Freeloader Valentine's Day: Celebrate love on the cheap

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So you're broke, but still want to spend a fun evening with your sweetie on Valentine's Day. Not a problem. While many special dinners, performances, and theater shows have a hefty fee, there's still plenty of free things to do around town tonight. Added bonus: Some are even V-Day themed. Come take a look at our list.

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Valentine's Day listings [calendar]

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Free Thursday Night: I Heart Cindy
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, www.walkerart.org)

The Walker Art Center's Cindy Sherman exhibition will be closing later in the week, so this free party will be your last chance to check it out. The evening will feature a V-Day themed Social/Brief, where folks will be invited to read poems, haikus, and other statements in 20 seconds or less. There will also be a photobooth and  specialty cocktails. 5-9 p.m. 

Wailing Loons
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

Enjoy some great beer and enjoy some live music. 8 p.m. 

Broken Bicycles, Battery Boy, 10,000 Blades, Exiles
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

Be sure to canoodle on the couch between bands. 9 p.m. 

Bluprint
(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

9 p.m. 

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Cocktails with Culture
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293, www.landmarkcenter.org)

Featuring live love songs from Maria Jette and others, wood-turning demonstrations, a cash bar, wooden spoon art on display, and light appetizers. 5-7 p.m. 

Tramps Like Us
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331club.com)

Cheap beer and free music. 9:30 p.m. 

Valentine's Night Special
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454, www.hexagonbar.com)

Ditto. With Orchyd, Glimpse. 9 p.m.

Hearts and Sparks
(SubText: a bookstore, 165 Western Ave. N, St Paul, 612-387-8803)

Join poets Ethna McKiernan, Tim Nolan, Margaret Hasse, and Michael Dennis Browne as they read love poems. 7 p.m.

Valentine's Showcase
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill, 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181, www.wildtymes.net)

With Tom Parish, Izzy Isles, Stevie's Bakehouse, Dan Dragich & His Trainwreck. 18+. 8 p.m. 
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