Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday

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Dim Media, The Flock
Now that the holiday season is in full force, the need to save money when you can is even more dire. Thankfully, the Twin Cities continue to host plenty of events that won't cost you a dime. And, if you're the type of person who loves to window shop at special sales, well, now is your season too.

This week in Freeloader Friday we have tons of local holiday events featuring shopping, sleigh rides with Santa, demonstrations, and more. And if Christmas isn't your thing, we've got plenty of rock shows, gallery openings, dance parties, and other things to keep you entertained for free as well.

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Dim Media, One is Enough

Dim Media: Disobey
(Tarnish&Gold Gallery, 349 13th Ave NE The Foundry Building, Minneapolis,

This gallery show features pieces created using up-cycled items, found elements, and graffiti inspirations. 6-11 p.m.

Holiday Preview Party
(Fired Up Studios, 1701 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-852-2787,

Meet the artists, watch pottery wheel demonstrations, sip wine, enjoy snacks, and bid on the silent auction. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782)

Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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No Coast Craft-o-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Shop locally at this hip holiday event. Visit for more info. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

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

(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. Southeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

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TWO: XYandZ Gallery's 2 Year Anniversary Exhibit
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651-503-8062,

Thirteen artists who formerly exhibited in the space help curate this group show. 7-10 p.m.

Holidaze Holiday Art Sale
(The JAX Building, 253 E. 4th St., St. Paul)

Open studios, buildings, and other events celebrate the holidays. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The American North, Up Jumped the Devil
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Holiday on 44th
(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-9558)

Check out performances in various locations along 44th Ave. N., with horse-drawn wagons to provide transportation between locations. There will be music, magicians, fire jugglers, chestnut roasting, and a craft fair. 6-9 p.m.

Mary Bergherr, DogNature
Animal Art III: Rescue Me
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Exhibit celebrates and promotes efforts to adopt, rescue, and protect animals facing mistreatment or abandonment. 7-10 p.m.

MN Sinfonia: Holiday Family Pops

(Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651.772.7600)

For more info call 612.871.1701 or visit 7 p.m.

Faces of the Nativity
(Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4700 Edinbrook Terrace, Brooklyn Park)

Twin Cities' largest annual nativity display features hundreds of nativities from around the world, live music every hour, activities for kids. Fri.-Sat. 3-9 p.m.; Sun. 12-9 p.m.

4th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll
(Historic Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, 651-848-0452)

10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Old Fashioned Christmas Open House
(Stans Museum, 235 Fuller St S, Shakopee, 952-445-0378,

With tours, snacks, music. 6-8 p.m.

Amelia Biewald: Into the Woods
(Rosalux Gallery, 1224 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

7-11 p.m.

Bonnie Cutts
(Opening Night Framing Services & Gallery, 2836 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-872-2325,

Textured paintings on canvas. 4-7 p.m.

Michael Banning: Interiors
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,

5-8 p.m.

Also at Groveland during those hours:

Dani Roach: Space Around Me

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