This week in free things to do, we have a literary party, rapid-fire art presentations, and a gallery reception hosted in a bar. Come take a look and plan your week on the cheap.
WAM Chatter Special Edition: FEAST (Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis)
This installment of WAM Chatter will feature rapid-fire pecha kucha-style presentations inspired by "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art." The exhibit, currently on display at the museum, explores the work of artists who fold actions surrounding eating and drinking into artistic statements and experiences. Think artists who set up a beer bar as part of their show, host community meals in gallery spaces, and serve appetizers at special receptions. Presenters will use slides to explain how they incorporate the concepts of "radical hospitality" in their own creations. Participants include Sam Gould (Red76), Ana Prvacki, and Emily Stover. Sarah Schultz will moderate. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Beyond Glitch: Stuart Atteberry's Solo Exhibition (Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis)
This week, Altered Esthetics is hosting another art exhibition at Nomad Pub. Stuart Atteberry is both a painter and a programmer. You can see how those two things play with each other in his latest series. For "Beyond Glitch," the artist takes found items and digitizes them into abstraction. Pixels become patterns, blurs, or something else completely. Discuss what you see over a pint at the opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The Twin Cities will be extra literary this week, as wordsmiths from around the nation will be in town for the AWP Conference. Local lit organizations will be celebrating, too, including Minnesota's Rain Taxi, a group that publishes reviews, essays, and other bits of note. They're not just excited about AWP, though, they're also having a major birthday. Free happenings at the Walker this day includes screenings of Basil King: Mirage, a documentary by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte exploring the interplay between writing and painting in Brooklyn-based artist Basil King's work. King will be in attendance. Former Minnesotans Alex Lemon, Amanda Nadelberg, Gary Dop, and Stephen Burt will be in town to read from their latest works. And around 9 p.m., Rain Taxi will host a cocktail party. Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m.