BNLX, dog costume contest, Center of the Margins Fest: Freeloader Friday

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Polly Norman, "LINE DANCE" for the Gallery @ Fox Tax
Are you ready for the weekend? Although the weather might be cooling off, there's still plenty of hot things to do be it a free club show, an artist's opening reception, a theater festival, or a free Tai Chi workshop.

Come take a look at our list.

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Ann Decoster, Roadside

Anne DeCoster: Continuing: Landscapes
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,

5-8 p.m.

Also at Groveland:

Robert Dorlac: Nature paintings

Inukshuk Pass, Feng Shui Ninjas

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

The Union Suits, Rachel & the Ranch Hand Resistance
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Animal Lover, Police Teeth, Big Box, Toxic Shrews
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

The Minnesota Book Awards' 25th Birthday Bash
(Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-772-7600)

This evening celebration includes appetizers and desserts, a cash bar, and a program featuring winners and finalists Charles Baxter, Robert Bly, Lorna Landvik, Ed Bok Lee, Kao Kalia Yang. 7 p.m.

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Next To Normal
Next to Normal
(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937,

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winner about a woman's struggles with mental illness. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 11. Tickets are free on a first come first served (or reserve online for $15).

Fuck Knights

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

10 p.m.

Chris Bates & Bryan Nichols
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

Mathis Grey, Electro35, Erica Bisbey
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

8 p.m.

Sense of Place in Artist Books
(Ralph Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-5000)

6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Morning Kings, the Big Adventure (CD-release), the Friendly Beers
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.  

Irish Brigade, Reverse Cowboy
(Kieran's Irish Pub: 601 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-4499)

Also Sat. 9:30 p.m.

Church of Cash
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

 9 p.m.

Todd Harper & his Magic Piano, Brad Bellows & Dean Granros
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.  

2012 Minnesota Ski & Snowboard Expo
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-883-8800,

Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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