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Three Free Things to Do This Week

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This week in free things to do we have a beer sampling, a great reading event, and an ode to the Pixies.

Come take a look at our list and plan your week.

Marlon James

(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989, www.commongoodbooks.com)

Marlon James's third novel, A History of Seven Killings, was recently reviewed in the New York Times: "It's like a Tarantino remake of 'The Harder They Come' but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja." Whoa. The novel uses an attempted assassination of Bob Marley as a launching pad to explore Jamaican politics, race, class, and the region's long-strained relationship with the U.S. While James is from Jamaica himself, he is also local, teaching creative writing at Macalester College. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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Trompe le Monde: Pixies' Night

(Grumpy's Northeast, 2200 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis)

Didn't get tickets to the Pixies show in mid-October? Need something to tide you over before the show at State Theatre? Though that upcoming evening will likely be epic, this one could also be a bunch of fun. This Thursday, Pixies tribute band Trompe le Monde will be playing two sets filled with memorable hits. The bar also offers great craft beer on tap (or Grain Belt, if that is how you roll), and while the northeast Minneapolis location doesn't have the bar-food amenities that the downtown one does, it will serve a tasty frozen pizza. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Brewer-in-Residence(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)Each Thursday, the Walker Art Center opens its doors for guests to view exhibitions for free and partake in fun activities. This week, the free gathering will be extra special as there will be free beer, too. For this installment of Brewer-in-Residence, folks of age will be able to sample beers from Summit Brewing. Company president and co-founder Mark Strutrud will be offering up his favorite brews, and folks can order more of any varieties they like. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.