10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, April 2-4, 2010

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This weekend is packed with parties, good music and other interesting things to do. Here is our list of events that won't break the bank. From techno music electro jams to Neil Young, from planning a wedding to gazing at stars, this weekend promises to be an interesting one.

Michael Wille: Gates and Ways at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (Friday)
In his artist statement for his new show Gates and Ways, Michael Wille makes it clear that his abstract paintings are created with the intent of slowing down the viewer. Each piece utilizes architectural remnants from cities Wille has visited, from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to the exotic destination of Cleveland. Gates and Ways opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard). Click here to read the rest of Paul Friswold's preview.

March 2010 insideSTL.com Girl Next Door at Helen Fitzgerald's (Friday)
The fine folks over at insideSTL.com are trying to find the hottest "girl next door" in St. Louis. Usually a monthly contest, this event will pick two girls for the Girl Next Door of The Year because February's contest was canceled. Unabashedly creepy, the event also promises you get to meet local sports talk radio people in the flesh. It kicks off at 9 p.m. at Helen Fitzgerald's (
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Free Telescope Viewing at Saint Louis Science Center (Friday)
The Saint Louis Astronomical Society and the Saint Louis Science Center sponsor a free telescope viewing Friday starting at 6:45 p.m. on the open field next to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park (Clayton and Faulkner drives). Telescopes will be set up for your enjoyment, with expert guidance provided by experienced star gazers. And if tonight looks to be overcast, there are always indoor activities planned in the event of inclement weather. Click here for more info.

The Bad Bunny Holiday Party at The Pepper Lounge (Friday)
The Pepper Lounge (2005 Locust Street) is in the holiday spirit. Celebrate your Good Friday the way it probably wasn't meant to be celebrated. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the cover is free for those who arrive early, but only $5 for the late-comers. As part of the holiday theme, you'll get a chance to take your photo with the Bad Bunny. Click here for more info.

Neil Young Trunk Show at Webster University (All Weekend)
Jonathan Demme presents a portrait of the artist exactly as he is in the new documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. Shot digitally and in glorious Super 8 (thereby visually representing the gold and grit of any Neil Young song), Neil Young Trunk Show features live footage of the 2007 Chrome Dreams II tour as well as a few backstage scenes. The Webster Film Series screens Neil Young Trunk Show at 7:30 p.m. in room 123 of Sverdrup Hall (8300 Big Bend Boulevard) and also at 10 p.m. in Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue) Friday and Saturday (April 2 and 3), and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, in Moore Auditorium. Admission is $5 to $6. Click here to read the rest of Paul Friswold's preview.

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Off-White: An Indie Wedding Show at Luminary Center for the Arts (Saturday)
This event focuses on bringing green-minded couples together with 30 independent vendors and artists who can help add personal touches to your the big day. Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Luminary Center for the Arts (4900 Reber Place), Off-White offers dance lessons, fashion shows, wine tastings and more, all to make planning easier and more individualized. Tickets cost $5 to $8. Click here to read Ms. Day's preview.

PBR Presdents: Glory Daze vs. London Calling at The Gramophone (Saturday)
Pabst Blue Ribbon and The Gramophone are teaming up to give you this show, featuring Glory Daze and London Calling. Other DJs featured in this party include DJ Benzi, Will Joy and Gemini Club. Tickets are $6 with RSVP and $8 at the door. The first 100 people to RSVP will get a free PBR at the door. Click here for info and to RSVP.

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The Red Headed Strangers, The Round-Ups and The Dive Poets at Lemmons (Saturday)
Get your dose of local bands with weekend at Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue). For $5, you'll be treated to performances by The Red Headed Strangers, The Round-Ups and The Dive Poets. The doors open at 8 p.m., and you have to be 21 years or older to get in.

RACE: Are We So Different at Missouri History Museum (Sunday)
Sunday, April 4, is the last day of this exhibition in case you have not checked it out yet. Through interactive exhibits such as The Colors We Are, a computer-aided color scan that matches your skin tone to that of other people, and the Race Machine, a photobooth-like device that shows you what you would look like if you were born a race other than your own, the exhibition provides all of us a chance to think about what it means to look like someone else. And frank displays such as The Contemporary Experience of Race and Racism in the United States bring us the golden opportunity to listen to each other, reflect and discuss honestly -- and politely -- our differences and our similarities without the bile. RACE: Are We So Different opens at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue). Admission is $4 to $8. Click here to read the rest of Paul Friswold's preview.

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