Three free things to do this week

Three free things to do this week
TPT's Rewire will be screening some gems from the '90s

This week in free stuff to do we have an event where you can check out Google Glass, a evening celebrating William S. Burroughs, and a totally '90s party. Come take a look.

Tech Fest
(North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, 763-488-0391,

This afternoon of techie fun will feature a live hackathon, led by Native X, where folks will attempt to create a mobile app in a short amount of time. Meanwhile, guests can watch The Pixar Story, documentary exploring the computer animation giant who brought us the Toy Story franchise, among other hits. Folks from Microsoft will be on hand for a Google Glass demonstration, and Tetris champ Ben Mullen will also host a Q&A session. Registration is encouraged, though not required, on the college's main site (it will also get you free soda and pizza if you're one of the first 200 to sign up).  Tuesday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

100 years of William S. Burroughs
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611,

As novelist, spoken-word artists, essayist, and short-story writer, William S. Burroughs was a leader of the Beat Generationof the '50s. At the time, his work was considered subversive (it still is, honestly), and at one point he even stood trial for Naked Lunch, one of several autobiographical works chronicling addiction and drug culture of the era. Much like Howl, the case is considered a landmark one against literary censorship. He passed away in 1997, but he would be turning 100 this month if still alive. Local artist Grant Hart was friends with Burroughs. This Thursday, he will be reading pieces by the artist, as well as sharing his collection of memorabilia. Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Third Thursday: Totally '90s
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131,

The '90s where a spectacular decade. One where Will Smith was the Fresh Prince, when Shannon Doherty was a bad-ass on Beverly Hills 90210, and alternative and gangster rap making its way onto the Top 40. This Thursday night the MIA will celebrate the decade with a fab free party. Dress in your '90s best -- be it some flannel and baggy jeans or your "I'm Too Sexy" shirt -- and get down. Trivia Mafia will host a pub-style trivia, tours will be offered exploring art both from the 1990s and 1890s, watch retro footage from TPT, and live music will be curated by the Current's David Campbell and Chris Cloud from the '90s-tastic Forever Young dance party. Thursday 6-9 p.m.

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