The week ahead

The week ahead

Halloween is next Monday, which basically means the coming weekend is a three-day holiday in San Francisco, or at least it will look even freakier than usual on the streets. If you want to partake in some kind of acknowledgement that doesn't involve trick-or-treating or donning a costume, try Thrillpeddler's Pyramid of Freaks (aka Shocktoberfest 17). A San Francisco institution of the kind they don't make anymore, Thrillpeddlers has been performing Grand Guignol theatricals for decades that are funny, creative, and way past the boundaries of good taste. There are special Halloween shows October 30 & 31, but the Shocktoberfest runs Thursday - Saturday through November 19th. Don't say I didn't warn you -- these shows are great, but they're not for everyone. A tamer option would be the return of Ray of Light Theatre's Rocky Horror Picture Show starring D'Arcy Drollinger as Dr. Frank-n-Furter (October 26 - November 5) at the Mission's Victoria Theatre or the Buffy the Vampire show taking place at the Oasis Wednesday - Saturday and on Halloween. Also at Oasis this week are a special Halloween party from the legendary drag show Mother on Saturday and Drag Queen of the Opera, a pop-up production from San Francisco Opera Lab, on Sunday night. And if you didn't already know this, Cher will be there tonight doing a fundraiser for Hillary.


A very strange but alluring sounding program called Opus 46: Night of the Living, takes place on Saturday at the Center for New Music, courtesy of the Opus Project from the Ritual Art Group. They claim it will be "sequentially bizarre, devastating, enlightening, humorous, moving, and terribly important!" For $15, it would be worth hearing how close they hit the mark on that boast .

Pianist Rudolph Buchbinder joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20. Also on the program is Brahms' 2nd Symphony. Thursday - Sunday.

Mariza, on of the top singers of Portugal's contemporary fado scene, plays SFJazz's big room Thursday - Sunday.

Gustavo Dudamel leads the 80 musicians of  Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Oakland's Paramount Theatre on Sunday in music ranging from Beethoven to John Williams, courtesy of Cal Performances. The following two nights he'll be with the LA Phil at Davies Symphony Hall in two different programs: Monday's features Tchaikovsky and Andrew Norman, and Mahler's Symphony No. 9 on Tuesday.

Jennifer Kloetzel, former cellist of the Cypress Quartet, joins pianist Robert Koening at the Hotel Rex on Wednesday at 6:30 pm for a San Francisco Performances Salon series concert featuring the music of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

The Kronos Quartet delivers a master class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Wednesday night (free). The very entertaining and knowledgeable pianist Warren Jones does the same on Friday (also free).

The San Francisco Girls Chorus, along with mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin and members of Magik*Magik Orchestra perform a program called Love's Journey Saturday night at Herbst that includes music by John Zorn, Holst, Milhaud, Debussy and Chausson.

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, with two-time Grammy Award-winning guest violinist Evan Price, performs the premiere of Price's Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra, plus Pergolesi's Concerto in G for String Orchestra and Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite on Friday night at Herbst and Sunday afternoon at Berkeley's St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The concerts are free.

Bassist/composer Edgar Meyer joins the Dover Quartet Sunday night at the Herbst Theatre in a performance of his own work plus pieces by Beethoven, Dvorjak, and Rossini. Earlier in the day Meyer performs a family matinee at 11:00 am, with $10 tickets for children, $15 for the adults.

Pet the Tiger performs their ballet Pahoehoe while Susan Rawcliffe performs "Space Whistles and Mystery Sounds" plus Jaroba/Corcoran/Bachmann/Samas perform to J. Searle Dawley's 1910 film version of Frankenstein (12 minutes) at the Center for New Music on Sunday, all in a program titled "Music for the Underworld" Sunday at the Center for New Music.

The Pet Shop Boys are at the Fox on Thursday & Friday. Thursday is sold out, but tix are still available for Friday.

This Wednesday and Saturday are the last performances of The Makropulos Case at San Francisco Opera. You should go if you haven't already seen it.


Performers Under Stress present the West Coast premiere of Black River Falls, Bryn Magnus' play about a family in a small Wisconsin town during Thanksgiving weekend in 1978, just after the Jonestown massacre. Previews Thursday and Friday. Opens Saturday at the Mojo in the Mission.

Yussel El Guindi's Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat begins previews this week at Thick House, opening night is next Monday.

Ragged Wing Ensemble takes on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at The Flight Deck in Oakland through November 12.

For more theater listings, check out posts from previous weeks.


Take your favorite witch to the 37th annual Reclaiming Spiral Dance takes place at YBCA on Sunday. 

Saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, guitarist Fred Frith, and dancer Rashaun Mitchell (a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2012 NY Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer) create an embodied sound score at The Lab on Friday night.

The Embodiment Project's Seed Language uses "documentary dance theater to embody voices and spirits of formidable racial justice visionaries including Black Lives Matter's Alicia Garza, Black Panther leader Ericka Huggins and Tim Wise, anti-racist activist and author.  Valerie Troutt's vocal ensemble, MoonCandy and Embodiment Project's virtuosic street dance combine to reinvent the genre musical theater that expands the conversation on race, privilege, power, and is also a call to act." Friday - Sunday at ODC.


Not surprisingly, the Balboa delivers the Halloween goods this week: Wednesday is a double feature of Burn, Witch, Burn (aka Night of the Eagle) and Boris Karloff's Thriller episode The Grim Reaper starring William Shatner. The Omen is on Thursday. The original 13 Ghosts (1960) and House (the 1977 Japanese version) screens on Friday.

YBCA present an all-day werewolf movie marathon titled Silver Bullets on Saturday with The Wolf Man (the 1941 original with Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi), Teen Wolf, Ginger Snaps (a great film from 2000), and Wolf Cop. It's also the final week of their Andy Warhol shorts and rarities retrospective.

The Castro has Ron Howard's Beatles doc Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years on Monday, which features the entire Shea Stadium concert at the end; Dawn of the Dead and a grindhouse trailer extravaganza on Thursday, Rosemary's Baby and The Sentinel on Sunday. On Monday is a restoration print of John Waters' Multiple Maniacs.

BAM/PFA listings are here. There are no horror films. They get a raspberry for that.

Top photo: Mariza (credit unknown).
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See you next week.