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10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Roller Girls, Art Detour, Landmine Marathon, and More

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Art Detour in Downtown Phoenix (Friday-Sunday)
There will be no shortage of creative expression going on this weekend in downtown Phoenix's central core, as the annual three-day "self-guided" tour of galleries, venues and other art spaces kicks off tonight, promising all manner of paintings, poetry, performance art, music, and other hijinks. Although the hours for each spot vary, most will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Check out our extensive listings for more info.

Tent City Terrors Benefit Concert at Big Fish Pub (Friday)
Some serious scrilla is needed by the hellacious ladies of this AZRD squad in order to pay for the travel expenses of their upcoming season. They're planning on beating up other babes in three different states during the next two months, but lack the cash to get there. The answer? A night of punk and party rock at the Big Fish featuring bands as Gomi, The Pubes, Party McFly, Eighth Day, and others. 8 p.m., $5. (1954 E. University Dr., Tempe)

Poetry Out Loud Contest at Burton Barr Library (Friday)
Poetry, if done well, can be heart-wrenching, beautiful, and the catalyst for tears from the most guarded individuals. If done poorly, however, like an open-mic night at the coffee house, poetry can be one of the most excruciating experiences evar. We shudder with embarrassment just thinking about it. The latter scenario won't be a concern at the Poetry Out Loud Contest where talented state semifinalists will compete to move on to the national competition. Guest judge Alberto Álvaro Ríos will also be there to treat us with a reading of his own. 7 p.m., free. (1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-262-4636) -- Lilia Menconi

Dave Dresden at Cream Stereo Lounge (Friday)
Butts will be bumping and beats will be thumping as the Bay Area house/trance superstar is the special guest at Cream. He's collaborated with such cats as Josh Gabriel and Mephisto Odyssey's Mikael Johnston on such club hits as "Tracking Treasure Down" and "As The Rush Comes," and will spin alongside local DJs Michael James and Turner & Heit during his Old Town Scottsdale gig. 9 p.m., $8. (4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 602-549-7000)

Arizona Derby Dames Preview at Jobing.com Arena (Saturday)
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a group of athletes that play for the love of it more than the Arizona Derby Dames. In fact, the skaters' commitment to roller derby is so great that they've spent their free time building one of the world's only banked tracks (the old-school sloped oval tracks you see in movies). The Dames will christen their brand-new track during a season-opening preview before the Phoenix Coyotes-Anaheim Ducks matchup outside of Jobing.com Arena." (Click here to read more) 4 p.m., free. (9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200) -- Ed Kummerer

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.