Superbowl parties, free whiskey and hot dogs: Freeloader Friday

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Lucas Richards for "Illo Minn"
Looking for something to do that won't break the bank? Nomad World Pub will be Superbowl tailgating this weekend with a bocce tournament and music on Sunday. O'Gara's will be celebrating the reopening of its Shanty space with free craft beer, whiskey, and pre-Superbowl treats. It's also the last weekend for the Ice Shanty Project on Medicine Lake, Well's Fargo Winter Skate, and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Not into sports? There's plenty of concerts, art openings, and other happenings to entertain folks not into football as well.

There's tons of stuff happening this weekend that won't cost you a dime. Come check out the list after the jump.

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Image from the Flight series, by Sundus Abdul Hadi with photography by Tamara Abdul Hadi

Not About Bombs
(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444,

Works by female Iraqi artists explore identities in flux. Read more about this fascinating exhibit here. 7-9 p.m.

Grand Opening of the Shanty
(O'Gara's Bar & Grill, 164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333,

This three-day celebration of the opening of O'Gara's remodeled entertainment area includes a free craft beer tasting on Fri., a whiskey tasting Sat., and a hot-dog bar on Sun. Fri.-Sat. 7-9 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

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126th Saint Paul Winter Carnival
(Downtown St. Paul)

This is the last weekend for this huge, city-wide celebration features ice-sculpting competitions, sporting events, barhopping, art exhibits, parades, scavenger hunt, and more. Many events are free, but some do have a cover charge. For info, visit

WORKING TITLE: An Evolving Art Exhibit
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

This group show features four weeks of evolving artworks created collaboratively. 6-9 p.m.

Jochen Lempert

(Midway Contemporary Art, 527 2nd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-605-4504,

7-9 p.m.

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Andres Guzman
Illo Minn: Volume Three
(College Of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-0884,

This show, which opened last night, features great illustration work from local artists.

Aaron & the Sea

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

With Ocean Cats, Your Friends & Family, Complexes. 9 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 6-9 p.m.  

Fret Rattles, New Labor, Peter's Ghost
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Multiple, Limited, Unique
(Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612-215-2520,

Selections from the permanent collection of the Center for Book Arts. 6-9 p.m. Fri.  

Crossing Borders
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Artists explore immigration and cross-cultural influences in this group show. 7-10 p.m.

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Laura Migliorino, Juan

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