10 things to do for $10 this weekend, May 13 - 15, 2011

It's been raining all week, which means everyone out there is probably getting a little antsy to get out into the world after holing up at home and ordering pizza. It also happens to be Friday the 13th, which, for anyone with a superstitious streak, means staying in for the day despite the fact there are tons of awesome block parties, art shows and more going down this weekend. Don't be that guy.

Major Chords at Lost Lake Lounge (Friday, free) Summer is awesome -- we all know that -- so why not kick it over to Lost Lake Lounge for Major Chords, a summer dance party. Sure, it's not really summer yet, but considering the sun is starting to shine and the patios are starting to open, that means it's close enough for us.

Jolly B-13 at Illiterate Gallery (Friday, free) Jolly B-13 is all about Friday the 13th, which means, uh, it's a collection of thirteen artists interpreting a variety of numbers in different ways. If you've got a pocketful of salt or a penchant to knock on wood, you might want to steer clear of this one.

Fire Arts Festival/Arts on the Fax at The Aurora Arts District (Friday-Saturday, free) When people think of art around Denver, the first place that usually crosses their mind is Santa Fe, but there is art everywhere here -- Aurora included. To help get some more attention for their efforts, the folks behind the Aurora Arts District are hitting the streets full-throttle with a huge collection of art on Friday night, then live iron-pouring and other fiery arts going down on Saturday. Fire usually catches our attention pretty quick.

Patio Opening of The Stingray Lounge (Friday-Sunday, free) When you get right down to it, summer pretty much means one thing: getting drunk on the patio. It's quite possibly the greatest thing about this time year, and The Stingray Lounge is well aware of that, which is why they're kicking off the patio season with a full weekend of DJs, patio sitting and drinking.

Create Denver Week (Friday-Sunday, free) There are way too many events to list everything that's going on this weekend for Create Denver, so let's just say this: most events are free and all of them will offer you a glimpse at the great art and crafts Denver has to offer.

Shotgun Art Show at Rhinoceropolis (Saturday, free) The name Shotgun Art show might initially look like some weird postmodern experimental improv art project, but it's actually much more wholesome than that. It's a show dedicated to Shotgun, the Rhinoceropolis dog. Tons of different artists will be paying tribute to the little guy in what's certain to be an adorable evening in a usually kind of disgusting place.

Private Collection of Josh + Tran Wills at Crema Coffee House (Saturday, free) It might sound a bit strange for a couple of budget art fans to be hosting their collection at a coffee house, but budget and quality aren't always at odds with each other. The point of this private collection going on display is not so much to show off what Josh and Tran Wills have collected -- it's to show off some of the amazing quality they've found for relatively cheap.

Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon in City Park (Saturday, free) It's far too late and costs too much to actually enter the Colfax Marathon, but that doesn't mean you can't kick it over to City Park to hang out and live vicariously through the people who can actually make it through the marathon. We say grab yourself a six-pack of canned beer, take a seat in City Park and make fun of all those fitness freaks that can run for longer than thirty seconds.

Second Saturday Block Party at Plastic Chapel, Lumos and Nox, The Shoppe (3100 block of East Colfax, Saturday, free) It looks like you'll be spending a bunch of time on Colfax this weekend. Between Arts on Fax, The Colfax Marathon and this, you'll be so familiar with the 15 bus that you'll be happily urinating in the back by Sunday. There's too much going on to list, but rest assured you'll have plenty of awesome to look at at this three-venue block party.

Inherit the Wind at Mary Miller Theater (Sunday, $10) It's not often you get the opportunity to check out a matinee show of a play for just $10, but on Sunday at 2 p.m., you'll be able to do just that. What better play to see than Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized account of the Scopes Monkey Trial that took its theme from whether Darwin's Theory of Evolution should be taught in schools?

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