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Freeloader Friday: July 10-12

You don't need money to have a good time this weekend. Hop on your bike and check out these events.

FRIDAY:

Minneapolis Bicycle Film Festival After Party

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.338.6424, nomadpub.com)

So, you couldn't scrounge together $8 to go to one of the screenings. Bummer. You can still celebrate the bike at this fun gig. Show up around 8 p.m. to watch racers compete on stationary bikes in sprints and grudge matches. Or show up around 10 p.m. to enjoy pop-indie group Best Friends Forever.

Brutal Becomings CD-Release Show

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

A mix of many sounds, Brutal Becomings can probably be best described as somewhere between thrash, psychedelic, noise, and rock. Their MySpace page lists their current influence as the Turf's Clown Lounge, so make of that what you will. Lookbook, as well as Aaron & the Sea will also be performing. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Intersections: Where Art Meets Fashion

(The Goldstein Museum of Design, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, 612.624.7434, goldstein.che.umn.edu)

Fashion and Pop Art collide in this unique exhibit exploring the cyclical nature of art using fashion and fashion using art. Freelance journalist Margot Siegel brings in pieces from her personal collection, including work by Andy Warhol and Richard Hamilton. Fashions by Louis Vuitton, Martin Margiela, and Steven Sprouse will also be on display. The opening reception runs from 6 pm to 8 pm.

SATURDAY:

Dragon Festival

(Phalen Lake and Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651.739.0133, www.dragonfestival.org)

This weekend festival promises spectacle for all. Watch competitive Dragon Boat racing, a tradition over 2,000 years old. Festival attendees can also enjoy canoe rides, arts and crafts, Asian vendors, cooking demonstrations, Bollywood dance and workshops, and a huge variety of other performances. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ramsey County Fair

(Ramsey County Fairgrounds, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood, 651.770.2626, www.ramseycountyfair.com)

If you've been to a fair before, you probably know what's happening at this one. Yes, there will be carnival rides. Yes, there will probably be cheese curds and cookies. Yes, there will be animals, live music, and exhibits. Yes, you will probably have fun. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9:30 pm each day. The website also warns of a $2 parking fee, so bike in or park further out and walk in if you want to avoid paying.

Twin Cities Zine Fest

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

Learn all about the art of zines at this two-day festival. Make your own, meet other zine-makers, take a workshop, and more Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

SUNDAY:

Bastille Day Celebrations

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908, www.britspub.com, and outside of Barbette, 1600 W Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.827.5710, www.barbette.com)

Bastille Day celebrates the French Revolution and the freeing of a handful of prisoners. The storming was more symbolic, ok? Anyway, there are two free celebrations around town worth checking out. Brit's Pub is celebrating with day-long entertainment, including live music by Steve Noonan, Nick Salisbury, and Graham Parker; a performance of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged); and a screening of the Meg Ryan chick-flick, French Kiss at dusk. Events start at 1:30 pm. Barbette is also throwing a party. This street festival will include a live music, a flea market, and fire eaters from 4 pm to 10 pm. C'est bon!

So the World May Hear Gala

(RiverCentre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651.726.8240, www.rivercentre.org)

Have you ever wanted to spend an afternoon in a paparazzi cage? Well, this is your opportunity to live the dream. Though there's no way in hell any of us plebes are getting inside to the main event, fans, fanatics, and freaks are welcome to hang on the red carpet and watch celebrities like Elton John, Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, Billy Crystal, Buzz Aldrin, Arnold Palmer, and others as they arrive to raise funds for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The gawking runs from 3 pm to 4:45 pm.

Norway Day

(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.230.6400, www.minneapolisparks.org)

If you're a little hung over or more of a family person, this is the free activity for you. Celebrate Norway and Norwegian heritage with the vbarnetog parade, live music, food, craft booths, and more. Call 612.861.4793 for more info or show up between 10 am and 4 pm.

BONUS FREE: TUESDAY

Food, Inc.

(Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612.825.6006, www.foodincmovie.com)

In this documentary, filmmaker Robert Kenner explores how the food industry is controlled by a handful of corporations that do not operate with the best interests for farmers or consumers in mind. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Watch the trailer here: