Freeloader Friday: Instant film, bowling alley burlesque, and National Gorilla Suit Day

It's another strong weekend for free events. We have awesome outdoor activities including a baseball game with the St. Paul Saints, an Art Sled Rally, and tons of stuff on ice. There's also hot dance parties, art shows, and car races (of the pine wood derby kind). Also, somewhere along the way in Freeloader you will meet a nice tattooed lady. Come take a look at our list.


(Photo by Nadine Gross)



Instant Film Forever

(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.874.7222)

Nadine Gross and Sam Hoolihan have been playing with Polaroids. Come see their cool work tonight at their reception 7-10 p.m.


(Club Jäger, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

DJ Teikio Westmar spins a trail mix of different flavors, from funk to rap to rock, and more from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 21+.

Jason Shannon Band

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

Rock, but in the classic rock vein. 10 p.m.

Estate, Ghost in the Water

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

Electronica. 9:30 p.m.

Iron Thrones, Battlefields, Lesser Known Saint

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

Death metal: A relaxing way to start the weekend. 9 p.m.

Fire Watch


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

Rock and blues. 9 p.m.

Bavaria Bend

(Floyd's, 1758 Arboretum Blvd., Victoria, 952.443.9944)

Classic rock. 8:30 p.m.

MPLS Dub Ensemble

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


Dub on the lanes. 10 p.m.

92KQRS Classic Rock Art Show

(Macy's, 700 Nicollet Mall (skyway level), Minneapolis, 612.375.2200)

Featuring original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten song lyrics, concert posters, gold records, album art, animation drawings, and more. Ron Campbell, director of the Saturday morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator on Yellow Submarine (he has also worked on Rug Rats, Scooby-Doo, Smurfs, and a ton of other shows) will make an appearance throughout the entire show with a live demonstration of his painting. Should you purchase anything, a portion of the proceeds go to the Smile Network. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

17 Swedish Designers

(American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.871.4907,

This show features the work of contemporary female designers. The opening reception is at 6 p.m.

Megan Vossler, Saul Chernick, Kwabena Slaughter


(Franklin Art Works, 1021 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.872.7494,

Three separate shows in one space include landscape drawings over multiple pieces, detailed drawings, and video. The opening reception is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Select Impressions

(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.871.1326,

This show features juried works from Highpoint's first portfolio review. The opening reception is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

(Photo by Nick Lethert (Photo by Tom Maloney)

SATURDAY, cont.:

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

( or call 651.223.4700)

It's the last weekend of this huge city-wide festival. Check out ice and snow sculptures, art shows, and fireworks on the Mississippi.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul,, 651.291.5608)

Last call for free downtown St. Paul ice skating. Flash your Wells Fargo check card for a free skate rental (or bring your own). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Pine Wood Derby

(Bluecat Motors, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul, 651.645.1172,

Watch cars race on a rented track. With beer and music. 7 p.m.

The Red Flags, Poosa, James Loney

(Nick and Eddie, 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612.486.5800)

Rock. 10 p.m.

Scott Moses Murray, Shinola

(Old Arizona Studio, 2821 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.871.0050)

Funk, soul, and rock. 8 p.m.

Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque

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

Can't afford tickets to the Midwest Burlesk Fest? Check out this free show right on the bowling lanes. 10 p.m.

Paul Mayasich

(Shaw's Bar & Grill, 1528 University Ave. Ne, Minneapolis, 612.781.4405)

Blues and roots. 9 p.m.

Nathaniel Smith

(Familia Skateshop, 2833 Hennepin Ave., 612.353.6930)

Back-and-white grayscale pieces. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Amelia Klem Osterud

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

Amelia Klem Osterud, author of The Tattooed Lady: A History, discusses her life as a tattooed librarian, as well as the carnival culture that supported inked ladies as part of their freakshow act. 5 p.m.

Vital Vinyl Sundays

(Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.333.7399)

Bring a record to spin and enjoy beer specials. 9 p.m.

Kevin Anthony & the Twin City Playboys CD-Release Party

(Red Stag Supper Club, 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.767.7766)

Country, Americana, and roots. 9 p.m.