Saint Paul Art Crawl

After the summer onslaught of art festivals, it is reasonable to be a little burned out on these types of events. The crowds, the parking situation, and the hundreds of identical paintings inspired by trips to the seashore can be a little bit much. However, the Saint Paul Art Crawl is an entirely different beast, and should serve as a good palate cleanser. Now in its 30th year, the event features a self-guided tour of over 300 artists exhibiting in studios, galleries, and unique pop-up locations. As usual, the bulk of the crawl is in the Lowertown and downtown regions of St. Paul, but it also includes happenings along Grand Avenue, at Harriet Island, and around the University/Raymond Avenue area. Events to check out include the Art Vending Machine, an old cigarette vending machine that has been repurposed to sell cigarette pack-sized original art for $5 (proceeds benefit Altered Esthetics) located outside of the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar (308 Prince St.); the epic Soundcrawl event, which features 14 hours of music events around town, including a laptop marching band parade, DJ sets, and concerts; and rapid-fire variety performances at Studio Z (275 E. Fourth St.). There's plenty of parking in various lots, or hop a free bus to get from one hotspot to the next. For more info call 651.292.4373 or visit (Julie Keller, Embers)
Fri., Oct. 8, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 9, 12-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 10, 12-5 p.m., 2010

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