Caterpillar Lounge returns, Saint Paul Winter Carnival: Freeloader Friday

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This weekend the city of St. Paul is alive with all the happenings attached to the 125th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. There will be ice and snow sculptures, free ice skating, dance parties, sporting events, and other things to check out for the next 10 days. If you're set on staying in Minneapolis don't fret--there's still tons of things to do, from Attitude City at Clubhouse Jager, to the return of the Caterpiller Lounge, to free comedy, to CD-release shows.

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125th Saint Paul Winter Carnival

(Downtown St. Paul)

This huge festival features sporting events, ice and snow sculpting competitions, family-friendly events, gallery shows, barhopping, and much more. Visit for a complete list of happenings. Through February 6. Many events free; some have cover charges.

The Romanian Revolution Project
(1419, 1419 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.568.2205)

This intriguing play exploring artists' responses to the Romanian Revolution of 1989 features no acting. Audiences will wander the halls of the building to construct a personal and unique experience. Get there early; crowds are capped at 30 to 36. Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
(Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612.339.4333,

Free comedy. 10 p.m. 

Fundamentalist Cartoons, Modernist Pamphlets, and the Religious Image of Science during the Scopes Era
(Tate Lab Of Physics, 116 Church St. Se, Minneapolis, 612.624.7375)

Screw happy hour. How about a lecture? Edward B. Davis discusses. 3:30 p.m.

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(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.247.1244,

Paintings by Luke Hillestad. The opening reception is from 5 to 9 p.m.

Street as a Source
(IFP MN Center For Media Arts, 2446 University Ave. W, Ste 100, St. Paul, 651.644.1912,

Local photography by Wing Young Huie and Richard Copley. The opening reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures, Gabe Barnett & the Big House Jug Band, Bleedin Maynard Warandshoes, Broken Bicycles
(Acadia Café, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.874.8702)

Americana, alt-country, blues. All ages. 9 p.m.

Russian Bride, Speedboat Girls, Governor of Utah
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Indie, punk. 10 p.m.

Disasteratti (CD-release)
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

 Punk, garage. With Private Dancer, Command Module, Nightosaur. 9 p.m.

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