10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Idiotarod, Love Me Nots, Jersey Shore, and More

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Jillian Sloan
Some of the participants in last year's Idiotarod in downtown Phoenix.
The security guards at the Safeway at Seventh Street and McDowell Road better be on high alert today. Ditto for the one's at Fry's, Trader Joe's, or any other grocery store in the CenPho area.

Por que? Because their markets just might be missing some shopping trolleys. There's no great mystery where these metallic mesh carts have disappeared to, as numerous local mischief-makers have likely, uh..."borrowed" them temporarily for this weekend's Idiotarod.

If you've never attended said event in person, here's what's in store. Every year, teams of four or five race through the streets of downtown in a kooky competition that's modeled after the Iditarod dog race in Alaska, albeit using shopping carts in lieu of pooch-powered sleds. 

Naturally, the Idiotarod tends to attract members of the artist and fringe communities, who decorate both themselves and their rides in humorous and bizarre fashion. Numerous stops are also held at downtown drinking establishments, where the hops and barley flows like Gatorade.

Although the entry fees for the event are upwards of $40, you can watch the madcap madness take place for free (provided you can keep pace with participants).

The rundown of when and where the Idiotarod takes place follows the break, as well as info on the rest of the low-cost fun that awaits this weekend.

Jersey Shore Party at Afterlife (Friday)
Pauly D., Snooki, and JWoww won't be hanging out at Afterlife tonight during the Scottsdale club's Jersey Shore party, but their look-a-likes definitely will be. The so-bad-it's-good MTV reality show gets feted with an evening of "guidos and guidettes," overly-gelled hair, and plenty of . Participants are encouraged to dress like their favorite cast member, and DJ Jon Amaral will provide the jams (might we suggest a little Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen?). While admission is $15 for guys and $10 for the ladies, those who come dressed in costume (or e-mail afterlifescottsdale@gmail.com) can score $5 off before 11 p.m. Free party bus service from ASU's Manzanita Dorm will also be offered every 30 minutes. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. (4282 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480-264-8300)

Love Me Nots Music Video Premiere at Martini Ranch (Friday)
"The year 2009 seemed to be a banner one for the Love Me Nots. The Valley's best outlet for Detroit-driven garage rock dropped the Jim Diamond-produced Upsidedown Insideout that features Nicole Laurenne's rollicking vocals leading the torrent of Farfisa-hammered sounds and fuzzy guitar licks. The effort even garnered a generous spread in the French edition of Rolling Stone. The Love Me Nots start off the new year right with the video premiere for "Do What You Do," an effort directed by Arizona Bay Pictures' JD Smith. The party also features rocking compatriots The Mod Zombies and About Freedom." 9:30 p.m., $5. (7295 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-970-0500) -- Jose Gonzalez

Calabrese at Copper State Tavern (Friday)
Every day is Halloween for the three brothers who make up Calabrese, as they dig on blasting out merciless horror punk about ghouls, goblins, and other ghastly topics at gigs all year round. This weekend's show at the Copper State Tavern in Glendale (one of the West Valley's best rock club's IMHO) should prove to be no different. Fellow punk/rockabilly acts The Limit Club, The Returners, and Buried in Red also perform. 8 p.m., $8. (5060 West Bethany Home Road, Glendale, 623-931-5729)

Grand Opening at Fractal (Friday)
"If you find it hard to meet people in Phoenix, we suggest hitting up downtown, where honest-to-goodness community exists. Don't feel comfortable moseying your way into an established scene? No worries because a new spot called Fractal is holding its official grand opening tonight in hopes of attracting all sorts of folks to see what the collaborative space is all about. (The multiple-partner effort is anchored by three non-profits: the creative-education organization Dojo Collective; the spiritual-nurturing communitasPHX; and the Rusty Spoke bicycle collective.) The opening-night shindig will include live performances by Courtney Marie Andrews, Owl & Penny, The Whisperlights, Kenny Bump, and Boys and Frogs." 7 p.m., free. (1301 Grand Avenue) -- Steve Jansen

Idiotarod in Downtown Phoenix (Saturday)
Participants will start gathering with their carts outside the Bikini Lounge just prior to the start of the contest at 1 p.m. Get their early to enjoy some of the pre-race shenanigans and to check out all the decorated carts and costumes. Check out AZ Cacaphony's Web page for more details. (1502 Grand Avenue)

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