Northern Spark, Hot Pants, beer: Freeloader Friday

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Photo by Dusty Hoskovec
Jim Campbell, Scattered Light at Northern Spark 2011
The weekend is finally here. And with it comes lots of awesome free stuff to do. This installment of Freeloader Friday includes a handful of epic festivals, a high-speed fixed gear bike race, and dance parties in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend shenanigans.

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Sherri Dahl, Sprockets
FRIDAY:

Bike Art VIII
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.org)

Group show features art inspired by cycling. 7-10 p.m. (There will also be an artists' discussion 1 p.m. Sat.)

The First Friday Showcase  
(Ginkgo Coffeehouse: 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647)

With Chris Becknell, Dan Israel, Jeff & Naomi Zupfer. 7 p.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

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

10 p.m.

The Great Went, Shamanettes, Falcon Arrow, Paragraphs
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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Photo by Stephanie Williams
Fixed Gear Classic
(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-785-5600, www.nscsports.org)

More info at www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com. Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., June 8, noon.

The Histronic
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Willie McManus, Warsaw Cipher, Kitty Rhomus, Tiger Vs., Orchyd
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.

Hot Pants East
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

10 p.m.

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The Amazing Cow Boat
(Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-874-6338, www.openeyetheatre.org)

Open Eye presents this Driveway Tour favorite at the home theater. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit lowertownfirstfridays.org. 6-9 p.m.

Charanga Tropical, DJ Fatty
(Northrop Memorial Auditorium Plaza: 229 Northrop 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-6003)

7 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet
(Lake Nokomis Main Beach, 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis)

Shakespeare in the park! Visit www.cromulentshakespeare.org for the full schedule and list of locations. 7 p.m.

MN Music Summit
(McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange St. E., St. Paul, 651-291-0177)

This 3-day festival features workshops, concerts, and social networking opportunities at various downtown St. Paul locations. Visit www.mnmusiccoalition.org for a complete schedule. Through Sun.
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