Freeloader Friday: Binge drinking zombies, art crawls, and ballet

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(Work by Adam Turman for Breast in Show)

This is a good week for those on a tight budget. Events include two really cool arts shows in one space, two huge art crawls, and a even some free ballet. Classy!


Saint Paul Art Crawl
(Call 651.292.4373 or check out for complete info)

This three day festival encompasses Lowertown and Downtown St. Paul, Grand Avenue, Harriet Island, and the University/Raymond area. Check out gallery spaces, watch theater and dance performances, sample wine, and buy some affordable art. Check their website out for a complete schedule and list of locations. 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

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                  (Art by Dana Maltby)
Breast in Show: A Benefit for Breast Cancer
(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.874.7222)

At this show local artists including Jennifer Davis, Adam Turman, and Amy Rice were asked to create works of art on top of plaster busts. The results were some truly colorful, playful, and beautiful pieces. You can bid on items or just take a look this Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit Keep-a-Breast and the Breast Cancer Awareness Association of Minnesota.

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      (Work by Jennifer Davis)

Artsmosis Collaborative Arts Festival
(Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.625.4001,

There will be art, animation, experimental opera, architectural design pieces, spontaneous improvisations, installations, and exhibits at this evening's event. Should be entertaining. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Broken/Don't Worry I Have a Map
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.871.2263,

"Broken" will be Greg Gossel's first solo show. He creates his colorful, layered pieces using paint, text, lacquer, among other things. Amy Rice will also be exhibiting new works in a separate show as well. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, October 9.

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                                       (Work by Amy Rice)

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                                       (Work by Greg Gossel)


Seward Arts Festival

(For a complete schedule and list of locations visit

Enter the studios, homes, and businesses of over 100 artists, writers, and performers. Noon to 5 p.m.

Zombie Pub Crawl V: It's Starting to Stink
(Gold Medal Park, 900 S 2nd St., Minneapolis,

Dress like a zombie and wander the streets at this West Bank pub crawl. The event kicks off between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Gold Medal Park, crashes around various bars on the West Bank, then ends with a live concert at the Cabooze (the concert will set you back $8). 4 p.m. to midnight.

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The Ninth Annual Twin Cities Book Festival
(Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

This awesome author festival readings, storytellers, publishers, and booksellers. Click here for my earlier post detailing the schedule. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bryan Thao Worra
(True Colors Bookstore, 4755 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.821.9630,

The author will celebrate the publication of Barrow in style. In addition to his reading there will be performances by El Guante and Ibé Kaba, and Saymoukda Vongsay will play emcee. 5 p.m.

La Familia Latino Family Festival and Expo
(Xcel Energy Center, 175 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651.665.0633 or visit

Check out the national and local Latino entertainment, food, arts & crafts, education, technology, travel, books, culture, health and fitness, home, and auto exhibitors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Featuring over 50 exhibitors, goodie bags, prizes, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


St. Paul City Ballet
(F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, 75 W 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3225)

Dance excerpts pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of Les Ballets Russes. 1 p.m.

Fall Open House
(Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave., St. Paul, 612.624.4745,

Meet raptors, learn about educational programs, enjoy hands-on activities for children, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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