10 things to do for $10 this weekend, November 25-27, 2011

Categories: Things To Do

If you do shop this weekend, make sure it's for cool Japanese accessories.
This weekend is all about one thing: spending. But we have a crazy idea: Don't. We dare you. Those holiday gifts will all be there waiting at the stores after Black Friday and Saturday and Sunday. Promise. So instead of breaking your bank on buying a whole lot of manufactured junk, here are ten things to do this post-Turkey Day weekend that won't cost you more than $10. As always, view the full guide to the weekend here: westword.com/calendar.

Downtown Denver's Grand Illumination at Skyline Park (Friday, free)
Every year, Downtown Denver gets all lit up for the holidays, and every year it still manages to be a sight to see. With carolers, a hand-bell choir and ice skating (with $2 skate rentals) going on amid the illumination, there's no better (and cheaper) festive way to start the holiday season.

Hit and Run: Musical Improv at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Friday, $9)
It's one thing to improvise lines, but it's quite another to improvise entire songs. But these talented performers do just that every week, taking audience suggestions and turning them into an entire on-the-spot musical.

Fresh Art for the Holidays at Fresh Art Studios (Friday, free)
What's better than an art party? You get to slink around, partake in free refreshments, and look at the work. Tonight, that art will include a wide variety of mixed media work for your perusal from Fresh's resident artists.

Reverb After-Thanksgiving Dance Party at Beauty Bar (Friday, free)
The most fun way to work off all those mashed potatoes you ate on Thanksgiving is by dancing, so go shake it at Reverb's bash tonight with music provided by DJs Bobby C Sound TV, Savior Breath, and a special mystery guest. With giveaways, drink specials, and killer tunes, this party is sure to get you dancing away that extra slice of pie. Or three.

Being Elmo at the Denver FilmCenter (Friday-Sunday, $7 to $9.75)
This film follows Kevin Clash, a puppeteer better known for the fuzzy red monster he controls: Sesame Street's Elmo. The winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, this documentary offers insight into the iconic children's show and the legendary Jim Henson as well as the teenage wannabe puppeteer who made his dream come true.

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