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10 Things to do for $10 this weekend, November 19-22

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means many people are in store for one hell of a four day weekend. Before that happens we have to deal with one of these pesky two day weekends, or "the bane of Western society" as we like to call them. Two days just doesn't ever seem like enough time to get things done around the house and have fun. Thankfully, there is plenty to do this weekend to keep you away from the chores, as long as you enjoy art, dancing or video games.

Midnight Movie -- Class of Nuke 'Em High at the Esquire (Friday-Saturday) Were you aware that Tromaville High happens to be located next to a nuclear power plant? If not, then, well, you probably have no freaking idea what we're talking about here. If you do, then all we need to tell you is that Class of Nuke'em High is the midnight movie this weekend and filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman will be in town Friday and Saturday night to take your questions. Get your Troma Entertainment shirt out! Aesthetic Alchemy BFA Thesis Exhibit at the Center for Visual Art (965 Santa De Drive, Friday, Free, 6 p.m.) You know what's awesome? Multi-channel video installations that explore the concept of time. Actually, we just like videos of any kind, because our eyes can't stay fixed on static images anymore. Either way, students sometimes make some of the most kick ass art in town, because they don't need to worry about making money off of it, so be sure to hit this one up -- we've got word there'll be at least a few awesome things in there.

Art District Best of 2010 at eventgallery 910Arts (Friday, $10) If this weekly feature hasn't proven to you that Denver's got some amazing artistic talent, then perhaps attaching the words "Best of" might somehow convince you. If you've done the Santa Fe walk this year, chances are you've seen some of the work featured here, but it's doubtful you've seen it all. Now you can see 35 of the best works from the last year, all in one place.

Hudson Holiday at Hudson Gardens (Friday, $6-$9) Follow that link above. Seriously, follow it look at the psychedelic horses and come back. Done? Okay, now picture crazy lighting like that, combine it with whimsical things like dollhouse villages and a train setup, and what you get is real-life psychedelic freakout. Of course, it's all in the name of the holidays.

Soundpainting with the Playground at the Dikeou Collection (1615 California Street, Suite 515, Friday, Free, 6:30 p.m.) Soundpainting is a form of group improvisation that uses hand gestures to signal a change in the music. The Playground Ensemble is a group of musicians. You see where this is heading? They'd like you to come down and participate too, all levels of skill welcome.

Neon Nights at the Meadowlark (2701 Larimer Street, Friday, $5) A night of dancing sure isn't a hard thing to find in Denver, but if you're looking for something a little different this weekend, you'll want to cruise over to the Meadowlark as DJ Shannon Von Kelly is joined by guest James Holden to the rock the party and give out free stuff from Fancy Tiger Clothing.

Stranded at Illiterate (Saturday, Free) Repurposed jewelry is all the rage these days, which is why it seems like a keen time to mention the Stranded Jewelry Trunk show, which features just that -- repurposed jewelry that is. We haven't a clue if you'll be able to score any swag for a crisp $10 bill, but you'll at least be able to get in and browse.

Jonesy's Art Bazaar at Jonesy's EatBar (Saturday, Free) Actually, speaking of repurposed, homemade merchandise, this is the last weekend you'll be able to swing by the Jonesy's Art Bazaar for the season. You'll be able to score a boatload of homemade things, and if you're smart, you'll be able to turn in some of your holiday shopping early. Who needs a mall?

Geeks Who Drink at Royal Hilltop (18581 E. Hampden Avenue, Saturday, Free) If we've learned one thing from going to countless trivia nights, it's that drinking doesn't help our score, but it makes losing easier to cope with, so it's kind of a wash. Either way, folks in Aurora who've been wondering how they might get out on Saturday nights and show off their gigantic brains will be relieved to find out that starting tonight, Geeks Who Drink is inside you. If you've never witnessed one of their trivia affairs, they're pretty straightforward: free to enter, win prizes, get drunk, answer questions. Lyons Classic Video at Oskar Blues (Sunday, Free, but bring quarters) Little known fact about Oskar Blues: The first arcade machine there was Galaga and it sucked at retaining high scores, otherwise we're pretty sure "TJK" would still be at the top. Nowadays there's a heck of a lot more games and all of them are a blast from a much simpler and enjoyable past. Trust us, a pocketful of $10 worth of quarters will only weigh you down for a minute if you're playing Tron.

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