Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, a birthday party, and communal living

It's a good week for free stuff, especially if you are into music. We've got free shows for Dearling Physique, Bouncer Fighter, and Chickadee Mountain Martyrs; free art shows; and so much more.

(Photo by hugochrisholm)



Illo. Minn: Volume Two

(College of Visual Arts, 344 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.224.3416,

The opening party was this Thursday, but if you haven't seen the show you should check it out. It features 28 working Minnesota illustrators. Each artist has two pieces in the show, including their own take on the Munny doll.

Lost Shepherds, Big Lake, Minor Kingdom

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

Pop, rock, folk, metal. Not necessarily in that order. 9:30 p.m.

The Tisdales, Petty Demons

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Rock, psychedelic, garage. Soothing! 9:30 p.m.

Bouncer Fighter CD-Release Show

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

Speaking of soothing music, this thrash band will be releasing a CD tonight. They also have a song titled "Uppity Butterflies." Thank god. It's about time someone said something about those butterflies. With Children of Euler. 9 p.m.

Future Antiques, Usonia, Omaur Bliss

(Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.746.0306)

Check out this chill lounge located at the old Jitters space. Tonight there will be indie rock and hip hop, plus DJ Jaive. 9:30 p.m.

Me & My Arrow


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

This band has seven members (yes, you read that right) and play experimental rock. 10 p.m.

(Photo by Ross Yates)


New Land of Milk and Honey

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

Check out this super cool, super hippy show featuring collaborative work exploring communal living, with fashion designer Annie Larson, installation artist Brett Smith, and his sister Erin Smith, whose interests include interior design and jewelry (the siblings also create together as Sisbro Design). The opening reception is this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature a performance and presentation at 8 p.m. from the artists, as well as work by video artist Adrian Freeman and his wife Annemarie Freeman.


Altered Pages

(1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

This show explores themes surrounding books that have been banned, censored, and destroyed. Saturday several of the artists will discuss their work at 1 p.m.

Frostbike 2010

(Quality Bicycle Products, 6400 W. 105th St., Bloomington)

This Saturday and Sunday you can check out what's new in biking products at this expo featuring vendors, info, food, prizes, and more. For more info call 888.988.8957 or visit 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Childish Films: Playmation

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.630.6000,

Family-friendly shorts. 10:30 a.m.

Transylvania Television

(Source Comics and Games, 1601 W. Larpenteur Ave., Roseville, 651.645.0386,

Meet the cast and producers of this comedy show, which features monster puppets who run a television station in the Carpathian Mountains. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Colder in Moscow, Nice Purse

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

Rock, metal. 10 p.m.

Chickadee Mountain Martyrs CD-Release Show

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

Their MySpace page states that they are all about "gratuitous sax and senseless violin." They also offer up a healthy dose of Americana. Dark Dark Dark and Knife World open up the show. 9 p.m.

Dearling Physique

(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

Electronic, ambient. 21+. 10 p.m.

Surly Jones

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

Retro '70s rock. Yeah! 10 p.m.

HandsOn Twin Cities Volunteer Expo

(Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,

You know what else is free? Volunteering. Check out this expo where you can learn more about valuable ways to donate your time to good causes. For more info visit 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(Art by Nam June Paik)


Foot in the Door 4

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

This show features work by thousands of Minnesota artists.

Urban Expedition: Hungary

(Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

Bring the kids to this neat event high lighting the best of Hungarian art, dance, food, music, and more. 1 p.m.

Kevin Troy Boy Toy & the Almost Virgin Pajama Party

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

It's a b-day party for Kevin Troy. See them before he moves back to Sweden. 8 p.m.