Freeloader Friday: Ice sculptures, sex seminars, and a rally for Conan


(Photo by Tom Maloney)

This is a good week for variety. After the jump we've got art shows, workshops for art sled- and love-making (not the same event), and pond hockey.

(Photo by Kristine Heykants)


A Perfect World

(IFP MN Center For Media Arts, 2446 University Ave. W, Ste 100, St. Paul, 651.644.1912,


Photography by Kristine Heykants and Evan Baden explore the dissonance between the reality of technological advances and our ideations of utopia. The opening reception is tonight from  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

(Various locations,, 651.223.4700)

This huge city-wide festival features tons of free events to entertain all ages. The ice-carving competition began Thursday at Rice Park (109 W. Fourth St.), but the sculptures should still be frozen this weekend (and longer out, if the cold weather holds). The snow-sculpture competition began this morning at 9 a.m. at the State Fairgrounds (1265 Snelling Ave.), if you are looking for some fresh art. Also today is the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade down John Ireland Boulevard from the James J. Hill House to the State Capitol. Check the website for a complete list of events.

MN Coco Rally

(Next to the Mcnamara alumni center, University of Minnesota,  

700 Cty. Rd .122 Minneapolis)

It might seem a little weird to have a rally in support of Conan O'Brien, especially since NBC is giving him a $44 million payout. It may be belated, but it is still in good fun. Bring your sign or your crappy red wig and take to the streets in support of "Coco" hosting the Tonight Show. Keep living the dream, guys. Check out the Facebook page here. 5:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Crossing Guards, Satellite Voices, Wizards Are Real

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

Tonight's lineup features variations on rock: Indie, psychedelic, and garage. 10 p.m.

The Poor Nobodys

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

Seven-piece roots band. 10 p.m.

The Retainers, the Sleaze, the Vignettes


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

Punk, garage, rock. 10 p.m.  

The Nina the Pinta, the Umbrella Sequence, Death to Our Enemies, Falcon Arrow

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

Rock in all its variations. 9 p.m.

Gender & Sexuality

(Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, 612.330.1000,

This three-day lecture series features talks including queer sex tips 5 p.m. Friday, a singer/songwriter lecture with Chastity Brown 7 p.m. Friday, sex therapist Lynn Vice on the female orgasm 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and Nancy Fischer on sexuality from a sociological perspective 2 p.m. Saturday.


Chris Mars: The Relinquishing

(Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, 715.386.2305,

The Replacements drummer makes a rare appearance to showcase his art. Road trip? 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

Studio Furniture: The Next Generation

(MCAD - Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.874.3700,

When I lived in a studio I had a mattress on the floor, a pot for boiling water, and phone books for propping my computer monitor up. Apparently, there are more glamorous ways to live the studio apartment lifestyle. Check out this show featuring 15 innovative studio furniture artists. The opening reception is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Loose Crew (CD-Release)

(Downtime Bar, 1501 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.379.1224)

Hip-hop, grime. 10 p.m.

U.S. Pond Hockey Tournament

(Lake Nokomis, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis)

Watch dozens of teams compete for ultimate bragging rights. This event runs Friday through Sunday, with game play happening between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check out the schedule at  


Art Shanties

(Medicine Lake, 9699 17th Ave. N, Plymouth)

This weekend will feature BIcyle races, puppet shows, astrology fortune telling, and star gazing. Check online at for the complete schedule of events. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , 7 p.m. star gazing on Sunday. (Photo by Megan Jacobson)

Art Sled Workshop

(Powderhorn Community Center, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis,

Do you have a sled you would like to decorate and race next weekend at the art sled rally? Bring it with you and make it awesome at this art workshops. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vietnamese Tet (New Year's) Festival

(Armstrong High School, 10635 36th Ave., Plymouth,

Featuring the Miss Ao Dai beauty pageant, All-Star Kids contest, Pho-eating contest, lucky money, live cultural performances, traditional and contemporary music and dance, sporting competitions, vendors, exhibitions, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


(Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, 952.563.8587,

Black and white photography by Julie Taylor. The public reception is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


(Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.879.0200,

Large paintings inspired by the cellular-level of life by Margot Dedrick. The opening reception will feature music by James Patrick from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Man Is Doomed, Hunting Club

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

Electro-funk, indie. 10 p.m.,

Red Pens, Zombie Season, Minor Kingdom

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

Surf rock; experimental; metal. 10 p.m.

The Muskies, July Fighter, 10 Gallon Monk

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

Rock, blues, alternative, more! 10 p.m.

Rank Strangers, Middlepicker, Party of One, Stars As Our Guide

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

Indie rock. 9 p.m.


Rock the Cradle

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

This big fun event for kids features art carts; story time with Current DJs; live music with local musicians Jeremy Messersmith, Adam Levy, and Haley Bonar; a kid's disco hosted by Current DJs; family yoga; performances by local puppetry theater Open Eye Theater; instrument petting zoo; more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by j u s t i n .)

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul)

Check for more info and for special holiday hours or call 651.291.5608. Flash your Well's Fargo check card for a free skate rental. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

DJ Gary Slam

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

Dance your precious weekend hours away. Or just sit there and drink. 9:30 p.m.