Three free things to do this week

Three free things to do this week
L-R: Transmission, Textile Center artwork, Drew Ailes (photo by Adam DeGross)

This week in free stuff to do we have an art party celebrating 20 years, a dance night with music older than 20, and an epic, two-bar music fest set to save the world (or pay for a PA, something like that).

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

Three free things to do this week
The Funeral and the Twilight, playing on [Redacted] AKA Stage 2

Mock the Garden
(Hexagon Bar and Memory Lanes)

Couldn't nab tickets to the Walker's yearly lawn party? No worries. This week you can head on over to Mock the Garden: A Celebration of Shit Culture, as the Hexagon and Memory Lanes are teaming up for a free festival with three stages. Event organizer, and City Pages contributing writer, Drew Ailes says that this is more than a party; it will save Minneapolis. Whether this claim holds any truth has yet to be seen, but proceeds from the event will help raise funds for a PA to be used at DIY shows. Music starts at Memory Lanes (a.k.a. the Old Navy Performance Fleece Stage) at 7 p.m. with Leach, Straight Panic, Cool Dog, the Grow Fangs, Total Hipster Crusher, and others. Music at the Hexagon starts at 9 p.m. and features Frozen Teens, Weakwick, Night Mom, Despise, Girl, Shell, and more. Monday, 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

Three free things to do this week

(The Varsity Theater: 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222)

Need a good mid-week dance party? DJ Jake Rudh provides just that with Transmission: Dance Yrself Clean. As usual, there will be classic tunes from the '80s, spectacularly bad music videos, and folks off all ages dancing themselves silly. Dress up in your best era-appropriate look, and get ready to move to New Wave tunes, pop mega-hits, alternative anthems, and other songs you haven't thought about in decades (or hear them for the first time!). 21+. 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Three free things to do this week

20 for 20: Celebrating Textile Center's 20th Birthday
(Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-436-0464,

It's been 20 years since the Textile Center launched. Over those two decades, the organization has hosted a variety of gallery shows showcasing artists ranging from local to international, student to teacher; promoted a wide range of textile art, from basket weaving to digital fabric printing, through classes and workshops; and offered popular sales. To celebrate its success, there will be a party this Thursday where guests can check out work from 20 different talents who have worked, learned, or exhibited at the space over the years. Things start at the Community Dye Garden on Fourth and 29th Streets at 5:30 p.m., followed by festivities at the Center at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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