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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 pint brew-off, a party where you can see great art for free (instead of paying $20), and for die-hard table gamers, a night with beer, costume contests, and Settlers of Catan. Come take a look and plan your week.

Brew-Off: Tin Whiskers vs. Fair State Brewing Co-op

(Grumpy's Bar & Grill Roseville, 2801 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville; 651-379-1180)

For the third installment of the Brew-Off series, beer makers and lovers alike will be traveling to Grumpy's in Roseville for another tasty competition. This time Tin Whiskers will be going up against Fair State Brewing Co-op. For this edition's special ingredients, brew-lovers voted online. They've elected cherry, sumac, and rosemary, so beers on tap tonight could be a mix of sweet, savory, and floral. Will this combo work well together? You decide, as folks sampling new brews this evening (or ordering up full pints) will choose the winner live via social media. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Third Thursday: State of the Art

(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131)

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Tonight marks the opening of the traveling exhibition "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now," a show featuring great pieces from artists working today. Admission to the exhibition is free that evening if you sign up to become a member, which is also free (otherwise, admission is $20 during the show's run). Other fun to be had at this art party includes hands-on art making activities, food and drink, live music from Mina Moore and DJ sets from Andrea Swensson, and plenty more. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. 

Club Haus: Catan-za

(Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911)

Settlers of Catan has a loyal following in the tabletop game world. Using wood, sheep, rock, and wheat, players attempt to build villages, gain access to ports, stretch roads, and amass the largest army. Individuals can choose to trade, collaborate, and work together… or totally screw each other over. This Thursday, the Grown-Up Club will be inviting fans of the game to come together and play over pints. Bring your board, bring a crew, and bring a strategy (or play on the fly). At the event, there will be tables set up for various skill levels, and there will even be one for people who were dragged to the party and have no interest in actually playing (hey, there will be beer, after all). Steve's Food Truck will be on site to serve up burgers and sandwiches for those who get hungry. There will also be a Catan costume contest should you be inspired to become one with the game via getup, or you happen to have a wheat costume lying around. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.