SF Station presents The Guide: A list of the best events happening this week
Tuesday, October 24 - Monday, October 30
If San Franciscans were to go all out for a certain holiday, it would have to be Halloween. The city shines like no other time of the year. All of the subversive elements crawl out into the spotlight and a good time is had by all.

Kick off Halloween week with a bit of rock-n-roll. Opening for She Wants Revenge, 90s rock darlings Placebo return to the Warfield with hits from their latest album Meds. Then head over to The Hypnodrome for Shocktoberfest, three tales of macabre and gruesome horror that will be sure to thrill. For some ghoulish cinematic titillation there's the Shock it to Me! Halloween Horror Film Festival at the Castro Theatre.

For all those little kiddies out there, head to the San Francisco Zoo on Saturday for Boo at the Zoo to celebrate with the animals and get to Pier 39 on Sunday for Pumpkin Pandemonium, where kids can pick out pumpkins, trick or treat and participate in a costume contest. And for those of you who aren't fans of Halloween, there's the International Vintage Poster Fair at Fort Mason Center where you can check out tons of fabulous prints. Then on the night before Halloween check out the King of Horror himself Stephen King making a rare appearance at Herbst Theatre. Taste Tv Promo


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SF Station presents
A comprehensive list of events for Halloween Weekend
One of San Francisco's favorite holidays is fast approaching, and SF Station has you covered!
This is your chance to dress up and party all throughout Halloween Weekend.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
at SF Weekly's Warfield (8 pm)
Los Angeles DJs Justin Warfield and Adam "Adam 12" Bravin formed the moody, Joy Division-inspired She Wants Revenge in 2003. A fortuitous combination of word of mouth, industry connections, and airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio and West Coast airwave giant KCRW provided the duo with enough exposure to snag a record deal with Geffen...
at The Independent (doors 7:30pm, show at 8pm)
Speaking of their live performances - past and future - Rodrigo says "It's cool to have the chance to play to fans of so many different kinds of music from Courtney Pine and Salif Keita to the Bueno Vista Social Club and Will Young...
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Bill Bryson's bestselling books include A WALK IN THE WOODS, I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF, IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY, and BRYSON'S DICTIONARY OF TROUBLESOME WORDS. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and children...
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
at Zellerbach Hall (8pm)
The preeminent jazz musician of his generation...one of the world's most gifted classical trumpeters...a big band leader to rival Duke Ellington...a brilliant composer...and now a tireless advocate for the revival of New Orleans. Wynton Marsalis carries these distinctions effortlessly...
at Landmarks Lumiere Theater ((2:45 5:00) 7:30 9:45)
Two old friends, Kurt (singer/songwriter Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon. For Mark, the weekend outing offers a respite from the pressure of his imminent fatherhood; for Kurt, it is part of a long series of carefree adventures...
Thursday, October 26, 2006
at A Different Light Bookstore (7pm)
In Butch Is a Noun, began its life as a popular lecture, butch is revealed as a rich, complex, and highly nuanced gender in its own right, picking up where gender theory leaves off. It makes butchness accessible to those who are new to the concept, and its finely observed detail makes gender outlaws of all stripes feel as though they have come home...
at Cellar, The (8pm - 2am)
Join the National Women's Political Caucus, San Francisco for their second annual Masquerade party. The evening will include great entertainment, drinks and a mask contest judged by some local celebrity judges...
at Hypnodrome (8pm)
The fine arts of public execution, taxidermy, surgery and revenge are all displayed live onstage at Thrillpeddlers' ghoulish and grandiose show palace, The Hypnodrome...
at Nob Hill Masonic Center (5pm - 10pm)
It's a night of dream shopping our 45-designer pavilion where you can shop some of the hottest up-and-coming designers and stock up on apparel, jewelry, bags and accessories - all marked up to 75% off! Enjoy complimentary cocktails, beauty treats and endless free goodies!
at Lingba Lounge (8pm to 2am)
Please join us this Thursday at Lingba Lounge to celebrate our newly remodeled restaurant and lounge along with our 5 year anniversary! Complimentary appetizers served during the night and FREE Level Vodka cocktails will be served from 8pm - 9pm.
Friday, October 27, 2006
at Castro Theatre (7:00 pm) Hammer Horror Triple Feature!
It's Halloween in San Francisco and that means it's time for the second annual SHOCK IT TO ME! August Ragone and the Castro Theatre have prepared more chills and thrills for all you Monster Kids out there (and you know what you are!). Down in the lab we've sewn together twelve terrifying fright flicks for your eerie edification...
at Fort Mason Center (5pm - 9pm)
There was a time when streams of advertisements were displayed most effectively through posters, by renowned artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, AM Cassandre, Leonetto Cappiello and so on. Over the years these advertisements have been recognized for their artistic merit...
at Slide (9pm)
Come and celebrate all that is secret and illicit this year at Slide's first annual Bootlegger's Ball. 30's attire is encouraged, but definitely not mandatory, but definitely come in costume!
at Boss 750 (10pm - 2am)
Boss combines sultry lighting, booming sound, 4 huge private VIP rooms and plush decor to give you an experience unlike any other. Come and see what the buzz is all about as you hit the dancefloor to the best mix of Mash Ups, Hip Hop and 80's Hit's or just lounge around in one of our many oversized booths...
at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (8pm)
I don't have two lives," Annie Leibovitz writes in the introduction to A Photographer's Life: 1990 - 2005. "This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it." In her remarkable new book, portraits of well-known figures like Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, and Nelson Mandela appear alongside family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo, and landscapes made even more indelible through the photographer's discerning eye.
at San Francisco City Hall (8pm - 2am)
TEN DJ's, FIVE different, Intimate venues in one, at Magnificent City Hall. We have Music that matches all tastes, from The Latin room, to the Euro House room, to The Mediterranean room as well as the rocking 70's/80's Room! The fact that we are doing this party at City Hall is a good enough reason to come Join us for this One Of A Kind event...
Saturday, October 28, 2006
at San Francisco Zoo (10am - 3pm)
Looking for an "un-Boo-lievably" WILD way to celebrate Halloween? Then make plans to join the animals for high-spirited, not-so-scary Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo, presented by Radio Disney AM 1310 KMKY. Costumed kids and their families will have a howling good time encountering live animals on the Haunted Nature Trail, thrills and chills visiting the Creepy, Crawley Critters in the Insect Zoo...
at 330 Ritch Street (10pm)
Join us in rockin' out, as SF Station presents Rocktoberfest @ 330 Ritch. Live music performances(rock, alternative, and hip hop) from up and coming local artists. Also spinnin' hip hop and old school jams. Don't be shy to where your costumes out, as we guarantee you a funky halloween bash!
at John Colins Lounge (9pm till 2am)
Featuring DJ Tom Thump - Nu Jazz, Hip hop,funk and house...
at Crash Nightclub (10pm to 2am)
Super Star Rocker TOMMY LEE (Motely Crue/Supernova) & DJ AERO DJing a Mix of Big Ass Analog Bass, Break Beats & Dirty Electro House. Come Dressed in your best costumes. Best Costume Prizes will be awarded.
at The Cellar (10pm - 2am)
Cover your children's eyes! Lock up your husbands! Or at least, just come and see what happens when an army of scantily clad, naughty schoolgirls invade a nightclub this Halloween Saturday...
at Mighty (10pm - 4:20 am (after time change))
Opel's annual Halloween party, the Night of the Living, is simply one of SF's can't miss parties of the year. To celebrate San Francisco's favorite holiday, Opel always pulls out all the music and production stops to match the outrageous and fun crowd that shows up in their Halloween best...
Sunday, October 29, 2006
at Pier 39 (12pm - 5pm)
This half hour show includes a spooktacular Halloween Dance Party and Costume Contest where children 12 and under can sing and dance along with classic monster melodies and strut their stuff in Pier 39's Costume Contest. Children are also invited to trick-or-treat in participating Pier 39 shops, restaurants and attractions and pick a free pumpkin from the PIER 39 Pumpkin Patch!
at Cellar, The (9pm - 2am)
You went out last night. You have friends in town that refuse to stop the party. In any case, The Cellar and SoMe Entertainment present SWEET ESCAPE this Sunday: your chance to satisfy your sweet tooth and the need to wear that Halloween costume at least one more time this weekend...
at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (7:30pm)
Snoop takes it back to the basics back to the 'hood, showcasing the original gangsta sound that made this Long Beach rapper an instant household name when he made his debut in 1992 on Dr. Dre's hit song "Deep Cover" and the classic album "The Chronic."...
Monday, October 30, 2006
at Herbst Theatre (8pm)
Stephen King, author of Lisey's Story, The Colorado Kid, Carrie, The Shining and countless more visits the Herbst Theatre tonight. ...
at War Memorial Opera House (8pm)
David Sedaris may well be the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star-his speaking engagements are now consistently standing-room-only, a far cry from his early days as a housecleaner in New York City. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of his job as a Macy's elf clad in green tights...
at Great American Music Hall (GAMH) (8pm)
Fans know that seeing the Bonnie Prince live is an experience akin to but unlike hearing his records - it's the same man up there, but changed, somehow. And his impulses seem to be entirely switched out. Songs get the radical retune at the drop of a hat - and with every new collection of musicians, a different version!
This Week's Articles

1920s Glam Done Two Ways
By genevieve_robertson (Oct 19, 2006)
There's been a buzz around the city lately. Two new bars are attempting to bring back the days of passwords, secret entrances, and enticing cocktails. There have always been bars in the city that tout their speakeasy history, like Café du Nord and the Empire Plush Room, but their pasts seem to be just that -- history. Both Bourbon and Branch and Slide have set out to transport you to an era where flappers held court and the cocktail was king.
Everlasting Sweet Tooth
By Matt_Crawford (Oct 19, 2006)
She likes candy, a lot. In fact, ever since she belted out the lyrics to the time-tested hit "I Want Candy" at the tender age of 16, Annabella Lwin has spread her love for sweets around the world. She returns to San Francisco on October 28th for a performance with Bow Wow Wow, the band created by Malcolm McLaren (when Lwin was 14 years old) in 1980 after the demise of his other group the, The Sex Pistols. Lwin spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from Los Angeles.
Lily Allen
SF Station Blows It Up
By Misha_Vladimirskiy (Oct 19, 2006)
Lilly Allen has taken the UK by storm and if you were at Popscene last week, then you saw why. With her Ska influenced horn section, vocals that remind me of some 30s lounge singer and almost angelic stage presence, Lily, drove the crowd nuts. Lily, performing songs like "Smile" from her up coming album, had a bewitching onstage presence that kept all the indie rock kids wanting more.
Released on Ginkgo Records
By Matt_Forsman (Oct 19, 2006)
Is there any ground more well trodden by artists than the vastness that is love? In a time when it's frighteningly common to be cynical, jaded, and bitter about love, Anna Laube manages to inject new life into the oft maligned emotion in Outta My Head. Laube offers no easy answers in the album, but never fails to seduce with a plethora of beautifully written, authentic tracks and talent that is unquestionable.
By Jenny_Miyasaki (Oct 19, 2006)
Beartrap Island is the debut full-length effort from the Los Angeles based indie rock band Division Day. The band's style of melody-driven rock doesn't drown out so much as bolster and sweeten intellectual and discernable lyrics. Their sound will remind you immediately of other SoCal cohorts like Pinback, Earlimart, and Silversun Pickups. However, the range and complexity of Beartrap Island sets Division Day apart from the others, in it's own imaginative, introverted corner.
Released on GSL/Universal, 09/12/06
By Adam_Pollock (Oct 19, 2006)
The new album from alterna-hipsters The Mars Volta hits us with a conundrum before we even get the shrink-wrap off. What does the name Amputechture mean? It's obviously a creation, but what did the mad geniuses Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler, TMV's masterminds, have in mind when naming their third full-length?
images courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
Cinematic Sleight of Hand Well Worth Seeing
By Mel_Valentin (Oct 19, 2006)
Directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento) and co-scripted with his brother Jonathan Nolan, The Prestige is a period fantasy thriller/drama centered on an increasingly obsessive, bitter rivalry between magicians in late 19th-century London. The film follows Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), wannabe magicians and friendly rivals learning their craft under Harry Cutter (Michael Caine), a self-styled "illusion engineer".
images courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Light, Fluffy and Thoroughly Addicting
By Anhoni_Patel (Oct 20, 2006)
From its opening credits nostalgic of punk rock via shopping malls, Marie Antoinette seems more like an 80s movie than a period piece on France's most notorious queen. You almost expect John Hughes as a director. However, it's Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) that is indeed responsible for the writing and directing of this lavish, moody, and utterly stylish masterpiece.
Outstanding Suburban Satire
By Anhoni_Patel (Oct 20, 2006)
Little Children might just be the best movie you've never heard of. It's only opening in one theater in the Bay Area and yet it carries the kind of star quality available to huge Hollywood productions. There's very little marketing and thus minimal buzz going around. This is a shame really, since it's one of the best movies of the fall season if not the year.
Flawed, But (Almost) Worthwhile
By Mel_Valentin (Oct 19, 2006)
With Steven Spielberg stepping in as executive producer and co-screenwriters Paul Haggis (The Last Kiss, Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and William Broyles Jr. (Jarhead, Unfaithful), Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River) takes a step back in time as a follow-up to his last film, the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, to adapt the non-fiction book by James Bradley and Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers, about Bradley's father and the men who fought and died (aka the Greatest Generation) in the battle for Iwo Jima during World War II.
Harold and Maude Revisited?
By Anhoni_Patel (Oct 20, 2006)
Growing up is hard to do. Especially when your mom is a controlling bitch and your father is a total wimp. Sometimes you just have to grin and bear it and sometimes you have to do something about it. In many instances your friends have an influence in your taking action, other times it's a mentor - someone who shows you that life can be different from how you know it to be.
images courtesy of Soothe
An Outpost for All Your Autumn Skincare Needs
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Oct 20, 2006)
Soothe (formerly London Elise Skin Care) is one of those cozy home-away-from-home establishments that make full-scale spas seem bland and passé in comparison. A modest one-room organic skincare and body healing clinic, it also happens to be one of the best-kept beauty secrets in the Upper Haight.
A Scion of Good, Old-Fashioned Decadence
By Nirmala_Nataraj (Oct 20, 2006)
Chicago-based Silent Theatre Company understands the appeal of classic celluloid, which they ape to sublime ends in their piece "Lulu", an adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind's 1894 Lulu cycle, comprising "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box", but bearing more of a resemblance to G.W. Pabst's 1928 film revision starring über-vamp Louise Brooks.

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