Hobbits, record-breaking kisses, Craft-o-Rama: Freeloader Friday

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Natasha Pestich, Fulfillment is Such a White-Collar Thing #6 at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

There's plenty of free things to do this week. Tolkien fans will want to bring the kids to the Red Balloon's hobbit party. Or grab your sweetheart and head to the Amsterdam, where folks will try to break the world record for most kisses under the mistletoe.  Single? Head out the door with some friends and bust some moves at Hotel at the Kitty Cat Klub. Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Not free, but also happening this weekend:
Jaime Carrera talks about Outlet performance festival
Interact opens 'Madame Josette's Naughty & Nice Cabaret' this weekend
Frank gets back into holiday spirit with 'Santaland Diaries'


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Moss Love at No Coast
FRIDAY:

No Coast Craft-O-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)

Shop local art. For more info, visit nocoastcraft.com. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Patrick Harison & Tim O'Keefe
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

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Mike Elko, The New Neighbor's Dog at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Art Formally Known as Prints: The 22nd Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326, www.highpointprintmaking.org)

6:30-9 p.m.

Lowertown Artists' Holiday Bazaar

With gifts, arts and crafts, open studios, special performances, and holiday-themed treats in a number of arts venues in Lowertown. More info at lowertownfirstfridays.org. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Big Surf (CD-release), the Fractals, Gagitar
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Freewheelin' First Fridays 

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

With Eleganza! 10 p.m.

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Danielle Dean, No Lye with Words
Danielle Dean: Confessions on a Dance Floor
(The Bindery Projects, 708 Vandalia St., St Paul, www.thebinderyprojects.com)

7-9 p.m.

Tights in the Taxi, Black Market Brass
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Sweet Mamma J
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

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Jenny Schmid for "Minnesota Funk"
Minnesota Funk
(Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-624-6518, nash.umn.edu)

This group exhibition, which opened Thursday, explores the diverse, groovy, funky side of Minnesota culture.

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782, www.3-ad.com)

Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday on 44th
(Patrick Henry High School, 2020 43rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-8060)

With horse-drawn hayrides, ice sculpting, carolers, crafts, musicians, and the Workhouse Theater Company. 6-9:30 p.m.

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Susanna Gaunt, Late Night TV at Altered Esthetics
Family Closet
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

Group show explores memories of family experience. 7-10 p.m.

Illumination Winter Light Show
(Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/CivE/)

Light show designed by students features more than 100,000 LED lights set to music composed and performed by students. Premiere party reception and performances Fri. at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21. 

Hobbit Festival
(Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-8320)

Movie-release party with games, activities, giveaways, costume contest. 6:30 p.m. 

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"Impressions"
Impressions
(Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 612-587-0230, www.homewoodstudios.com)

Encaustic paintings by Jeffrey Hirst, Linda Maylish, and Jodi Reeb-Myers. 6-8 p.m.

Said Kelley, the Mark Cameron Band, Headband Jam
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+. 

Nick Leet, Tommy Bentz Band
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m., 9 p.m.

A Stone Thrown at the Guilty
(Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-625-4001, theatre.umn.edu)

British director Irina Brown leads a staged reading of Nuruddin Farah's Somalia-set play. Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 


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