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Three Free Things to Do This Week

Free stuff to do this week includes a puzzle night filled with brain teasers, a panel talk on the Minnesota arts scene, and a fashion party at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Come take a look and plan your week.

Puzzle Night: Night 3

Nothing beats the cold of winter like a cozy night spent playing puzzles indoors. This Monday, Puzzle Night invites groups of three to five players to try their hand at a variety of brain teasers at a few game-playing hot spots in the Twin Cities. During the happening, there will be multiple brain teasers/puzzles to solve at each location, with bonus puzzles available at some spots as well. Each site will be at a commercial establishment, so snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, and help will be around should you get stuck. Your first puzzle is on the event website (you can click here for the answer). For more info, and to RSVP, check out the event's Facebook page. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Midwest? The Past, Present, and Future of Minnesota's Identity

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(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, www.walkerart.org)

This Wednesday, local creatives will come together to discuss Minnesota's place as a creative hub in the Midwest. What led us here, where are we now, and what does this mean for our future? The panel talk will be led by CNN correspondent (and Minnesota native) Poppy Harlow, with Bruce Bildsten (Faribault Woolen Mills), Andrew Blauvelt (senior curator at the Walker), Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota), and Christine Fruechte (Colle + McVoy) sharing their thoughts. This event is free, but tickets are required. Stop by the Bazinet Garden Lobby to pick up a pair. Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Third Thursday: Italian Style

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131, www.artsmia.org)

This month's installment of Third Thursday at the MIA includes free admission to the recently opened "Italian Style," a live fashion show filled with vintage looks, live music from Strange Relations, a photobooth, beer, and other fun activities and treats. (We'll have more details about the event and gallery show later this week.) Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.