Lowertown SantaCon, Monster Drawing Rally: Freeloader Friday

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Jonas Crisco for "Entanglement" at the Gallery @ Fox Tax
With only one weekend left, Christmas is fast approaching. For the edition of Freeloader Friday, we have tons of special events featuring local gifts for gift givers who like to procrastinate. Need a drink after all that shopping? We suggest putting on your ugliest holiday sweater and heading over to the Lowertown SantaCon for a drink with like-minded elves, sprites, reindeer, and tipsy patrons.

For those you couldn't care less about the holiday season we've got plenty of secular stuff to celebrate, including CD-release parties, art openings, early morning rock shows, and even a vegan cookie exchange. Come on in and take a look!

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FRIDAY:

Katelyn Farstad: Untitled Large Painting
(Shoebox Gallery, Robert's Shoes 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-3833, www.mnartists.org/shoebox_gallery)

Artist's reception 5-7 p.m.

Toys for Tots Metal Style
(Station 4, 201 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-224-6372, www.station-4.com)

Have an extra toy to donate to Toys for Tots? Bring it for free admission (otherwise it's $5 toget in). Tonight's lineup includes Demonicon, Bloodgeon, and Australis. 10 p.m.

Christmas Ceili Dance
(The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, 612-722-7000, www.thecelticjunction.com)

With the Twin Cities Ceili Band on Fri; the Gunnslingers on Sat. Fri. 6 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.

Local Clothing and Accessory Designer Sale
(Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420, www.clichempls.com)

7-9 p.m.

The Color Pharmacy, the Sudden Lovelys, Mages

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Hollow Boys, NPCs, Sandcreeps, Prissy Clerks

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Local Holiday Boutique
(Foat Design Studio, 1828 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis)

With Tarot readings, Prosecco, treats, and more. 3-7 p.m. 

Ghostmouth, the New Suns, Modern Me
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.


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