The Intelligence, Hank IV, Mayyors, Bronze @ Elbo Room (Fri.) Portland's postpunk, postapocalyptic noisemakers The Intelligence headline a Friday night to remember. The band brings its lo-fi, high-trash sound to an Elbo Room lineup where it gets support from Nor Cal's loudest 'n' rawest: Hank IV (S.F) and Mayyors (Sacto), warmed up by electro "cosmic mindslayer" Bronze. ($7 if you grab tickets in advance; $10 if you're lazy. 9 p.m.)
Dirty Rotten Dance Party @ Madrone (Fri.) The beats get dirtier than a Haight St. sidewalk tonight at Madrone, when DJs Morale, Shane King, and Kap10 Harris spin a raw, raunchy mix of "electro, bootybass, crunk, swampy breaks, hyphy, fidgety, b.more, rap, and party classics." Sweat it out starting at 9 p.m. ($5)
Where the Wild Things Are @ Metreon (All weekend) Go see the new Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers monster movie the weekend it opens--before anyone can offer up any spoilers. Where the Wild Things Are plays at the AMC Metreon 15. ($9)
Lit Crawl @ Various Locations (Sat.) Thanks to Lit Crawl, the written word becomes the spoken word in S.F.'s alleys, bookstores, bars, cafes, restaurants, and more. Phase 1 (which includes punks, poets, Meatpaper, and more) goes from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Phase 2 hosts a spectrum of Latino scribes, smut, kids stories, and zombie fantasies from 7:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. And Phase 3 is a bunch of crazy talk, comedy, sex workers, and more from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The events are free, and fill up quickly.
Southern Exposure's Public Grand Opening and Block Party @ Southern Exposure (Sat.) San Francisco's dynamic nonprofit art center, Southern Exposure, celebrates settling into its new space at 3030 20th St. (at Alabama) with a housewarming event called "Bellwether." The public is invited to partake in an afternoon and evening of art, music, street food, booze, airplanes, and more. (4 p.m.-10 p.m., free)
Oh La La! Two Floors of '60s DJ Madness @ Paradise Lounge (Sat.) With two floors, one fireplace, and more than two dozen French pop and '60s mod fans behind the turntables, Oh La La returns to the Paradise on Friday night. Don your finest vintage and your comfiest dancing shoes, as fans of this popular retro night don't hit the club to become wallflowers. (10 p.m., $7).
San Francisco Trolly Dances @ Various Locations (Sat. & Sun.) "The professionals of the San Francisco Trolley Dances move at a responsible distance from fully operational Muni light-rail streetcars. The premise is wonderful: You board the J-Church, enjoy a few moments of public transport, offload, then watch a local dance group do its site-specific thing. Then you reboard to hit the next location and the next show -- performers include Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Sonic Dance Theater, Deep Waters Dance Theater, and more --winding down the J-Church line to Mission Terrace. It ends on a perfect 10 with the SF Merionettes Synchronized Swim Club, which requires the audience to congregate poolside. Responsible ghostriding -- no threat of crashing, drowning, or being stupid. The San Francisco Trolley Dances start at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (and continue every 45 minutes until 2:45 p.m.) at the Miguel Hidalgo statue. Free." (Michael Leaverton)
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival @ Half Moon Bay (Sat. & Sun.) The holidays are on! This great pumpkin patch blowout gets crowded, so if you hit it, we'd suggest arriving early when the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival packs a ton of Halloween action into two days: You can expect a full weekend of pumpkin carving, pumpkin weigh-offs, pumpkin-food-eating contests, haunted houses (with, um, pumpkins), pumpkin parades, and lots more dedicated to the orange gourd. It all goes down on Main Street (between Miramontes and Spruce streets) in Half Moon Bay between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Free)
Pacific Heights Mansions Tour @ Alta Plaza Park (Sat.) If you're reading this list, we're assuming you don't live in a mansion. But sometimes it's fun to look at how the other half lives. This walking tour of Pacific Heights mansions is one of many free neighborhood tours offered by SF City Guides. Meet up at 11 a.m. at Alta Plaza Park and stroll past rich people's palatial estates without looking terribly creepy.Twilight @ The Dark Room (Sun.) Want to figure out what this whole vampire craze is about? Join the Dark Room's Sunday night movie series for a screening of Twilight, the movie making teenage makeout sessions bloody interesting for the general public. (8 p.m., $5)