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Fear factor
Halloween and Día de los Muertos events.

By Cheryl Eddy

Four-pound bags of Tootsie Pops, giant rubber spiders, and sequined tiaras are choking the aisles at Safeway and Walgreen's – must be that time of year again. Plan ahead and maximize the joys of the season – skeleton-themed art, costumed ass-shaking, dressing Mr. Whiskers as a cannibal zombie from outer space – with our annual guide to all things Halloween and Día de los Muertos.


'Baker Street Halloween Party' Sat/26, 10pm-2am, 330 Ritch, 330 Ritch; 522-9558. $5-8. This party includes live and DJ music. Attendees are asked to "dress in sexy costumes and win tasteless prizes."

'Bollywood Halloween Costume Party' Fri/25, 9pm-2am, Justice League, 628 Divisadero; 957-9000, www.bollyween.com. $12-18. Dress as your favorite South Asian superstar for this party, featuring DJ Rhino FX, live tabla, Bollywood hits, and more.

'Dusk 'til Dawn Ghost Stories' Sat/26, "dusk 'til dawn," Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia; 824-8203. Free. The bookstore hosts an all-night event featuring scary stories, classic Night Gallery episodes, and more.

Embarcadero Center blood drive and costume contest Oct 31, 9am-3:30pm (contest noon-1pm), Old Federal Reserve Bldg, 301 Battery; 772-0754. Free. Enter the adults-only costume contest or just do Dracula proud and donate some red stuff to the cause.

'Fencesitters Costume Ball' Fri/25, 9pm-2am, Jezebels Joint, 510 Larkin; 820-3907. $10 ("threesome special," three for $24). The "largest bi dance party anywhere" features DJs Amber and Pimprock. Costumes encouraged.

'Halloween Gala – Arab Film Festival Opening Party' Oct 31, 9pm, Club Tropi-Gala, 358 Ocean; 333-7102, www.aff.org. $10. The two-in-one celebration features DJ Raffy spinning Arabic and world music, the Arabian Nights Band, belly dancers, a costume contest, and a raffle with prizes including a trip to Egypt.

Halloween on Castro Oct 31, Castro at Market. The annual mob convenes.

'Halloween on the Bay' Sat/26, 7:30-10:30pm, leaves from Pier 41; www.tgsf.org/halloween. $35. This party takes place during a three-hour cruise – perfect for busting out that Gilligan costume. Proceeds benefit Transgender San Francisco.

Halloween party Oct 31, 8pm, Club Galia, 2565 Mission; 970-9777. $10. The celebration includes costume and dance contests and live performances by Tom Jonesing, Starvin' like Marvin, and Chub.

Halloween party Oct 31, 7pm-midnight, Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell; 646-0018. $5-10. Freddy Clarke and the World Music Band provide the tunes at this costume party.

'Halloween Tribal Masquerade' Sat/26, e-mail for time, Galleria Design Center, 101 Henry Adams; info@funkyteknotribe.net. $25-40. The Funky Tekno Tribe celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party featuring DJs Doc Martin, Jenö, Graeme, Hector Cardenas, Arturo Garces, and Dawn of Sound.

'The Haunted Barn' Fri/25-Sat/26, 9pm-3am; Oct 31, 10pm-2am, 702 Earl; 285-8103, www.thehauntedbarn.com. $15. Lurking near the entrance to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, this haunted "barn" scares up an array of San Francisco-inspired horrors, including earthquakes and Muni rides from hell. Halloween night features a six-course dinner theater show (6-10pm, $50) for the truly strong of stomach.

'Haunted House' Oct 31, 9pm-4am, Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin; 626-5355, www.groovetickets.com. $10-15. Obscure Productions and Bobeck present this Halloween party, featuring a full slate of house and hip-hop DJs, plus a costume contest with a $500 prize.

'Hellball 6: Revival, Can't Stop the Music' Sat/26, 10pm-5am, Gift Center Pavilion, 888 Brannan; www.hellball.org. $60-85 (pass including six parties, $125). A series of events marking the "West Coast's largest and most outrageous Halloween celebration" is capped off by "Hellball," a massive party and costume contest. Proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS charities Maitri and Continuum.

'Hov-o-Ween' Oct 31, 9pm-2am, Il Pirata, 2007 16th St; www.houseofvoodoo.com/event.html. $5-7. Costumed revelers can win prizes at this party, which features DJs Christine Death, Jezzebella, Kermit, and others.

'Oblivion Halloween Boat Party' Sat/26, 6-11pm, departs from Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf; www.oblivionsf.com. $35. Cruise the Bay in your best costume (contest winners snag $100) and dance to DJs spinning progressive, tech, trance, house, and hip-hop beats.

'Om Records Halloween Masquerade Ball' Sat/26, 10pm, DNA Lounge, 375 11th St; www.omrecords.com, www.dnalounge.com. $15-20. House music rules at this seven-hour party, featuring tag team DJs Is and Diz, Solar and Galen, and Nikola and Guthrie, plus visuals by Blasthaus, a costume contest, a haunted house, and more.

'Shrine of Lilith Halloween Party' Oct 31, 9pm-2am, Jezebels Joint, 510 Larkin; 820-3907. $3-5. DJs Fernando, Rick A. Mortis, and Rodent spin goth, industrial, and death rock.

'Spiral Dance 2002' Sat/26, 7pm, Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, Marina at Laguna; 339-8150. $16-50 sliding scale. Celebrate Samhain with stilt walkers, fire dancers, a goddess procession, music, and more.

'The Vampire Tour of San Francisco' Oct 31, 8pm, meet at California and Taylor; www.sfvampiretour.com. $15-20. Dracula's own Mina Harker hosts this spine-tingling stroll through Nob Hill.

Bay Area

'Le Bal des Vampires' Nov 2, 6:30pm, Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd, Pleasanton; (510) 522-1731, www.peers.org. $15-20. The Period Events and Entertainments Re-Creation Society presents its annual Halloween costume ball.

'Hallowmas Women's Ritual' Fri/25, 7:30pm, Orinda Masonic Temple, Nine Altarinda Rd, Orinda; (925) 787-9739. $23-27. Daughters of the Goddess present their annual "spiral dance," an event with live drumming, singing, crafts, and other activities to honor ancestors.

'Mad Scientist's Halloween' Oct 31, 8pm, 21 Grand, 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. $10-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds, if in costume). The annual event features a "laboratory of insanity" with performances by industrial noise band Filthmilk, electronic artist Brainscience, spoken word team Attaboy and Burke, and others.

'Mystery Ball 2002' Sat/26, 8pm-midnight, Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito; (415) 331-2787, ext 27. $75 ("Premonition" pre-party, 6-8pm, $150 includes ball admission). The Headlands Center for the Arts presents its annual Halloween fundraiser, a masquerade ball featuring live music by Vivendo de Pao, DJs, artist performances, site-specific installations, and live and silent art auctions.

'Pimpin' Hoe Halloween Theme Party' Fri/25, 8:30pm-4am, Hotel Ibiza, 10 Hegenberger, Oakl; www.acteva.com/go/pimp. $10-25. Velvet suits and pasties will rule the dance floor at this party, as DJs spin hip-hop, R&B, house, trance, urban grooves, and more.

'Russian River Massacre' Fri/25-Sun/27, various Guerneville locations; www.peacheschrist.com. Events $8-12; round-trip bus ticket $35. Peaches Christ brings her extension of the popular "Midnight Mass" film series to Guerneville for the second year. Highlights include an outdoor screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a pumpkin-carving party, a costumed bar crawl, a beer bust, and a live action horror show.

'Semi Erotic Halloween Ball' Oct 31, 8pm, Kingfish Restaurant, 201 South B St, San Mateo; (650) 343-1226, www.ticketweb.com. $20. The best erotic costume claims $200 at this party, which also includes live '70s-style funk by One Nation Underground, plus DJs Dominic Tracy and Miguel spinning funky grooves, disco, and more.


Bad Karma, Galaxxy Chamber, Whore Oct 31, 9:30pm, Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St; 621-4455, www.ticketweb.com. $7. Hard rock meets goth when these bands share a Halloween-night bill.

Bonde do Tigrao Sat/26, 8pm, Justice League, 626 Divisadero; 566-0427, www.kidoideira.com. $25-35. The Brazilian funk band headlines a tropical Halloween bash.

The Cramps Oct 31, 8pm, Fillmore, 1805 Geary; 421-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com. $25. The rockers perform a special Halloween show.

Demonics, Ghosts, Undertaker and His Pals Oct 31, 9pm, Parkside, 1600 17th St; 503-0393. Call for price. Going by names alone, this is gonna be one scary rock show.

'Devil's Night! An Evening of Music and Mayhem' Oct 30, 10pm, Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market; 861-5016. $10. Live goth music series Dive Bar presents a ghoulish evening of bands, including Empire Hideous and Belisha.

'Fauxgirls!' Fri/25, 10pm, Marlena's, 488 Hayes; 864-6672. Free. The gals present a special Halloween show, hosted by Davida Ashton, with contests for "Best Drag" and "Best Non-Drag" ensembles.

'Fear' Oct 31, 8pm, Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; www.improv.org/shows/index.htm. $8. BATS Improv presents a completely improvised show in the horror genre.

Frontline/World Oct 31, 9pm, KQED, channel 9; www.kqed.org. KQED presents an episode of Frontline that explores the commercialization of Dracula in Romania.

'A Gas-Lit Halloween at the Supernatural House' Thurs/31, 8pm; Nov 3, 2pm, Supernatural House (Englander House), 807 Franklin; 362-6080. $15-20. Pianist Seth Monfort presents a pair of seasonal concerts (sample selection: Chopin's "Funeral March") in a gas-lit, 1880s Victorian.

Gluey Brothers, UFM Oct 31, 8pm, Tongue and Groove, 2513 Van Ness; 928-0404. $8-10. The Gluey Brothers, creatively costumed even when it's not Halloween, perform their blend of funk rock.

Halloween Sat/26, midnight, Four Star, Clement at 23rd Ave; 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star. $6. The Four Star continues its highly recommended "Midnites for Maniacs" series with John Carpenter's 1978 essential slasher classic.

'Halloween Freak Fest' Oct 31, 9:20pm, Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore; 673-8000. $6. Zenith Patrol performs at this party.

'Independent Exposure: Halloweird Edition' Tues/29, 8pm, 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna; 864-0660, www.microcinema.com. $5. Microcinema International's last program in its 2002 series of independent short films, videos, and digital works is compiled with an eye toward the creepy and scary.

'Night of the Living Drag Queens' Fri/25-Sat/26, 10:30pm; Oct 31, 8:30pm, Spanganga, 2293 Mission; 821-1102. $10. This show is inspired in part by John Waters and features a cast of "disco-dancing drag queen zombies."

Nosferatu Tues/29-Wed/30, 7:30, 9:30pm (also Wed/30, 2pm, movie screens without live music, $4.50), Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight; 668-8999. $10. Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra serve up a live score to F.W. Murnau's still-creepy 1922 silent vampire classic.

'QComedy Showcase' Mon/28, 8pm, SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market; 865-5633, www.Qcomedy.com. $8-15. The weekly gay-comedy stand-up show presents a special Halloween edition hosted by Pippi Lovestocking.

Residents Oct 31, 8pm, Warfield, 982 Market; 421-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com. $25-35. The legends are back with a show titled "Demons Dance Alone."

Shimmer Kids Underpop Association, Slow Poisoners, Gift Machine Fri/25, 8pm, Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St; 647-8598. $7. Films, costumes, and other seasonal additions take place at this rock show.

'Shocktoberfest!!' Through Nov 9. Thurs-Sat, 9pm and midnight, Odeon Bar, 3223 Mission; www.thrillpeddlers.com. $5. The Thrillpeddlers present their annual Grand Guignol-inspired production of short plays.

Young Zombies in Love Through Dec 7. Opens Oct 31, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm (no shows Nov 28-30), Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; (510) 982-0433. $12-15. Emerald Rain Productions present the pop-rock musical comedy about a love affair from beyond the grave.

Bay Area

'A Collection of Halloween Shorts' Mon/28, 7:30pm, City Lights Theater Company, 529 South Second St, San Jose; (408) 295-4200. $5-7. City Lights Theater Company presents a reading of spooky new plays by Bay Area authors.

Dracula Through Nov 10. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm, Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale, Foster City; (650) 349-6411. $19-22. Hillbarn Theatre presents Richard Sharp's adaptation of the blood-sucking classic.

'The Fire Garden { Halloween' Oct 31-Nov 2, 7pm-2am, Golden Pacific Brewery, 1404 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 601-6269, www.firegarden.org. $20. Eccentric Design Group presents a "fantasical feast for the senses" that includes choreographed fire and lightning performances.

'Halloween Zydeco Boogaloo' Fri/25, 8pm; Sat/26, 6pm; Sun/27, 1pm, Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda; (415) 285-6285, (916) 962-6415. $10-12. Friday, learn to Zydeco dance, get down to the Zydeco Flames, and join the costume contest. Saturday, learn to Cajun dance, then show off your new skills to the sounds of Tom Rigney and Flambeau. Sunday, chow down on a selection of Creole foods ($5-7), brush up on your dance moves with another round of lessons, then take it to the floor with Mark St. Mary Zydeco.

A Lashing of Malice, A Slice of Humor ... the Adult Stories of Roald Dahl Oct 31-Nov 2, 8pm, Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College, Berk; (925) 798-1399. $10-25. Alchemy Works, a company of disabled and nondisabled artists, presents a workshop production of this macabre play adapted from Dahl's stories.

Lurking Moon Oct 31, 8:30pm, The Bistro, 1001 B St, Hayward; (510) 886-8525. Free. Along with live blues-rock music, the party also features a costume contest.

'Murder Ballads and Songs of Misery and Despair' Fri/25, 9:30pm, Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 841-2082. $6. Ramona the Pest, She Mob, Breech, Chris Sand, Karry Walker, Venison Book, Loretta Lynch, and others perform at this Halloween-inspired, costumes-encouraged show.

New Music 101 Fri/25, 7:30pm, College of Marin, Fine Arts Bldg, Lefort Recital Hall, Kentfield; (415) 485-9668. $5. The contemporary music group performs its sixth annual Halloween concert; the program include Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

'That Distant Triumph Song!' Fri/25, 7:30pm, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephen's Dr, Orinda; (925) 254-3770. $8-15. The Feast of All Saints is celebrated with a concert of sacred and classical music performed by a choir, children's choir, and handbells.

Venusians, Danny Heines, Andrew Chaikin Oct 31, 8:30pm, Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 525-5054, www.ticketweb.com. $10. Headliners the Venusians let loose with their danceable "cosmic groove" at their second annual "Real Halloween" bash.

Family events/festivals

'Boo at the Zoo' Sat/26, 10am-3pm, San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Rd (near Sloat at 47th Ave); 705-0761, www.sfzoo.org. $1.50-10. Kids are invited to take part in the Spooky Safari conservation game, walk the "Haunted Nature Trail," see animals receive pumpkin toys and treats, and more. No masks allowed, so as not to scare the animals.

'Creatures of the Deep' Oct 25-31, 10am-7pm, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39; 623-5301, www.aquariumofthebay.com. $6.50-12.95. Show up in a scary (or "fishy") costume and get half-price admission to this event, which features a trick-or-treat tour of the aquarium, a "Mad Scientist's Lab," and craft activities.

Exploratorium Fri/25, 7pm, 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. $6-10. The museum hosts a special Halloween edition of the "Iron Science Teacher" competition. Also on Thurs/31, 11am, check out "Bats from Belize," a live webcast (www.exploratorium.edu/biodiversity) highlighting cuddly creatures.

'Gardens Ghoullery Walk' Sun/27, noon-4pm, Yerba Buena Gardens, Children's Center Rooftop Gardens, Fourth St. at Howard; 543-1718. Free. The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival hosts a trick-or-treating event for kids under 10 and their families, with strolling musicians, clowns, and other entertainers.

'Halloween Costume Tea' Sat/26-Sun/27, 11am-12:30pm, Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton; 773-6198. $49. After-school program Bay Area SCORES benefits from this event, which features hot chocolate, sandwiches, treats, and kid-friendly entertainment.

'Halloween Festival' Sun/27, noon-4pm, The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth; 771-3112, www.thecannery.com. Free. Magicians, a costume contest, crafts, and other family fun highlight this annual event.

'Halloween in the Gardens' Sat/26, 11am-3pm, Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, near Ninth Ave and Lincoln; 661-1316, www.strybing.org. Free. Discover creepy plants, make pictures and masks, decorate pumpkins, and more at this event.

'Japantown Halloween Carnival' Sun/27, noon-4pm, Japan Center, Post between Laguna and Fillmore; 567-9133. Free. Carnival games, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin-carving contest, and other activities highlight this event.

'Pumpkin Pandemonium' Sat/26-Sun/27, noon-4pm, Pier 39 (Embarcadero at Beach); 705-5500. Free. The scariest place in San Francisco – Fisherman's Wharf – transforms into a family Halloween party, with trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, face painting, and more.

'Halloween Heroes' Tues/29, 7-9:30pm, FAO Schwartz, 48 Stockton; (650) 321-4142, www.wenderweis.org. $50-350. The Junior Giants Baseball program benefits from the sixth annual kid-friendly fundraising party, featuring appearances by pro athletes such as the Giants' Jeff Kent and the Raiders' Jon Ritchie, costumed team mascots, pumpkin decorating, and more.

Bay Area

Berkeley Farmers Market Sat/26, 10am-3pm, Center at MLK Jr Way, Oakl; (510) 548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org. Free. Buy a pumpkin from a local farmer, and they'll provide you with the space and tools to create a jack-o'-lantern. The East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use will also be on hand with free costume- and hat-making activities.

'Boo at the Zoo' Sun/27, 10am-2pm, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakl; (510) 632-9525. $4.50-7.50. Kids of all ages are invited to this event, which includes a presentation by the California Bat Conservation Fund, a costume parade, a magic show, a scavenger hunt, and more.

'Family Halloween Party' Sat/26, 6:30-9:30pm, Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive near UC Berkeley and Grizzly Peak Blvd, Berk; (510) 642-5154, www.lawrencehallofscience.org. $8-12. Advance tickets are recommended for the party, which features magic shows, experiments by "mad scientists," face painting, a costume parade, and more.

Fine Arts Cinema horror films Through Nov 6, 2451 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $4-9. Can't go wrong with these double features: F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu with live music by Rich Kuhns (Oct 24-30, 7:30pm) and Victor Halperin's Lugosi-rific White Zombie (Oct 24-30, 8:55pm); and the John Carpenter doubleheader of Halloween (Oct 31-Nov 6, 7:30pm) and Kurt Russell-rific The Thing (Oct 31-Nov 6, 9:20pm; also Nov 3, 5:20pm).

'Fright Fest!' Fri/25-Sat/26, 10am-11pm; Sun/27, 10am-9pm, Six Flags Marine World, 2001 Marine World Pkwy, Vallejo; (707) 643-6722, www.sixflags.com. $26.99-43.99. Six Flags Marine World transforms into a giant Halloween party, with special attractions like "Looney Tunes Spooky Town."

'Halloween at the Mansion' Sat/26, 5:30-9pm, Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St, Oakl; (510) 444-2187. $5-13. The historic mansion presents crafts, costume contests, flashlight tours, and more.

'Halloween Haunted Pool Party' Fri/25, 7:30pm, Giammona Pool, Westmoor High School (south end), Westmoor at Edgemont, Daly City; (650) 991-8001. $2-3. Kids are invited to a Halloween party with games, prizes, and swimming in an indoor, heated pool.

'Halloween Munchkin Masquerade' Sat/26, 10am, Jelly Belly Candy Company, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield; (707) 428-2838. Free. The candy company sponsors a costume parade, storytelling, a square-dance performance, and other festivities.

'Halloween Spook Hunt' Sat/26, 1-5pm, Meet at park next to Thousand Oaks School, 840 Colusa, Berk; (510) 524-2166, www.zigzagtreasurehunts.com. $7.50-35. Wear the best costume to this event and win a free treasure hunt.

'Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day' Sun/27, noon-3pm, Town Center Corte Madera, West side of Hwy 101 at Tamalpais exit, Corte Madera; (415) 924-2961. Free. Participating merchants hand out treats to costumed kids at this event.

'Jack-'O'-Lantern Jamboree' Sat/26-Sun/27, 11am-7pm, Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue, Oakl; (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org. $7. This "more delightful than frightful" event features live entertainment and a "Halloween Academy," where kids can become certified wizard's assistants, pirates-in-training, and more. Costumes encouraged.

'Library Witches' Tues/29, 7pm, Oakland Public Library: Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale, Oakl; (510) 482-7844. Free. (Also, Oct 30, 2:30pm, Asian Branch, 388 Ninth St, Oakl; 510-238-3400; Oct 30, 7pm, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College, Oakl; 510-597-5017; Oct 31, 3:30pm, Main Library Children's Rm, 125 14th St, Oakl; 510-238-3615.) Three friendly witches tell scary (but not too scary) stories, sing songs, and share riddles with kids six and up.

Pet Halloween costume contest Sun/27, 11am-noon, Redhound, 5523 College, Oakl; (510) 428-2785. Free. Disguised dogs and cats compete for prizes at this contest sponsored by Rockridge pet store Redhound.

Día de los Muertos

'Death and Rebirth' Nov 2, 7pm-midnight, Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St; www.precitaeyes.org. Free. Head to the Mission District for this Day of the Dead celebration, which includes a special tribute to Victor Miller, mural activist and publisher of the New Mission News.

'Día de los Muertos Celebration' Through Nov 4. Tues-Thurs and Sun, noon-6pm; Fri-Sat, noon-8pm (celebration Nov 2, 6-8pm), Encantada Gallery, 908 Valencia; 642-3939. The gallery hosts a Día de los Muertos exhibit of works "in celebration of divas and heroes." Other highlights include workshops to make pan de muerto and wooden skeletons (Sat/26) and a Día de los Muertos celebration.

'Entre la Luz y la Muerte: Between Light and Death There's Life' Through Nov 2. Tues-Sun, noon-5pm (reception Nov 1, 6-11pm), SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Free. Rene Yañez curates SomArt's annual Day of the Dead exhibit of altars, sculptures, and other works by more than 50 artists. A variety of themes are represented, including homages to Palestinians killed in their villages, those lost to antigay violence, murder victims in Oakland, and casualties of HIV and AIDS.

'The 7 Visions of Encarnación' Through Nov 10. Previews Wed/23-Thurs/24, 8pm (free). Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $15-20 (Oct 31 benefit $30-40). Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th St; www.shadowlight.com. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.

Bay Area

'Day of the Dead Family Day' Nov 2, 10am-2pm, Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton, Santa Clara; (408) 247-3754, www.tritonmuseum.org. Call for price. Dancing, storytelling, and refreshments highlight this event, which accompanies the museum's current exhibit of Day of the Dead altars.

'Día de los Muertos Fruitvale Festival' Sun/27, 10am-5pm, International Blvd between 33rd Ave and 41st Ave, Oakl; (510) 535-6904. Free. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.

'Espíritu Sin Fronteras: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead' Through Dec 1. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm, Oakland Museum of California, 10 10th St, Oakl; 1-888-OAK-MUSE, www.museumca.org. $4-6. The museum observes Día de los Muertos with an exhibit curated by Tere Romeo that focuses on the traditions of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Nov 1, 6-9pm, the "First Friday Fiesta" includes live salsa music.

Kronos Quartet Nov 2, 8pm, Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft at Telegraph, UC Berkeley, Berk; (510) 642-9988. $28-38. The noted contemporary classical group performs a special Day of the Dead show featuring Gabriela Ortiz's Altar de Muertos.

'Rattling the Bones' Nov 1, 8pm, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore, Mill Valley; (650) 365-1039. $10. This Day of the Dead-All Saint's Day concert features Maryliz Smith on organ, Laurie Amat on vocals, and Pacific Sticks on percussion.