Three free things to do this week


This week in free things to do we have a sustainable art party, a dog-friendly happy hour, and an award-winning movie. Come take a look and plan your week for cheap.

Drink for a Cause

(NorthGate Brewing, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-354-2858)

It's not every day that you can bring your dog to a happy hour and enjoy a pint with friendly pooches. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the taproom at NorthGate this Wednesday. The dog party is a benefit for MyPitBullisFamily, a nonprofit that seeks to end housing and insurance discrimination against families with pit bulls. One dollar from each pint and $.50 from each half-pint will benefit the organization. Gastrotruck will be stopping by for those who get hungry. All breeds of dogs are welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Third Thursday: Art of Sustainability


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

This installment of Third Thursday features activities and projects that you can enjoy after the party as well. Make a bamboo bee house to take home (fun fact: there are bees making honey on the rooftop of the Mia) and mix eco-friendly concoctions that you can use to clean your house. There will be plenty to see and learn, too. Take a mini-gallery tour and view sustainable art, or learn a little bit about housing and architecture that has less impact on the Earth with Alchemy WeeHouse. Goodnight Gold Dust will rock out, and a cash bar will offer wine and beer. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.


(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

While the debate over a woman's right to choose rages on, Trapped takes a look at the real-world consequences in the aftermath of hundreds of regulations that limit access to abortion over the recent years. Referred to as TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), these restrictions have especially affected clinics in the South, which struggle to stay open. Dawn Porter directed this powerful Sundance Award-winning documentary. Deidre Haj will moderate a talk with Michael R. Drysdale of Dorsey & Whitney and Angelica Perez of Whole Woman’s Health’s EmpowerLine after the screening. 7 p.m. Thursday (stop by the Hennepin Box office at 6 p.m. to reserve a ticket).