10 Things to Do This Weekend For Under $10

By this point you're probably exhausted from all those hours of ripping shiny wrapping paper off lackluster presents and regaling relatives with stories of your wacky life in the big city. And like us, you're probably hurting for cash a bit in this last week of the month after spending all your hard earned dough on gifts for said relatives.

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Do not fret; San Francisco has plenty of sparkly and non-denominational holiday events this weekend to fit your tightened budget:

Zombie Xmas @ Pirate Cat Radio (Fri.).
Hold on to that fuzzy holiday spirit a little longer with Pirate Cat Radio's seasonal ode to the art of the zombie flick. Nosh on popcorn, imbibe in egg nog and spicy hot toddies then settle in to screen six zombie films from around the world; "I Walked with a Zombie," "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," "Zombie," "Braindead," and "Wild Zero." Holiday-appropriate libations and zombie overload - what more could a gore fan ask for? (Free. Noon-10 p.m.).

Target Family Day @ The Contemporary Jewish Museum (Fri.).

Families and museum-lovers of all ages can visit the CJM for free today and catch costumed "Where the Wild Things Are" characters in conjunction with the Maurice Sendak exhibit "There's A Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak" and participate in accompanying arts and crafts. Be sure to stop by the cushy upstairs Yud lounge to listen to kitschy vintage records in the "Jews on Vinyl" exhibit. (Free, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Death Guild X-Mess @ DNA Lounge
(Fri.).

Who doesn't want to spend Christmas shoulder-dancing to a heavy mix of gothic, industrial and synthpop jams? Death Guild's been a San Francisco gothic staple since 1992 with an annual X-Mess event since 1999. This year's party will feature DJ Decay, DJ Joe Radio and DJ Melting Girl in the main room and DJ Intoner, DJ Lex and DJ Sage in the lounge. There also promises to be "exuberant and morbid" drink specials. And if you like the event, consider contributing to the DNA Lounge Legal Defense Fund. The SOMA venue has been in an ongoing battle with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) since 2007. To help, join the "Save DNA Lounge" Facebook. ($5, 18+. 9 p.m.)

Karla LaVey's Black X-Mass @ The Elbo Room (Fri.).
In the grand tradition of her forefathers, Karla LaVey (daughter of infamous Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey) will pay homage to the darker side of the holidays by hosting the 12th annual Black X-Mass. Karla, a controversial figure in her own right, founded her own First Satanic Church in San Francisco in the late '90s and currently hosts a weekly Satanic radio show. Tonight's macabre affair will include live bands The Fuxedos and Sassy!!! along with performances by The Devil Dancers and Theremin Wizard Barney. Who can resist a theremin wizard? ($10, 9 p.m.)

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration @ Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sat.).
Celebrate Kwanza with free museum admission and art projects inspired by the customs and traditions of African nations. Renowned Oakland jazz drummer E. W. Wainwright and his ensemble The African Roots of Jazz will musically trace the history of jazz, gospel and spiritual songs. Be forewarned, there may just be some audience participation. (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Engagement, Commitment and Fresh Air: Fifty Years with the San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Yerba Buena Cultural Arts Center (Sat.-Sun.).
While the museum itself is, alas, not free to visit, we still like to peruse the always enjoyable front room exhibition. The SF Mime Troupe exhibition is no exception - featuring archival photos, videos, musical recordings and costumes from the theatrical troupe's 50 year history. The group's radical political theater pieces have touched on everything from civil rights to big oil - and yes, the troupe incorporates sound along with movement. These mimes don't keep mum. (Free, Sat: 12-8 p.m., Sun: 12-6 p.m.).

Teenage Dance Craze: A Swinging Twistmas
@ The Knockout (Sat.).

Sometimes a girl just wants to shake her tail-feather -- shellac her hair up and do the twist with a friendly and sweaty crowd dressed to the nines. Her best bet this weekend might be Teenage Dance Craze's holiday-themed vintage soul party Twistmas 2009 where DJs Sergio Iglesias, Russell Quan and DX will spin 1960s rockabilly, garage, r&b and surf rock hits.($3, 10 p.m.).

Holiday Ice Rink @ Embarcadero Center (Fri.-Sun.).

In celebration of classic holiday traditions, sling on some skates and hit the ice at S.F.'s largest outdoor rink. Don't forget your newly-acquired mittens and fuzzy ball-topped hats - it gets cold in there.
($5.50-$9.50 excluding skates, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.).

Oldies Holiday Dance Party @ Amnesia (Sun.)

Throw on that ugly holiday sweater and shake your groove thang to classic audio treats. The cozy Mission bar will spin smooth holiday slow jams to soothe your post-family hangout headache. (Free, 9 p.m.).

Lazer Zeppelin, Maggie Morrie and Neighbors @ The Hemlock (Sun.)
Nestled safely in damp Olympia, Washington last spring, a group of tight knit musician pals (and veterans of bands such as L.A.K.E) gathered together and formed Lazer Zeppelin. "We'd always wanted to start up a country singing group. So we got some friends together and it was real natural." The band plays its own sweet country-tinged folk songs, but also performs a hearty mix of covers including old public domain folk tunes and forgotten country classics. The expansive group plunks out tunes on electric guitar, drums, electric gong and karaoke machines, among other instruments. They recently recorded an full-length album on cassette tape, have plans to record a seven-inch in January with Karl Blau, and will spend 2010 touring the US and Mexico. ($6, 9 p.m.).

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