Freeloader Friday: Jug band battles, free ink, and Valentine's Day

This is a big week for romantics, and we've got that covered in Freeloader today. However, we also have free events for singles, for the recently heartbroken, and for people who just want to have a good time like any other weekend.

(Photo by Lara 604)


Mark Mallman


(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

The rock musician stops by to spin tunes from past and present. Tonight you'll hear MGMT, David Bowie, Cut Chemist, Human League, Bat for Lashes, and whatever else strikes his whimsy. 10 p.m.

Falcon Arrow, Small White, National Bird

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

Lots of rock at the 501. 10 p.m.

International Espionage, Giravves, Les Deux Magots

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

Garage, rock, power pop, and a little punk for good measure. DJ Shannon Blowtorch spins tunes as well. 9 p.m.

Fire on the Moon, the Half Hearts, One Man Dan

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

Rock, grunge. 10 p.m.

Mind Body & Soul

(Caterpillar Lounge, 2550 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612.813.1200)

Kevin Beacham spins in Azia's Caterpillar Lounge. 10 p.m.

The Boys N' the Barrels, Inside Out Strings


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

Country, folk, bluegrass. 9:30 p.m.

Warm the House

(Chakra Khan Massage and Asian Bodywork, Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.964.6842)

Learn a little about yoga at this open house party featuring appetizers, tea, and wine. 7 p.m.

(Photo by Freddy the Boy)



Shred the Love

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Destroy old momentos from failed relationships. Send those love notes through the paper shredder, cut that teddy bear's head off with giant scissors, and wreck anything else you have. Afterwards you and your friends can enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries, and group specials at various restaurants in the building. 1-3 p.m.

Free Ink Day: Heart and Bones

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

Make a Valentine's Day print for your sweetheart at this free day of printmaking. Design your own work or use one of the prints available for inspiration. 1-5 p.m.


(The Hack Factory, 3119 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612.293.MAKE)

2-11 p.m.

Tonight artists celebrate the new Hack Factory space with an art show and party. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. guests can check out demonstrations from local creators, including Ed Vogel's cigar box electric guitars, a life-size game of Operation by Nick and Jim of TC Maker, and Joseph Rand's DIY Wind turbine. After 7 p.m. enjoy refreshments and check out local art.

Alpha Centauri, emot

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

Electro, indie, psychedelic. 9:30 p.m.

Fuck Knights, Real Numbers, Magic Words, Vignettes

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

It seems fitting that a band called Fuck Knights is playing a free show this V-Day weekend. Their sound can be described as loud, as can the other bands playing tonight. 9 p.m.

Fiber Frenzy

(Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.0464)

Check out this fiber show with sales, prizes, and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Valentines Open House & Sale

(Foci Glass, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.623.3624,

See live glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

EXCO Winter Carnival

(Aldine Park, 1717 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul,

Are you interested in taking free classes? This organization offers educational opportunities for those that would like to teach, or learn. Today's open house features hot drinks, info on urban winter survival skills, hockey lessons, games, food, arts and crafts, medallion hunt, and info on EXCO's free spring classes. 1-4 p.m.

Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer

(Lake Hiawatha, 2701 E. 44th St., Minneapolis, 612.370.4930,

Featuring sleigh rides, ice skating, a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, hot dogs, live music, face painting, arts and crafts, and raffle drawings. 12-3 p.m.

Birds of Virginia, Speed's the Name

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

Indie rock. 9:30 p.m.

Sweet Mamma J, the Astronauts of Rhythm & Sound

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

Americana, swing, rhythm & blues. 10 p.m.

DJ Soulfeather & Guests

(Caterpillar Lounge, 2550 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612.813.1200)

Come chill to jazzy house music. 10 p.m.

Art Bar 2: Super Heroes of Art

(Mill City Café, California Building, 2205 California Street NE, Minneapolis, 612.788.6188)

Sip a cocktail and enjoy artwork at this party featuring Kendall Bohn, Susan Opitz, and Aldo Moroni. 6-9 p.m.

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Paper Hearts

(Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.3889,

This weekend is your last chance to check out work by artist couple Karen O'Bryan and R.M. Hanson. O'Bryan paints people in animal masks while Hanson prefers to create evil beasties with... teeth. At this party hosted by l'etoile guests can sip cocktails, smooch in the make out room, snack on sweets from Cake Eater Bakery, and enjoy tunes from DJ Matt Perkins. Partiers throughout the night can write anonymous notes and drop them in a love box. They will be posting on the wall throughout the night in what they describe as "a live version of Missed Connections." 8 p.m. to midnight.

28th Annual Battle of the Jug Bands

(Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6425)

What could be more romantic than watching jug bands compete for the mighty waffle maker? Last year local favs the Como Avenue Jug Band took home the prize, but this year they face stiff competition yet again from groups including Malcolm Tent and the Heptic Discharge, Mississippi Undertow, Sasquatch Wristwatch, New Improved Jook Savages, and others. Jug bands need nutrients to compete, so bring food to contribute to the potluck and snack as need be. They'll also be collecting food shelf items. All ages. For more info visit

Vital Vinyl Sundays

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

Bring some vinyl to spin. $2 gets you a mystery beer. What beer is it? It could be Miller, it could be Surly, could be... anything! It's like a gumball machine, only with beer. 21+. 9 p.m.

The Guystorm, Chelsea Boys, Military Special

(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

It's a dual CD-Release party for the Guystorm and for Military Special. Come listen to their unique blend of electro, grime, metal, and rock.

Special Valentine's Love Making Inspired Show

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

With Iguano, Bob Rue & the Distractions, Poosa, DJs Psychedelic Shack & Lady Stardust

8 p.m.