Three free things to do this week


This week in free stuff to do we have a Ringo Starr b-day party, an art show in the North Loop, and a downtown after-work party. Come take a look and plan your week.

Ringo Starr's 75th Birthday

(Electric Fetus, 2000 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis)

This Tuesday, Ringo Starr turns the big 75. To celebrate, local record shop Electric Fetus will have special things happening throughout the day. There will be deals on rings, sunglasses, Ringo/Beatles music, and special Ringo-themed T-shirts throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded as well, with tickets to Starr's show at State Theatre up for giveaway, among other items. If you buy a Ringo-themed shirt at the store before 11:30 a.m., you can take part in the group photo at noon, and birthday cake will be served after. Five percent of proceeds from all sales that day will go to Ringo's charitable organization, the Lotus Foundation. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Purity Conflict

(Gallery One OST, 800 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-562-0889)


Gallery One OST's latest exhibition, "Purity Conflict," features the work of MCAD masters of fine arts candidates Kathryn Miller and Eric Yevak. Yevak's work mixes digital with painting, creating pieces evocative of hazy memories and darker passages of time. Intricate gold wallpaper has "aged" to be stained and peeling, while other works appear as though they are photographs that have faded beyond recognition into a sunset palette. Meanwhile, Miller's work ranges from abstract pieces filled with angles to highly detailed works showcasing nature. There will be an artists' reception Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. After the party, the exhibition is open by appointment only. 

Creative City Market

(Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis)

This summer, folks working, living, and visiting downtown Minneapolis should be sure to check out Creative City Market, a fun happy hour festival celebrating makers in Minnesota. Each event, happening on the second Thursday of each month, features a variety things to do and enjoy. The beer garden will showcase brews from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine will be available for purchase from the Filfillah food truck. Live music, art creation, and performances will happen as well, and a Minnesota-made movie will screen at each installment at dusk. This week's film is Through the Woods, which follows the Okee Dokee Brothers as they hike along the Appalachian Trail. 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.