We San Franciscans are, by and large, a pacifistic, left-leaning bunch of freaks and perverts. But that doesn't mean some among us can't wreck a great tradition by strapping on ammunition and bringing firearms to the party. Of course we're talking about Halloween in the Castro, what once was the best costume-catching event this side of New Orleans on All Hallows Eve and home to some of the most off-center (and off-color) mischief on the planet. In 2006, nine people were shot, and police confiscated a chainsaw a chainsaw! leading to shutting down the big gay Monster Mash. So in came the drag queens in the form of Trannyshack the city's long-running, cross-dressing, pervy performance event and they started a tradition of their own. This year's Trannyshack: Halloween A Party is hosted by (who else?) Peaches Christ and Heklina. Julie Brown (remember Dr. Demento's mainstay, The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun? There's that handgun theme again) brings her bad self. Other starlets on parade include Raya Light, Syphilis Diller, Kim Burly, and Exhibit Q. A late-night drag show mesmerizes revelers. All are welcome but seriously, leave the chainsaws and firearms at home.
Sun., Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m., 2010