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Free First Saturday Stage & Screen: Folk Tail

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Cool off inside the Walker Cinema all summer as Free First Saturday presents exciting pairings of music and movies. Local bands are at 11 am and family films are at 1 pm, with interludes of art-making, gallery tours, and activities in between.

Music: Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade, 11 am

Walker Cinema
A so-called messy folk orchestra, Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade combines the best elements of a stadium rock show and a campfire sing-along. With word-rich and harmony-heavy tunes, this band nods to ’60s and ’70s Americana.

Film: Belle and Sebastian, 1 pm

Walker Cinema
Set in France during World War II, this story follows Sebastian, a six-year-old boy, who tames an enormous yet gentle mountain dog named Belle. The two become best friend and undertake a treacherous journey to help others. This film received the Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature at the 2015 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Directed by Nicolas Vanier, 2013, France, 104 minutes.

Best enjoyed by ages 8+; scary and/or suspenseful scenes.

Art-Making: Paper City, 10 am–3 pm

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Put the finishing touches on a collaborative paper structure by folding and connecting polygon pieces designed by Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics. See how its shape has morphed and grown over the summer when you visit on the final day.

Workshop: Hydro-Illuminata Vision Tree, 10 am–3 pm

Cargill Lounge
What is your wish for the health of the Mississippi River? What does the river mean to you? Join Hydro-Illuminata to explore ideas about the Mississippi watershed district and add to a collaborative sculpture. On October 1, elements from the workshop will be featured at the group’s public cast iron and performance event on the banks of the Mississippi River.