Hotpants East, Downton Abbey, Big Table Studios: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Dan Buetner, Mushrooms, Hotpants East, work by Erik Farseth
This weekend is going to be unpleasantly cold -- and that's saying a lot for Minnesota. However, that doesn't mean you have to hide under a blanket on your couch. There are plenty of free things to that will get the blood pumping and the heat rising, including dance parties, art shows, and rock gigs.

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

Michael McGraw, Mona Lisa in Robbinsdale

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Artists give a new spin on classic works. 7-10 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.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

Submission, We/Ours, White Boyfriend, Peter Pants
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

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