a Gun, Hellbound & the Garbagemen.

Blingo
(Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, www.triplerocksocialclub.com)

Bring the family and play bingo for some pimped out prizes. Hosted by Ellie Blades. 8 p.m.

 

FRIDAY:

Target Holidazzle
(Nicollet Mall, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)

Bring a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy this free parade of lights, which rolls down Nicollet Mall from 12th Street to Fourth Street. Visit www.holidazzle.com for more info.Thursdays-Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Through December 18

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

With Bootstrap Family Band, Silverback Colony. 10 p.m.

Laura & Sean's Movie & Music Trivia

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

7 p.m.

Blush Fridays
(Lush Food Bar: 990 Central Ave., Minneapolis)

Lesbian-friendly dance night. With D-Baz. 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving weekend: Freeloader Friday

TWO: XYandZ Gallery's 2 Year Anniversary Exhibit
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651-503-8062, www.thexyandz.com)

The gallery turns two with a group show curated by past exhibitors. There will be a Black Friday sale 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri., Nov 25, and a public reception 7-10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2.

Randy Weeks, Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers

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

10 p.m.

Dirty McKenzie
(Caterpillar Lounge: 533 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-813-1200)

10 p.m.

Holiday Open House and Sale
(Laughing Waters Studio, 3718 Minnehaha E., Minneapolis, 612-333-1881, www.laughingwatersstudio.com)

Featuring Chinese brush art, gifts, paintings, and apple pie. Fri-Sun from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thanksgiving weekend: Freeloader Friday

Merry, Merry Market
(Smith Douglas More House, 8107 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie)

With holiday decor, indoor and outdoor seasonal botanicals, entertaining supplies, hostess gifts. Fri. 5-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
(The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-4333, www.thecornerbar.net)

10 p.m.

Center of the Margins Festival
(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937, www.mixedblood.com)

Plays explore the lives of folks with disabilities. For a complete schedule, visit www.mixedblood.com/mainstage/margins. Nov. 11-23; Nov. 25-27. DISCLAIMER: Tickets are free on a first come, first served basis, and there is a $15 ticket price for guaranteed seats.

Kevin Kling
(Birchbark Books, 2115 W. 21st St., Minneapolis, 612-374-4023)

The beloved author and performer discusses Big Little Brother. 3 p.m.

Liftbridge, the Jelly Project, Union Shakedown, Up Jumped the Devil
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

 

Thanksgiving weekend: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Olive Juice Studios

SATURDAY:

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

Saturday's opening reception at 4 p.m. includes a tree-lighting ceremony at Rice Park, fireworks, performances from local theaters, a visit from Santa, and more. Skating is free, and you can rent a free pair of skates by flashing your Wells Fargo check or credit card (it's $2 otherwise). Visit www.wellsfargowinterskate.com for a complete list of hours, dates, and rental 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. 5

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

10 p.m.

Fourfeet

(Caterpillar Lounge: 533 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-813-1200)

10 p.m.

Attitude City

(Clubhouse Jager: 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-2686)

10 p.m.

Gospel Gossip, Flavor Crystals

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

Crafty Beaver Holiday Sale
( Sassafras Floral Studio, 1229 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, 612-423-1899)

Locally made clothing, jewelry, accessories, and artwork. Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saint Anyway (CD-release)

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Karaoke Night

(Otter's Saloon, 617 Central Ave. Southeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-4169, www.otterssaloon.com)

Sing your heart out. 21+. 9 p.m.

Children's Book Illustrators Guild of Minnesota
(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River, Fridley, 763-574-1850, www.banfill-locke.org)

4-6 p.m.

Thanksgiving weekend: Freeloader Friday

SUNDAY:

Chuck & Sean's Trivia Night
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

8 p.m.

The North Pole Goes Green
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600, www.bachmans.com)

Santa and Albert the Elf return again for a short, kid-friendly holiday program. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 12:30, and 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18

GLBT Barndance
(Lee's Liquor Lounge: 101 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-9491)

7 p.m.

Cadillac Kolstad & the Flats
(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

With the Union Suits, Calamity & the Owl. 10 p.m.


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