Pond hockey, eco-fashion, alleycat race: Freeloader Friday

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Teams go for the gold (shovel) at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
The weekend is finally here, and it's really really cold. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have fun things to do outdoors (alleycat races, pond hockey tourneys, bonfires) and indoors (fashion, concerts,  gallery receptions). Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Not free, but also happening this weekend:
Mark Mallman reads from his tour diaries at Riot Act Reading Series
'Ultimate Pajama Party' is a real girls' night out
Longtime acting friends ready for O'Neill's Journey

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Eco-Pop Dress by Anny Li-Fen Chang For "Redefining, Redesigning Fashion"

Redefining, Redesigning Fashion
(Goldstein Museum of Design, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, 612-625-5000)

This show features upcycled, recycled, and other types of eco-fashion. 6-8 p.m.

Pretty Boy Thorson
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Ian Alexy, Gabe Barnett & Some of the Big House Rounders, Pocketful a Change, Jillian Rae
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)


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

10 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

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

7 p.m.

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U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
(Lake Nokomis Main Beach, 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-370-4890, www.minneapolisparks.org)

Watch amateur athletes (and a few retired NHL players) compete for their team's name on the Golden Shovel. If you want to practice your own moves, bring skates and take to the ice on the open/family rink. More info at www.uspondhockey.com. Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Set, Toussaint Morrison, MunQs, DJ Tonesky Love
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Deep Midnight, the Marimba Bullies
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Soirée
(Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523, www.icehousempls.com)

Bonjour! Meet and mingle with Twin Cities' Francophile community. 7:30 p.m.

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