Twin Cities Book Festival, thrash metal: Freeloader Friday

With the Twin Cities Book Festival comes a lot of free readings, including talks from Riot Grrrls, creative innovators, and mystery writers. It's also a good week for free shows involving thrash, metal, and other exceptionally loud and lively forms of music. Coincidence? We're not sure. Either way, you'll find something free to do in this list.    


The KickStand Is Up!!
(KickStandPress, 2208 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.354.3107,

Check out this new business and gallery at the opening party, featuring local printers Joshua Norton, Lauren Schuppe, and Gilpin Matthews. Live music by Strange Lights, Hondo, and others. 6 p.m.

Alexander McCall Smith
(Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul, 651.225.8989)

The popular serial writer discusses his novel The Charming Quirks of Others with Garrison Keillor. 8 p.m.

Twin Cities Book Festival, thrash metal: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Jesse Jiryu Davis

Sara Marcus
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611,

The author discusses Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution with local rocker Laurie Lindeen. 7:30 p.m.

Steven Johnson
(UBS forum at MPR, 480 Cedar St., St. Paul)

The author discusses Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation with John Moe. Visit to RSVP. 7 p.m.

Total Fucking Blood, Chibalo, Getting Even, Powerstallion
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Thrash, metal. 9 p.m.

Red Label, Fattenin' Frogs, Circle of Heat
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Blues, Southern rock, funk. 10 p.m.


Twin Cities Book Festival, thrash metal: Freeloader Friday
Sean Smuda


Art at 801
(801 Washington Lofts, 801 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.229.8522)

This group show features work from Sean Smuda's "Blueprint Series" featuring blue-grey monochrome images of buildings, objects, and machines. Each image should be as thought-provoking as they are beautiful. Also exhibiting artwork during this time will be Regan Golden, Val Frank, and Cris t Halverson. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m.

Childish Films: Halloween Toons for Tots
(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952.847.8107,

10:30 a.m.

2010 Twin Cities Book Festival
(Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.659.6000,

This huge daylong event features author readings, panel discussions, children's activities, book-making demonstrations, an exhibit of area publishers, a literary magazine fair, and used books. For more info visit 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

AE Presents: Hitchcock
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

Interested in hearing some of the stories behind the art at this Hitchcock-inspired art show? Artists will discuss their work at 1 p.m.

Big Cheese in the Minne-Apple

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Local farmers celebrate cheese, apples, and the autumn harvest with recipes, sampling, and produce. Noon to 3 p.m.

Smashed Pumpkins, Lithium
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

'90s. 10 p.m.

Virgin Whores (7''-release), Court St. Scrappers (7''-release)
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock, thrash, metal. With Hukedicht USA, Die Mutts. 9 p.m.

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Kings Story Hour
(Kings Wine Bar, 4555 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.354.7928,

Got a true tale to tell? "Fear" is the theme at this month's open mic. Practice your story; participants are asked to recount true tales without notes in 10-minute or less. 8 p.m.

Skylark Opera: Delights of Early Broadway
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

1 p.m.

Katey Bellville
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Folk rock, bluegrass.

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