10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), May 23-25

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We've finally made it to the unofficial start of another summer. Memorial Day weekend kicks off Denver's hottest season, and we want you to be able to enjoy that extra day off without breaking the bank. To balance out the backyard barbecues and parades, hereare ten festivities that will blow you away without blowing too much cash.

Visit the online Westword calendar for more ideas, and if you know of any other under-ten-buck bargains, drop a line in the comments section below.

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Esme Patterson live at Twist & Shout (Friday, free)
Unless you've been living under a rock, you have to know and love the sweet sounds of Denver's own Esme Patterson. Tonight Twist & Shout will present a free concert celebrating her newest album, Woman to Woman. While the show is free, buying a CD might get you a better seat.

Jodorowsky's Dune at Sie FilmCenter (opens Friday, $10)
Dune was set to be the greatest science fiction movie ever made, based on the seminal science fiction book by Frank Herbert. But even with a grand cast consisting of Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali, and two years of meticulous planning, that version of the movie simply never happened. The documentary Jodorowsky's Dune takes a look at why this movie may have been just too ahead of its time and impossible to make.

Beth at The Betsy Stage (Friday-Saturday, free)
The Betsy Stage is a tucked-away gem in this city. Its specialty is adapting Shakespeare really well, and for this show it has flipped Macbeth on its head and placed it in 1920s Paris with an all-female cast. The updated version pays "homage to women's struggle throughout time in art," says Samantha McDermott, writer/director of the show. Go to the Betsy website to reserve your free tickets.

Back to the Future at the Esquire(Friday-Saturday, $9)

With all the outdoor things going on this weekend, at the end of the night you might just want to hang out indoors and relax. Take a trip back in time in the DeLorean with Doc Brown and Marty McFly at the Esquire's Midnight Movie -- and watch Marty play Earth Angel like his life depends on it.


Denver Day of Rock at 16th Street Mall (Friday-Sunday, free)
This is one of the best music events you'll ever see without having to pay a dime. Spread out over five stages throughout downtown, the one-of-a-kind music fest will feature over 25 national acts. And not just little bands, either; the likes of The Wallflowers and Black Joe Lewis are just a couple of the notables who'll perform. The concert is brought to you by Concerts for Kids, so it's a win-win for everyone.

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16th Street Mall

1001 16th St., Denver, CO

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Karl Chwe
Karl Chwe

That photo of a girl in a kimono robe holding a cat is free, and it is pretty awesome. Think I'll just look at that for a while.

Reckless Red
Reckless Red

Sunday afternoon at Rock-A-Billies with quite a band ( heh heh )..

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