10 things to do for $10 this weekend, December 2-4, 2011

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Yeah, Colorado weather is finally letting us know that winter is coming. But that doesn't mean you can't go out and have fun this weekend. We've rounded up dance parties, a creepy holiday movie, and even a Miami-themed Golden Girls shindig to get you through the chilly weekend. And all for under ten bones. As always, check out our full calendar listings here: westword.com/calendar.

Holiday Mancraft at Ink Lounge (Friday, free) While craft fairs are usually female-targeted, Holiday Mancraft is creating something different by focusing their energies on those with Y chromosomes. With an array of dudes who like to get crafty offering their wares, this will be a good place to not only support the oft-overlooked men in the craft scene, but find gifts for the men in your life. Club Cold at Beauty Bar (Friday, free) The experimental club night Get Whipped is getting a revamp, and new name tonight. The party just added the electronic talents of Pictureplane and Hollagramz, who are set to turn Beauty Bar into some sort of bizarre party every First Friday from now on.

Ice skate at Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (Friday-Sunday, free) Embrace the cold at Skyline's free ice skating rink this weekend. With a lineup of entertainment that runs throughout the weekend (DJs on Friday, live music on Saturday, and family entertainment on Sunday) and skate rentals for $2, it's an inexpensive way to bundle up and enjoy winter.

Art Basel Miami Denver
at theMCA Denver

(Friday, $5) For Denver art lovers who are stranded in the snow, longing to be at

Art Basel this weekend

, the MCA is bringing Miami to you. Sort of. They will screen the Miami-based show

The Golden Girls

and feature art inspired by the spunky ladies of the show. Basil-infused vodka martinis will accompany because, well, basil sounds like Basel?

Rare Exports and Holiday Party at the Denver FilmCenter Colfax (Friday & Saturday, $7)

The Watching Hour is getting in the holiday spirit this weekend to present a screening of

Rare Exports

, a bizarre, dark film set in Finland where archeologists dig up the real Santa and find he's much creepier than expected. A holiday party complete with Christmas sweaters, egg nog and free pizza will precede the film and get you in the yuletide state of mind before the Santa mythology is turned upside down in this intriguing, wacky film.

Beginning Before at Super Ordinary Gallery (Saturday, free) From creating the animal-costumed art/rap group the Yummies to selling t-shirt designs to Urban Outfitters, Ray Young Chu has been busy over the years. And Saturday's art opening will celebrate all of that work with a show looking at his wide range of creations. DJ Marc Hughes will provide the tunes to this fun, eclectic show.

A Reading Series #2 at Leon (Saturday, free) Saturday night doesn't have to be about going out and partying, especially when it's cold outside. Instead, venture to art space Leon for a cozy reading featuring Colorado writers. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate to sip while Michael Flatt, Thibault Raoult, and Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes read from their work.

Artsmyths Fashion Event at the Mercury Cafe (Saturday, $10) Tiffany Smyth's unique fashion event is sure to be something different: the models of her whimsical clothing are multi-talented in the arts of belly dancing, juggling, and more, so you can expect a lot more than the normal strut down the catwalk.

Centennial Chess Club at the Smokey Hill Public Library (Sunday, free) Nothing says cold weather like playing board games inside, so practice your chess skills Sunday at the Smokey Hill Public Library. It may not be the most glamorous thing to do, but it will get you out of the house and provide you with some nerdy social interaction.

Pyrate Punx Toy/Food Drive at Old Curtis Street Bar (Sunday, $5, a new toy, or three cans of food) Toy and Food drives don't have to be mellow, and neither do matinee shows. The Denver Pyrate Punx will show just that with their benefit this Sunday, which features the rollicking music of bands like Doersovit, Dripfed, and Dog Safety all while as supporting the JeffCo Action Center. Do good while you mosh in the daylight.

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