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10 Things Under $10 This Thanksgiving Weekend: Cheap Shows, Penny Drinks, and Free Food

JET is scheduled to perform tonight at Tempe Marketplace.
JET is scheduled to perform tonight at Tempe Marketplace.

Since you'll probably wanna save as much scrilla as possible for the holidays ahead, here's the skinny on how to party hard at penny-pinching prices.

Dancegiving at Cream Stereo Lounge (Wednesday)
The turntable tag team of Thomas Turner and Timothy Heit will spin up some food for the hungry in addition to their trademark house and trance beats during their first annual benefit for the needy, which also features appearances by DJs Michael James and Michelle Sparks. If you can't cough up the $5 cover charge, bring a new toy or three canned good to the club to gain admission. 9 p.m. (4252 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 602-222-9922)

Jet at Tempe Marketplace (Wednesday)
Speaking of using jams to generate some yams, KUPD's Morning Sickness jock John Holmberg is hosting his annual concert/canned food drive Homeless for the Holidays at the Tempe outdoor mall. The featured act this year is Australia garage rock revivalists Jet ("Are You Gonna Be My Girl," "Cold Hard Bitch"), who will perform on the District stage backed by locals Warner Drive and Back From Ashes. 8 p.m., $5 or five cans of food. (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, 602-553-2663)

Pre-Thanksgiving Penny Drink Jump-Off at Stoudemire's (Wednesday)
Sin City oddsmakers are currently handicapping the Memphis Grizzlies as 11-point underdogs against the Phoenix Suns for tonight's game at U.S. Airways Center. So unless Rudy Gay and Jamaal Tinsley can pull off a Bad News Bears-like upset, said NBA superstars are probably gonna need a few stiff drinks after getting whupped by Steve Nash and company. It's a good thing then that Amar'e Stoudemire's eatery's gonna be serving up one-cent drinks after the game until 10 p.m. (including top-shelf concoctions with Grey Goose and Henny). Meanwhile numerous Grizzlies players will be in attendance, 101.5's Madd Rich will serve as host, and a few local DJs will spin hip-hop and Top 40 all evening. 9 p.m., no cover until 11. (3 South Second Street, 602-579-4518)

Battle of the Bit¢he$ at Club Vibe (Wednesday)
The lady DJ scene is seriously under-represented here in the Valley. But on Wednesday, November 25, the gals will take center stage for Battle of the Bit¢he$, a vajay-jay exclusive spinning competition. At least six women, including DJ Eclair and DJ Shorty, will battle it out in several rounds judged by audience applause at Club Vibe. The winner takes home 300 bones and gets to spin the whole Turkey's Day Eve. (We say a little more estrogen on the turntables is a good thing.) "I would like the scene to be elevated on the same level as the males," says organizer Audrey Corley. "We're coming on 2010, and I think it's time we keep making our way." The event features two-for-one drinks until 11. 9 p.m., $5. (3031 East Indian School Road, 602-224-9977) -- Nicki Escudero

Wobble Gobble at Homme Lounge (Thursday)
Before Homme Lounge locks its doors for the final time on Friday, Electrostatic's Benni Beatnik and Party Foul's Kevin the Makeout Bandit are putting on a massive Thanksgiving night throwdown with DJ buds Ninety-Nine and Hussy Hussy. The musical menu for the evening? House, electro, and "plenty of bass," with nary any annoying Christmas music to be found. 9 p.m., free before 10 p.m. (138 West Camelback Road, 602-234-3023)

 

The Limit Club is scheduled to perform on Friday at The Firehouse in downtown Phoenix.
The Limit Club is scheduled to perform on Friday at The Firehouse in downtown Phoenix.

The Limit Club is scheduled to perform on Friday at The Firehouse in downtown Phoenix.

Everything Free Jubilee at The Firehouse (Friday)
Your neighborhood Wal-Mart's gonna be an absolute madhouse come early Friday morning thanks to greedy, grabby bargain-hunting shopaholics. Ditto with Best Buy, Sears, or any other big box store for that matter. Ditch all these doorbuster-heavy destinations and instead hang out at The Firehouse, where attendees at this gift exchange/countercultural event are encouraged to bring "stuff to give away" during a "free market session." Complimentary food and drinks will also be served and slew of local musicians will perform, including violinist extraordinaire Tobie Milford, gothabilly act The Limit Club, ska-punk act Cultura Libertaria, and agit-prop hip-hop artist The Brain. 7 p.m., free. (1015 North First Street, 602-300-7575)

Beatles Night at Yucca Tap Room (Saturday)
This is better than any half-baked Beatles cover band any day: A cadre of the PHX's finest rock/indie/folk/Americana performers come together for a one-night troubadour tribute to the UK's greatest musical export. This Fab Four fete, which should be in the same vein as the venue's previous Tom Petty and Neil Young affairs, features the likes of Los Guys, Jim Bachmann, What Laura Says, and Strange Young Thing's Corey Gloden. 9 p.m., free (29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-967-4777)

N.E.R.D.S. Meetup at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange (Saturday)
Feeling white and nerdy? Check out the inaugural meeting of this geektastic group (whose name stands for "Niche Enthusiasts Really Doing Stuff") where dorky topics du jour will be under discussion, ranging from gaming, sci-fi, anime, computers, crafts, and even the latest memes from the Intarwebz. Pocket protectors are optional. 6 p.m., free (8034 North 19th Avenue, 602-433-0255)

Outer Bounds of Sound at Revolver Records (Sunday)
Do you wonder what planet you came from because you appreciate the heck out of Roscoe Mitchell's Sound? Are you generally a low-key cat except for when you flip anytime you hear a prepared piano? Do you scour Italian and German Web sites for original-edition ESP and FMP Records? Then you'll probably be super into Outer Bounds of Sound, Revolver Records' new Sunday-night series featuring local acts operating in the experimental, noise, drone, free jazz, avant-garde, ambient, and minimalist realms. Even if your new-music chops aren't that developed, this must-listen music is like nothing else going on in town. When asked about the idea behind the series, Revolver co-conspirator Steve Zimmerman says, "Why not? I mean, I own a record shop, we have the space (if we move some stuff around), and there are a lot of people excited about this, both as performers and listeners." 6 p.m., free (918 North Second Street, 602-795-4980) -- Steve Jansen

Retro Hi-Fi at SideBar (Sunday)
No bones about it, reporting back to work after a five-day weekend is gonna blow, big time. Ease the pain by spending Sunday evening at SideBar (which, incidentally is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month) where the spinster sextet of Alkemé, Deon Pearson, J. Martinez, dk.strickler, Dr. Drea, and the World Famous Rani "g" will paint a diverse musical palette of deep house, hip-hop, and other jams. As is the norm for Sundays, every one of the drinkery's alcoholic selections are available for 20 percent off. 8 p.m., free. (1514 North Seventh Avenue, 602-254-1646)


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