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Friday, October 29, 2010

Spooky Burlesque, 24-Hour Horror Movie Marathon, 3-D Thriller, and Tales from MUNI Diaries

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Unique Derique hosts Yerba Buena Gardens' annual Halloween Costume Walk - COURTESY OF THE YERBA BUENA GARDENS
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  • Unique Derique hosts Yerba Buena Gardens' annual Halloween Costume Walk

Every day is Halloween in San Francisco: flamboyant and creepy costumes, high-energy revelry, gross over-intoxication and decadent sweets. So basically, the rest of the country is just celebrating "San Francisco Day" on Oct. 31. And why shouldn't they? Here are 10 ghoulish escapades for this weekend for less than a "Human Centipede" costume:

Halloween Ghost Walk at City Hall @ San Francisco City Hall (Fri.)
Led by guide Rob Spoor, this is your one chance this year to take a ghostly tour of San Francisco's effervescent City Hall building. Hear eerie stories about the gilded dome from the downtown night watchman and deputy sheriffs who've seen it all. Meet in South Light Court, through the Polk Street entrance. (Free, 6:30- 8 p.m.)

Muni Diaries Live! @ Make-Out Room (Fri.)
Muni is the municipal equivalent of Lindsay Lohan. Everything appears to be going fine: The door closes, the bus moves away from the curb, and then bam: Someone opens a can of tuna, someone poofs a triple-thunder bottom bomb, a crafty schoolroom creeper, or a nebulous after-dinner mint. The details appear almost immediately online, via Muni Diaries. Tonight, the site moves to the stage with its fourth storytelling night, Muni Diaries Live! The Halloween-show lineup is scary-good, featuring Isaac Fitzgerald, Fray Magazine's Derek Powazek, writer Andrew Lam, and comedian Bucky Sinister. ($5, 7:30 p.m.) -- Michael Leaverton


Red Hots Halloween Burlesque Show @ El Rio (Fri.)
You can catch Red Hots Burlesque at El Rio every Friday night, but it's only once a year that you can see Halloween-themed burlesque. This week those tantalizing beauties, hosted by Dottie Lux, will keep the music and movements spooky. ($5, 7:30 p.m.)

Heart Transplant by Andrew Vachss Book Release @ Thee Parkside (Fri.)
The Bar Feeders are throwing a book release party to celebrate the release of the graphic novel Heart Transplant. While crime fiction author Andrew Vachss himself will not be at the celebration, three excellent San Francisco punk bands will fill the bill: Grass Widow, Lou Lou And The Guitarfish, and of course, The Bar Feeders. The bands will rally around the central theme of the book: down with the bullies, up with the punks. ($8, 9 p.m.)

"Debaser: A Spooky '90s Warehouse Party" @ 111 Minna Gallery (Fri.)
San Francisco's favorite flannel-clad alt-rock party, the illustrious Debaser, is set to don its own kind of costume for Halloween 2010: the guise of a proper early-'90s Manchester rave. With the help of UK expat and veteran DJ Chris Orr, Debaser's resident mixmasters Jamie Jams, EmDee, and Stab Master Arson will transform the city's go-to rock DJ party into a dancefloor extravaganza à la Factory Records' infamous nightclub, the Hacienda. So, S.F. rockers, it's time to do it like New Order and Happy Mondays: Trade in your chains for glowsticks and head over to 111 Minna ― this Halloween is a trip back to the heyday of dance music. ($5 or free before 11 p.m. in costume; 9 p.m.) -- Patric Fallon

Indie Slash @ Amnesia (Sat.)
Electro dance night Indie Slash gets into the holiday spirit this weekend with a Halloween-themed night at Amnesia. DJs Danny White and Rance Brown will spin spooky treats all night long. Costumes are optional, but if you're decked out, you'll get in for less money - leaving you more to spend on imbibing. ($3-$5, 10 p.m.)

Halloween Party @ Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids (Sat.)
Halloween in the Castro started with a children's costume parade thrown by Cliff's Variety in 1948 that was revived by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the '90s, yes, for children. Anyway, this year, the Mission District has its own children's costume parade as part of the second annual Halloween Party thrown by the neighborhood's corollary of Cliff's. Craft activities? They include making gross-looking heads out of apples and a customized cookie/cupcake station. Then, a costume parade at noon, led by a boombox wagon capped with costume prizes donated by local company Green Toys. If you are not napping by that time, you can get a load of the fairytale puppet show. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

24-Hour Horror Movie Marathon @ CellSpace (Sat.-Sun.)
Want to watch so many blood curdling, blood-drenched horror films your eyes will bleed? Join CellSpace for a 24-hour Horror Movie Marathon. Kick things off with 1982's "The Thing" then munch popcorn and suck down no-host alcoholic beverages through the original "Wicker Man," "Cannibal Holocaust," "Suspira," "Eraserhead," "Evil Dead" and lastly 1973's "Torso." (Free, 12 p.m.)

Halloween Freak Fest in 3D @ Madrone (Sat.)
No music video has ever -- will ever -- reach the preposterous heights of Michael Jackson's 14-minutes-long, horror fest, "Thriller." As we all know, the video follows Jackson as he dances his way from sweet boyfriend to blood-thirsty zombie with a posse of similarly slacked-jawed zombie pals. The fine folks at Madrone Art Bar are upping your weekend ante with a midnight screening of the classic -- in 3D. Add to that the dozens other best and worst music videos of all time, you've got a chillingly good time. ($5, 10 p.m.)

Yerba Buena Gardens Halloween Costume Walk @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sun.)
Ah, the simple joy of costume parades. At the Yerba Buena's 10 Annual Halloween Costume Walk, you'll likely see some Spidermen, Batmen, pirates, princesses, fairies, and a handful of homemade puns ("Deviled" egged children in white shirts and horns, anyone?). Hosted by Bay Area clown Unique Derique, the event also features live music by the Venezuelan Music Project. (Free, 12 p.m.)

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