Ten things to do for $10 this St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 16-18, 2012

You're sure to be seeing green this weekend for St. Patrick's Day (Here's a Denver guide for St. Patrick's), but that doesn't mean you have to spend all of yours. Everything on this list costs less than $10, whether you want to drink green beer, learn about experimental film, or watch a movie about Japanese teens battling to the death. So don your best leprechaun uniform, cut out some construction paper shamrocks, and get out there.

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Teen Mixed Taste: Gravity and Cassette Tapes at PlatteForum(Friday, 5¢) The MCA's popular tag team lectures on unrelated topics are usually a little pricier, but luckily this event targeted toward teenagers costs only a nickel. With lectures on gravity and the resurrection of the cassette tape, door prizes and snacks, the night is sure to be a blast whether or not you're still in braces.

Stan Brakhage Center Symposium at VAC Auditorium (Friday-Sunday, free) This 8th annual symposium to discuss experimental film will include a wide array of speakers and guests, and should be a treat for any film lover. Filmmakers like Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) and Amie Siegel (Author, Author) will be in attendance to talk about experimental narrative in film.

Sara Guindon art opening at Crema Coffee House (Friday, free) Canada-to-Denver transplant Sara Guindon creates beautiful, cartoon-like illustrations of animals and people that will be on display tonight at Crema. Enjoy some of the coffee shop's impeccable cappucinos and browse the whimsical art.

Capitol Hill Hooley at the Irish Snug (Friday-Sunday) Yes, every Irish bar in Denver has some sort of celebration going down this weekend. But the Irish Snug's events look like they will have it all. From live Irish bands to stepdancing to a recovery brunch on Sunday, the Snug's yearly party will offer every Irish-themed event you could possibly want. And while you're enjoying the Irish revelry, you can also order Irish cuisine like corned beef and cabbage and traditional Irish breakfast.

Battle Royale at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax (Friday-Saturday, $7)

Can't wait for

The Hunger Games

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to open? Yeah, us too. Luckily, The Watching Hour is showing a similarly freaky dystopian film about teens being forced to kill each other. This controversial Japanese movie has been banned all over the world, and is bound to fill the bill for creepy sci-fi as it tells the story of a grim future where 9th graders are sent to an island and forced to battle to the death.

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(Saturday, $5) The excellent programming at Growler Records'

Mid-Winter Punk Film Festival

continues this weekend with

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, which chronicles the work of women in the DIY punk scene. The doc features interviews with awesome ladies like Bikini Kill/Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna and Bratmobile's Alison Wolfe, and will offer a unique view of the sexism that's present, but often overlooked, in punk culture.

The Human Touch at RedLine (Saturday, free) Featuring work from 48 artists form all over the world, this show selected from the vast collection of RBC Wealth Management is tied together by the subject of figure. The show is sure to be a diverse array of many different styles of art brought together in one space.

St Patrick's Day Parade in LoDo (Saturday, free) Don your green clothes, chug some green beer and head out to this celebration of Irish culture. The 50th anniversary edition of this parade will definitely full of music, floats, and leprechauns to pay tribute to the dude who banished snakes from the Emerald Isle.

Traditional Irish Songs and Classic Irish Cooking at the Denver Central Library (Saturday, free) If parking nightmares and wading through throngs of people to see a parade isn't your bag, the Denver Public Library is offering a few ways to celebrate Ireland in a more mellow way. Songwriters Marta Burton and Jeff Hooton will be performing traditional Irish songs in the afternoon, and chef Jessica Gaydos will teach an Irish cooking class with recipes culled from her time in Ireland.

A Painter's Secret Mission: Portraits & Politics in New Spain at the Denver Art Museum (Sunday, $10) Dr. Michael A. Brown will educate art museum guests about Spainish painter Alonso López de Herrera, who traveled to Mexico in 1608 with a secret mission from the Spanish prime minister. What was that secret mission? Find out at this educational lecture.

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