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Hallowinners: Halloween Events 2013

by David-Elijah Nahmod
Friday Oct 25, 2013
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OCTOBER 25
Trannyshack Halloween returns to the DNA Lounge, and co-hostesses Heklina and Peaches Christ promise outrageous make-up and even more outrageous fun. Guests include Elijah Minnelli, Raya Light, Cockatelia, Faux King Awesome, and other staid librarian types. Enjoy the show and participate in SF’s biggest costume contest. $15. Doors open at 9:30pm, with the show starting promptly at 11.pm. 375 Eleventh St. 252-7883. www.trannyshack.com

OCTOBER 26
Saturday October 26 looks to be a fun night with a number of wild and crazy offerings. It’s a busy weekend for the drag superstar Peaches Christ. The night after Trannyshack, the incomparable Ms. Christ will co-host the 3rd annual Dark Drag Cadaveret drag show. Dance to the music of DJ Le Perv and DJ Tori, with entertainment by the Dark Drag Dolls. $15. 9:30pm-2:30am. 21-and-over only, at Cafe Du Nord. 2170 Market St. www.cafedunord.com

Also, Oct. 26, "Juanita More’s Halloween: A Red Carpet Nightmare at Jones" will be a midnight runway show to die for. Ms. More promises a scream-worthy night featuring SF’s most fashionable freaks sashaying down the catwalk in the moonlight. $3,000 in prizes will be given out. Dance to the beat of DJ Robert Jeffrey. $25. Tickets available at Sui Generis, 2231 Market St. 9pm-2am. 620 Jones. www.juanitamore.com

"Q Dance Party at Magnet" is a ballroom dance party and costume contest at the community health center. Dance to Salsa, Meringue, Rumba, Swing, Country & Tango, with cash prizes. All ages welcome. $10-15 suggested donation. 7pm free Salsa lesson, followed by the party from 7:30-9:30pm. 4122 18 St. www.queerballroom.com

If you’re on a spiritual quest, then "Spiral Dance Ritual: A Ritual to Honor Our Beloved Dead and Dance the Spiral of Rebirth" at Kezar Stadium might be what you’re in the mood for. It blends art, music, poetry and dance in a sacred space. This ritual affirms the renewal of life during this sacred season of Witches and Pagans. Come join the dance and contribute your energy. Children welcome; wheelchair-accessible. $25-$150. Sliding scale rates available. Doors open at 6pm, rituals begins at 7:30pm. 755 Stanyan St. www.reclaimingspiraldance.org

In the East Bay? Can’t get to town? October 26 also offers an LGBT Halloween in Vallejo, with drinks, food, fun, dancing and a light show and music by Steve Souza. $10. 21 and older only. 8pm-12am at the Vallejo Community Center, 225 Amador Street, Vallejo.

Oakland’s Bench and Bar offers Club Rimshot’s Pre-Halloween Bash, with cash prizes for the dopiest and hella-scariest costumes. DJ Rum will be spinning the best hip-hop and R&B, with guest DJ Rapture at Northern CA’s LGBT hip hop center. $10-$15. After hours until 4am. 510 17th Street, Oakland. (510) 444-2266. www.bench-and-bar.com

OCTOBER 27
Wanna dance with somebody (or just some body)? Join Italy’s Danny Verde and the UK’s Liam Keegan for an old-fashioned Halloween Tea Dance at Ruby Skye. Both mega-star DJs offer hot guys dancing to hot music for hot costumed revelers at Hero Halloween. $25. 6pm-12am. 420 Mason. Tickets available at Body on Castro or at www.heroteadance.com

Of course, you might be in Oakland, and the BART strike was scary enough. Never fear, you can head over to the funky New Parkway Theater on Sunday, October 27, for a 6pm screening of the laugh-a-minute scare-fest "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948). On Tuesday, October 29, The New Parkway will show "Birth of the Living Dead," a new documentary about the making of George Romero’s classic zombie munch-fest "Night of the Living Dead." Yum! Pass the Grey Poupon! 7pm. $8. 474 24th St, Oakland, 510-658-7900. www.thenewparkway.com

For an unusual costume party, support Private Chelsea Manning at "Butterfly Night: Transform for Chelsea," a festive fundraiser for the imprisoned military whistle-blower. Proceeds benefit the Pvt. Manning Support Network/Courage to Resist. $5 in costumes, $10 without. 6pm-10pm. Veterans Community Center, 1720 Market St. 562-5410. www.couragetoresist.org

OCTOBER 29
Check out the funky Balboa Theater at Balboa and 39th Avenues in the Richmond District for the uber-creepy silent classics "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919) and "Nosferatu" (1922). See how scary movies began, with a spooky score provided by Hobgoblin. The chills begin at 7:30pm. $10. On Wednesday October 30, at 7:30pm, Hobgoblin’s musical stylings add thrills to The Golem (1920), the first Jewish fright flick. Oy vey! $10. 3630 Balboa, 221-8184. www.cinemasf.com/balboa

If you prefer your horrors live on stage, check out Thrillpeddlers’ ever popular "Shocktoberfest." Already underway, his 14th edition of "Shocktoberfest" celebrates the bloody legacy of Jack the Ripper. It’s an evening of horror, madness, spanking and song with the classic Grand Guignol thriller, a new one-act play called "The Wrong Ripper," and Scrumbly Koldewyn’s take on Oscar Wilde’s "Salome." There will also be a lights-out spooktastic finale. "Shocktoberfest" runs through November 23, with a special, extra Halloween performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 and 30 at 8pm. Come to the Hypnodrome and commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Jack the Ripper murders. $30. 575 10th St. 377-4202. www.thrillpeddlers.com

For diverse green kid-friendly fun, head on over to Berkeley Ecology Center’s Farmer’s Market for a combo celebration of Halloween and Day of the Dead. Enjoy live Aztec dance, Caribbean music, a Day of the Dead altar, costume making, face painting, and all around fun. And it’s free. 2pm-6:30pm. Adeline and 63rd Streets, the Farmer’s Market, Berkeley. www.ecologycenter.org/fm

OCTOBER 30
Have the hearse drop you off at the beautiful Castro Theater for a chilling double bill: Joe Dante’s classic "The Howling" (5:40pm and 9:20pm) will have you baying at the moon. Co-featured with the sexy, hairy "An American Werewolf in London" at 7:30pm. $10 for both movies. 429 Castro. 863-0611. www.castrotheatre.com

If you like Thrillpeddlers, you might also enjoy "Grand Guignol," a Naturalistic Horror Stage Show directed by Mitchell Altieri. Join them, if you dare, at Z Space. In the grand tradition of the stage shows that were all the rage in London and Paris during the early 20th century, "Grand Guignol" offers, madness, murder, mutilation, and maiming, live on stage before your horrified eyes. Expect humor and satire, plus good food and drinks to calm your frazzled nerves. Plays through November 2. 7pm. 450 Florida St. www.grandguignolsf.com

OCTOBER 31
And now for the big night itself. All Hallow’s Eve. Halloween. Castro and South of Market bars are pretty much all celebrating Halloween in one way or another, so can be sure to find a welcome audience for your most or least fabulous costume. Street closures will not be in effect, so be careful crossing intersections. Here’s a bit of what’s happening on Thursday, October 31.

Have a Jazzy Halloween at the SF Jazz Center. Enjoy a concert and a costume contest with guest judges Lil Miss Hot Mess and VivvyAnne, who will pick the best James Brown look-alike, favorite musician and most creative costume. There’s also a DJ dance party. 7:30pm. 201 Franklin St. (866) 920-5299. www.sfjazz.org

If the thought of scantily-clad guys with water dripping sensually down their bodies turns you on, head over to the Lookout Bar for Drunk Tank. The underwater adventure commences with music by DJ Russ Rich, who will navigate you through the night’s journey, which includes fishbowl cocktails to guide you on your journey to the bottom of the sea... or just a bottom. 8pm and runs until 2am. 3600 16th St. 431-0306. www.lookoutsf.com

Head over to Cafe Du Nord for a musical evening with The Shondes. In celebration of their new record The Garden, the Brooklyn-based group will perform their own unique brand of feminist punk, rock, pop, and a little bit of Judaic influence too. It’s a queer-friendly Halloween party, so of course it includes a 90s Zombie contest. Na├»ve Americans and Galloping Sea open. $7. Doors open at 8pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.cafedunord.com

Oakland’s biggest gayest Halloween dance party, Club 21’s fourth annual Demons & Angels bash is hosted by Violeta and Jacki, with DJ Carlitos spinning hip hop, Top 40 and Latin grooves. With $1500 in cash prizes for costumes, plus creature featured gogo hotties, this is an East Bay extravaganza. $15. ($5 off before 10pm). 21+. 8pm-3am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland. www.club21oakland.com

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