Twin Cities Book Festival, thrash metal: Freeloader Friday

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With the Twin Cities Book Festival comes a lot of free readings, including talks from Riot Grrrls, creative innovators, and mystery writers. It's also a good week for free shows involving thrash, metal, and other exceptionally loud and lively forms of music. Coincidence? We're not sure. Either way, you'll find something free to do in this list.    


The KickStand Is Up!!
(KickStandPress, 2208 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.354.3107,

Check out this new business and gallery at the opening party, featuring local printers Joshua Norton, Lauren Schuppe, and Gilpin Matthews. Live music by Strange Lights, Hondo, and others. 6 p.m.

Alexander McCall Smith
(Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul, 651.225.8989)

The popular serial writer discusses his novel The Charming Quirks of Others with Garrison Keillor. 8 p.m.

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Photo by Jesse Jiryu Davis
Sara Marcus
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611,

The author discusses Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution with local rocker Laurie Lindeen. 7:30 p.m.

Steven Johnson
(UBS forum at MPR, 480 Cedar St., St. Paul)

The author discusses Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation with John Moe. Visit to RSVP. 7 p.m.

Total Fucking Blood, Chibalo, Getting Even, Powerstallion
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Thrash, metal. 9 p.m.

Red Label, Fattenin' Frogs, Circle of Heat
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Blues, Southern rock, funk. 10 p.m.

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