Halloween, Dessa, tweed bike ride, beer: Freeloader Friday

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L-R: Work by Gabby Mohlis ("Gods and Monsters"), a Ruff Love Pup, Pumpkin Fest, and work by Nate Vincent Szklarski ("Gods and Monsters")
While Halloween isn't until next week, lots of folks will be taking to the streets this weekend to celebrate the spookiest of holidays. For this installment of Freeloader Friday, we have plenty of All Hallow's Eve festivities including art shows, events for kids, and parties for adults. Not into getting dressed up and covered in blood? There's also beer-related happenings, studio crawls, and other fun things to do.

Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

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Photo by Zoe Prinds
FRIDAY:

Talk of the Stacks: Dessa
(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952-847-8107, www.mplib.org)

The poet and musician discusses her new poetry chapbook with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer. 7 p.m. 

Marah in the Mainsail, Fox & Coyote (CD release), Pete Miller
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Pleasure Principals
(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-2686)


10 p.m.

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Photo by Seth Dahlseid
Spooky Speakeasy
(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176, www.soapfactory.org)

Enjoy craft cocktails by notable mixologists and live music. Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. to midnight (plus Halloween). 

Last Friday Jazz Series

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

With 7 Cats Swing, CatTet. 8 p.m.

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Made Here
(Shout House Lobby, 600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Take a storefront walking tour with curator Joan Vorderbruggen this evening. More info here. 6:30 p.m.

Stone Soul Picnic, Crash and Burns, Jim Crego, Brasszilla

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

9 p.m.

Skalloween 

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

With Umbrella Bed, Drunk History, the Thundertones, My Vigilante Superego. 10 p.m.  

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The Grand Studio Affair
(Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 E. Cty. Road F, White Bear Lake, 651-429-0661)

Check out work by 10 local artists.  4:30-10 p.m. 

Ken Valdez
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Jack Lawrence & Jon Garon

(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)

8 p.m.

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Ballet Minnesota: 8th Annual Fall Concert
(O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700, oshaughnessy.stkate.edu)

Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m. It's free, but reservations are required. 

30th Annual PlayLabs Festival
(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481)

New works are presented during the week-long festival. Visit www.pwcenter.org for list of productions and showtimes. Through Sunday. 

Rolemodels
(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis)

Come in costume. 7-10 p.m.

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Raelee Edgar, Pierce Arrow
re•flec•tions
(TractorWorks Building, 800 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-315-3611)

Paintings by Francene Christianson and Raelee Edgar. 4-7 p.m.

Mike in the Wilderness
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8:30 p.m.

Rod Massey: Land Available
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800, www.grovelandgallery.com)

American realist scene painting. 5-8 p.m.

Also at Groveland:

Dani Roach: Pairings/Parings

Paintings. 5-8 p.m. 

Chad Mittag & Friends, Kronick Quartet, the Knotty Pines, the Rhinestone Diplomats
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.


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