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10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!), April 11-13

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Whether you want to see Johnny Knoxville dressed like a grandpa, learn which forest plants are edible, or catch a sex-themed comedy show, you can do it in Denver this weekend -- for less than ten bucks! Keep reading for our list of the ten of the best deals in town, including eight that are totally free.

If you know of more bargain events, share them in the comments section below. And for a complete listing of activities around town, check out the online Westword calendar.

See also: Celebrate the paper-doll art of iconic fashion illustrator Jim Howard on Saturday

Scrounge at Republic Plaza (Friday, free) Rather than heading to Hobby Lobby, the artists featured in tonight's exhibition use discarded and found objects to create brand-new pieces. This opening and kickoff party for Doors Open Denver will include a performance by community-minded dance, in addition to the art show.

Wild Edible and Medicinal Herb Walk at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (Friday, free) You don't have to go to the produce section to find green things to eat. On this walk today, Susan Evans will tell you all about edible plants and their medicinal uses -- so on your next hike, you'll know what to pick.

Cosmic Machine Part II: Drawings and Collage from Outer Space at Weathervane Cafe (Friday, free) Artist Taylor Boylston's dreamy new drawings will be on display at a reception tonight at Weathervane Cafe. After you look at the art, make sure you head up to the brand-new Beehive Vintage shop upstairs.

Crafternoon at the Cartel Studio (Saturday, free) Get creative today at Crafternoon, Cartel Studio's free event to promote a community of artists. Bring drawing, knitting or any craft project to work on while you sip tea and coffee and hang out with other like-minded folks.

The Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College (Saturday, free) Head to the Springs today to please your inner Bill Nye and delve into the world of cool science. Barnes Science Center will host a slew of live demonstrations, hands-on experiments and more at this fun fair. A Night of Fashion at Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery (Saturday, free) Artist Jim Howard's fashion illustrations have been displayed all over the country, and he'll be in town tonight to show and talk about his long career. See Howard's exquisite illustrations and paper dolls, and meet one of the most famous fashion illustrators of the 1970s and 1980s -- who now lives in Denver!

Steve Tem at the Broadway Book Mall (Saturday, free) Attend the very first event hosted by the Mile High Chapter of Horror Writers of America tonight at the Broadway Book Mall. Dark fantasy author Steve Rasnic Tem will be on hand to discuss his prolific body of work.

SexCom at Blush & Blu (Saturday, $5-10) This performance by Debbie Scheer and Shanna Katz is billed as comedy with a side of sex ed, so be prepared for an evening filled with laughter and adult education. Tickets are sliding scale, and free lube is included with your admission!

Last Sunday's Cinema at the McNichols Building (Sunday, $7)

Spend a lazy Sunday with a double feature that will give you two movies for the price of one. Last Sunday's Cinema will present

Blazing Saddles

and

Bad Grandpa

complete with beer, wine and popcorn, of course.

Sunday Night Comedy in the Speakeasy at Brain Food Collective (Sunday, free) Try your hand at standup tonight at this comedy open mic. The theme is comedy confessions, so bring a true story and be prepared for the crowd to laugh at your totally embarrassing experience.


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