Freeloader Friday: July 24-26


(pictures of Bearded Lady Festivals past courtesy of event organizers)

In this week's Freeloader Friday I've got experimental art, freaks out on the street, and a party hosted by PBR.


Artery 24

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

This weekend marks the return of this 24-hour party featuring performances and new media by over 50 local and national artists. Some will going 24-hours straight, some for an hour or so. Expect stilt walkers, performance art, experimental theater, and other weird and thought-provoking moments from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Discover Minneapolis: An Artist's Perspective

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.871.4444,

The map projects at Intermedia Arts live on with Trent Kerkow, whose paintings and drawings are firmly of a local flavor. Check out his site here: The opening reception runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Twin Cities Carifest

(Mississippi Riverfront, West River Parkway between Plymouth Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, 612.827.2211,

Celebrate the Caribbean in Minneapolis with traditional music, food, dance, a costumed carnival parade, market, children's activities, and Aquatennial fireworks. Proceeds support Caribbean hurricane relief. Noon to 10 p.m.

One Day in July: A Street Festival for the Working Class

(at the corner of 7th Avenue and North 3rd Street (a.k.a. the Warehouse District), Minneapolis, 612.378.1973,

Come on over to City Pages' neighborhood for this daylong festival paying tribute to the 1934 Minneapolis truckers strike, an important moment in union and labor history. Two strikers died, 67 were wounded by police. Paying musical tribute will be Brother Ali, El Guante, Mic Crenshaw, the Brass Kings, Ellis, and others. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Art Car Parade

(Lake Harriet, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis,

Grab a spot, bring a picnic, and enjoy the spectacle as art cars, bikes, and decorated non-motorized boats ride around the lake. Live music at the bandshell follows. 6 p.m.

Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow

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

This outdoor block party features live music, beer, roving clowns and burlesque performers, motorcycle contests, and more. Noon to 6 p.m.

Mike Cina: Ways of Seeing

(First Amendment Gallery, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.4151)

Known for his graphic design work at, this show will feature abstract paintings filled with bursts, splats, and sprays of color. The opening party from 7-10pm will include live music and DJ sets from Attitude City, BRLSQOTHEQUE DJs, and Moon Goons.

Pabst Blowout Party

(Grumpy's, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.340.9738,

You gotta be 21+ to attend this party (obviously), but those of drinking age should book it over to Grumpy's in downtown for a TON of free stuff. There will be free music by the Blind Shake, the Evening Rig, Gay Witch Abortion, Private Dancer, and others. There will be free t-shirts created live for up to 150 partiers by the Anthem Heart group. And there will be other giveaways too. Last year the blowout was at Psycho Suzi's, and the previous year... I think was at Triple Rock. Anyway, it's always a crazy good time. Oh yeah, and PBR's will only set you back $2. 4pm to 10pm.


Lumberjack Days

(Lowell Park, Water St. from Mulberry St. S to Nelson St. along the St. Croix River, Stillwater,

Make a road trip out to Stillwater this Saturday or Sunday and watch lumberjack and lumberjills compete in a variety of competition that test strength and agility. There will also be live music (some shows are not free), games, and a huge fireworks show Sunday at 10 p.m.