Freeloader Friday: Cheese, burlesque, and ice skating

So you survived Thanksgiving. You ate five pounds of food, watched some football, and threw a bread roll at your mother's head. There's still three days of potential fun left.


Target Holidazzle

(Nicollet Mall, between 12th and 4th Streets, Minneapolis,, 612.375.SNOW)

Who doesn't like free twinkling stuff? Bring a flask, take the bus, and find a spot to watch this parade of lights. 6:30 p.m.


16th Annual Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

(Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.926.7645)

Ham, turkey, and stuffing made with chicken broth are not treats for vegans. Celebrate a belated Thanksgiving with friends of similar dietary interests, and bring a vegan dish to share. 6-8:30 p.m.


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

Check out DJs spinning dubstep, which sounds a little regae'ish, a little garage rock, and is heavy on the snare and bass. 10 p.m.

Karaoke Night

(James Ballentine VFW Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.823.6233)

Tired of never getting called for your song? Tonight karaoke probably won't be as packed. Grab some friends, grab grandpa (it's a people-friendly bar!) and practice your favorite song in front of the mirror.

(Photo by Aaron Smith)


Annual Holiday Tree/Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Rice Park, 109 W 4th St., St. Paul,, 651.291.5608)

This grand opening celebration will feature fireworks, skating exhibitions, tree-lighting ceremony for the sixty-foot Christmas tree. Bring skates from home or show your Wells Fargo check or credit card for a free skate rental. 4 p.m.

Eye of the Great Protector


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

This crunk band claims to be 50 percent cult, 50 percent kult, and 50 percent Colt 45. Hmmm. Someone was asleep in math class. Also with Military Special, Bouncer Fighter, and Sharp Teeth. 10 p.m.

Bitch N Brown (CD-Release)

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

Punk and country. With bluesy A Night in the Box, Cadillac Kolstad & the Flats, and rockers Fuck Knights. 9 p.m.

Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret and Burlesque


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

Ladies dancing on bowling lanes. It's a lot sexier than it sounds. 10 p.m.

(Photo by Infowidget)


James Norton, Becca Dilley

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611)

The local food critic (Heavy Table) and photojournalist discuss The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin. 4:30 p.m.

DJ Soulfeather

(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Hey, it's still the weekend. Get out there and dance. 10 p.m.