10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 28-31

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It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this weekend having fun...without spending too much cash. Skip the fancy parties and spend the last weekend of 2012 at live comedy or dance parties or watching fireworks. For a full listing of events, visit the Westword calendar, and feel free to share other end-of-the-year bargains in the comments section.

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The Grawlix Episode 23 at the Bug Theater (Friday, $10)

The guys from the Grawlix have been getting national attention for their recent deal with Amazon, so be sure to see the premiere of their newest comedy episode here in Denver, before they get too famous. In addition to the webisode premiere, the night promises an all-star lineup of former local comedians home for the holidays -- including Josh Blue, Dan Soder and Rob Gleeson -- for a stellar comedy extravaganza.

Family Friday Night at the Tattered Cover Colfax (Friday, free) For an ideal family event, the Tattered Cover is offering an evening of storytelling, snacks from Whole Foods, and coffee-shop specials for adults. Kids are invited to dress in their holiday pajamas to listen to stories read aloud; everyone can enjoy the community of the independent bookstore.

A Very Voodoo Christmas at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Friday, $9) Still hanging on to the holidays? Xmas lives on at this Voodoo comedy show. The event promises your favorite seasonal tunes played live; hear those Christmas songs one more time before they're retired until next year.

Idle No More Flash Mob at the Cherry Creek Mall (Saturday, free) In support of the Canadian Idle No More movement, people will gather in front of Neiman Marcus at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center to perform a peaceful Unity Round Dance. As the mission statement of the movement explains:

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.

Down to Skate at Boppo (Saturday, $5)

Catch the premiere of this highly anticipated skateboard video from Royal Stains productions, featuring skateboarders like Julian Christianson, Cody Shulze and Travis Emmite performing board tricks (and wipeouts) all over Denver. The show is at 7 p.m. and repeats at 10 p.m. tonight.

Tie Me Up For Christmas at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, $5)

Enjoy '80s hair metal classics reworked as lounge songs at Kinky Mink's holiday show this evening. The sultry local band will perform classics like Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman," as well as a few of its own originals, like the above BDSM Christmas ditty "Tie Me Up for Christmas."

Pre-NYE Party at Shag Lounge (Sunday, free) There's no need to wait until Monday to start your New Year's Eve partying. DJs boyhollow and Largechild will be spinning the tunes at this Shag Sundays bash. Dance, enjoy $3 U-Call-Its at the bar, and take a swig or two from some of the free champagne bottles that will be passed around throughout the night. And then you can do it all again at another party tomorrow.

Slam Nuba Kwanzaa at the Crossroads Theatre (Monday, free)

Celebrate Kwanzaa tonight at Slam Nuba's '80s Hip Hop-themed party and vegan potluck. Bring a dish to share, listen to live music from DJ Cavem, see a live martial arts demo, and watch a screening of Byron Hurt's newest film,

Soul Food Junkies

, which delves into the history of soul food. It's sure to be an evening full of fantastic eats, interesting entertainment and lots of fun.

Prince Paul New Year's Eve at Beauty Bar (Monday, $5) Ring in the new year by shaking your limbs at this epic dance party. Beauty Bar and Lucha Rama are bringing NYC DJ/producer Prince Paul to town, along with the RNR live hip hop and funk crew and local DJ Diabolic for an evening full of killer tunes that will usher in the new year with a raucous good time.

NYE Fireworks at 16th Street Mall (Monday, free) Yeah, there are plenty of New Year's Eve parties, but nothing beats the classic thrill of a giant free fireworks display. Bundle up with the masses and head to the 16th Street Mall for a stunning display of explosive pyrotechnics that will blast you into the new year.

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