Saint Paul Art Crawl, MN Fashion Week: Freeloader Friday

(Work by Greg Gossel)

This week we have the epic Saint Paul Art Crawl (now with live music from Soundcrawl!), MN Fashion Week events, and art openings featuring naked people and pop culture (not all in one spot).


Saint Paul Spring Art Crawl
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul,, 651.292.4373)

The city of St. Paul will be extra-busy this weekend with this constantly-growing art crawl. What was once limited to Lowertown St. Paul has expanded over the years to include downtown, Harriet Island, the Raymond/University area, and Grand Avenue. Literally hundreds of studios, gallery spaces, and street corners will be opening their doors, setting up shop, giving demonstrations, and more. There will also be wine tastings, live music, and performances at various locations. No wheels? No problem. MetroTransit will be offering free rides in some areas. Visit the website for complete schedules and locations. 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. (Pictured: Work by Raven Keller)

Outdoor Adventure Expo
(Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.339.3433,

Love the great outdoors? Get a jump on the season by checking out the latest products, watching demonstrations, and listening in on talks during this three-day festival. 4-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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MN Fashion Week: Imagination Mechanism
(Eitel Building City Apartments, 1367 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Hosted by the always fashionable people at l'etoile magazine, this party invites guests to follow a fashion shoot from point A to B up close. Create your own mood and story boards with l'etoile's help and input, and watch the pros work live as they style models, shoot the scene, then retouch and prepare images for editorial layout. You won't have to work though, there will be plenty of leisure time to sip complementary cocktails, snack on appetizers, dance to DJ music, and view the amazing Loring Park skylines at this glam shindig. Be sure to dress to kill, prizes will be awarded to the most fashionable. Free. For more info, visit 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Spring Jam
(University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.625.6000,

In celebration of the ending of the school year and the beginning of warm weather, the U's campus is alive with tons of free events, some for grownups and some family-friendly. Events include a carnival filled with games, a screening of Michael Jackson's This Is It, and performance competitions. Most events are free, but they will be accepting food shelf items. Check online for the complete schedule for Friday and Saturday.

Claw Like Things, the Funeral and the Twilight, Hawks and Oxen
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Psychedelic, punk, rock. 9:30 p.m.

Flavor Crystals, Fort Wilson Riot, Birds of Virginia, Atlas Mtns
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Indie rock, folk, experimental. 9 p.m.


(Downtown/Lowertown St. Paul)

Supplement your art crawl with a little music. Jeremy Ylyvisaker, James Patrick, Neverwas will be over at the Minnesota Public Radio Building (480 Cedar St.) around 7:30 p.m. with video artist by Oliver Grudem and Jim Weiss. Rahjta Ren, Brian Roessler, and Carnage play the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar (308 Prince St.) at 8 p.m. with Beatrix*JAR and Caly McMorrow playing later in the night around 10 p.m. At 9 p.m. Alec Ness & Chris Sexton, and Jesse Pollock perform at McNally Smith College Of Music (19 Exchange St. E.).

Dream Dead Language, Coke Wolf, Hardcore Crayons
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Rock, hardcore, metal. 10 p.m.


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