Uptown Art Fair, Hotel, Hot Metal Pour: Freeloader Friday

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It's a big weekend for art fairs. Folks will be biking, busing, and driving into town for the Uptown, Powderhorn, and Loring Art Fairs where they fill find art from around the country and plenty of free activities. However, if big festivals aren't you thing don't worry--there are still plenty of small gallery openings, DJ dance nights, low-key family events, and even a festival for dogs, which should keep you entertained until Monday morning.

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FRIDAY:

Uptown Art Fair
(Uptown Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue, from 31st Street to 28th Street, Minneapolis)

The biggest of the three art fairs happening this weekend, the Uptown Art Fair features art, live music, food, family activities, and lots of wide-eyed folks visiting the city from the 'burbs. For more info, visit uptownartfair.com or call 612.823.4581. Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hotel
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Drafting Daydreams: Studies on Paper and Canvas by Rudy Fig
(Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.3889, www.roguebuddha.com)

New work from Rudy Fig, who is number 77 on our 100 Creatives list. 7-11 p.m.

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Just Add Ink
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Comic Conspiracy celebrate the publication of Just Add Ink, a graphic cook book featuring recipes and recipe-style comic strips. The exhibit will feature original work from the project. 7-10 p.m.

One Man Dan, Codger, the Whiskey Sournotes
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

10 p.m.

Saltee
(The Cedar: 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.2674)

On the Patio. 6:30 p.m.

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Josh Winkler
Fantastic Realities
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651.503.8062, www.thexyandz.com)

This exhibit features new, surreal work by Brian Borlaug and Josh K. Winkler. Think obscure landmarks and historical moments spun on their heads. 7-10 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.

Rochard Cottle, Todd Peterson
(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.255.6624, www.theazgallery.org)

Paintings. 6-9 p.m.

VillageFest
(St. Anthony Main Event Center, 219 Main St. SE, Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612.623.0608)

This happening includes a parade, a street dance, family activities, sports competitions, theater. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Spontaneous
(Spotart, 1828 Marshall Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.296.3689, www.spotart.org)

Group show. 7-11 p.m.

The Soundtown Pre-Party

(7th St. Entry: 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.1775)

With More Than Lights, Apollo Cobra, Farewell Milwaukee. 18+. 8 p.m.

Imaginary Jack, Ellyse Wagener
(Acadia Café, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.874.8702)

All ages. 9 p.m.

Teenage Moods, Teddy and the Turks, Juvie, Vag
(Hexagon, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454)

Shakopee Derby Days
(Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave., Shakopee)

This city-wide celebration includes the Taste of Shakopee celebration, live music, a soapbox derby, the Senior Olympics, a teen dance, parades, and more. Visit www.shakopeederbydays.com for a complete schedule. Through Sunday.



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