10 things to do for $10 this weekend, January 21-23, 2011

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Ah, mid-January, the time when random miniature snowstorms or below-freezing days can make or break your weekend plans. It's a trying time of year for people, with cabin fever causing even the most hermit-like among us to try and make it out into the real world. Thankfully, there is plenty to choose from this weekend, from dance parties and art openings to wrestling and Shakespeare.

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Real is a Feeling at the Meadowlark (Friday, $3)
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Real is a Feeling is going down on Friday this week instead of Sunday as usual, and to celebrate the event, they've amped up the roster. Joining the usual mainstays of Screen Savers and Narky Stares will be Hollagramz and Pictureplane, as well as some visual amusements provided by the Audio Visual Violence Club. What does that all mean in the long run? Chaos, dancing, drinking, partying, of course.

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The Dance of Color and Words at Niza Knoll Gallery (Friday, free)
It's rare for an art exhibit to be so proud of its usage of words, but that's exactly what The Dance of Color and Words is all about. The new exhibit features three different artists jiving off each others color- and word-use to create an exhibit that balances itself between collage, paintings and stories.

Brian Comber: New Works at Sellars Project Space (Friday, free)
Seeing as how it's the middle of the month and there aren't too many new art openings, you might want to make your way around town to check out all the things you missed because you were initially scared of the crowds. Might we suggest you start with Brian Comber's work at the Sellars Project Space? Comber's portraits are a bit creepy, combining surrealistic imagery with those weird "Big Eyes" paintings you find in thrift stores. Well worth checking out before the exhibit gets taken down on the February 1.

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Redneck Romeo and Juliet at Denver's Dangerous Theatre (Friday-Saturday, $10)
Why bother writing something new when you can just do a modern update of an age-old tale? Sure, it's been done before, but we're pretty sure nobody has ever turned Romeo and Juliet into a story about two lovers living in a trailer park stuck between warring meth-dealing families. Oh, it's also mostly improvised. We're not totally sure how exactly that all works, but we can't say we're not interested to find out.

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The Watching Hour: IP Man at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday-Saturday, $9.75)
All you really need to know about IP Man is that it's a semi-biographical martial arts movie about Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach Wing Chun. Who was Yip Man? Oh, just the dude that helped train martial arts icon and all-around awesome guy Bruce Lee.

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Warhol in Fort Collins, 1981.
Warhol in Colorado at Victoria H. Myhren Gallery (Friday-Sunday, free)
While the big opening-night gala happened on Thursday, that doesn't mean you can't still check out Warhol in Colorado this weekend (for much cheaper, we might add). The University of Denver received 150 pieces (!) for being a beneficiary, and to celebrate, they're showing them all off. It's not just Warhol's pieces, though -- there will also be a collection of images by local photographers, memorabilia and other Colorado-centric Warhol-goodness.


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