10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, June 11-13, 2010

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Spend me wisely, St. Louisans. Spend me wisely.
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You'll have to move fast to catch everything going down in Mound City this weekend. We've got races on bikes and in soap box cars, Wiccans, heartache, and horror, plus the U.S. soccer team going up against our one-time colonial oppressors!

Looking for weekend music? Here's our weekend concert calendar.

Now, on with the list of suggestions!

16th Annual Central West End Taste and Art Fair (Friday and Saturday)
Stroll down Euclid and sample the food and drinks of 18 of the restaurants in the CWE while over 50 regional artists showcase their work and some of the shorts from the Saint Louis Film Festival play. Musicians will also be on hand, performing from 6-10 on Friday evening and 11-10 on Saturday. For a full line-up of events, visit the event page.

Museum of Broken Relationships (opens Friday)
Among the best of the Croatian traveling museums, the Museum of Broken Relationships is setting up in the St. Louis Public Library this Friday, featuring anonymously donated tokens from romances gone cold. The free reception begins at 6 and the collaborative pity party runs through June 27. Alison Sieloff has a full preview.

PrideFest Kickoff Party (Friday)
Pridefest is still a few weeks away, but their kick-off, "Out in the Open," at the Mad Art Gallery should be enough to hold you over. Admission starts at $10 and gives you access to a fashion show, auction, and free drinks. Read on for more info.

Hausu at Webster University (Friday-Sunday)
Reviewer Mark Fischer says of  this Japanese horror flick that, "[Director] Obayashi modeled his film on a stream of consciousness ghost story narrated by his eleven-year-old daughter, and created a sugar-high, effects-saturated midnight movie pileup that delivers the missing link between Kwaidan and Pee-wee's Playhouse." We're sold. The movie is playing at Moore Auditorium at 7:30 Tickets are $5-6. Click for more info.

St. Louis Pagan Picnic (Saturday and Sunday)
Billed as "the premier pagan event in the Midwest," this year's Pagan Picnic at Tower Grove Park features a packed schedule (conveniently organizing events as "elemental, ritual, baldric, or kidzone") including music, tarot reading, magical jewelry, and chant writing. Their website has everything you need to know

U.S. vs. England Watch Party (Saturday)
The Old Post Office Plaza is firing up the 9 by 15 foot TV so that we can watch our national  s-o-c-c-e-r team drub those misspelling, snaggle-toothed limeys in actual size.The game is at 1:30 and free to watch.Read more about downtown's soccer party. Looking for a full list of pubs, clubs and restaurants to watch the game? Check out Keegan Hamilton's Best Places to Watch the 2010 World Cup in St. Louis.

Artcrank (Saturday and Sunday)
The Atomic Cowboy is hosting a party and art show to coincide with the bicycle race this weekend. From 7-midnight on Saturday and noon-4 on Sunday, bike enthusiasts can party for free and buy bicycle-themed posters for $30 each. Read on for more info.

Breakfast Club (Saturday)
The Oz is hosting the monthly meeting of the Breakfast Club. Technically it starts on Sunday...at 3am, and it goes until 8 in the morning, just in time to go to Church! DJs for the party include Ready Williams and ViLLiN. If you're not of the "drop E and party until sun-up" persuasion, head over at 8 and grab a seat to enjoy the people-watching. The party is free and 21 and up. Full info and line-up are here.

Tour de Grove (Sunday)
The grove is a happening place this weekend. Bicyclists from around the nation will race at speeds up to 40mph to claim the race's $25K purse. For a full race map and other info, visit the race's website.

St. Louis Jaycees' Soap Box Derby (Sunday)
Head to the corner of Macklind and Southwest, at noon on Sunday to watch little racers speed down the Hill. Dozens of eight to seventeen year-olds will race their custom-built soap box racers for the opportunity to advance to this year's national finals next month. Read Paul Friswold's preview.