This Halloween special at the Clay includes an "audience participation
kit," so you can become the active moviegoer this oldie-but-goodie demands. (11:55
Take Back Halloween SF FlashDance @ Embarcadero Center (Sat.) As if you need to encourage a buncha flash mobbers to dress up: this round of FlashDance is all about Halloween. So costume it up, slap on a "Fix It" badge, and grab something musical (boom box, instrument, etc.). The FlashDance crew hits Embarcadero Center at 9 p.m.
Heavy Hairy Halloween @ the Attic (Sat.) Metal Up Your Attic DJs Roscoe and BC bring the devil horns to the Mission's darkest hole in the wall. Their Rocktober playlist includes "unleashing the dumbest, loudest, critics-hated-est hits to ever grace radio, TV, or junior high Walkmans." (Free, 10 p.m.)
Journey to the End of the Night @ Downtown S.F. (Sat.) This
one's a bit of a wild card, as we imagine playing a city-wide game with
a bunch of strangers puts a lot of weight on who those others
players are--and how well the game is designed. But hey, the fact that
folks will be in costume should heighten the stakes in Journey to the End of the Night,
a free outdoor event involving "rushing from point to point," and
"stumbling into situations for a stranger's signature, fleeing unknown
pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of
worlds hidden in it." Ok then. Sign up here, read up on the rules, and then meet at 7 p.m. on Steuart St. between Market and Mission.
Halloween Party w/ Bobb Saggeth @ Amnesia (Sat.)
One of the best things about San Francisco cover bands is the names
they come up with. There's David Bowie fans Blowie, Bob Seger tribute
act Total BS, and the new Black Sabbath cover band, Bobb Saggeth. The
last-named act, featuring members of Citay, will take the stage at Amnesia
on Saturday night for the bar's big Halloween party. Festivities
include a "monster mash" costume contest and a performance by metal
band Cretaceous (8 p.m. Okay, this one costs $10 on the nose, but we're letting it slide 'cause we dig the idea of a very Sabbath Halloween.).
Ghosts, Sinners, and Secret Places @ Downtown, Chinatown (Sat.) What better day then Halloween to take this walking tour, which passes through Union Square and into Chinatown. San Francisco City Guides
leads you through a walking discussion of hidden tunnels, secret speakeasies, and
scary murder stories. (Free, 6 p.m. Meet at the kiosk in Hallidie Plaza
at Market and Powell).
The Room @ Red Vic (Sat.) Who can resist a film that's tagged "the Citizen Cane of bad movies"? (Check out this Entertainment Weekly piece
explaining how The Room, a love triangle set in San Francisco, became a
total cult classic in recent years -- due in part, the writer says, to
its "so-bad-it's-freakin'-awesome vibe"). The movie screens at midnight
at the Red Vic. ($6-$9)
Open Studios @ Hunters Point (Sat. and Sun.) Come
back down from -- or just completely escape -- Halloween madness with a
trip through the art studios in Hunters Point. There are a number of
cool converted warehouses and unusual workspaces in this neighborhood,
most of which will be on display (along with the art and artists who
use them) as part of Open Studios 2009, which hits its fourth weekend this week. Grab a map here. (Free, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
What'd we miss? Add your suggestions for cheap weekend activities in the comments section below.