Dirty McKenzie, beer, "We're in a Cult": Freeloader Friday

L-R: Mary Rivard at Eat My Words, Miguel Granger at MCAD, Jacob Lunderby at Circa
This week in Freeloader Friday there are a ton of art shows, a few beer and food parties, and plenty of dance nights. Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Mary Rivard, The Cosmic Hive

Dust Jacket
(Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-804-7985, www.eatmywordsbooks.com)

Altered Esthetics curates this group show of re-imagined album covers, book jackets, and movie posters in the brand-new northeast shop. 6-9 p.m.

Shakin Babies, Greg Rekus, Drones, Stop Drop
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

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

The novelist and short-story writer shares Bark, her first collection in 15 years. 7 p.m.

Pamela Gaard: Shalom/Nabad
(Traffic Zone Center for the Arts, 250 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis)

Closing reception 3-5 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

Dream of the Wild
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Tailgate Grace, Whiskey n' Prozac, the Beavers, Toaster Fork
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

7 p.m.

Jim Ohlschmidt, Tom Schaefer & Tim Hennessey
(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)

8 p.m. Also Saturday.

Todd Peterson, Madonna
Todd Peterson: Out of his Head
(Golden's Cafe and Deli, 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul, 651-224-8888, www.goldensdeli.us)

6-9 p.m.

The Swamp Kings
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

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

18+. 8 p.m.

Battle of the Bands  
(Whole Music Club: 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-2272)

With Catalyst, Gusto, Sayth & Wealthy Relative, the Swedish Revival. 7:30 p.m.

Kicker Project Benefit
(Chowgirls Killer Catering, 1224 2nd St. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-203-0786, www.chowgirls.net)

Local artists transform skateboards and snowboards into art. Sale proceeds and silent auction benefits Kicker Project. 6 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 lowertownfirstfridays.org. 6-9 p.m.

The Sun Serpent
(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937, www.mixedblood.com)

Three performers bring an epic Aztec adventure to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through March 22. Tickets are free, first-come first-served ($20 to reserve online).

#1 in the World Party
(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908, www.britspub.com)

Celebrate Brit's status as the world's top seller of draught Newcastle Brown Ale. With trivia, music by the Crown Jewels. 4 p.m.

MN Mosaic Guild Members Show
(Gallery 310, 310 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-439-6246, gallery310.com)

6-9 p.m.

Double Shifts/After Hours: Shift A
(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700, www.mcad.edu)

Staff show. 6-8 p.m.

Also at MCAD:

Made @ MCAD: an annual juried student exhibition
Carla Rodriguez, A Metaphor

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