Three free things to do this week

Abigail Whitmore

Abigail Whitmore

This week in free stuff to do we have a Bollywood-themed celebration, an art show featuring affordable work for a good cause, and a sprawling dance and movement celebration set to take over a park. 

History Flirt: Beyond Bollywood

(Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul; 651-259-3000)

About two weeks ago, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” opened at the Minnesota History Center. The exhibition explores contributions that Indian Americans have made to the U.S. and Minnesota over the years. This includes businesses, political activism, performance troupes, and advances in science and medicine. At History Flirt, guests will be able to explore the show while enjoying Indian culture first-hand. Take in a runway show featuring striking fabrics by Briana Turnbull and Dr. Anupama Pasricha, adorn your hands with henna art, eat delicious foods from Hot Indian Foods and Grey Duck Chai, watch traditional dance performances, and shop goods from local businesses. Wash it all down at the cash bar. The event is free; but be sure to RSVP at 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Art 4 Shelter 2016

(Le Méridien Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-767-6900)


Each year, Art 4 Shelter throws a party where you can check out lots of art and maybe even take something home for cheap (and a good cause). Artwork on display will be from anonymous artists, ranging from student pieces to established talents, and sold at either $30 or $90 each, depending on the size. As pieces sell, the selections will be refreshed. Proceeds will benefit Simpson Housing Services. For more info, visit 6 to 9 p.m. sale. Wednesday.

Live Arts

(Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E. W., St. Anthony; 763-694-7707)

This Thursday, Silverwood Park won't just be alive with nature, but also with movement from dance and performance artists. The project, hosted by hosted by Soo Visual Art Center and curated by Laurie Van Wieren, will feature work by Megan Mayer, Matt Regan, Brenna Mosser, and Abigail Whitmore. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.