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10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10, January 29-31, 2010

With weather like this (in the low 20s), many St. Louisans may find themselves searching the web for airfare discounts to milder climates. But if a flight to the tropics is outside your budget, here are ten inexpensive alternatives guaranteed to warm up your weekend. TGIF. (Here's the weekend concert calendar.)
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Tim Curtis: See How My Mind Works opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Craft Alliance Grand Center in Midtown.
Tim Curtis: See How My Mind Works at Craft Alliance Grand Center (Friday)
When you view a work of art you often wonder what the artist was thinking while making it. When you view Tim Curtis' work you know exactly what he was thinking, but it doesn't necessarily bring any greater understanding of why he did it -- and that's a curious frisson. For his new show Tim Curtis: See How My Mind Works, Curtis has covered the walls of the gallery with small chalkboards, each bearing a brief statement written in a clear hand. The opening reception is Friday at Craft Alliance Grand Center (501 North Grand Boulevard) and it's free. Read the rest of Paul Friswold's preview here.

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The Wilders play Friday night at Off Broadway.
The Wilders at Off Broadway (Friday)
With its good-timey, swinging style, the Wilders picks up where BR5-49 left off. The band raids the classic (as in pre-rock & roll) rockabilly and honky-tonk songbook, with an affection for '40s Nashville fashion, catchy original novelties, hardcore hillbilly harmonies and wicked dobro and fiddle. $10 at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue.) Read the rest of Roy Kasten's preview here.

THIN at UM-St. Louis-Gallery 210 (Friday and Saturday)
In her new multimedia exhibit THIN, the remarkable photographer (and chronicler of "girl culture") Lauren Greenfield explores the harrowing reality of living with an eating disorder. Through portraits, videos and written narrative, THIN introduces the viewer to women like Shelly, whose anorexia was so severe that she needed a feeding tube in her stomach. Simultaneously unsettling and thought-provoking, THIN is not to be missed by anyone who cares about the mental and physical health of women in our society. Free at UM-St. Louis-Gallery 210 (1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Road, East Drive Bldg 44.) Read the rest of Brooke Foster's preview here.

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