10 Things Under $10 New Year's Weekend

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Table reservations at chic Scottsdale nightspots will be going for $200 a pop with bottles of bubbly starting at double that amount (or more). Tickets to any of the major block parties or other swanky shindigs will be at least $20 or more by the time you stumble to the door, not to mention however much y'all already shelled out for dinner, valet parking, or a taxi cab.

Greed will be in full effect tonight as proprietors of the Valley's club scene will all be hoping to dig their hands deep in your pockets and vacuum out as much chedda as possible (gotta recoup some of their losses from this craptastic year, yo).

In an attempt to offset all this avarice, here are 10 events happening during New Year's weekend that won't cost you and arm and a leg.

See you next year.

Vil Vodka's Insane New Year's Party at Hollywood Alley (Thursday)
You won't need to RSVP for this punktastic celebration at Mesa's premier rock club, which will feature music from Grave Danger, Robot Tank, The Cosmeticators, Janitors of Anarchy, and others. Drink specials and midnight shenanigans will also take place. 8 p.m., $5. (2610 West Baseline Road, Mesa, 480-820-7117)

Illuminati at Afterlife (Friday)
The after-hours and all-ages Scottsdale spot offers a bright start to 2010 with a massive "Laser Light Party," which promises light shows, energy drinks, and plenty of glow in the dark fun. The trio of DJ Phantom, DJ Snapdragon, and DJ Nickatine will be in the mix. 10 p.m., with reduced cover entry available for those wearing light-up clothing. (4282 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale)

Foreplay Fridays at Club Long (Friday)
It's a safe bet that the last thing you'll want to do after a raucous New Year's Eve is consume even more alcohol. But if you're a believer in the whole "Hair of the Dog" theory (and the liver can take the pounding), check out this Mill Avenue hip-hop dance party featuring no cover and a slew of drink specials, including $2 Budweisers and Long Islands, $3 Red Bull vodkas and Jäger shots, and $4 Lemon Drops. Power 98.3's Bruce Trillis will be on the turntables dropping urban jams all evening. 9 p.m., free. (414 South Mill Avenue)

Adventures in Hangovers at Kobalt (Friday)
"Yay, the New Year! Boo, the New Year's hangover! Sorry for screaming at you with the exclamation points, especially if you're reading this on New Year's Day and your head is pounding from exterminating (rather than just celebrating) 2009's end. But guess what? Solace can to be found with other booze-soaked souls at Adventures in Hangovers. Kobalt, the host of the shindig, boasts that attendees can totally show up in "pajamas and what ever you passed out in last night" and imbibe coffee, complimentary breakfast, a bloody Mary bar, and Smirnoff Bombers." 8 a.m., free. (3110 North Central Avenue, 602-264-5307) -- Steve Jansen

Rocky Horror Picture Show at MADCAP Theatres (Friday)
Do the "Time Warp" straight into the year 2010 as Phoenix's own Come As You Are troupe presents the first Rocky Horror shadowcast of the new decade, complete with all the usual shenanigans (virgin sacrifices, audience participation, and costumes). 10:30 p.m., $9. (730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, 602-705-6685).

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