Freeloader Friday: Body builders at the Walker, Austerity Cookbook, WWE after party


(photo by Gene Pittman)

You work hard for your money, so check out these events after the jump that won't cost you a thing.


The Struggle Within

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

Check out this group show exploring artists' internal conflicts externally through art. There'll be works by over 70 individuals in a wide variety of mediums. The opening reception is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday.

KFAI MN Soundtrack Night

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.331.1746)

Show up at 10 p.m. tonight for free music featuring Crankshaft and Lusurfer. Crankshaft is a one-man band who creates tunes that range from blues, to rock, to country, and even a little R&B. Pretty interesting. Lusurfer likes their sonic cocktails loaded with equal parts zombie/Satanism and surf rock.


The Austerity Cookbook

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

The Austerity Cookbook was a no-nonsense publication of recipes and lifestyle ideas written by Bridget Ardley in the 1970s. As a gallery show, the "Austerity Cookbook," is a group show that explores frugality, hope, and thrift in the artist community during times of hardship. Some works are really neat, and it's not as depressing of a show as it sounds (it's about hope, people!). The opening reception is this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Free First Saturdays: Super Sculptures

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

This event is loaded with stuff to do. Create a superhero costume using recycled materials and gumption. Families can pose in funny backdrops and have their pictures taken. Check out performances by bodybuilders Laurey Heinrich, Michelle Soldo, and Ponce Saysomphou. Throw in some hands-on activities and you have something much better than an afternoon making macaroni paintings. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WWE Raw Afterparty

(Station 4, 201 E. Fourth St., St. Paul, 651.298.0173)

Are you still pumped up after watching dudes in spandex pretend to beat the shit out of each other? Check out this after party located just down the street from the Xcel. Screaming Mechanical Brain will be playing relaxing bedtime tunes  to ease you off to sleep. Or not. The electro/metal/rock group will more likely help you keep the party going instead. 18+. 9 p.m.

Surf Night

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

This night features three bands and a DJ for the price of none. Big Surf jams psychobilly tunes, Ronnie Lake mixes surf, rock, and blues, and the Bay of Pigs specialize in surf, garage, and experimental. DJ Rock the Monkey rounds things out. 9 p.m.


Roxanne Jackson: We Believe in Some Thing

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

Check out this freaky-cool show featuring ceramic, mounted animal and monster heads, and animal bodies. It's a hunt-or-be-hunted world.

Bonus Free: The Minnesota State Fair

No, it's not free to get in, but once you do there's plenty to do at no additional cost. Here's the free concert lineup for the weekend.

Blood, Sweat, & Tears

(at the Bandshell)

8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Deke Dickerson

(at the Heritage Square Stage)

6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs

(at the Heritage Square Stage)

6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Riders in the Sky

(at the Bandshell)

8:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.