Three free things to do this week

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This week we have a beer event, an art party in a private home, and a celebration of the West Bank. Come take a look.

West Bank Crash Course

(Various Locations)

How well do you know Minneapolis' West Bank? This new series/festival will help introduce folks to the neighborhood with a variety of happenings. There will be day and nighttime biking and walking tours, storytelling meetups, a fashion show, and workshops on Somali culture, including lessons on language. Most events are free, with a few happenings in the $5 to $20 range. For a complete schedule, visit crashcourse.thewestbank.org. Monday through Saturday.

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(TuckUnder Projects, 5120 York Ave. S., Minneapolis)

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TuckUnder, the multi-gallery space located in the home of Pete Driessen, opens up this Thursday for a reception featuring works of art in his alley, garage, back yard, bathroom, and other nontraditional spots. In the main gallery is Gregory Fitz, whose work is always adventurous, whether he's working with cinder blocks or mannequins. Terri Wentzka's pieces recycle used ledger sheets, errand notes, and other reminders long since forgotten. Meanwhile, Sarah Beadle will be giving a performance in the garage and alley. Take some time to explore, as there are other works to be discovered as well. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Docktoberfest

(Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 Third St., Excelsior)

Every brewing company in Minnesota is getting in on Oktoberfest celebrations this year. That's a good thing, as it means you have plenty of after-work options. This week, you can start partying early as Excelsior Brewing kicks off its party on Thursday. In addition to good brew on tap, there will be live music each night, and tasty treats like brats made with Big Island Blond Ale, spicy mustard with Bitteschlappe Brown Ale, potato salad, and apple strudel. Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Through Sunday. 


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