10 things to do for $10 (5 free!) this weekend, October 19-21

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If you're looking for things to do this weekend, you're in the right place. Whether you want to build Day of the Dead altars, see zombie burlesque, dance at an '80s party, or chill out with a speed Reiki session, we've got it all here -- and more. And here's the really excellent part: None of these events will cost you more than $10.

For a full calendar of activities, our online calendar at westword.com. And if you know of more cheap events this weekend, share them in the comments section.

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Chill the F Out! at MCA Denver (Friday, $5) Short of both cash and time for an hour-long Reiki session? The Museum of Contemporary Art is offering free, five-minute healing treatments tonight as part of Black Sheep Fridays to help you de-stress in this frantic election season. Drink some Reiki-powered water, listen to the singing bowls, and browse the art while you chill.

Launch Party for Jackson Mac Low's 154 Forties at Counterpath (Friday, free) Poet Jackson Mac Low's Forties poems from 1990 to 2001 are finally in one place: a book entitled 154 Forties for which Counterpath will host a release party tonight. It will also show the video premiere of a project that includes writers and artists from all over the world reading poems, as well as a group reading one of the pieces.

Create an Altar at the Museo de las Americas (Friday, $5) As preparation for Dia de Los Muertos, you can stop by the Museo de las Americas tonight for altar-making, food and practicing your Spanish. It should be a fun, crafty way to get creative, enjoy Spanish happy hour, and also meet Spanish speakers and munch on delicious appetizers while you create your own devotional altar.

Fast Forward Reading & Book Release at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, free) Tonight Fast Forward Press will release its latest flash-fiction anthology, Flash 101: Surviving the Flash Apocalypse, featuring stories as long as 1,000 words and as short as the winner from our one-sentence story contest, "The bride kept dancing with Steve." There will also be a flash-fiction reading featuring stories of from three to five minutes. Attendees are invited to come dressed in their best apocalypse fashion.

That 80s Night at Beauty Bar (Saturday, free) For your dance fix this weekend, check out Beauty Bar's That '80s Night -- with music from, you guessed it, the legwarmer decade. Jeromie Dorrance, Ginger Perry and BoyHollow will DJ the hits, so get dressed up and prepare to shake your limbs and live in the past.

Rock Star Zombie Resurrection at Casselman's Bar and Venue (Saturday, $10 for 21+)

You can get really stoked about the undead tonight at this official Zombie Crawl after party, featuring zombie burlesque, free psychic readings, DJs and lots more. Dress in your best gore makeup and tattered clothing and dance the night away -- as if you're actually part of the walking dead. The event also promises food trucks, live tattooing, and zombie go go babes, so it's sure to be a blast.

24 Hour Comic Book Challenge at Time Warp Comics (Saturday-Sunday, free) It's that time of year again, when ambitious artists get together for a sleepless, stressful 24 hours of drawing an entire comic book. Witness the madness (or participate yourself!) at Time Warp Comics in Boulder from 10 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday. The shop will be featuring a new sale every two hours, so you can score some discounted comics while you're watching exhausted creators slave away on a ridiculous deadline.

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream screening at Su Teatro (Sunday, donations starting at $10)

Learn more about the American economic crisis in this fascinating documentary, which details the dismantling of the middle class and all that led to the current state of the economy. All proceeds from the evening go to support Colorado Progressive Action and


; reserve tickets


or by calling 303- 867-0310 or emailing stephanie@coprogressiveaction.org.

Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement at the Webb Municipal Building (Friday-Sunday, free) Did you know that it's Colorado's Conflict Resolution month? Well, now you do. In celebration, this traveling photo exhibit will make its way all over the state, telling real-life stories of people in Colorado resolving problems -- from a Wheat Ridge police officer educating others about mediation to officials in Fort Morgan helping people deal with an influx of refugees. This unique exhibit is designed to help educate about how to solve problems without violence, and should be a fascinating and inspirational show.

Lindy Diversion Sunday Night Dance at City Hall (Sunday, $10)

Lindy Diversion 2012 will bring together Lindy Hop, blues, swing and jazz music this weekend for a series of dance-related classes and events. While the rest of the events cost a bit more, the Sunday night dance is a bargain at only $10. Meet other dance enthusiasts and end your weekend swinging.

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