Five free things to do this week
(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612-239-2047)
Light Grey Art Lab doesn't just show art on its walls, it also hosts a weekly board-game night where people bring their favorite games and play them with friends both new and old. For this installment, Treasures, players are encouraged to bring games where you amass bling or cash to win. Think Monopoloy, Settlers of Catan, or even Pretty Pretty Princesses. (Other games are welcome as well.) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
(TuckUnder Gallery, 5120 York Ave. S., Minneapolis, www.tuckunder.org)
This neighborhood gallery, housed in a private residence, returns this week with "Love American Style." The duo show features paintings and video by Clea Felien and David Pederson exploring contemporary issues including politics, foreign relations, and economics along with timeless topics such as the frailty of the human condition. Cockpit, one of their video shorts, was screened at the MoMA's One Minute Film Festival. Also on display will be a yard installation from Julia Helen Rice, pieces by Jamie Owens in the Leaky Sink Gallery, and treats from Laura Bigger's five-month outdoor residency, "Raspberry Patch." 6-9 p.m. Thursday.
(The Fox Egg Studio and Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-656-9369, www.foxeggproductions.com)
This Thursday, Fox Egg Studio and Gallery will host the launch party of A Face Project, a biannual magazine featuring storytelling from Twin Cities creatives. Participants include business owners, musicians, community activists, and all kinds of other personalities. You can check out the organization's website, which features written stories as well as recorded spoken word and music, at www.afaceproject.com. 6 p.m. Thursday.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul)
For the next three days, Lowertown St. Paul will be offering a range of jazz in several locations, including Amsterdam Bar, Studio Z, and Black Dog. Participating musical talents include Jon Weber, Steve Pikal, Alicia Renee, Atlantis Quartet, Foreign Motion, Branford Marsalis, and others. For a complete schedule and list of locations, visit www.hotsummerjazz.com. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 2-10 p.m.
(Paper Hat, 2309 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-886-3892)
Paper Hat is a locally owned shop that sells works by a variety of artists and crafters. Each month, the space features a local artist and throws a reception party in their honor. Thursday's celebration will showcase the mixed-media collages of Ashely Barlow, a local illustrator and design artist. You can stop by and check out her work while enjoying wine and snacks this Thursday. 6-9 p.m.