Pizza Luce Block Party, Afrifest, Open Streets: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Irish Fest, artwork by Richard Barlow, "Poolscapes"
This week in Freeloader Friday we have a variety of festivals celebrating Irish, Polish, and Pan African cultures (not all at the same place, of course). There's also a slew of art openings and closings, parties, free music shows, movies in the park, burlesque at a bowling alley, and other things to keep you busy.

Come take a look and plan your weekend.

Patrick McNeil
Onstage at last year's Irish Fest

Irish Fair of Minnesota

(Harriet Island, 200 Drive Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul)

Featuring sporting competitions, dance, live music, food, beer, genealogy, contests, animals, more. For more info visit Fri. 3-11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

It's Criminal, Bitch City, Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angels, the Wolf I Feed
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Kasey McKee (CD-release), Used of Teeth, Glad to Be Here

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

9 p.m.

Community Pool: Deep End
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Max Armada, Alex Stone

(The Coffee Grounds: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

Richard Barlow: Daily Bromides
(Shoebox Gallery, 2948 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-825-3833,

For this ongoing project, Barlow painted a photograph from memory everyday, mailing the results to the Shoebox. Tonight's event will be an artist's reception and farewell sendoff, as he plans to leave for New York City to teach. 8-10 p.m.

Nathan Miller & Unstoppable Company
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

King Baron
(Hell's Kitchen: 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis, 612-332-4700)

10 p.m.  

Is/Is, Ex-Nuns, Teenage Moods, Erros Magicos
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Tomahawk Tassels and Her Tribe of Tease
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

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

dVRG, Jeremy Ylvisaker
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

The Serfs
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m.

Work of Arf-An Animal Art Show
(CocoBear Boutique and Pet Care, 197 7th Street E., Saint Paul, 651-222-6367)

Animal-inspired artwork. With live music, live art, food, and drinks. Dogs welcome. 7-9 p.m.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Release Party
(Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-8320)

With trivia, giveaways. Costumes encouraged. 6:30 p.m.

Adventures in Babysitting
(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)


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