Freeloader Friday: B-Girl Be, BBQ at Famous Dave's, Dearling Physique
Don't have the cash to make it to the State Fair? No worries. There's plenty of stuff to do around town, including a free Sunday dinner if your name is Dave.
B-Girl Be: Mama Said Knock U Out!
(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.871.4444, www.intermediaarts.org)
The much-loved festival celebrating women in hip hop returns with dance performances, hair-cutting fundraisers, block parties, and more. Friday night marks the opening of the art gallery show, which features video, paintings, photography, and other art by 28 artists, including Lauri Lyons. The opening party runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
15th Birthday Party
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)
This independent book store has survived a lot of bullshit around the Uptown area over the years. Celebrate the store's grand 15 this evening with local authors and other folks in the industry. There will be refreshments and live music too. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)
This electro-pop band of note has opened to the Noisettes and Bat for Lashes. With Alpha Consumer, and the Few Nice Words. 8 p.m.
Rush Hour: Art on Over 400 Bus Transfers
(Stevens Square Center For The Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.879.0200, www.stevensarts.org)
This art show will include work by five different artists, all on bus/light rail transfer passes, and all pieces for the price of a rush hour ticket ($2.25). There will also be live music by Samwell Rowan and the Vignettes, plus short films and advocacy from St. Stephens Human Rights Program from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
LoLa Art Crawl
(Laughing Waters Studio, 3718 Minnehaha Pkwy. E, Minneapolis, 612.333.1881)
The address listed above is one of many locations in the neighborhood participating. Pick up a map, or check out www.lolaartcrawl.com for a complete list of galleries. There will be artwork and demonstrations by 42 different artists at 20 different sites in the Longfellow neighborhood for two days. And it's guaranteed to be low-key. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Common Room: Guest DJ Dance Party
(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)
Bring some beer and a thumb drive with three songs on it to share at this dance party. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.9900, www.FamousDaves.com)
If you're name is Dave, David, or Davy then you get a free entrée at Famous Dave's today ($15 maximum value). If your middle name is David-based, then you get an entrée for half price. Though the Uptown location is participating, it's one of many, so check the site for the location nearest to you.
Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe: Improv in the Park
(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd, Minneapolis, 612.825.1832)
This is your last weekend for free comedy in the park. 5 p.m.
Bonus Free: Festivals
If it's summer, then there are free festivals each weekend. Here's the two big ones this week:
(Downtown Victoria, 7951 Rose St., Victoria, 952.448.5000)
Featuring over 80 local artists, a 5K run and 1-mile kid fun run, family bicycle tour through Victoria, live entertainment, kids' parade, magic shows, karaoke, bed races, petting zoo, medallion hunt, bingo, food sampling, a Model-T antique car exhibit, evening street dance. Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight.
(Ojibwe Park, 2695 Ojibwe Dr., Woodbury, www.woodburydays.com)
Featuring fireworks, live music, business fair, Taste of Woodbury, bike ride, parade, and more. Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.