Halloween Calendar

Wednesday, October 27

"Behind the Mask" Juried group show of works on paper with Halloween theme (through 10/30). SF Women Artists, 370 Hayes, 552-SFWA.

Casa de Espantos (House of Ghosts) Haunted art house based on multiple cultural traditions: Includes "The Funhouse of the Dead," a collection of scary images and mechanical devices; "Dwellings of the Dead," interactive installations, and "Temple of the Dead," a series of shrines, altars, and tableaus (through Nov. 2). Performances are held in the evenings. Tues-Thurs 6pm, Fri-Sun 8pm, also Tues 11/2 6pm; $2-8. SOMARTS Gallery, 934 Brannan, 552-1770.

Tom Waits meets Nina Simone in "Cabaret for the Living and the Dead." See Thursday.
Jaime L. Valdez.
Tom Waits meets Nina Simone in "Cabaret for the Living and the Dead." See Thursday.
Diamanda Galás floods Zellerbach Hall with an unearthly sound.  See Sunday.
Diamanda Galás floods Zellerbach Hall with an unearthly sound. See Sunday.

The Duboce Triangle Halloween Show Gay soap opera set in San Francisco is haunted by poltergeists, exorcists, and a rich plastic surgeon. Eek! Plays Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 8 & 10pm, Sun 7pm (through 10/31); $12. Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., 861-7933.

Monsters of Comedy Arj Barker, Greg Behrendt, and Harmon Leon perform. Wed-Sat 9pm; $8. The Punchline, 444 Battery, 397-4337.

Shocktoberfest! Thrillpeddlers stage three horror classics involving madness and spanking: The Celibate, A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy, and A Crime in the Madhouse. Plays Wed-Sat 8pm (through 10/30); $15. EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy, 820-1432.

Thursday, October 28

Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Brian Froud reads Good Fairies, Bad Fairies: 2 Books in 1. 3pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.

Cabaret for the Living and the Dead Cara Vida's one-woman show of songs and spoken word mixes Tom Waits, Marlene Dietrich, and Nina Simone. 8:30pm (also Friday); 410. Studio at Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St., 861-6419.

"Grimm Guignol" Unattended Children present three cautionary tales based on the Brothers Grimm. 7pm (also Friday and Saturday); $15. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, 861-5016.

Day of the Beast Spanish horror flick in which a priest, a heavy metal fan, and a TV psychic try to save the world from the Antichrist. 7:15 & 9:30pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.

Dead/Alive Thrillville Theater screens the zombie flick; costume contest and theremin music from Robert Silverman included. 9pm; $4. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Oakland, (510) 814-2400.

Metreon Halloween With haunted house, pumpkin patch, costume parade, and more. 5pm (through Sunday); $10-12. Metreon, Fourth St & Mission, 369-6128.

Vampires in Cyberspace Screening of horror film involving pharmaceuticals and "blood clubs." 8pm; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, 824-3890.

"Monster" Books Sale Benefit for the Seafarers Club, with titles at .25-$1. 8am (also Friday); free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart, (510) 839-2226.

Friday, October 29

Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet Haunted house spooks guests with hard-rock horror, demonic dancers, bone-chilling scenes, and Blood Sports Bar. 5pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through 10/31); free-$39. Six Flags Marine World, 2001 Marine World Pkwy, Vallejo, (707) 644-4000.

Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Howard Hendrix reads Better Angels.7pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.

Dark Wave Horror film festival features Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera at 7:30pm and Jake West's Razor Blade Smile at 9:40pm; $6-7. The Victoria Theater, 2621 16th St., 931-FILM.

Feast of Flesh Free zombie makeovers! Mexican horror movies! Barbecued animal parts! Bobbing for chicken necks! Hard rock heavy monster cover bands! 9pm; $7. Club Cocodrie, 1024 Kearny, 986-6678.

Groovy Funkaween Ball With live performances by The Funkanauts, Stymie, Jethro Jerimiah(TK) Band, and special guest Big Brutha Soul. 9pm; $10 with costume, $12 without. Café Cocomo, 650 Indian (at Mariposa), 824-6910.

Halloween Costume Party Jazz/funk/soul flavors with Wise Monkey Orchestra and Animal Liberation Orchestra. 10pm; $10. Mick's Lounge, 2513 Van Ness (at Lombard), 928-0404.

Halloween Hellbilly Bands Pearl Harbor and The Graveyard Farmers kick off the weekend's frightful festivities. 10pm; $5. Café du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.

Halloween Hoe-Down With rock bands David Quinby and the Jackrollers, Giblet Dribblers, Smoke Jumpers, and Suicide Doors. 9pm, $3. Come early for a costume party and BBQ pig-roast. 5pm. The Port Lite, 229 Brush St, Oakland, (510) 451-0600.

Halloween Super Party Various DJs spin trance, house, club classics, and Euro and SF's Premier Dance Team performs live; come in costume for the "King & Queen of Halloween" Contest. 9pm; $15. Bahia Cabana, 1600 Market (at Franklin), 626-3306.

Haunted Pre-Halloween Show A cozy, spooky show with music by ing(TK), Spinning Jennies, and The Frosties. Bands will dress up, so should you. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074.

"Have Yourself a Scary Little Improv" True Fiction Magazine performs. 8pm (also Saturday); $15. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 824-1559.

The Horror Show Group art exhibit, various media; reception and costume party 7pm; free. 381g, 381 Guerrero, 255-1821.

Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree The Baby Dragon leads the Monster Mash and Witch School teaches the art of spells; refreshments included and costumes encouraged. Noon; $6. Children's Fairyland, Lakeside Park, Grand & Bellevue, Oakland, (510) 452-2259.

Mechanogrub Bewitchening People Hater hosts a robotic spook house. 8pm (also Saturday, 6pm, Sunday); $5. Blasthaus, Crucial Media Center, 41 Freelon, 356-0141.

Nosferatu Screening of the vampire movie with live musical accompaniment by Jill Tracy and her Malcontent Orchestra. Midnight (also Saturday-Sunday); free with meal. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission, 648-7600.

Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski's horror classic about newlyweds and their creepy neighbors. 7 & 9:45pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.

San Francisco Jazz Festival Dracula: The Music and Film Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet perform at a screening. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400.

Terror From Texas Halloween film screening from Texas Tomboy and Robert Chehoski. 8pm; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, 824-3890.

Saturday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo Costumed kids (sans masks) can visit trick-or-treat stations, stake out the haunted nature trail, and ride the Little Puffer steam train through a haunted tunnel. 10am; free with zoo admission. SF Zoo, 1 Zoo, 705-0761.

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