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Freeloaders: Howl at the moon

The week's best freebies, Nov. 7-13

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The holidays are just around the corner – which will inevitably bring traffic, flight delays, gift shopping, and exam week. It's a stressful time, so get your me-time in before it's too late. Whether it's walking your dog, gazing at a moon rock, or browsing thought-provoking artwork – there's plenty of party-of-one fun to be had.

MONDAY. If the awesome weather has made you envious of everyone's bikes, enter Mellow Mushroom's Café Racers. The first to finish the alley cat race will win a new bike.

TUESDAY. Ben Fagan, former lead singer of the Plainfield Project, will be at Loggerheads playing a set of reggae rock. The Tattooed Moose will have Bill Wilson and Friends performing indie rock starting at 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY. Join all the single ladies and their dogs at Fuel for a little petworking (it's like networking, only furrier). If you like it then you should put a leash on it. Local artists Jason Baxley, Kristy Bishop, Mixed Media, Adrian Chu Redmond, Sarah Kargol, and Lisa Walraven will transform the Cocktail Club into a gallery of more than 60 of their original pieces at the second Buzzworthy.

THURSDAY. See how Brian Bustos interprets human relationships, loss, and rebirth in his newest work at Eye Level Art.

FRIDAY. The Steampunk Art Show will feature work by artists James Christopher Hill, Phillip Hyman, Constantine O'Donald, Viktor Allen, and more. Live music will be provided by WAWONA. Honor Veteran's Day at Fort Moultrie with live re-enactments from the Revolutionary War to World War II. And many YALLFest events, which extend to Saturday, are free.

SATURDAY. Still think the moon is made of cheese? Find out at the opening of From The Moon: Mapping and Exploration, which reveals how we perceive the moon and how technology has improved our perception. Daytime activities will be from 11 p.m.-2 p.m., and will include lectures and exhibit previews. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m.

SUNDAY. Get ruff-ed up at The Silver Puffin on King Street, where they'll have dog greeters, adoption experts, and light refreshments to benefit the Shih Tzus and Furbabies Rescue.

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