Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday

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Artwork by Elizabeth Erin for "Known UnKnown"
The holiday shopping season is now on full-blast as Saturday is the first of December. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have tons of special events where you can purchase gifts from local artists (including folks who specialize in kink gear!). We've also got a handful of interesting art shows, such as "Known UnKnown," the Soap's annual gallery exhibition featuring work by the talented people who volunteer at the gallery space. Free theater, free soup, free AIDS testing, free comedy, free burlesque, free music, and free parties also made the list. Come take a look!

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Mary Simon-Casati

Memento Mori: Cartography of Grief
(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244,

Exhibit features work by Minneapolis-based artist Mary Simon-Casati, which she developed after her mother's death. 6-9 p.m.

Tomahawk Tassels & the Tribe of Tease
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band, Slow Death, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Tyler Haage
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,

Abstract paintings and pottery by Kathy Wismar. 6-8 p.m.

The Wolf I Feed
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.  

Speed's the Name, Sleep Study, Dustin Smith Band
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

The Dynamite Dirt Boys, Blue Drifters
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

6 p.m.

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We Love Vinyl Too
(Tomodachi, 155 Rosedale Center, Roseville, 651-631-1777)

Work by over 20 diverse artists, including Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. The opening reception 6-9 p.m. will have interactive live painting, DJ music, raffle, silent auction.

Wolfhoppers, Fairfax, AK, Smoking w/Baby
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

9 p.m.

World AIDS Day
(Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, 612-643-2024,

Featuring a dinner and discussion from 4-6 p.m. Followed by Getting to Zero from 6-8 p.m., which features performances by Jamar Rogers of The Voice and LaMont Wheat. There will also be free HIV testing available, food, and prizes.

Being a Ghost Story: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Powderhorn Theatre Arts presents its version of the holiday classic. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 3:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2.

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Christmas at the Stans House
Holiday Open House
(Scott County Historical Society, 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee, 952-445-0378,

With crafts, hot chocolate, scavenger hunt, prizes, bonfire. 6-8 p.m.

MN Sinfonia: Seasonal Favorites
(First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St., St. Paul, 651-774-0344)

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

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

9 p.m.

Steven Hobert, Steve Pikal
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

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