MN-made classic 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' (and 8 other free things to do this week)


This week in free things to do we have a ton of outdoor movies, from family fair to bad movies that require booze consumption. There's also a cool ike ride and an LGBTQ game night. Come take a look.  

Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts stars in her career-making role as a hooker with a heart of gold (her heart is gold to protect her, because as a prostitute you know she has seen some dark shit). Come early to score half-price bottles of wine during happy hour. Mon., 8-11 p.m. CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (Downtown Minneapolis), 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-332-1133.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Thankfully, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation are screening the original rated G flick in all its creepy, Johnny Depp-free weirdness. Mon., 9 p.m. Bohanon Park.

Gaymer Space: Pride Twin Cities
This LGBTQ-friendly event happens every second Tuesday, and is open to kids, teens, and adults who love gaming of all kinds. At Glitch, there will be board and other table-top games to try, video-game stations, and even a few places to play PC games. Bring a friend or make some new ones. Folks are also welcome to bring a game to share. Tue., 5-8 p.m. Free. Glitch, 1829 Riverside Ave., Ste. 200, Minneapolis; 320-321-9361.


Traveling Patio Picture Show: Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo
Head over to Clubhouse Jager for a free screening of a really crappy movie. When pro-dancer Kelly drops of the chorus line, her Dad pressures her to head to Paris to build her career. Instead, she befriends some street dancers, Ozone (Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones) and Turbo (Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers). Together, they team up for a break dancing competition in hopes of saving a community center. Trash Film Debauchery sure knows how to pick them. Tue., 8:30-11:30 p.m. Clubhouse Jäger, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-2686.

The Good Lie
Watch Carrie (Reese Witherspoon) help a crew of Sudanese orphans as they look for life and jobs in America after time spent in a Kenyan refugee camp. Tue., 9 p.m. Father Hennepin Bluff Park.

Common Room: The Mediatheque Tour
This week, Common Room is offering a nighttime bike ride where cyclists will cruise to different locations to watch short films from the Walker Art Center's archives. The ride will total about five miles, and participants should brin swim trunks. Wed., 8:30-11:30 p.m. Lake Nokomis Main Beach, Minneapolis.

Ghostbusters (1984)
This '80s-tastic flick is still a blast to watch, and stars Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis. Also, Slimer. Wed., 9 p.m. Kenny Park.


Drop Dead Gorgeous
Drop Dead Gorgeous follows a group of hopefuls as they compete for top honors in the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant. There will be tough competition, fake tears, and explosions in this film made in Minnesota. Kirsten Dunst stars in this flick, with some delightfully tart moments from Ellen Barkin, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, and Amy Adams. The evening kicks off with live music from Tony Peachka. Thursday, 7 p.m. (movie at dusk). Free. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis; 612-661-4785. 

This gorgeous Disney flick follows a bad-ass princess and she travels the sea in search of a demi-god who she believes will save her village. Thu., 9 p.m. Victory Memorial Drive.

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