The Walker wants to show off its renovations, so it's throwing a fab party

Peep the new-look entrance at the Walker Art Center.

Peep the new-look entrance at the Walker Art Center. Courtesy Walker Art Center

This week in free stuff to do we have a dance party, an art party, and a holiday party. Come take a look and plan your week.


Cheescake Sampling
Bring a new, unwrapped toy or a bag of pet food to donate for this party. Admission scores you 35 different varieties of cheesecake to try. There will also be hot tea, live music, and a pop-up sale featuring local vendors and makers. Tuesday, from 4 to 9 p.m. Muddy Paws Cheesecake Co., 7600 W. 27th St., Commons B, St. Louis Park; 952-922-2833.

Transmission: Unloveable
It's hump day. Dance until it's Thursday morning at this tribute to all things Morrissey and the Smiths. 21+. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. Clubhouse Jäger, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-2686.

Hub for the Holidays
For the next few weeks, the Union Depot in Lowertown St. Paul is turning into a winter wonderland with a variety of happenings scheduled. The European Christmas Market will offer dazzling decorations, local vendors, mulled wine, and European-inspired food from December 1-11. On Friday, December 2, folks looking to get into the holiday spirit can check out the tree-lighting ceremony, which will also include fireworks and live music starting at 5:30 p.m. The North Pole Holiday Express will be stopping in on weekends to bring Santa and his elves to the station. Free movie screenings include Elf (December 2) and Polar Express (December 3). For a complete schedule of happenings, visit Most events are free, some have admission fees. Union Depot, 214 E. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651-202-2700. Thursday through December 11.

The Big Bash Open House Party
The Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the surrounding roads have been under epic construction for months now. While the work isn't going to be finished anytime soon, at least part of the area is nearing completion. This Thursday and into the weekend, the museum will invite revelers in to explore its new offerings. Chat with friends during the cocktail hour, check out new additions to the collection, and scope the new restaurant, Esker Grove. The library will be open to the public this evening, and tunes will be provided by Saltee. 5 to 9 p.m.Thursday. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-375-7600.