Three free things to do this week
|Dance montages made everything cooler in the '80s|
(Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis)
The '80s was a decade filled with awkward dance moves, random musical montages, and teen angst done up Molly Ringwald style. This Wednesday, Transmission will be paying tribute to John Hughes, one of the great directors of the era. During the happening, classics like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club will be projected on the big screen while DJ Jake Rudh will play classics from INXS, the Thompson Twins, Kate Bush, Oingo Boingo, XTC, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, and more. Be sure to dress up as your favorite character. Wednesday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
|Justine Di Fiore and Samuel Bjorgum|
(TuckUnder Projects, 5120 York Ave. S., Minneapolis; www.TuckUnder.org)
Each month TuckUnder Projects, a gallery housed in a private residence, offers a variety of efforts from a handful of artists. This month's happening offers an exhibition of paintings by Justine Di Fiore and Samuel Bjorgum. The local artists have drastically different styles; Di Fiore is a figurative painter while Bjorgum's work is abstract. Meanwhile, Melissa Borman and Amy Toscani will be exhibiting installations and sculpture outside, Steven Lang will be interviewing people in the Leaky Sink Gallery (a.k.a. the bathroom) for his Darkroom Interviews, and Laura Bigger's Raspberry Patch will be yielding some tasty treats. Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)
Each Thursday, the Walker Art Center opens its doors and throws an art party for free. This week's installment will offer a variety of happening. Inside, folks will be able to check out "Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience since 1880," which tells the varied stories and shares the perspective of 25 Muslims living in Minnesota. Eric Crosby, curator of "Art Expanded, 1958-1978" will be discussing the influence of Fluxus. Outside, Acoustic Campfire will be hosting folk duo the Ericksons. Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.