Erotic art, Craft-o-Rama, Hot Pants East: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Naughty art at Patrick's Cabaret, We Love Vinyl, Grand Meander
Just in time for holiday shopping, this weekend is filled with free arts and crafts fairs around the Twin Cities. There's an expo for geeks, a stroll along Grand Avenue, a fair for horse fanatics, and plenty of places offering adorable gifts for all types of personalities.

Got your shopping down? Not celebrating a holiday this season? There's plenty of dance parties, live music, readings, and other fun events to be had as well.

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

Penguin and Fish

No Coast Craft-O-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Check out lots of adorable crafts, including jewelry, plushies, stationary, poster art, and more. More info at Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis)

Dazzling light show designed by students. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30, 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14.

Thirty-Six: MFA Open Studio Night
(MCAD Whittier Studios, 2840 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis)

6-10 p.m. 

HoliGaze Bawdy Boutique, Xmas Cabaret, & Juicy Raffle
(Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-724-6273,

Non-traditional and risque gifts. Cabaret performances at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 6-10:30 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Dead Skull, It's Criminal, We/Ours
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

Apollo Quad, Old Desert Road, the Melvilles
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

Miranda Brandon, Impact (Warbler)
UNTITLED 10: SooVAC's 10TH Annual Juried Show
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263,

6-9 p.m.

Jon Rodine & Friends, Electro-Pigs
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Marc Debauch, Metamorphosis
EroticArt: A Local Art & Crafts Fair
(The Smitten Kitten, 3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6088,

Featuring handmade sex supplies, erotic art. Opening reception 8-11 p.m. Fri.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Hennepin Made
(Hennepin Made Glass Studio, 1621 E. Hennepin Ave, 715-220-9524,

Glass blowing demonstrations and sale. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

10 p.m.  

Mississippi Hot Club
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Melanie Pankau, 8760 hours (#6)
Power Lines II
(Thomas Barry Fine Arts, 900 6th Ave. SE #225, Minneapolis, 612-338-3656,

Art which uses strong lines as a form of expression. 6-8:30 p.m.

Holy Rocka Rollaz (CD release)
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782,

Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Crossing Boundaries
(TractorWorks Building, 800 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-315-3611)

Monotypes and mixed-media prints by Amy Sands. 5-8 p.m.

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

18+. 9 p.m.

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

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

Prints on Ice: The 24th Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326,

6:30-9 p.m.

Holiday on 44th
(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-9558)

Featuring a craft show, face painting, magic, music, horse drawn hay wagon rides, pony rides, ice sculpting, jugglers, carolers, crafting opportunities, music. More info at 6-9:30 p.m.

We Love Vinyl 3
(Tomodachi, 155 Rosedale Center, Roseville, 651-631-1777)

Works from artist Michael Lau, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, and more. 6-9 p.m.

French Landscapes
(Alliance Francaise, 113 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612-332-0436,

Work by local artists Bev Marx and Laurel Gregorian. 5-7 p.m.

Mirjor Rivas, Connection
Knot What It Seams
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Fiber art. 7-10 p.m.

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

With Little Man. 9 p.m.

Holidazzle Parade
(Nicollet Mall)

It's the final Holidazzle. The parade runs between 12th and Fourth Streets on Nicollet Mall. For more info, visit Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21.  
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Photo by Patrick Kelley

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