Freeloader Friday August 14-16

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(origami and photo by RangerRick)

This week there's lots of great free music (not just of the block party or outdoor variety), festivals, and free mini-burgers. Check it out after the jump.

Friday:

Lusurfer CD-Release Show

(Uptown Bar & Café, 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.4719)

Imagine a group that is into instrumental surf rock and Hawaiian shirts. Now add a dash of Satanism and zombie makeup. Yeah, that is the gist of Lusurfer. It's like catching the ultimate wave in the bowels of hell. They'll be partying this weekend with Speshul K and the Terrordactyls. 21+. 9 p.m.

Savor the Rest of Your Summer
(Glaciers Café, 3019 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.746.1504)

Want a free dinner/snack tonight? From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Glacier's Café is giving away free frozen custard and mini-burgers. Savor indeed. Yum!

The Bloodshot, the Acceleratti, Buildings
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Yes, the bands play on the lanes at this bowling alley and rock venue. Tonight features three rock bands for the price of none. 10 p.m.

Saturday:

Doodling by Peyton
(Nicademus Art and Framing, 225 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651.207.8322)

Peyton Russell, known to many as just Peyton, is a local artist and wrestler. In the past he's worked with youth to create (legal) graffiti art. This gallery show will feature abstract works on silkscreen. Join the opening party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
NE Pimps and Hos Bar Crawl
(meet at Elsie's Bowling Center, 729 Marshall St. Ne, Minneapolis, 612.378.9701)

Need an excuse to dress skanky and get drunk? Here you go. Bars included on this pub crawl: the Yacht Club, Grumpy's, Psycho Suzi's, Stasiu's, Shaws, and others. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Vignettes CD-Release
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

A girl-rock garage band that often sings about cats? Hell yes. They'll be celebrating the release of their eponymous CD with the Retainers, Box Elders, and Vag. Yes, there really is a band out there called Vag. 9 p.m.

Saturday Festivals:

Festival of Thailand
(Island Lake Park, 3611 N Victoria St., Brooklyn Park, 651.748.2500)

Thai music, dance, food, massage, arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Afrifest

(African Food Market & Deli, 5736 Lakeland Ave. N., St. Louis Park)

Live music, food, performances, fashion, African marketplace, and more. For more info visit www.afrifest.org or call 612.281.6318. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (it's $5 after 8 p.m.)

Sunday:


Uptown Market
(West 29th Street, between Lyndale Avenue South and Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, uptownmarket.org)

Yeah, it's not free if you want to buy anything, but it can be fun to people watch and "window shop." You might also score some free samples. Vendors include local chefs, antique dealers, farmers', restaurants, boutiques, and more. 11 a.m.5 p.m.

Twin Cities Polish Festival
(Old Main Street, 55 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, www.tcpolishfestival.org)

Live music, polka lessons, artists, traditional delicacies, Polish beer, a display of rare sheepdogs, and more. Also Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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