Freeloader Friday: Holiday neighborhood celebrations, reindeers, and a band called Schitty Weezer
Friday Night at the Hexagon
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)
Tonight's free show starts at 9 p.m. and features experimental indie rockers Self Evident, progressive/experimental group Sleeping in Gethsemane, rock/pop artists Kill to Kill, and the Drug Budget.
No Coast Craft-o-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041)
Check out work by local print artists, jewelry makers, clothing designers, and more. You don't have to spend money but if you do you might find some deals that wont break the bank. For more info visit nocoastcraft.com. 3-8 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown St. Paul (aim for around 300 North Broadway))
Kick off the weekend with open studios, drink and food specials, live performances, and more. If you're already burned out on the holidays check out the Anti-Holiday Show for a jingle-free art zone. For more info call 651.765.8071 or visit www.mnartists.org/Lowertown_First_Fridays. 6-9 p.m.
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)
Learn a little about wine from this award-winning local food and wine critic as she discusses Drink This! Afterward walk around the corner to Lucia's (or any other bar you like) and test your new knowledge. 7:30 p.m.