This week in free things to do we have an art party, a bar crawl, and a night where grownups are encouraged to tinker with Legos for a chance to score free beer. Come take a look.
An Exhibition in Honor of Suzy Greenberg
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-2263)
This Thursday marks the annual showcase of up-and-coming artists from Minneapolis College of Design. The show is named after the late Suzy Greenberg, an MCAD grad who founded Lyn-Lake's SooVAC gallery, who started the show 14 years ago. This year's exhibition features work by 25 artists, working in a variety of mediums, such as collage, portraiture, comic art, audio-video installation, and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Noteworthy Dive Bars of Payne and Arcade Walking Tour
(Schwietz Saloon and Eatery, 956 Payne Ave., St. Paul; 651-776-8880)
Bar crawls can get notoriously rowdy. However, Thursday's cruise through notable dives on St. Paul's East Side should be informative and very chill. Leading the way will be Bill Lindeke of TC Sidewalks, who will be spinning tales and professing his love for the neighborhood on a one-mile walk, where folks will hopefully learn a little bit about the history and gain new appreciation for the area. Four stops are planned. The schedule includes meeting at Schweitz's at 6:30 p.m., followed by Louie's, the Arcade Bar, and concluding at Porky's. Lindeke will be tweeting updates during the crawl, so follow @BillLindeke if you plan on arriving late. It's free, but bring money for beer, obviously. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Club Haus: Lego Night
(Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911)
Need an excuse to play with Legos? This awesome bar night, organized by the Grown-Up Club Minneapolis, invites you to enjoy a pint while getting creative. The first hour of the evening will be free form, where you can make want you want or explore a few prompts offered by your hosts. The second hour will encourage you to group up for a series of challenges that could score you a free beer. Don't worry about digging your Legos out of the carpet and couch for this event, oodles of the things will be provided. 21+. 7 p.m. Thursday.