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House of Balls, Jesse Ventura, and a quadruple CD-release show top Freeloader Friday

House of Balls, Jesse Ventura, and a quadruple CD-release show top Freeloader Friday

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It's a strong week for free events. We have a conspiracy theory reading with Jesse Ventura, a 4-way CD-release show at the 501 Club, dance parties, and House of Balls celebrates Obscura Day.


House of Balls, Jesse Ventura, and a quadruple CD-release show top Freeloader Friday

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FRIDAY:

Quadruple CD-Release Show
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

That's right. Four bands, four CDs being released into the wild Minneapolis music scene. You'll hear Small White (Do It Til It Ends), Atomic Annie (Eating Scabs Gives You Powers), the Whathaveyous, and Beef. 9:30 p.m.

 

Anti-Civ Records Showcase
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Garage, thrash, and folk rock with Bouncer Fighter, Sorry OK, and Ogre Smash Death Boom. 10 p.m.

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

Indie rock. 9 p.m.

 

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

Will the glorious patio be open? Probably. It's still a little too cold for outdoor drinking though. We're betting on shivering smokers tonight. DJ Teikio Westmar will set the dance floor ablaze. 21+. 10 p.m.

All the Pretty Horses
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Trans-friendly rock featuring artist Venus DeMars. 9:30 p.m.

John Jodzio
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

The local author celebrates the publication of If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home, a collection of short stories exploring mundane lives filled with fantastically-surreal and quirky moments. 7:30 p.m.

 

House of Balls, Jesse Ventura, and a quadruple CD-release show top Freeloader Friday

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SATURDAY:

Obscura Day
(House of Balls, 212 Third Ave. N., Ste. 108, Minneapolis)

Obscura Day is a worldwide celebration of unusual, creative, and unlikely spaces around the world. The House of Balls certainly fits this description. A project helmed by sculptor Allen Christian, for the past 20 years he has maintained this space filled with bits-and-bats, whimsical pieces, and other art. Come take a self-guided tour today. Touching items and asking questions is encouraged. If you'd like, bring a piece or interesting object to donate to the space. Noon to 4 p.m.

Equinox: A New World Language
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)

This new gallery space is a joint project between 33 Design Gallery and MPLS Deth Crew. For their premiere show they have invited 10 artists/artist groups to come together to create a 1,500-square-foot installation. Production began March 10, and artists have been working around the clock. Participants include Erin Sayer, Danny Sigelman, Kara Hendershot, Top Gun Familia, and others. The opening reception from 8 p.m. to midnight this Saturday will feature a performance from Butcher's Bag.

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

Hip hop. 10 p.m.

Vampire Hands, Angie Oase & the Pennyroyals, Dreamland Faces
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock. 9 p.m.

 

Hot Rod Hearse vs. Throbbing Hot Rods
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Pyschobilly vs. Surf Punk. 10 p.m.

 

The Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls
(Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.729.4365)

9 p.m.

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

With DJ sets featuring Lonnie Mnemonic, Shuga Rose, MBC, Christian James. 10 p.m.

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

This Saturday artists' will discuss their work. 1-3 p.m.

Childish Films: Festival Shorts
(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.630.6000, mplib.org)

Family-friendly shorts. 10:30 a.m.

Girls in the Director's Chair
(Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651.259.3000, www.mnhs.org)

Check out this screening of the best films by local young women this year. 3 p.m.

Gluten Free Roundup
(Lakewinds Natural Foods, 435 Pond Promenade, Chanhassen, 952.697.3366, www.lakewinds.com)

Sample gluten-free brands, and get info on local support groups. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Write of Spring
(Once Upon A Crime, 604 W 26th St., Minneapolis, 612.870.3785, www.onceuponacrimebooks.com)

Once Upon a Crime is an awesome Uptown bookstore specializing in thrillers and mystery novels, and is especially supportive of local writers. Today's mega-signing will feature 52 authors appearing in groups of 13 per hour. Check their website for a complete lineup. Noon to 4 p.m.

A Celebration of World Storytelling Day
(Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.339.3433, www.midwestmtn.com)

Come listen to Larry Johnson, Beverly Cottman, John Martin, and others as they tell stories around the theme "light and shadow." This event is free, but donations are welcome. 3 p.m.

 

House of Balls, Jesse Ventura, and a quadruple CD-release show top Freeloader Friday

(Photo by Aine D)

SUNDAY:

Jesse Ventura
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800, www.mallofamerica.com)

The former governor will be visiting the mega-mall of Minnesota to discuss American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies the Government Tells Us. 1 p.m.

The Brutes, the Anchor Windlass
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Punk rock, indie. 8 p.m.


Poor Nobodys

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

Roots. 10:30 p.m.

Mages, the Night Owls, Emot
(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Folk, bluegrass. 9:30 p.m.

Hello Honey: Say Dance for Haiti
(Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.746.0306, www.honeympls.com)

Rock with Poosa and To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, plus DJs Trouble, Christy Hunt, John Schreiner, and more. It's free, but it's a benefit so donations are encouraged. 9 p.m.

 

2010 Parade of Homes Spring Preview
(Call 651.697.1954 or visit www.paradeofhomes.org for locations, tickets, and additional info)

Get home improvement ideas for less than the cost of a magazine. (Yeah, it's free, but Dream Home locations ask for a $5 donation.) Noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Continues through March 28.

Ukrainian Easter Bazaar
(Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.1956, www.ukrainianeventcenter.com)

Featuring traditional food, crafts, and family activities. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BONUS FREE: TUESDAY

Trivia Smackdown
(Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651.259.3000, www.mnhs.org)

Test your knowledge of local history at this awesome trivia party featuring pub-style quizzes, scavenger hunts, groups games, prizes, and a cash bar. 6:30 p.m.


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