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Gospel Gossip, Akira, Hotel, Vintage Voltage top list of free things to do this weekend

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(Pictured: OCD, from Girls in the Director's Chair Showcase)

Throw your credit cards in the freezer, save that tax refund for another day, and delete that Craigslist ad. You don't need cash this weekend to have a good time. After the jump we have free movie screenings, free Oscar parties, free comedy shows, and free music.

(Art by Jessica Turtle for "Gender," front page thumbnail by Megan Frauenhoffer)

FRIDAY:

Gender

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(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

What does gender mean? Is it a defined thing? Or an illusion created by cultural norms? In this group show artists explore gender in a variety of mediums and contexts. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Hunger Bone, the Funeral & the Twilight, Clawthroat

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

Garage rock, gothic punk, and folk. Yes, on one free ticket. 10 p.m.

Freewheelin' First Fridays

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

Tonight's special: Folk artist Charlie Parr. 10 p.m.

Self-Evident, the Yoleus, Power of 2, Guzzlemug

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

Rock. 9 p.m. Check out Guzzlemug at Club Underground:

 

Hotel

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

Buy a drink, text with your friend on one of the plush couches, smoke on the patio, and dance on the packed floor to Jonathan Ackerman's tunes tonight. 21+. 10 p.m.

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Lowertown First Fridays

(300 N. Broadway, St. Paul, www.mnartists.org/LowertownFirstFridays)

Tonight Lowertown will feature open studios, drink and food specials, live performances, and more. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night

(Club Underground, 355 NE Monroe St., Minneapolis, 612.627.9123, www.clubunderground.us)

Free comedy in the basement. 10 p.m.

Gardens for Winter

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612.436.1151, www.formandcontent.org)

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Gardens in winter? Sure, why not. Snow never stops a Minnesotan. Check out works by by Elizabeth Erickson, Joyce Lyon, Sandra Menefee Taylor. The opening reception is tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Life on the Border: The Karen People of Burma

(Christensen Center Art Gallery, Augsburg College, 720 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.330.1524, www.augsburg.edu/galleries)

Photography by Robert Gerhardt. The artist and local Karen will be on hand at this reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(Pedal Pushers by Jon Reischl)

SATURDAY:

An Evening of the Odds

(Nicademus Art and Framing, 225 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, 651.207.8322)

Local artist Jon Reischl's work is haunting, dream-like, and beautiful. His opening reception will feature a set by the Pines, who he has also designed album covers for. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Gospel Gossip, Magic Castles, Dante & the Lobster

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

Rock, psychedelic, pop. 10 p.m.

Davina & the Vagabonds

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

10 p.m.

 

Central Division, Al Church & State

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

Rock. 10 p.m.

Free First Saturdays: Lights, Camera, Action

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)

Bring your budding filmmakers to this fun family day at the Walker. Kids can take self-guided tours, make their own phenakistoscope (a spinning disk that creates the illusion of movement), and check out screenings of shorts created by kids and teens for the Girls in the Director's Chair Showcase. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gluten Free Roundup

(Lakewinds Natural Foods, 17523 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, 952.473.0292)

Living gluten-free? Learn about gluten-free brands available in Minnesota, sample treats, and get info on local support groups. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chanduit Sculpture

(Van Brabson Gallery, 3600 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.532.2095, www.vanbrabsongallery.com)

Bicycles repurposed as light fixtures. The public reception is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Conjured Memories

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

Narrative drawings by J. M. Culver. The opening party features live music by Aby Wolf and Josh Granowski. 7-11 p.m.

15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration

(Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.624.4696)

Featuring keynote speaker Leymah Gbowee, workshops on women's human rights issues, performances, film, visual arts, and resources for further activism. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WARNING!!: CONDITIONAL FREELOADER Powderkeg Live Pre-party

(Modern Cafe, 337 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.9882)

Are you going to PowderKeg Live! at the Ritz? Show up at the Modern Café around 12:30 p.m., flash your tickets, and get a free, homemade, organic brat. Yum!

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

SUNDAY:

Alter Ego

(Azia, 2550 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612.813.1200)

Can't afford to attend one of the more posh Oscar parties around town tonight? No worries, Azia keeps it classy at this Oscar party as well. Dress up as your favorite celebrity (or the one you resemble the most). They will be broadcasting the show live, as well as offering drink specials. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mod DJ Night

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

9:30 p.m.

Vintage Voltage

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

It's almost time for Voltage! Reminisce on past years with sets from Maria Isa and Dance Band's Neil Z. The first 20 people in the door get VIP tickets to an advance screening of The Runaways: Twilight's '70s Rock Show (now with mullets). l'étoile Magazine also plays a DJ set.

2010 Parade of Homes Spring Preview

(Builders Association Of The Twin Cities, 2960 Centre Pointe Dr., Roseville, 651.697.1954, www.paradeofhomes.org)

Call or visit www.paradeofhomes.org for locations, tickets, and additional info. Noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through March 28. If you visit a Dream Home there is a $5 suggested donation.

Free Family Day

(Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651.228.1766)

Featuring self-guided tours, art activities, demonstrations, and more. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Urban Expedition: Israel

(Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293, www.landmarkcenter.org)

Learn about Israel with food, art, activities, and performances. 1 p.m.

Monthly Hoot

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

Jim Walsh and friends jam. 4 p.m.

Sunday Night Dance Party

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

With Nick the Feelin'. 9 p.m.

GLBT Barndance

(Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.9491)

7 p.m.

BONUS FREE: TUESDAY, MARCH 9

JagerCon: Sci-Fi Tuesdays: Akira

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

If you know a gamer who was in college in the '90s-'00s, then you have seen Akira. Come have a flashback at Jager's, and enjoy 2-4-1 drink specials. 21+. 10 p.m.