SantaCon, Lady Heat, Surly Darkness: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Krampus at SantaCon, Lady Heat, Holiday Sale in the Creative Enterprise Zone
With tight budgets during the holiday season, it's important to get those cheap thrills in when you can. This installment of Freeloader Friday features a pub crawl in Lowertown, a zine release party, holiday lights, and beer.

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

An early sketch of the cover

Freak Tension #15 Zine Release Party
(Extreme Noise Records, 407 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-824-0100,

Comedy with Kristin Ryan, and readings from MP Johnson and Justin Grimbol. 7 p.m.

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

Dazzling light show designed by students. Friday and Saturday, 5:30, 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m. (EP release)
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Rock for Raingardens 3
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

With Hypoxic Punks, Simon Calder & Band, the Paper Days, Tim Gustafson. 9 p.m.

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

8 p.m.

Holiday Sale in the Creative Enterprise Zone
(Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-5692)

Special events and sales at three nearby locations. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m

Ali & the Scoundrels, General B & the Wiz, the Heavy Set
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

The Middle Spunk Creek Boys
(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)

8 p.m.

The Premiums
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

9 p.m.

Claps, Ne-H, the Velveteens, C. Kostra
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Raging Art On
(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-701-8272,

Art-happening, holiday-party, and pop-up boutique. Fri.-Sat.

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

10 p.m.  

Michael Loonan
(O'Gara's Bar & Grill: 164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333)

In the Piano Bar. 9 p.m.

St. Peter Street Stompers  
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Jack Knife & the Sharps
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

MCAD Fall Senior Commencement Show
(MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3775,

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Rhymesayers PF Takeover: Friday Night Discussion
(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566,

Discussion on "Patrick Martinez: Buy Now Cry Later" at 8 p.m. followed by DJ music by Kool Akiem until midnight.

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

18+. 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. 

Bi-Annual Student Art Sale
(Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd., Coon Rapids, 763-433-1100)

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Sale & Fundraiser
(Vesper College, 681 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, 612-750-9538,

With art, culture, live music, food, more. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 12-5 p.m.

Orders of Possibility
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,

Work by Paula McCartney, Lex Thompson, and Sonja Thomsen. 6-8:30 p.m.

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