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Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, binge drinking elves, and a peachy gallery party

Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, binge drinking elves, and a peachy gallery party

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This week we have huge list of free things to do including Christmas pub parties filled with beer-slamming Santas, dancing ladies, and rock bands.


Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, binge drinking elves, and a peachy gallery party

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FRIDAY:

Holiday Extravaganza
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848, www.501.mn)

In an effort to warm your cold, dead heart the lovely ladies of Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret will be dancing, singing, and stripping at this holiday show guaranteed to lift your mood. 10 p.m.

Sinks CD-Release Show
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

According to his MySpace page Sinks is from Minneapolis, and is "dumb as hell." Come see if it's true as he plays punk and garage tunes with a healthy serving of humor. The Teenage Moods, the Sleaze, and Real Numbers also play. 9 p.m.

I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir
(Nick & Eddie, 1612 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis; 612.486.5800)

Tonight Mickey Leigh (a.k.a. Joey Ramone's brother) and punk rock scenester Legs McNeil will discuss their book, I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir. Together, the pair give perspective on two decades of punk as only people intimately familiar and knowledgeable on the scene can. Stay for food and drink specials. 9 p.m.
 

Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, binge drinking elves, and a peachy gallery party

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SATURDAY:

SantaCon
(Senor Wong, 111 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651.224.2019)

Dress festive and pub crawl through Lowertown St. Paul. Zombie reindeer, drunken elves, spinning driedels, and knowledge-imparting Christmas trees are also welcome. It's a free event, but canned goods will be collected at certain bars to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. The stroll moves on the hour (or search the bars for leftover drunks). For an itinerary visit tilsner.net/santacon. 5 p.m. to bar close.

Peach Holiday House Warming
(Peach, 275 E. Fourth St., St. Paul, 612.296.5023, www.peachsaintpaul.com)

This new gallery/art space in Lowertown is as sweet as it sounds. Tonight there will be live music, drinks, and snacks in addition to great local art. Stay later for DJ music (but bring your own drink for after hours). 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Minneapolis Grown Up Spelling Bee
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.331.1746)

OK, so it usually costs $5-$8 if you want to play. However, it is free to watch. They encourage heckling, and there's an underpants round. The spectacle should be good. 7 p.m.

Grown and Sexy
(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.363.5612)

OK, I'll admit I am a little creeped out by the title, but the show itself sounds pretty cool. Opening this weekend (though the opening party isn't until Wednesday), visitors can check out artwork by those that participated as teens in the Walker's Teen Arts Council. Now all grown up, they've created this show featuring paintings, drawings, installation, and more. Noon to 5 p.m.

Childish Films Presents Winter Tales
(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.630.6000, mplib.org)

Family-friendly films and cookie decorating. 10:30 a.m.

Mitch Omer
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

It's been a long, hard road to hell. Come hear the tale of Mitch Omer: bouncer, roadie, line chef, and owner of Hell's Kitchen. He will be discussing his cookbook/biography, Damn Good Food. 1 p.m.

Politi-Pop Closing Discussion
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Artists discuss how their reactions to societal issues have informed their artwork in this closing discussion of the "Politi-Pop" gallery show. 1 p.m.
 

Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, binge drinking elves, and a peachy gallery party

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SUNDAY:

Super Xmas Party
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848, www.501.mn)

Celebrate the season with pub trivia, drink specials, DJs spinning vinyl, and rockers giving their take on classic holiday tunes with Sun in the Satellite, the Nightinghales, Moonstone, the Flavor Crystals, Luke's Angels, and others. 8 p.m.

Ray Albright's Birthday Bash
(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Free music with Courtney Yasmineh, the Melismatics, and DJ Marc 'the Guv.' 8:30 p.m.
 

Freeloader Friday: CD-release shows, binge drinking elves, and a peachy gallery party

Still going strong, and still free:

Target Holidazzle
(Nicollet Mall, between 12th and 4th Streets, Minneapolis, 612.375.SNOW, holidazzle.com)

Sparkling floats, furries, and marching bands. Stand outside with a mug of hot chocolate or watch from the window of a nearby bar. 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. Continues through December 20.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul, 651.291.5608, capitalcitypartnership.com/promote/winterSkate.html)

There are two ways to do this thing free. If you have skates, simply show up with them and take to the ice. If you don't have skates but bank at Wells Fargo, flash them your debit or credit card for a free rental. Check online or call in case the rink is on special holiday hours but generally open skate is Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Mondays through Thursdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through January 31.


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