Freeloader Friday: 60 free things to do this weekend

Folks at last year's Pizza Luce Block Party.

Folks at last year's Pizza Luce Block Party.

This week in free things to do we have dog-friendly fun, plenty of beer and ice cream parties, queer comic art, and outdoor movies. Come take a look.



The Twin Cities comic and zine scenes are bursting with creativity. That includes series and works created by female, queer, and POC cartoonists. For the past couple of years, folks have seen this demonstrated at the Twin Cities Zine Fest, an exceptionally inclusive event. Now, works from such artists will be showcased at Modus Locus at their summertime group show. The exhibition, curated by Caitlin Skaalrud, will highlight five emerging talents. Texas transplant Alex D. Araiza explores being homesick in his strip, while Fiona Avocado takes readers through topics ranging from current events to alternate universes. Minneapolis-based Ana Hinojosa, born in the Dominican Republic, explores Caribbean Latinx cultures and identities, and has contributed to the feminist teen/young adult publication Rookie Magazine. Coryn LaNasa plays with autobiographical and extraterrestrial elements. Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, whose work has appeared in DC Comics (and City Pages!), is currently working on a graphic novel with author Mariko Tamaki. See their pieces together in one exhibit. There will be an opening reception at 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 11. Free; call for gallery appointment after Friday's opening. Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-382-9477.

Karate Break
With Double Grave and Ripper. Aug. 11, 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Sable Bedlam
With Violence Condoned, Aetheric, Mutation, and Antiverse. Aug. 11, 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration
The Minnesota State Capitol will bring people together this weekend to celebrate the end of its multi-year, multimillion-dollar restoration project with happenings for kids and grown-ups alike. Each morning, there will be free yoga sessions on the lawn. Head inside and sign up for a group tour detailing the building’s upgrades, or head into one of the rooms hosting lectures, which will cover topics such as Minnesota beer history, local folklore, and our music scene past and present. Outside, families can play in the Kids’ Zone and adults can enjoy cocktails on the loggia. Live music and performances are also scheduled, with a Prince dance party on Friday night and sets from Cloud Cult and Poliça on Saturday evening. Fireworks cap off the first two days of celebration around 9:30 p.m. For a complete lineup and additional info, visit Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free; some free events require tickets/reservations. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul; 651-296-2881.

St. Paul Slim: Room 306 The Lorraine Motel
Paintings, live music, music video, glass blowing, and community discussion with the artist. Aug. 11, 5-10 p.m. Free. Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, 788 E. 7th St., St. Paul; 651-366-0006.

Mall of America's 25th Birthday Celebration
Featuring two world record attempts, cake, prize giveaways, live music, entertainment, and custom art installation by yarn bomber HOTTEA. Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington; 952-883-8800.

The Dieselfitters
Fri., 7 p.m. Minnehaha Regional Park.

Open Eye Figure Theatre’s 15th Annual Driveway Tour
For the complete schedule of dates and locations, visit Daily from July 8-Aug. 11. Free.

Rolling Rover Bistro
A food truck for your dog. Squeee! The patio at Sociable is also dog-friendly. Fri., 4-8 p.m. Free. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105.

LuLaRoe & Brews
Shopping with beer. The first 20 customers score a free pint. Fri., 6-8 p.m. Clockwerks Brewing, 25 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612-339-9375.

The Wall
Collaborative installation art piece and performances, presented by the Soap Factory and artists Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah. Paint the wall and performance night 2-8:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 13. Closing reception/Destroy the Wall 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 20. Daily from Aug. 5-20. Free. Prospect Park Community Gardens, 2909 4th St. SE, Minneapolis.

Ripe: Daniel Jaffe
Ceramic fruit stand. Also with a variety of bananas in various states and sizes. Fri., 8-11 p.m. Porch Gallery, 3306 Park Ave., Minneapolis; 617-283-9752.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
Every Fri., 10 p.m. Free. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.

Vinyl Club
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. Every Fri. and Sat. from March 9, 10:30 p.m. Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. Fri. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Tappy Hour
Group tap dance lessons. Every Fri. from Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Irish Fair of Minnesota
Featuring live music from traditional to pub rock, ancestry activities and info, dancing both performative and participatory, animals, sporting events, beer and eats, and more. For more info, visit Aug. 11, 3-11 p.m. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Harriet Island, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul; 651-266-6400.

Twin Cities Polish Festival
Featuring food, film screenings, dance competitions, music, beer, and more. For more info visit Aug. 11, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Old Main Street, 55 Main St. SE, Minneapolis.

Lauren Haldeman and Rachel Moritz
Poets present their recent work. Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Free. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-4611.

Lego Americana Roadshow: Building Across America
Featuring large scale Lego models of national landmarks, and free building activities for all ages. Free. Ridgedale Shopping Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd., Hopkins; 952-541-4864.

Machinery Hill
Every 2nd Fri., 8 p.m. Free. Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St., St. Paul; 651-228-9274.

West Broadway Farmers Market
Featuring locally sourced food and informational community presentations. More info here. Every Fri. from June 9-Oct. 6, 3-7 p.m. Free. West Broadway Farmers Market, 300 W Broadway, Minneapolis; 612-353-5178.



Pizza Luce Block Party 2017
Craig Finn headlines. With Allan Kingdom, Haley (previously Haley Bonar), Sophia Eris, Fury Things, and more. Plus pizza from Lucé and beer from Surly. Aug. 12, 12-10 p.m. Free. Pizza Luce Downtown, 119 4th St. N., Minneapolis; 612-333-7359.

Fox & Coyote
With Poolboy and Lauren Piper. Aug. 12, 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

331 Drinking Spelling Bee
As anyone who has ever sent an email or text while drunk knows, proper grammar, spelling, and coherence go right out the window when buzzed. But unless you are sending something regrettable to a former flame or a judgmental relative, the results are usually good for a laugh the next day. At Trivia Mafia's Drinkin' Spelling Bee, audiences can laugh as folks test their beer-consumed-to-failed-spelling ratio onstage. And if you already know that your skills are pretty good, this is an opportunity to drink for cheap. Not sure how proficient you are? Saturday night is your chance to find out. Just sign up at 6:30 p.m. and pay $8-$10. You'll be given a starter beer to consume before the spelling starts. When it's your turn, spell your word correctly in order to win another beer and a chance to do it again. Should you fail, you are out of the game (although some evenings kicked-out contestants are allowed to drink their way back into the game should other players start to slur and misspell). Be sure to brush up on your SAT-level words, and be prepared spell things in other languages, including Pig Latin. 21+. Sat. 7 p.m. It's free to watch, $8-$10 to enter. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Ghostbusters (2016)
With Spanish subtitles, English audio. Sat., 9 p.m. Phelps Field Park.

Interpretive Blendings: New Paintings by Brenda Litman and Farida Hughes
Exhibit located on the 2nd Floor. Meet the artists 1-3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 12. Free. California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-5551.

August Open Studios
With open studios and coffee. Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-5551.

Graveyard Shift/Low Visual Distance
New paintings by Jim Hittinger and Shannon Estlund. There will be an opening reception and gallery talk from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 12. Free. Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-747-3942.

Lucid Furs
With Nightosaur, Highgraves, and Lord Nomad. Aug. 12, 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Days of Our Lives Fan Event
Featuring eight actors from the soap opera in autograph sessions and Q&A. Aug. 12, 1-5 p.m. Free. Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington; 952-883-8800.

Fiesta Latina
Family-friendly community festival featuring Latin art, food, dance, and entertainment, with free medical exams, legal advice, raffles, and prizes. Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. CLUES: Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, 797 E. 7th St., St. Paul; 651-379-4200.

Inside the Robot
New work by Linnea. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 12. Free. Showroom, 612 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-345-7391.

Michael Monroe
7:30 p.m. Free. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-661-4785.

Laura Brown: Coming Soon
Outdoor installation. With Open A-I-R studio session 12-4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 12.  Free. The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-623-9176.

Michael Anderson and Nick Hanson
Authors present their new book, 'Wounded by Religion. Healed by Faith. A Gay Man's Dance with God.' Aug. 12, 1 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 8040 Wedgewood Ln. N., Maple Grove; 763-420-4517.

Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis, with live music, food, raffle, prizes, and hand crafted shandy beers. Aug. 12, 12-11 p.m. Free. HeadFlyer Brewing, 861 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-567-6345.

The Things We See
Group exhibition with Patricia Canelake, Will Bentsen, Jeff Millikan, and Jennifer Nevitt. There will be a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20. Free. Gallery 71, 7161 France Ave. S., Edina; 952-835-5000.

Resident Artists Hot Metal Pour
Artists cast large scale iron molds. Sat. noon to 8 p.m. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer.

Citric Dummies August Residency
Featuring a variety of local and national support acts. Every Sat. from Aug. 5-26, 10 p.m. Free. Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-340-9738.

Dave Cofell
Aug. 12, 5 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Underground Music Cafe, 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul; 651-644-9959.

Sociable Summer Market
Featuring local makers. Sat. noon to 5 p.m. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105.

Midtown Farmers Market
Featuring local produce, meats, and cheeses, with prepared foods, local artwork, and live entertainment. More info at Every Sat. from May 6-Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Tue. from June 6-Oct. 31, 3-7 p.m. Free. Midtown Farmers' Market, 2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis; 612-724-7457.

New Hope Community Farmers Market
Every Sat. from June 21, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. New Hope Farmers' Market, 4300 Xylon Avenue N., Minneapolis; 763-531-5196.

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market
Featuring locally grown produce, live music, children's activities, and food trucks. More info at Every Sat. from May 20-Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 629 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-2761.


Family Day: Funk Fest
Outdoor festival presented by Lavender Sun with art-making activities, games, dancing, famility fun, and live music from PaviElle. Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.

Omega Tribe
With Life Once Flourished, War//Plague, and Geiger Counter. Aug. 13, 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Borough Block Party
Featuring live music from Private Oats, Nooky Jones, Black Market Brass, and Viva Knievel, with food and drinks from Borough and Parlour Bar. Aug. 13, 12-8 p.m. Free. Borough & Parlour, 730 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-354-3135.

Sweet Science Free Ice Cream Tasting
Featuring a variety of flavors to sample with pint purchases available, including orange sorbet and sweet corn blueberry. Aug. 13, 3-6 p.m. Free. Indeed Brewing Company, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-843-5090.

Sunday Summer Vintage Sale #6
Shop three vintage vendors (Double Peace Studio, Emily Utne, and Meg E. Browning). With clothes, jewels, shoes, purses, bags, hats, and sunglasses. Sun., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. In the alley behind 3156 Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis (two houses north of Modern Times).

Pre-Eclipse Block Party
With U of M scientist talks, hands-on activities, solar telescope observing, free mini ExploraDome planetarium shows, and free solar viewing glasses (while supplies last). The event is free with registration: Sun., noon to 3 p.m. University of Minnesota Physics and Nanotechnology Building, 115 Union St. SE, Minneapolis.

Armatage Neighborhood Summer Festival
Featuring games for kids and adults, car show, food trucks, magic, face painting, inflatables, skate park, info booths, silent auction, raffle, and live music from White Elephant. More info at Aug. 13, 3-7 p.m. Free. Armatage Park, 2500 W. 57th St., Minneapolis; 612-370-4912.

Blues Jam
Every Sun., 7-11 p.m. Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Comedy Open Mic
Featuring local and visiting stand up comedians, hosted by Trish Cook. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. In the Poco Loco Lounge. Every Sun. from Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra Presents: Summer Pops
A selection of classical favorites. Aug. 13, 3 p.m. Free. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-3908.

Javier Matos, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra
2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Free. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-661-4785.

Sunday Morning Market and Music Series
Featuring art, antiques, vintage items, furniture, henna, and music by DJ Kool Hanz. Every Sun. from July 9-Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee, 3301 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-1613.

Three Minnesota Poets: Candace Black, Matt Mauch, and Richard Robbins
Local poets read from new work. Aug. 13, 4 p.m. Free. Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8989.

Twin Cities Early Music Festival: Baroque Instrument Program Final Concert
Aug. 13, 3 p.m. Free. Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, 2106 S. 4th St., Minneapolis; 612-626-8742.

Image credits:

"Chromacor": Rosemary Valero-O'Connell for City Pages Comix issue 2016.
"The Things We See": It Appeared to Be a Warning, Jeff Millikan.
Pizza Luce Block Party: Images by Billy Briggs for City Pages.
All other images are courtesy the event organizers or the artist.