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Freeloader Friday: DJ sets, two wild art parties, and thrash music

Freeloader Friday: DJ sets, two wild art parties, and thrash music

(Artwork by Chuck U)


It's a good week for free stuff. Check out our list featuring free metal band concerts, gallery openings, and a raging party that runs until 4 a.m.

Freeloader Friday: DJ sets, two wild art parties, and thrash music

(Photo by amatern)


FRIDAY:

Rogue Citizen Art Opening
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424, nomadpub.com)

Rock and art will come together at this smashing party. Watch local artists from Rogue Citizen create a painting live. Rockers To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, Zombie Season, Phantom Tails, and Junkyard Seraphim provide the soundtrack starting at 9 p.m. Also, pick up some two-for-ones at the bar the first hour of the party. 6 p.m. to midnight.

The Vignettes, the Awesome Snakes, Vag, Les Deux Magots, Yoda Bomb
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Tonight's theme: two piece bands. This will also be a CD-release show for garage rockers the Vignettes. 9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Tilsner Artist Cooperative, 300 N. Broadway, St. Paul, 651.228.9058)

This month's edition got bumped back a week due to New Years. Check out open studios, enjoy drink specials, and watch live performances around the area. For more info call 651.765.8071 or visit www.mnartists.org. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Modern Monsters, Radical Chic
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock. 10 p.m.

Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs
(Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7625)

Or simply the Liquor Pigs if you're cool. Country. 7 p.m.
 

Freeloader Friday: DJ sets, two wild art parties, and thrash music

(Artwork by Chuck U)

SATURDAY:

Robozoology
(Nicademus Art and Framing, 225 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, 651.207.8322)

Enter local artist Chuck U's world of robot animals and the astronauts who farm them. This show will cover his works from the past three years in addition to new pieces. The opening party features music by Idle Hands from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Worn to be Wild
(Anthem Heart Studio (2nd Floor), 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis)

This party oozes cool. Dance the weekend away with sets from Wants vs Needs, the Nightstalker, DJ Bach, and others. Time Squid will provide video art to trip you out. The sponsors are Redbull and PBR, so beer and caffeine will be aplenty. Bring a t-shirt, hoodie, or other clothing item and an artist will print on it for $5. There's a cover after 1:30 a.m. ($3) so get there early. 18+. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

In Defence, Party By the Slice, Get Rad, Cognitive Dissonance, Viral Mutation
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

It's going to be a soothing night of thrash and heavy metal tonight at the Hex. 9 p.m.

Bitch & Brown, the Accelerati
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Country with a splash of punk. 10 p.m.

Sinnergy
(Bar Fly, 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.6100)

Okay, there's a trick to this one: You have to be a lady, and you have to show up before 11 p.m. Good luck pulling that off. Music will be by Sound of Fujun, Choches, Hustler. 10 p.m.

Papa John Kolstad & the Hot Club of East Lake
(Merlins Rest, 3601 E Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.216.2419)

Blues and swing every Saturday night. 9 p.m.

Tumblin' Dice
(Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.729.4365)

Rolling Stones tribute band. 9 p.m.

Wellfest
(South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.668.3939 or visit commed.mpls.k12.mn.us/Wellfest.html)

Get started on your cliché New Year's resolution to get into shape at this event featuring a sampling of fitness activities offered through community education, a keynote address by Diana Pierce, a vendor fair, interactive demonstrations, and activities. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kite Festival
(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612.661.4785)

Take the little ones to this event with kite flying, ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, a kid's medallion hunt, and a marshmallow roast. Noon to 4 p.m.

Emergent Poets III
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

This poetry reading features local writers Julie Carr, Christine Hume, and Andrew Zawacki. 7 p.m.
 

Freeloader Friday: DJ sets, two wild art parties, and thrash music

(Photo by bensonkua)


SUNDAY:

PB & the Jam
(Downtime Bar, 1501 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.379.1224)

This band seeks to transcend "genrefication" by playing across musical styles. They're a little bit jazz, a little bit funk, a little bit retro, and can be anything on any given night. 9 p.m.

DJ Imelda, Jacques Renault
(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Electronic, funk, hip-hop. 9:30 p.m.

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

Flash them your Well's Fargo card for a free skate rental. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Traditional Jazz Jam
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)

This event is exactly what it sounds like. 6 p.m.


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