Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

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Do you like art festivals? We have about 30 happening this weekend. Do you like free music? Yeah, we have that too. How about hot, molten iron? Yep. A giant board game bigger than the people in it? That's happening too.

It's an epic week for free stuff happening in Minnesota. Check out our top picks for events after the jump.



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FRIDAY:

Comic Art: Lutefisk Sushi D
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Now in its fourth edition, Lutefisk Sushi is a collection of 50 local comic artists. Contributors vary in style and tone--some may be funny, others political, others touching, and so forth. The opening reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is part publication party, part gallery opening.

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Uptown Art Fair
(Uptown Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue, from 31st Street to 28th Street, Minneapolis; www.uptownartfair.com or call 612.823.4581)

This weekend is the mega-art fest in Minneapolis. The Uptown Art Fair will be the biggest (and most crowded). Check out live music, art vendors both local and national, family activities, food, and other things to do throughout the day. Nice Ride Minnesota will be offering free valet parking for bikes, and the Metro-Transit will transport festival-goers to and from the three event locations (Sat-Sun only). 12-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

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Photo by Chuck Olsen
Blood In Blood Out
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)

This show features colorful graffiti art by Deuce 7, Von Shank, Tomàs Villasenor, and Peyote. The opening reception is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit lowertownfirstfridays.com. 6-9 p.m.

Common Room
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Photo by Sarah Nienaber

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)

Fans of city-wide adventure challenges should meet up tonight as the Soap turns the town into a giant game of Risk. 7-10 p.m.

Summer Dance Series: Mad Hot Ballroom
(Outdoor screening at Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000, www.sppl.org)

This touching documentary follows students in the New York public school system as they learn ballroom dance. 9:30 p.m.

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LEGO Games 2010 Tour
(St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Dr., Minneapolis)

Play games within life-sized adapted versions of LEGO board games. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Freewheelin' First Fridays
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Tonight's lineup features John David & the Jerks (CD-release), and Sans Souci Quartet.
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