Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, February 24-26, 2012

It's so easy to get the blues in dreary, cruddy February. But there's no excuse this weekend -- the city is full of things to do. From Oscar parties to art openings, dance performances to absurd theater, we've got everything you could possibly want. And it all costs $10 or less.

For a full list of events, visit westword.com/calendar.

Celestial Terrestrial at Hinterland (Friday, free) The dolls artist Elena Stonaker crafts out of beads and sequins are beautiful pieces that will be on display tonight at her opening. Comes view the magic Stonaker and fellow artist Jeff Page have created.

AdVentures in Rupturing Seams at the Dikeou Collection (Friday, free) Ever get stuck watching a performance you're just not that into? That definitely won't happen tonight. This avant-garde dance performance is structured like an art opening, with different performances happening simultaneously that you can come and go as you please. All the dance pieces were inspired by art in the fascinating Dikeou Collection, so the performances are sure to be intriguing and different than the standard Swan Lake.

NEW SPHERE: THE BUILDING OF A NEW CHAOS at Plus Gallery (Friday) You can always count on Pictureplane's Travis Egedy for events with mystical titles, awesome fliers and fantastic beats. This night definitely fits the bill, described as a one-night only live performance art work with musical performances by Real Magic and Pictureplane. Don't question it. Just go.

An Absurd Evening of Absurd Theatre at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Friday, $9) Tired of reasonable theater? The Voodoo Comedy playhouse is offering up three bizarre plays tonight whose subjects range from talking mules to sexy bedbugs. Bizarre? Yes. Fun? Definitely.

Colorado Environmental Film Festival at the American Mountaineering Center (Friday through Saturday, $5)

Whether you're a serious environmentalist or someone who's just interested in reducing your ecological footprint, the CEFF has more than fifty films (at only $5 each) as well as panels and family activities to inspire you to action. Not sure what to see? Check out this

list of the top five flicks


Oscar Nominated Short Films at the Chez Artiste (Friday through Sunday, $10.50)

Okay, so it costs 50 cents more that $10. But these are always fun to see, and definitely worth the extra two quarters so that you will finally have an opinion on what will win the golden statue rather than just guessing based on which one looks the coolest from a fifteen-second snippet at the ceremony.

Bringing Forth Beauty: African American Women Create at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (Saturday, free) Six creative black women will come together in a discussion tonight to talk about pursuing a career in the arts. With fields ranging from spoken word to quilt-making, Lisa Grady-Willis, Helen Littlejohn, Lady Speech, Rosie Smith, Lea Chapman and Dannette Hollowell are sure to inspire others to go down a arsty path in this Black History Month presentation.

Romancing the Face at Spark Theater

Join this awesome troupe of lady comedians, plus the addition of Nathan Lund, for a night of sketch comedy and, duh, laughter. And be sure to check out this Funny or Die video before you go to better understand

what it's like to be a female comedian


Afro-Punk at Yellow Feather Coffee (Saturday, $1) While punk rock seems like a progressive, welcoming community, it's often still mostly white and male-dominated. Afro-Punk is a documentary that explores the race issues within the punk community, interviewing black punk fans and musicians.

Watch the Oscars (Sunday, free)

Whether you're watching at home or at one of these

five fabulous Oscar parties

, it's always fun to watch everyone in Hollywood get all dressed up and congratulate each other. Gawk at the bizarre clothes, laugh at Billy Crystal's dumb jokes, and make outrageous bets on who will win.

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