By Kelly Lovemonster and Caitlin Donohue THURSDAY
KILLER THRILLER HALLOWEEN DANCE CLASS (THURSDAY & FRIDAY // 7:30PM BOTH DAYS // $25 // ALONZO KING LINES BALLET // MORE) Don’t you need to know how to do the Thriller dance? Isn’t that something you need to get ahead in the world? These are serious questions, and actor-dancer-favorite Rotimi Agbabiaka has the answers at this two-day choreography course.
SoMa’s daddy dive bar Truck takes over Castro club The Lookout for a special Halloween edition — HALLOWEEN FREAK SHOW (9PM-2AM // $5 // TRUCK // MORE) promises to bring the debauchery of Folsom to Upper Market. The evening features meaty beats by DJ Juan and Adam Kraft.
Pornographer and Bay Area darling Courtney Trouble presents her new monthly party BEAST (9PM-2AM // $5 // LEO’S MUSIC HALL // MORE). Obvs, it’s Halloween themed ’cause ’tis the season. FTM Fucker’s James Darling host the evening while DJs Jenna Riot and Durt O’Shea play the best in top 40 and hip-hop.
Image by Sofia Cordova
EVERY NIGHT I TELL MYSELF I AM THE COSMOS
// FREE // ROYAL NONESUCH GALLERY // MORE
) An excellent opportunity to skip out on wearing a costume. Artist Sofia Cordova’s visual art solo show at this gallery is her vision of a dystopic Caribbean future and tonight, she performs pop songs to accompany the pieces, live with musician Matthew Kirkland.
LIGHTS DOWN LOW
(9PM-2AM // $40 // MEZZANINE // MORE
) promises an extraordinary Halloween night of creepy visuals, costumes and non stop house music. DJs Eats Everything, Dusky and Benoit curate the evening’s sounds. Your host Richie Panic and Corey Slezmore will obvs be there, being the cutest.
(9PM-2AM // FREE // THE LEXINGTON CLUB // MORE
) is going to be the last Halloween party hosted at the soon to be closing Lex. While our hearts are saddened that one of the two remaining lesbian bars in all of SF is closing, we are going to get dolled up in our Halloween best to party with the folks at the Lex. Cash prizes for best costumes and no cover.
TOTAL TRASH HALLOWEEN BASH (8PM // $15-17 // LEO’S MUSIC CLUB // MORE) Yes rock ‘n’ roll, yes a rare Bay Area appearance by SoCal transplants Hunx and his Punx, plus local faves Shannon and the Clams. Except costumed sets, expect magic.
San Francisco still has plenty of soul and the party crew HARD FRENCH
(2PM-8PM // $8 // EL RIO // MORE
) remind you of that fact this Saturday with an afternoon set of all vinyl ’60s grooving soul music. HF is also bringing out special guests Drag performer Dulce de Leche and Persia, DJs Primo and Marke B and 4U Mag’s very own Chi Chi hosting a “save the whales” charity photobooth.
Photo by Rio Yanez
VISIONS AT TWILIGHT: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTAR EXHIBITION (EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH NOV. 8 // FREE // SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER // MORE) Skip the complicated festivities in the Mission this year (how many gringos in skull makeup does one person really need to see on their weekend?) and go instead to this annual community group exhibition curated by father-son duo Rene and Rio Yanez, where the altars are always respectful, wildly gorgeous and timely.
SWAGGER LIKE US
(3PM-8PM // $8 // $6 BEFORE 4PM // EL RIO // MORE
) invites you back to El Rio for a second day of daytime drinking, vogue and CHICKEN AND WAFFLES! Kelly Lovemonster’s daytime hip-hop party is closing out the season with a live vogue performance from SF choreographer Jocquese Whitfield of Vogue & Tone. Jess Cuevas will also be hosting a bangaloo pop-up of his Gave Good Face