Art Attack, Lutefisk Sushi, political posters: Freeloader Friday

Dan Murphy, Lutefisk Sushi Volume E
There's plenty of free stuff to do this weekend. Art lovers can check out two huge open-studio events in northeast Minneapolis, Cache and Art Attack. Or head over to Altered Esthetics to celebrate the publication of Lutefisk Sushi Volume E, a collection of comic art from local talents. There's also Day of the Dead gatherings, CD- and tape-release parties, political poster art to get you in the mood for voting this Tuesday, and more.

Not free, but also happening this weekend:
Late Nite Series: Non English Speaking Spoken Here returns this weekend
Twin Cities Sneaker.Art Xchange hosts local artists, sneakers
'¡Viva la Soul Power!' bridges eating, community, and theater
The dawn of electricity (and liberation?) central to 'In the Next Room'
MST3K's Joel Hodgson at Pepito's

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Photo by Dan Marshall

Art Attack 2012
(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

Featuring over 200 artists, open studios, hands-on activities, more. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Breakfast Anytime, MunQs
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

National Bird, Walker Fields, Trampoline, Pocket Genius
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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Cache at Casket Arts
(Casket Arts Community, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551)

Featuring over 150 resident and guest artists, working art studios, hands-on demonstrations and tutorials, films, live music. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

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).

Freewheelin' First Friday
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Ian Thomas Alexy (CD-release). 10 p.m.

Rhythm Engine
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

 9 p.m.

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Caitlin Skaalrud, Lutefisk Sushi
Lutefisk Sushi Volume E
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Exhibition features the publication of the fifth limited-edition collection of mini-comics by Minnesota cartoonists. 7-10 p.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Bruder (CD-release), MYOTIS (cassette-release), Young & Tender
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

9 p.m.

William Within, Shaun Daniel & Tim Cheesebrow
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Water~Stone Review
(Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, 651-523-2800,

Minnesota writers celebrate the release with a public reading and reception. At the Carl Young Anderson and Dennis J. Anderson Center. 7 p.m.

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Sid Kaplan, #38
Drive-by Shooting
(Icebox Quality Framing And Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE #443, Minneapolis, 612-788-1790,

Photography by Sid Kaplan taken from the window of a moving car.

Stoned Acoustic
(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment: 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908)

9 p.m.

James Buckley & Patrick Harison
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

(Cafe Maude at Loring: 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-767-9080)

9 p.m.

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Judy Westergard, Meditation IV
looking behind the curtain
(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

New works by Minneapolis artists Judy Westergard and Darrell Hagan. During Art Attack Hours.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

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

TalkingImageConnection Reading: Why We Do This
(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176,

Authors and spoken-word artists respond to Andy DuCett's current show at the gallery. 8 p.m.

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