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Three Free Things to Do This Week

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This week in free stuff to do, we have a party for all types of geeks, a Halloween jam, and a great art show. Come take a look and plan your week.

Thee Evil Creatures Halloween Bash

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424, www.nomadpub.com)

Halloween starts early at the Nomad this week with a rock 'n' roll bash. Costumes are encouraged, and in addition to headliners Thee Evil Creatures, Time Destroyer, Space Monster, and Surgery at the Hands of Machines also will take the stage. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Nickelangelo: 36CHMBRZ

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(TuckUnder Gallery, 5120 York Ave. S, Minneapolis, www.tuckunder.org)

TuckUnder Gallery is located in the private residence of Pete Driessen. This month's art reception will feature the fruits of several artists. The featured exhibition, "36CHMBRZ," showcases the work of Nickelangelo (a.k.a. City Pages' former art director Nick Vlcek). The name and inspiration draws from the '70s kung-fu flick The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, about a man who journeys through a series of martial-arts challenges, learning skills and lessons along the way to becoming a powerful monk who defends his community. Vlcek likens the process to that of becoming an artist. Aki Shibata will also present a performance piece, "stranger + kitchen," and Laura Bigger will be on hand for her installation, Raspberry Patch. 6-9 p.m. Thursday.

Third Thursday: Nerd Thursday

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

[Editor's note: This event was originally scheduled for two weeks ago.] October's installment of Third Thursday will be nerd-tastic. Dress in your geeky best, whether that entails thick glasses with cool rims or your favorite fandom T-shirt. At the party, guests will be able to go on an art scavenger hunt through the galleries, do some cross-stitching paying homage to the likes of Dr. Who or Game of Thrones, take in improv presentations at Powerpoint Karaoke, and play some Magic: The Gathering. Folks from the Tangential, Autoptic, and Crafty Geeks will be on hand. There will be beer, too, and funk music from Suzie. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.