Freeloader Friday: Suicide Commandos, Art Attack, and free food


(Photo by Ann Marsden)

This week is a good week for parents who are fans of punk rock as the Suicide Commandos will be playing a family-friendly set at the Walker. Punk rock not your thing? There's plenty more to do after the jump. 

(Art Attack: Yi Ellis, Passion)


Art Attack 2009

(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.363.5612,


Check out this open studio hop featuring 200 artists, original art, and food at the  Magic Bus Café (it's a 1978 bus converted to a fully-functional diner). 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


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

This cool student art show features work inspired by H.G. Well's The Time Machine. The public reception is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight.

Meet-and-Greet with Reggie Wilson and Andréya Ouamba

(Alliance Francaise, 113 N 1st St., Minneapolis, 612.332.0436,

Rub elbows with these two fantastic choreographers/dancers. Reggie Wilson is from Brooklyn and Andreya Ouamba is from the Congo. The following week they will be giving a performance at the Walker that fuses African American dance traditions with a contemporary spin on traditional African dance. There will also be cheese and wine at this reception. 7 p.m.

One Man Dan (CD-Release), Seymore Saves the World, the Tisdales

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

One-man rock band One Man Dan will be playing the bowling lanes this Friday night. 10 p.m.


Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs

(Palmer's Bar, 500 S Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7625)

They're a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, and a little bit folk. Fans around town simply call them the Liquor Pigs, and they always put on a good show. 7 p.m.

(Photo by Ann Marsden)



Surf Night

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

It's another surf-themed night at the Hex this Saturday. Ride the waves with Fractals, M.O.R.T., Big Surf, DJ Rock the Monkey. 9 p.m.

Papa John Kolstad & the Hot Club of East Lake

(Merlins Rest, 3601 E Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.216.2419)

For those that have never been to this Lake Street bar, you should give it a try. The crowd is a fun mix of young singles, neighbors enjoying a beer, and happy elderly people brought in on a bus (at least, that's what happened the last time I was there). Tonight's music will be blues artist Papa John Kolstad, fresh from his run for mayor. 9 p.m.

Free First Saturday: Rock Out!


(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

In case you haven't heard, today has been declared Suicide Commandos Day by R.T. Rybak. At today's Free First Saturday you'll have a chance to listen to the punk rock pioneers for free. There will also be all sorts of art activities for kids inspired by the current Dan Graham exhibition. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Healthy Life Expo

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

Featuring hundreds of exhibits on health, balance, and success; speaker presentations; demonstrations; entertainment; door prizes; samples. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free, but if you have a food shelf donation, please bring it.

Networking and the New Media Landscape: Reporting News, Building Community, Making Money

(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.630.6000,

This day long event welcomes journalists, bloggers, and anyone that reads the news to discuss their methods, experiences, and thoughts and concerns on the state of the news industry. Click here to register. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spider John Koerner

(Palmer's Bar, 500 S Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7625)

Blues artist and killer guitarist Spider John Koerner plays a free show. 8 p.m.

(Photo by ItzaFineDay)


Mexican Fiesta

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

Featuring live music, dance, and food samples. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saint Martin's Day Celebration

(Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St., St. Paul; 651.292.3276)

Celebrate German traditions with lantern-making, a parade at dusk led by St. Martin on horseback, coffee, hot chocolate, and German treats. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.