Kink bazaar, burlesque, comedy: Freeloader Friday


The Sauce Comedy Showcase
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000,

8 p.m.

Nikolaustag and Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

Featuring tours, cookie decorating, traditional food, live music, model trains, live music, German vendors, arts and culture groups. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shop Local
(The Beauty Lab, 681 Winnetka Ave. N, Minneapolis, 763-559-1886,

With jewelry, cards, artwork, children's gifts, authors, musical instruments, longboards. 10 a.m.

1850s Holiday Party
(Ard Godfrey House, 50 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-870-8001,

With holiday decorations, tours, refreshments, music. 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Tipsy Pixels
(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399)

Play video games. 7 p.m.


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Target Holidazzle Parade
(Nicollet Mall from 12th Street to 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis)

Bring a thermos of hot cocoa (or brandy) and watch this light show from the street (or the bar). More info at Thursdays-Sundays 6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23.

Santa Busts a Christmas Move
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600,

Santa and Albert the Elf are back for holiday adventures. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23.

SooVAC Pop-up Shop
(SooVAC Pop-up Shop, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

Featuring art and gifts from a great lineup of local artists and makers. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 4-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, 75 W. 5th St., St Paul, 651-292-3233)

Bring skates and enjoy the ice for free! More info at The opening reception 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 involves free performances, hot chocolate, and open skate. Through Feb. 3, 2011.

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