Freeloader Friday: Comedy and rock at 501, Jaws, and Lowertown's Concrete and Grass Festival

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This week we've got free comedy and music at the 501 Club, a screening of Jaws, and an epic music fest over in Lowertown St. Paul. Get out there and have some fun, leave your wallet behind. 

FRIDAY:

16th Annual Funk at the Fred
(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis; 612.625.9494)

This is a welcome-back concert for U of M students, so it may be a little heavy on 18+ crowd. However, the lineup is pretty good, and includes hip hop with Mel Gibson and the Pants, electro-pop with Ghost in the Water, and new wave-indie sounds from the appropriately-named We Valedictorians. 7 p.m.

Laugh, Rock, Repeat
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848, www.501.mn)

Comedy and rock coexist peacefully together in this event. Patrick Bauer and Gabe Noah provide laughs while Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins and One Man Dan play tunes. This night will also serve as a CD-release show for One Man Dan. 9 p.m.

Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Fest
(Mears Park, 221 E 5th St., St. Paul, 651.632.5111, www.concreteandgrass.com)

This three-day festival features two stages, including an acoustic one, as well as tons of performers in just about every genre of music. Big local names include Freddy Fresh, Heiruspecs, Romantica, Kid Dakota, and many more. Check out the website for a complete listing. 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Benefit for Rosie
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454)

Some may know Rosie as the sassy lady that keeps things running smoothly over at the Hex. She's had some recent health problems, so this benefit hopes to raise funds so that she doesn't have money problems as well. The Gleam, the Tisdales, and the Bill Patten Trio are all scheduled to perform. 9 p.m.

SATURDAY:

Taste of Greece
(St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3415 Irving Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.825.9595, www.stmarysgoc.org)

Everyone knows that Greece is tasty, right? This three day festival will feature traditional dance, cooking demonstrations, live music, a kid-friendly area, wine tastings, and a talk on olive oil. For more info visit www.mplsgreekfest.org. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Low, Jaws

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis; 612.661.4785)

Vita.mn keeps the outdoor movie season going with this fall series of free screenings. Rockers Low will play a set followed by a little-known movie about a shark that eats people and is mean. 5:30 p.m.
 
Praise and Punishment
(Rosalux Gallery, 1011 Washington Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.747.3942, www.rosaluxgallery.com)

Toni Gallo and Joel Starkey explore the birth, life, and death of fame in this show featuring paintings, drawings, and multimedia artwork. The artists' reception is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Zenon Dance Company and School's Fall Open House
(Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.1101)

Take some free sample classes over at Zenon this Saturday. Show up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for  kid-friendly classes, or check out classes for adults between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Open House
(Alliance Francaise, 113 N 1st St., Minneapolis, 612.332.0436, www.afmsp.org)

This open house features samples classes, tours, and crepes. Oh la la! 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Monarch Festival
(Lake Nokomis, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis)

Check out this event, which includes a 5K run, a kids' butterfly run, music, dance, storytelling, art, food, a native plant sale, prairie garden tours, and art-making activities. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

IndiaFest2009
(Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651.771.7507)

Another potentially tasty festival, this one features live music; Bollywood, classical, and folk dance; arts and crafts; food; face painting; demonstrations; and more. For more info visit www.iamn.org. Noon to 5 p.m.

Eric Dregni
(The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.604.0222, www.varsitytheater.org)

So what has the prolific Eric Dregni been up to lately? Apparently he has been eating his way through Italy. Hear him talk about his experiences at this reading for Never Trust a Thin Cook. 2 p.m.
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