Minneapolis Lit Crawl, zines at Autoptic, Mother's Day: 33 free things to do this weekend

Dogs of MSP

Dogs of MSP

Here's some free stuff happening this weekend.

Cardinal Kindreds

Cardinal Kindreds


Cardinal Kindreds
See art from Austin, Texas based collective ICOSA. 7–10 p.m. Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis.

The Light in the Ocean
With Distal Descent, Shirtless Eon, and Toykestra. 9 p.m. May 10; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Wax Lead
With Stonedest, Trinity Test, and Tyrannicals. 10 p.m. May 10; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

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

Mother's Day Weekend Pop-Up Show and Sale
Featuring art work on display and for sale from area artists, live music, films, and photographs. 6-9 p.m. May 10; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 11; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12; Free. Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-669-8712.

Jennifer Drinkwater

Jennifer Drinkwater

Pop Construct
Featuring work by Jennifer Drinkwater, Teresa Paschke, and Robert Slotterback. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Fri., May 10. Free. Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington; 952-563-8575.

Strey Collective Grand Opening Party
New store features work from nine local makers. Friday, 5-9 p.m. VIP Gift Bags for the first 25 guests to arrive. Mall of America, Level 2 North, 294 North Garden, Bloomington.

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter
Featuring original art and manuscripts from children's literature. Panel discussion featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney and Dawn Quigley noon Fri., May 10. Free. Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-625-9825.

Davie Duke
New work. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Fri., May 10. Free. 2001 A Space, 2001 5th St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-623-3138.

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

Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. All ages. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Every Fri. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

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

Craft'za returns this weekend.

Craft'za returns this weekend. L-R: Ahava Creative Co., Kari Lee Art, Helland Studio


Spring Craft'za 2019
Folks searching for a really cool last-minute Mother’s Day gift need look no further, as you’ll find plenty of potential gifts at the spring installment of Craft’za. The event, held in the massive Grain Belt Bottling House, will feature over 60 vendors selling a variety of items. Mom may appreciate the hand-painted wood earrings of Burly Babe, the candy-colored pottery of Dad and Kiddo, or oh yay’s stash of planters, complete with tiny wooden signs proclaiming love for mom. There’s plenty to investigate for yourself, too. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11; Free. Grain Belt Studios, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-333-9012. –Jessica Armbruster

DPLV (EP Release Show)
With Dreamspook and Sym1. 10 p.m. May 11; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Mixie Presents A Tribute to Scarr
Featuring Los Pinche Gueys, Skinny Hardaway, Lvndscvpes, and Mickety Breeze. 9 p.m. May 11; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Autoptic showcases zine and comic creators during Lit Crawl.

Autoptic showcases zine and comic creators during Lit Crawl. Autoptic

Lit Crawl MN 2019
This weekend, Wordplay Festival takes over the Twin Cities with a variety of happenings. One easy entry point into the myriad of events is Saturday’s Lit Crawl, an event filled with beer, books, and games. Highlights include Autoptic’s Spring Showcase at Morrissey’s Irish Pub, where zine and comic creators will share new works; Bryant-Lake Bowl hosting book-themed games, such as Literary Death Match and Nerd Jeopardy; and wild storytelling from Word Sprout at Red Stag. Other venues include Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Zoe’s Cafe. 6-9 p.m. May 11; Free. –Jessica Armbruster

Autoptic Spring Showcase
Comic and zine creators reading excerpts of their work, featuring Gabrielle Bell, Kristin Tipping, Sean Knickerbocker, Peter Faecke, and Maddi Gonzalez. 8 p.m. May 11; Free. Morrissey's Irish Pub, 913 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-465-8555.

Playing With Words
Group show featuring work by 14 letterpress printers from around the country. Opening reception noon-3 p.m. Sat., May 11. Free. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-215-2520.

Dogs of MSP

Dogs of MSP

Dogs of MSP May Meet Up
Dog owner meet up with merch for sale, treats for the pups, photos, food, and drinks. 1-4 p.m. May 11; Free. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.

Brunch Show at Mortimer's
Featuring Trash Catties and YANA. All ages. 12-3 p.m. May 11; Free. Mortimer's, 2001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-5591.

Maker's Market
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frank Modern, 3736 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis.

My Theory Is...
2019 BFA exhibition. Public reception 6-9 p.m. Sat., May 11. Free. Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-625-8096.

Featuring work by Philadelphia glass artist Elbo, and paintings from Yuya Negishi. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Sat., May 11. Free. Legacy Glassworks, 2928 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis.

Dreamscape Juried Art Show
Group show, with original artwork, jewelry, merchandise, and prints available to purchase. 5-10 p.m. May 11; Free. The Underground Music Cafe, 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul; 651-644-9959.

Mill City Farmers Market
Long running market in the shadow of Mill Ruins Park, featuring local, sustainable, and organic groceries and produce, with weekly cooking clinics and live entertainment. More info at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 4-Oct. 26; Free. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7555.

Richard Mittelstadt

Richard Mittelstadt

Richard Mittelstadt
Acrylic paintings. Saturday, 7–9 p.m. Frameworks Gallery, 2022 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul.

Minnesota Varsity 2019 Showcase Concert
Classical music showcase for instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. RSVP and more info at 3 p.m. May 11; Free. Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis; 612-624-2345.

Women of Song: Memories of Love
Celebration of mothers through folk songs, spirituals, and choral works. More info at 7 p.m. May 11; Freewill offering. Peace Lutheran Church, 3695 Cty. Rd. 101, Plymouth; 763-478-9406.

Ma Jolie Market

Ma Jolie Market


Mother's Day Market
Shop bouquets, free artist illustrations, local gifts, and more. Presented by Hewing Hotel and the Scout Guide. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RSVP to reserve a spot. Hewing Hotel, 300 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis.

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

Como: Making a Global Impact
Lecture series featuring a different conservation champion sharing stories, photos, and videos from their work in the field. No lecture on Easter Sunday (Apr. 21). Lineup and more info at 10:30 p.m. Every Sun. from April 7-May 31; Free. Como Zoo, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul; 651-487-8200.

Mumblin' Drew
Weekly residency with a variety of special guests and opening acts. 7-9 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7625.

St. Paul Civic Symphony's Annual Mother's Day Concert: Women's Work
1 p.m. May 12; Free. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-292-3293.