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Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

Do you like art festivals? We have about 30 happening this weekend. Do you like free music? Yeah, we have that too. How about hot, molten iron? Yep. A giant board game bigger than the people in it? That's happening too.

It's an epic week for free stuff happening in Minnesota. Check out our top picks for events after the jump.

FRIDAY:

Comic Art: Lutefisk Sushi D
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Now in its fourth edition, Lutefisk Sushi is a collection of 50 local comic artists. Contributors vary in style and tone--some may be funny, others political, others touching, and so forth. The opening reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is part publication party, part gallery opening.

Uptown Art Fair
(Uptown Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue, from 31st Street to 28th Street, Minneapolis; www.uptownartfair.com or call 612.823.4581)

This weekend is the mega-art fest in Minneapolis. The Uptown Art Fair will be the biggest (and most crowded). Check out live music, art vendors both local and national, family activities, food, and other things to do throughout the day. Nice Ride Minnesota will be offering free valet parking for bikes, and the Metro-Transit will transport festival-goers to and from the three event locations (Sat-Sun only). 12-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Chuck Olsen

Blood In Blood Out
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)

This show features colorful graffiti art by Deuce 7, Von Shank, Tomàs Villasenor, and Peyote. The opening reception is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit lowertownfirstfridays.com. 6-9 p.m.

Common Room

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Sarah Nienaber

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)

Fans of city-wide adventure challenges should meet up tonight as the Soap turns the town into a giant game of Risk. 7-10 p.m.

Summer Dance Series: Mad Hot Ballroom
(Outdoor screening at Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000, www.sppl.org)

This touching documentary follows students in the New York public school system as they learn ballroom dance. 9:30 p.m.

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

LEGO Games 2010 Tour
(St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Dr., Minneapolis)

Play games within life-sized adapted versions of LEGO board games. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Freewheelin' First Fridays
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Tonight's lineup features John David & the Jerks (CD-release), and Sans Souci Quartet.  

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday
Sher Stoneman

SATURDAY:

Loring Park Art Festival
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis; 612.203.9911, www.loringparkartfestival.com)

This art fest in scene Loring Park features over 140 visual artists, strolling musicians, stage performances, children's activities, food booths, more. Music tends to towards the new age genre, and the chainsaw sculpture demonstrations are a must-see. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

Smell the Glove: A Spinal Tap Tribute
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.41510)

The group show plays off of the landmark rockumentary, This is Spinal Tap. The opening reception features karaoke, photobooth photography, and more from 7-10 p.m.

Powderhorn Art Fair
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis; www.powderhornartfair.com or call 612.729.0111)

Enjoy art while strolling around the lake. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Birthday Suits, Shang a Lang, Slow Death, Wisconsin Night Life
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

Iron Pour
(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651.257.6668, www.franconia.org)

This event features iron pour demonstrations, activities, live music from Savage Aural Hotbed, and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Free First Saturday
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org) Come enjoy a free afternoon outside on the lawn with music by Switzerlind, Copper Street Brass Quintet; art-making activities; scavenger hunt; and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Polish Festival
(Sacred Heart Church, 420 22nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.781.9328)

Featuring music by Joe Glowacki, authentic Polish food, beer tent, raffles, kids' games, cake walk, silent auction, and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat-Sun.

  SUNDAY:

Kill to Kill, Fauna, Citizens of the Empire
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

Grey Matador, Boy Wonder, John Snell X-Plosion
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Punk, rock, indie. 9 p.m.

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

Extreme Race Day
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223, www.canterburypark.com)

Ostrich and camel races, unusual track conditions and lengths, pony rides. 1:30 p.m.

The Sound of Drums from the Land of China
(Caponi Art Park, 1205 Diffley Rd., Eagan, 651.454.9412, www.caponiartpark.org)

Featuring CAAM Chinese Dance Theater. Paper-lantern making at 5:30pm. 6:30 p.m.

ONGOING FREE:

Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org) This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit www.stevierays.org. Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223, www.canterburypark.com)

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.

Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit www.uptownmarket.org for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)





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