Freeloader Friday: Vampires, psychics, condoms, and printmaking


(Photo by r-z)

This week for Freeloader Friday we've got things to do for zombies, vampires, artists, and people who are feeling randy. Sounds like a party.


First Be Excellent to Each Other Fundraiser

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

Yes, the idea is to donate a little money at this event. But even if you don't have cash to give you can just stop in and learn a little about the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Child's Play, a charity that gives video game systems to children's hospitals. Enter to play in the Rock Band contest, check out items in the silent auction, and dance to tunes spun by DJ Jake Rudh. 21+. 7 p.m.


The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night

(Club Underground, 355 NE Monroe St., Minneapolis, 612.627.9123,

In a town with bars that charge $15 or more per show, free comedy is a rare gem. 10 p.m.

Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs

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

The popular local blues group play a set tonight. 7 p.m.


Dia de los Muertos Free Ink Day

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.871.1326)

Design your own printing block or create cool works using ones already available. Guests are asked to draw inspiration from the Day of the Dead holiday, a Mexican celebration honoring life and those who have passed. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mega Aura-Palooza

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

Whether you're a believer or not, this trippy festival should be entertaining. Though some talks cost $15, there will be plenty of free lectures and readings where psychics, healers, palm readers, and others discussing their mystical powers and trying them out on willing participants. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Planned Parenthood Benefit

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


Support planned baby making and sexual education at this fun party. There will be sex ed trivia with prizes, free condoms, and music sets including City on the Make, the Knotwells, Magic Castles, the Vignettes, and the Shahs. 9 p.m.


Saturday Night Fever of the Living Dead

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

Another weekend, another zombie party. This one involves zombies and disco. 21+. 10 p.m.

(Photo by Muffet)


Boo Bash

(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651.699.0029,

A lot of activities are geared towards kids at this event, including a costume contest, inflatables, a petting zoo, and pony rides. There will also be food tastings, and "Dracula's Blood Drive" for adults. Visit their website for a list of activities. Noon to 4 p.m.

Great Pumpkin Festival

(Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

Another great activity for kids, this event will feature storytelling, music, art projects, and a costume parade. 1 p.m.

Miles Proctor

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611)

Have you ever wanted to meet a vampire? Today is your lucky day. Miles Proctor a "real vampire" will be in Uptown to discuss The New Vampire's Handbook. It's an instructional manual for the undead, which will come in handy if you ever find yourself in such a state. 7 p.m.

Ruthann Godollei, Eric Dregni

(The parking lot of the First National Bank of the Lakes, 31st Street and Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.822.4611)

Come check out cool art cars and listen to two experts talk about the art car phenomenon and their recent publication, Road Show: Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets. 3 p.m.