Wing Young Huie, Iron Bartender: Freeloader Friday

(Pictured: Work from Wing Young Huie's "University Avenue Project")

This week in Freeloader Friday we have an epic game of tag, a six-mile gallery show, and several outdoor festivals.  


Art in Bloom
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.870.3131,

What happens when over 150 floral artists are invited to create displays inspired by the permanent collection? Come see this weekend at the M.I.A. This year is Japanese in theme, with related talks, parties, and other activities placing emphasis on Ikebana. Check the website for a complete schedule. The art is free, but some events have a cover charge. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.

Iron and Candy: 6 Year Anniversary Party
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

Celebrate the success of AE at this party featuring candy- and iron-themed artwork, which are traditional gifts for the six-year mark. There will also be refreshments, steampunk-themed art, live caricature drawings from the Intn'l Cartoonist Conspiracy, and more. 7 p.m. to midnight. (Image:Melt Your Heart Out by Marnie Erpestad)

I, Colossus, Bethany Larson & the Bees Knees
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.331.1746)

Folk, indie rock. 10 p.m.

No Bird Sing, Gospel Gossip, Zoo Animal
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Hip hop, thrash, grunge. 10 p.m.

Real Numbers (12''-Release), the Sleaze, Sinks, Wisconsin Night Life

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Punk. 9 p.m.


Kentucky Derby Screening
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908,

Come witness the "greatest two minutes in sports" live... via television. Put on your craziest hat and dapper gear. Inside, guests can view the races on the big-screen upstairs in the Clubhouse. Outdoors, people can watch from smaller TVs while enjoying the sunshine and views from the rooftop. There will be appetizers and drink specials throughout the day; be sure to order up at least one mint julep. 4 p.m.

The University Avenue Project
(University Avenue Project Site, 1433 University Ave., St. Paul, 612.375.0191,

This epic new project helmed by Wing Young Huie will feature over 500 photographs exhibited in store windows and projected on buildings along six miles of University Avenue (from the Minneapolis border to the Capitol). At the center of the project is an installation site where images will be projected nightly on billboard-size screens, accompanied by music by local musicians. There will also be monthly cabarets, talks, and other fun events in the area for the next six months. Check online for a complete schedule and list of sites. 8 p.m.

St. Paul Craftstravaganza
(Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651.288.4400,

This super-popular event returns to the fairgrounds. Check out vendors, watch demonstrations, and shop. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Uno de Mayo Party
(Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.9491)

With the Love Handles and Kicked in the Jimmy. 9 p.m.

Creative Kidstuff Baby Shower
(Creative Kidstuff, 1074 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.2472,

This event will be happening at several Creative Kidstuff locations, so check online for more info. The day will feature a maternity fashion show, style tips from Hot Mama, food and beverages, a nutrition tutorial, info on products and services, prizes, and more. It's free, but you need to RSVP beforehand. 10-11:30 a.m.

Living Green Expo
(Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651.288.4400)

Learn how to green every aspect of live with over 250 exhibits and displays. Visit for more info. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

125 Anniversary Open House
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.861.7600,

Get a leg up on spring and summer gardening with deals. There will also be tomato plant giveaways, birthday cake, punch, and kid's activities. Events will be happening at all Bachman's locations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

="font-size:> Free First Saturday: Global Games
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

Today visitors can learn how to play different games from all around the world, watch a screening of Jessica Yu's Ping Pong Playa, explore gallery activities, listen at story time, and make art. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

MN Zero: Journey to the End of the Night
(Tower Hill Park, 55 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis)

Can you make it from point A to point B? Try your luck and skills at this huge game of tag. More info at 6:30 p.m.

Brock Davis: Make Something Cool Every Day
(Creative Electric Studios, 2205 NE California Street, 1st Fl. (California Building Gallery), Minneapolis, 612.706.7879,

In 2009 Brock Davis set out to make one creative piece of work every day. Then he blogged on his progress. Come see some of the results at this opening reception from 6:30-11 p.m.

Red Pens, Double Bird, the Guystorm
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Indie rock, metal, and probably some other stuff. 10 p.m.


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36th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.823.1141)

The event begins with a parade at 1 p.m. that starts at Bloomington Avenue at 26th Street, and moves up Bloomington Avenue to Powderhorn Park. This will be followed by a playful and colorful ceremony celebrating spring, family activities, dance, music, theater performances, and more. For more info visit 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

(El Neuvo Rodeo, 2709 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.728.0101,

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early. During the day guests can enjoy music, dancing, and other performances on two live stages, one indoor and one outdoor. Headliners for the day are Latin Grammy winners Huichol Musical and La Autoridad de La Sierra. There will also be a low-rider car show, and food vendors, including traditional Mexican food, plus Japanese and Indian treats. Noon to 8 p.m.

Iron Bartender
(Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St., Minneapolis, 612.332.4700,

This competition features 16 teams of 2 employees from local bars. Each week will feature a secret ingredient that must be used to create three drinks: one shot, one martini, and one cocktail. Drink special will abound. This event will take place Sundays through June 20. 8 p.m.

Monthly Hoot
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)

Jim Walsh and friends jam at the hoot. 4 p.m.