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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 music and lit collaboration, a fun old-school video-game night, and a big beer and art party. Come take a look and plan your week.

Art + Music Presents: Excavate

(Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, 141 E. 4th St., Saint Paul, 651-222-6080, mmaa.org)

This literary reading features a soundtrack. For the evening, literary organization Revolver invited six writers — Greg Hewett, R. Vincent Moniz Jr., Sam White, Maggie Koerth-Baker, Andy Sturdevant, Heid Erdrich — to each create a piece that takes place in a past era of their own imagining, on the grounds of the museum. Meanwhile, sound designers from McNally Smith College of Music were paired with each writer to create a new composition that will play/be performed as the author reads. Come early for beer and wine before the fun begins. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Acadia 64

(Acadia Cafe, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702, www.acadiacafe.com)

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Sure, modern video games, with their open worlds, realistic characters, and complex story arcs, are exciting to explore and play. But it's also important not to forget the ridiculous and ridiculously simple (and addicting!) video games of past system generations. Games where you can pick up a hamburger and then punch a fighter-jet flying fox in the face (Super Smash Bros.), or where you must protect your balloons while avoiding deadly bombs (Mario Kart), or where you resort to karate chopping once you are out of ammo (Goldeneye). At Acadia 64, folks come together for happy hour specials and video games from another era. Revisit your favorites or try your hand at something new. 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Third Thursday: Artoberfest

(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3000)

There's an art to making beer, and sometimes art is inspired by beer. At this installment of Third Thursday, revelers will be able to enjoy both. In honor of Oktoberfest, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will be celebrating all things brew-related in its galleries. Local beer makers Bad Weather Brewing Company, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Fulton Brewery, and Wabasha Brewing will be offering special varieties to sample inspired by pieces in the museum's collection. Examples of beer steins and glasses through history will be on display, and there will be beer-themed hands-on activities for all. Folks from Growler magazine will be on hand, music will be provided by Tropical Depression. Be sure to stop by the MAEP Gallery as well, as Catherine Meier and Jamie Kinroy will be offering new works. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.