10 Things Under $10 To Do This Weekend

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It's that time again. While we all hold our breaths waiting for some of that economic stimulus package to end up in our personal bank accounts (yeah right), it's all about being cheap...or, ahem, price conscious.

We refuse to let you stay home this weekend to cry into your little brother's broken piggy bank. So, below, ten options for getting out of the house that'll set you back less than a ten-spot.

1. Phosphorescent at Amoeba Music (Friday)
You may think you're a big Willie Nelson fan, but did you go out and record a whole album of covers by country's "greenest" outlaw? Brooklyn-based Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, isn't shy about his influences, least of all Nelson, now that he's touring on that aforementioned covers album, called To Willie. Phosphorescent performs at Cafe du Nord later tonight, but you can also catch the band (Houck plays with a buncha dudes live) for free at Amoeba's San Francisco outpost tonight at 6 p.m.

2. Spooky Arthouse Movies at ATA (Friday)
Local experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala got press preview props all over town for tonight's screening of her "spooktacular" movies. Our own Tara Jespen writes that Laitala "resembles a mad scientist filmmaker. She hand-tools images, working in the glow of red Christmas lights, laying broken car windshields and thrifted glass lamp covers on long strips of unexposed film, then turning a flashlight on it all." Check out the "Journey From Darkness Into Light" tonight at 8 p.m., $6.

3. Tenderloin Art Crawl at White Walls and Shooting Gallery (Saturday) 
You have some of the city's prime dive bars at your disposal (Edinburgh Castle, anyone?) for the after-party when you hit this little stretch of Larkin nightlife. White Walls and the adjacent Shooting Gallery host art openings tonight from 7 until 11 p.m., and their parties are usually pretty fun little affairs. 

4. World's Smallest Post Office at Curiosity Shoppe (Saturday)
You know that guy who could write your initials on a grain of rice? He's got nothing on Lea Redmond, who is the Postmaster of the World's Smallest Post Office. As the head of this "teeny tiny transcription service," Redmond transcribes your letters into a Barbie-sized document with a "miniscule wax seal." (The letter comes with a magnifying glass so the sendee can read it). Watch the miniature expert in action Saturday from noon until 6 p.m., free.

5. Jonas Reinhardt at Project One (Saturday)
It's fitting that the last couple times I've seen local boys Jonas Reinhardt's name on a flier, it's been for a show at an art gallery. The band approaches its synth-heavy post rock with an art bent, sounding at times like a live sci-fi soundtrack. On Saturday they play at the newish Project One, which also hosts Portland's experimental electronic trio Explode Into Colors and tastemaking DJ Tristes Tropiques. Show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $7.

6. Free Salsa Lessons (and Lots of Latin Sounds) at 111 Minna (Saturday)
Get to Minna between 9:30 and 10:15 p.m. on Saturday and you can attempt to morph from a clumsy, two left footed-dancer to an elegant salsa star. Green Light  takes over two rooms of the downtown gallery to pump Latin jams, hip-hop, and dancehall into the night. Get in by RSVPing here by the end of the day Friday.

7. These Are Powers, Death Sentence: PANDA! and Work at the Hemlock  (Saturday)
I'll let our clubs editor John Graham sum up These Are Powers for you: "These Are Powers don't fear frequencies below 300 Hz. In the band's self-described 'ghost punk,' Pat Noecker's dubby, effects-fucked bass and Bill Salas' tom-heavy, electronically-augmented rhythms combine with Anna Barie's hypnotrance wails and bottled-lightning guitar to create a full-frequency freakout." Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and costs $7 to get in.

8. Big Ol' Queer Party Anniversary at Rickshaw Stop (Saturday)
Cockblock  --a party for "dykes, lezzies, trannies, homos & friends" turns three years old on Saturday. Your presence will be its present as DJs Nuxx and Zax spin, well, a little of everything. Party starts at 10 p.m., and like most cheap offerings this Saturday, costs $7.

9. Hate the Meter Maid, Love the Zine Art Crawl at Lower Haters and Needles & Pens (Friday)
Don't hate the meter maids, hate the game (of quarters) tonight when local DJ/art hero Romanowski  presents the group show "The Meter Maid Studies" at Lower Haters gallery from 7 until 11 p.m. Over two dozen artists put on display their odes to the thankless job of policing parked cars. And from Lower Haight it's not that far of a walk over to Needles & Pens, where local illustrator/zinester Maria Forde has the opening for her new show, "Advice Portraits"--pictures of her friends and the words of wisdom they would like to offer strangers (6-9:30 p.m.). Both events--and the valuable knowledge you can glean from them--are free.

10 Literary Death Match at Elbo Room (Friday)
It's always good to kick off the weekend with a lotta laughs. And if local writer/comedian Bucky Sinister is on stage, you're pretty much guaranteed to at least crack a really large smile. Dude is funny. Sinister joins a batch of other comedian readers (Will Durst,  Paco Romane, and Candy Churilla) who will compete before judges Andrew Leland, Trina Robbins, and Lisa Geduldig in this battle of wits. Literary Death Match is an early, happy hour deal ($5, 6:30-9 p.m.) but if you stay at the Elbo after the winners are separated from the losers, you can check out the club's Free Funk Friday with DJ Vinnie Esparza . Like its name makes evident, Free Funk Fridays costs you nothing but your time to get in. 

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