Freeloader Friday: Trivia Mafia, Art Shanties, and wedding cake


(Artwork is byJesse Draxler and Hillary Berg as part of the Art Form 1040 show)

It may be chilly and snowing, but this weekend is a great time to get out of the house. This Freeloader installment includes punk rock shows, two three-year anniversary parties, and art receptions to wake up your eyes.


Beatrix*JAR, Ultra Chorus, DJ JAR

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

Electronic duo BeatrixJAR create music through circuit bending, a technique where children's toys and other electronic devices become new instruments with a little soldering. Also performing will be electronic group Ultra Chorus and JAR (featuring the Jacob half of BeatricJAR). 21+. 9 p.m.


Lightning Struck Itself

(Burnet Gallery at the Chambers, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.767.6999,

In this gallery exhibition artist Andrea Stanislav will mix pop culture, rock idols, and utopian ideals. Or are they utopian? The opening celebration is tonight from 7-9 p.m.

Seytanler, Is Is, the Hussy, Zygoteens, the Sleaze

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

 The flavor this evening is mainly garage pop. Cheers! 9 p.m.

Contrepoint: Documenting Communities

(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N, Minneapolis, 612.247.1244,

Documentary photographer Laura Crosby captures small moments that speak volumes. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m.

Art in the Home Show

(Bloomington Center For The Arts, Inez Greenburg Gallery, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, 952.563.4777,

Looking for some decorating ideas? Check out this show. 6-8 p.m.

Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs

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

7 p.m.


(Photo by Megan Jacobson)


Art Shanties

(Medicine Lake, 9699 17th Ave. N, Plymouth)

Twenty Art Shanties convene on a frozen lake for a celebration of art, science, activism, community, and fun. Check out my sneak preview here or visit for the complete schedule of events. Most activities are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Through February 7.

Art Form 1040: Re-Arted

(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave. Ne, Minneapolis, 612.824.2829,


For this group show, artists were paired into duos to create cool clashes in style and approach. The opening reception is 6-10 p.m.

Marty Brueggemann

(Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, 651.645.2647)

Music in the pop-rock/R&B vein. 7 p.m.

Poor Weather Club, Cankickers, Knotwells, Vag

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

Punk. 9 p.m.

Off the Wall

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612.436.1151,

This group show features sculpture, painting, installation, and more. The opening reception from 6-9 p.m. will feature live music from DJ Black Lacquer.

Open House

(Textile Center/Weavers Guild of Minnesota, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.0464,

Tour the classrooms, meet instructors, see weaving and spinning demonstrations, or try weaving yourself. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Childish Films: Meet the Dinosaurs

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

Family-friendly shorts. 10:30 a.m.,  

Uncommon Textiles: 2 Approaches

(Susan Hansel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.722.2324,

Artists Rachel Starr Suntop and Sara Christensen explore issues of the body, geography, and the changing role of the feminine in society. The artists' reception begins at 7 p.m.


Chuck and Sean's Trivia Three-Year Anniversary

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

Come celebrate this pub trivia night making it out of its terrible twos. There will be new and exciting rounds including a costume, hip-hop, and stump P.O.S. rounds. They will also be a movie screening featuring the Trivia Mafia crew and lots of prizes. 8 p.m.

Cadillac vs. Cornbread

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

This is a special edition to the regular Sunday night jam. They're be releasing an album tonight celebrating three years. 8 p.m.

Wedding Open House

(Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.6000,

Get ideas for your spring wedding here. Or, crash the expo and eat free cake. Seriously, there are usually obscene amounts of free cake at these sorts of things. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

25th Anniversary Open House

(Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651.224.4222,

Featuring displays of artifacts, letters, drawings, and renderings by architect Ben Thompson; self-guided tours; refreshments; costume and make-up demonstrations; and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DJs Jimmy Crack Corn & I Don't Care

(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Last chance to dance for the weekend. 9:30 p.m.

Vital Vinyl Sundays

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

On Sundays the Triple Rock turns off their award-winning jukebox and invites vinyl enthusiasts to play their best. 21+. 9 p.m.