Three Free Things to Do This Week


This week in free stuff to do we have a bad-ass '80s movie screening, a pop-up shop where items are all discounted, and a unique collaborative art show.

Come take a look.

RoboCop (Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-647-0486)

Times are tough in Detroit in this 1987 film set in the near future. Corruption, poverty, and violent crime have overtaken the city. When police officer Alex Murphy is brutally killed by a steel mill drug lord, an evil corporation revives him into a machine that kicks ass and takes names. After cleaning up the streets, he decides to fight the real bad guys: corporate America. The movie is directed by the delicate hand of Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Basic Instinct, Total Recall). 7 p.m.

Spring Cleaning Sale (Chowgirls Parlor, 1222 Second St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-203-0786)

Local makers around town are coming together this week to sell their wares and clear out their inventory at discounted prices. That means you will be able to shop from a ton of unique places for less. Participating companies include vegan lipstick experts Elixery; card makers Vandalia Street Press; good-smell candle creators Minneapolis Chandelry; jewelry artists Marisa Martinez, Karin Jacobson, and NEAL; and art, tees, greetings cards, and more from MBMB and redshoes26. Enjoy snacks from Chowgirls, and order up a drink from the cash bar. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.


Desiderium Vulgaris (ditch.Gallery, 400 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612 355-4300)

Twin Cities group Dim Media is back with new collaborative pieces by its four members -- Charles Denton, Ivy Sendrijas, Joseph Lipscomb, and Blaine Garrett -- plus guest artist Angel Hawari. The resulting works vary in style and tone, as bits of artists' voices poke through differently in each piece. There are surreal landscapes, abstract color splotches, detailed portraits, and graffiti-like expressions. There's a blending of science with counterculture, nature with urban, and drug-fueled with wholesome. "The more the merrier" works as a motto with these mashups, and it's all joyfully imaginative. There will be an opening reception Thursday, March 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.