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.
Juanita More! in Halloween II. See Sunday.
Juanita More! in Halloween II. See Sunday.
The Women of Terror Island could poke an eye out at Temple Ta-Boo. See Saturday.
The Women of Terror Island could poke an eye out at Temple Ta-Boo. See Saturday.
Vlad (John Kannofsky) bares his fangs in Vampires in Cyberspace. See Thursday."
Vlad (John Kannofsky) bares his fangs in Vampires in Cyberspace. See Thursday."

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.

Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Laurence A. Rickels reads The Vampire Lectures. 4pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.

Cloyne Court Haunted Hotel Monster-wrestling, a carnival of freaks, and an "audio-torture chamber" with rock bands (one of which has vomit-fetish) are among the many gory attractions. 9pm; $5. Cloyne Court Co-op, 2600 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, (510) 849-2480.

Costume Cruise Vinyl plays live as groovy ghouls enjoy Cajun cuisine and a bay cruise. 9pm; $35. Blue & Gold Fleet, Pier 39, (530) 876-9024.

The Cramps The psychobilly cult-rockers return with more sleaze; Fabulous Monsters opens. Bring your earplugs and your angst. 8pm; $22.50. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.

Dark Wave Horror film festival features The Eternal at 7:30pm and The Evil Dead at 9:20pm; $6-7. The Victoria Theater, 2621 16th St., 931-FILM.

Dead/Alive Gory zombie flick. 2, 4:15, 7:15 & 9:25pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.

Devil's Night Transmission gushes "Halloween juice" with collective improvisations and original compositions; post-performance costume party with alleged appearances by Satan, Andrew Jackson, and Jerry Springer. Scare wear suggested. 8pm; $6-10. Venue 9, 252 9th St (at Howard), 626-2169.

Family Halloween Fest With ghoulish games, pumpkin carving, "Dr. Randallstein's Laboratory," and other attractions. 11am; free. Randall Museum, 199 Museum, 554-9600.

Garden Halloween Make masks out of plant parts, decorate gourds and pumpkins, or learn about creepy plants. 11am; free. Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Ninth Ave & Lincoln Way, 661-1316.

Halloween at the Square Family event features kids' costume contest, carnival games, scarecrow stuffing, and more. 10am; free-$5. Jack London Square, Embarcadero & Broadway, Oakland, (510) 814-6000.

Halloween Benefit Show Featuring bands, Geisha dancers, fire-eaters, sword swallowers, live witch rituals, and other tricks. 8pm-4am; your $10 treat goes toward rebuilding a daycare center playground. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St (at Harrison), 626-1409.

Halloween Boat Party Escape the scary city with DJs Keith O'Reilly, Carlos, and others aboard this bay-bound raver vessel. Boat departs Pier 41 at 7pm; $30. For more information call 339-8784.

Halloween Extravaganza With catchy local glam-rockers The Slow Poisoners and The Nerve Meter; also, live on stage, a straight-jacket escape! Costumes encouraged but optional. 9pm; $4. (The Haunted) Hotel Utah, 500 4th St (at Bryant), 421-8308.

Halloween Masquerade Fashion Ball Indoor/outdoor block party with catwalk and DJ dancing. 9pm; $12-15. 19 Maiden Lane, www.sebasteinpresents.com

Halloween Mystery Book Sale Sale of donated mystery novels. 9am; free. Main Library, 100 Larkin, 557-4257.

Halloween Party at the Baltic With the Rick Kellogg Band; costume party with prizes. 9pm; $5. The Baltic, 135 Park Place, Point Richmond, (510) 235-2532.

Halloween Party With MindSpring Computer software party with costume contests, food, and live music. 1pm; free. New Wings of Flight Museum, Pier 45, 614-2581.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Aquatherium live and DJs Jeno, Garth, and more provide some techno/trance candy and other surprises. 9pm; $25-30. Oakland International Rave Center, 569 Hegenberger, Oakland, 263-0483.

Halloween Volunteer Work Party Tell ghost stories, carve pumpkins, and help get the park ship-shape. 9am (also Sunday); free. SF Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier at Fisherman's Wharf, 556-1613.

The Haunted Barn Be very afraid of the Oddity Museum, the Spider Room, and the Siamese Twin Bitches. 10pm (also Sunday); $10. Third St & Evans, 285-8103.

The HellBall Masquerade gala, with costume contest and DJ dancing with David Knapp and Phil B, benefits local AIDS service agencies. 9pm; $55-150. San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center West, Eighth St. & Brannan, 522-1182.

Mystery Ball Fundraising costume party and dinner dance, with art auction. 7pm; $75-125. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, 331-2787.

Mystery Book Sale Spooky fundraiser with mysteries priced at .50-$1. 9am; free. Main Library, 100 Larkin, 557-4257.

Necropolis Devil's Night Halloween Ball DJs Raglan and Alaric spin a unique array of ghoulish industrial, electronica, and darkwave; performances by Azure and COLLAPSINGsilence go-go dancers, along with a contest for most diabolical costume. 10pm; $10. Transmission Theatre, 314 11th St (at Folsom), 861-6906.

"Not Very Scary" Halloween Celebration Story and song for children presented by Plum City Players; kids are invited to come in costume. 10:30am; $4 for adults, $3 for kids. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, (510) 849-2568.

New Wave City Halloween Vintage Goth Gala DJs spin Siouxsie, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, and other spooky delights. 9pm; $15-20. 550 Barnveld, 675-LOVE.

Phase 4 Halloween Party Vampire film projectionss spinning orchestral go go. Costumes encouraged. 10pm; $3-5. Hush Hush, 496 Guerrero (at 14th St), 241-9944.

Rock & Roll Halloween I Seen Elvis and Petrol play your favorite '60s and '70s rock tunes; come in costume and take home a prize. 9pm; $10. 330 Ritch (at Townsend), 541-9574.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Screening Ages 17 and over welcome to throw toast at Susan Sarandon. Midnight (also Sunday); $5. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Oakland, (510) 814-2400.

Spiral Dance Samhain ritual with music and trance honors the dead. 7pm; $15-50. Herbst Pavilion, 339-8150.

Stephanie Wells' Rock Star Halloween Bash Dress up as your favorite rock star and party it up with bands JoJo, The Snowmen, and more. Costumes, karaoke, and prizes! 9pm; $8. Paradise Lounge, 11th St and Folsom, 861-6906.

Temple Ta-Boo: Forbidden Island of Temptation Anon Salon party features tribal-trance and psychedelic-ambient-obscure soundtrack DJ rooms, a flaming 12-foot talking head, sideshow midway Mondo Carny, and schlock film in the Vampyre Lesbis Sinema room. 9pm; $15-25. 50 Oak, 626-6422.

Sunday, October 31

Aftershock Don't stop boogyin' - check out this event after The HellBall (see Saturday) and dance through the wee hours. 5am-noon; $30-35. 550 Barneveld, 552-5900.

Annual Costume Party Live musical performance by Owen Harrington and cash prizes to give away. 9:30pm; free. Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary (at 3rd Ave), 386-6173.

Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Dusk 'til dawn party and campout with ghost stories, a costume contest, and scary movies. 7pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.

Chicago Blues Halloween Party A jam with blues bands. 9pm; $7. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE.

The Cramps The psychobilly cult-rockers return with more sleaze; Deadbolt opens. Bring your earplugs and your angst. 8pm; $22.50. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.

The Creatures Performing with Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Switchblade Symphony in an evening of Halloween Madness. 9pm; $25. Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison (at 1st St), 974-6644.

Dark Wave Horror film festival features Black Sunday at 7:30pm and Return of the Living Dead at 9:15pm; $6-7. The Victoria Theater, 2621 16th St., 931-FILM.

Diamanda Galás in Concert The diva/pianist performs. 8pm; $14-26. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft & Telegraph, (510) 642-9988.

Fantasy Halloween With live band Fantasy. 8:30pm; $5, 1/2 off with costume. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St (at Mission), 647-2877.

Freakfest Texas Twister Band performs; costume wearers get 1/2 price admission. 9pm; $4. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.

Girl 66 A haunted dance party for women. 9pm; $5. Café du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.

Halloween II Juanita More! hosts a cocktail party and costume contest. 8pm; $3. Pow! 101 6th St., 278-0940.

Halloween Festival Kids' event, with trick-or-treating, live music, pumpkin parade, and costume contest. Noon; free. The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth, 771-3112.

Halloween Fun FestivalWith face painting, games, hair makeovers, and a haunted house. 1pm; $7-10. Center for African and African-American Art and Culture, 762 Fulton, 921-8234.

Halloween Magic Show Peter Winch and Timothy James performs. 2pm; free. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College, Berkeley, (510) 84-JULIA.

Halloween 1999 Dubmission presents Ben Wa live, The Preacher, DJ Sep, and violinist Pistl Pete. 9pm; $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 17th St), 552-7788.

Halloween Party With DJs and drums. Costumes highly encouraged. 9pm; $5. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 771-3547.

Scary Sunday! Ghost stories, performances by Awele Makeba and Ballet Folklorico Ensembles, and some secret squishy surprises make for a festive Halloween/Day of the Dead. 11am; free-$5. Zeum, 221 Fourth, 777-2800.

Sunday Player's Halloween Show Bay Area Theatersports improv event. 8pm; $6. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B, 550-8560.

Trance-L-Vania A plethora of DJs spin at a party especially for trance-heads; water/glowstick privileges given to those in costume. 8pm-10am; $15-20. For more information call 267-3992.

"Tricks, Not Treats" Halloween Food Drive Drop off food for Mexican and Nicaraguan flood and earthquake victims. 2-6pm; free. S.F. Pathfinder Club Headquarters, 3024 24th St., 595-7715.

Tropical Vibrations Performs soca, calypso, and reggae at a not-so-scary Halloween Party. 8pm; $8. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, (510) 525-5099.

The Vampire Lectures Lawrence Rickles discusses his book on the history of vampirism. Sun 10/31 5pm; free. City Lights Books, 261 Columbus, 362-8193.

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