10 things to do for $10 this weekend, April 1-3, 2011

Categories: 10 for $10

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While you might want to spend your day pulling pranks on your coworkers, that doesn't mean you don't still have a full weekend ahead of you. It's okay if you spent all your money on whoopee cushions (we did), because since its First Friday, there are tons of events to hit up on the cheap this weekend. In fact, more than half of them are free, which means more money for whoopee cushions with a bit left over for fake poop.

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Jeremy and Melanie Pruitt Crawlspace at Black Book Gallery (Friday, free)
Crawlspace is our favorite type of art show, because it features two artists who work in entirely different mediums. It's like you get to walk into two different galleries at once. Jeremy Pruitt will be exhibiting some of his wooden creations, whereas Melanie will be showing off some intricate line drawings. If you're hitting up the Santa Fe district tonight, you're not going to want to miss this one.

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Fin Art Furniture Show at Fancy Tiger Clothing (Friday, free)
Generally speaking, when we think of First Friday art shows, we think of exhibitions of paintings, drawing and the occasional sculpture, but tonight at Fancy Tiger you'll have a chance to check out some kick-ass handmade furniture. No, we're not talking about the time you build that table that's sitting in the backyard; this is high-end, fancy-shmancy furniture, like the stars have.

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Tim McKay and Jim Olson at SYNC Gallery (Friday, free)
Since this show originally opened up a couple of weeks ago, you might have missed the big opening because you were too busy not hanging out on Santa Fe Drive. However, since you'll most assuredly be up there this weekend, you'll want to pop in to check out the paintings, which fall somewhere in line with neo-abstract-expressionist. If that's no good for you, you might enjoy some of the three-dimensional work on display as well.

AWE Collective Group Show at AWE Collective Gallery (Friday, free)
While AWE Gallery is a bit off the usual Santa Fe loop (literally, it's in an alley off 2nd Avenue and Santa Fe), that ends up being part of its charm. The AWE Collective Group Show isn't exactly outsider art, but it's certainly out of the ordinary. Stopping in will net you a chance to check out ten different artists who work in a variety of mediums, meaning it's certainly not going to be a boring trip.

Ray Tomasso and Brian Cavanaugh at Ice Cube Gallery @ Dry Ice Factory (Friday, free)
This show is probably one of the stranger ones going on this month -- at least based on the descriptions alone. Ray Tomasso has some cast-paper paintings made with blue jeans rendered in pulp, and Brian Cavanaugh will be showing off found objects rendered as sculptures. It should be an interesting show to say the least.


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