Three free things to do this week


This week's free things to do includes a video-game night featuring classic games from the N64 era, a happy hour celebrating administrators, and a new play at Mixed Blood Theatre. Come take a look.

Acadia 64

(Acadia Cafe, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702,

Do you love old school video games? On Tuesday nights at Acadia Cafe, the beer bar and restaurant invites folks to partake in an N64 challenge. Previous nights have included MarioKart, Super Smash Brothers, GoldenEye, and more. So whether you're an expert on first-person shooting, driving simulators, or just like to frantically button mash, this evening is for you. During the gathering, there are always specials on Red Bull beverages and Tallgrass Brewing Company's 8-Bit cans (which are decorated to look like a cheery Atari game). 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Administrative Professionals Day


(The Living Room, 825 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis)

Are you an administrative assistant? Well, Wednesday is your day. While a bunch of places will be hosting special giveaways, contests, and events, but the Living Room in downtown Minneapolis might be the best deal. Folks who stop in during happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. need only show their business card, proving their job status, and the first drink is free. Wednesday.

Passing Strange

(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937,

Mixed Blood returns this spring with its Radical Hospitality program. Meaning, seats are free on a first come, first served basis (you can pay $20 for a guaranteed reserved seat). This time, they're bringing Passing Strange -- a Tony Award-winning musical that follows an African American rocker through a journey filled with sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll -- to the stage. The show is in preview Thursday, April 24, and is performed 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 11. Opens Thursday.