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Super sexy X-Men and their pals at Mask on Sunday. photo courtesy Chuck Beaver
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Called "the biggest non-event in San Francisco history," the October 31 Castro district Halloween cancellation relieves many and worries others. But on every day this week, and in other parts of town – SoMa, Polk, even Hayes Valley– costumed cavorting opportunities abound.

Friday, Oct. 26, don't gamble with your safety. Instead, gamble with play money and boy toys at Queens Are Wild at The Porn Palace, a Casino night with hunky local porn studs Michael Brandon, Jake Deckard, Steve Cruz and other celebs running blackjack, roulette and other gambling tables. SF Boylesque performs vaudevillian acts. Robbie Martin DJs. Enjoy raffle prizes, plus a best costume contest, dessert spread, silent auction, and no host bar. Proceeds benefit the Stop AIDS Project. $50-$1,000. 415 Jessie St. at 5th. 7pm-midnight. 575-0150. x260 www.stopaids.org

Saturday, the biggest arena for hunky costumed dudes will be the Gladiator Orgy. At this 300-inspired toga party with a Greco-Roman-theme, come as your favorite Spartan or Greco-Roman toga-clad warrior, senator, god or goddess. The costume contest hosted by Heklina includes celebrity judges Chi-Chi LaRue, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, and the Real World's David Mallory. DJ Brett Henrichsen. $30-$40. 10:30pm-late. 525 Harrison St. at 1st. www.guspresents.com/orgy

For fun drag in the center of the Castro –hey, it's still open Saturday night- Cookie Dough hosts The Monster Show at Harvey's, a night of scary drag acts, with Pollo Del Mar, Ambrosia Salad, Khadijah, Steven Satyricon and lots more dragtastics. $7. 10pm, show at 11pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. www.cookievision.com

Heklina and Peaches Christ's Oct. 31 Halloween party at the Cat Club.

Remember when kids actually trick-or-treated door to door? If you don't go to nightclubs and are a parent, the Monster Mash Potluck at the LGBT Center, also Saturday, is a special party for LGBT families and kids. Costumes are encouraged. Bring a themed covered dish or dessert; co-sponsored by the Center, Our Family Coalition, and COLAGE. Free. 5pm-8pm. Rainbow Room, 1800 Market St. at Octavia. 981-1960. www.thecenter.org

Sunday, Oct. 28, get a mask or a pair of tights and dance with your favorite X-Man at Mask at 715 Harrison. This sexy costume party for adults includes DJ Rob Kaftan, and costumes are required! (I love that.) Last year, called "Strangers With Candy," the club night had lots of hunky superheroes and a few macho monsters. $30. 5pm-midnight. 715 Harrison St. www.masksf.com

Halloween night, Oct. 31, avoid the Castro district by enjoying seamy SoMa. Perennial party hostesses Heklina and Peaches Christ join forces to herd happy-go-lucky victims –ahem, revelers– to the simply named A Party. Expect decadence and drag, with performances by Syphilis Diller, Vinsantos, Holy McGrail, Renttecca, Fauxnique and more performers. $12-$20. 9pm-3am. 1190 Folsom St. at 8th. www.trannyshack.com

Also Wednesday, for "Cruella" and unusual entertainment, at Disney Halloween: The Dark Side at Marlena's, Jason Ladd, Marlena and the drag stars of the Hayes Valley Follies perform. Come as your favorite evil Disney character (or good one gone bad!). $200 in costume prizes. Register by 10pm. show at 11pm. 488 Hayes St. 864-6672.

For more events going on outside the Castro, and info on the effort to steer people elsewhere, visit www.homeforhalloween.com.


Events Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2007

Fri 26

The Bluest Eye @ Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Lydia Diamond's stage adaptation of Toni Morrison's first novel, about a young Black girl and her family in the 1940s; West Coast premiere of this 2005 play, which premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater's Young Adult Series. $18-$36. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 4. 620 Sutter St. at Mason. 474-8800. www.lhtsf.org

Bulrusher @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

A finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Eisa Davis' lyrical 1950s drama about an African-American orphan; separated from townspeople, she finds love with another girl. $17-$25. 8pm. Thu.-Sun. (5pm Oct. 14, 21, 28). Thru Oct. 28. 1901 Ashby Ave. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org

Candide / The Importance of Being Earnest @ Zeum Theatre

Actors Conservatory Theatre Fine Arts program students perform the classic George Bernard Shaw play, and Oscar Wilde's 19th-century comedy, in repertory. $12-$15. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun at 2pm & 7pm. Thru Nov. 3. Yerba Buena Gardens, 4th St. at Howard. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

D'Arc, Woman on Fire @ Shotwell Studios

Amanda Moody's music-theatre solo show about Joan of Arc features live cello accompaniment. $12-$20. 8pm. Fri & Sat. thru Oct. 27. 3252-A 19th St. at Folsom. 289-2000. www.amandamoody.com www.ftloose.org

Ghetto Disco @ The End-Up

Pre-Halloween party, with DJ Sean Greene, Chris Cox, Cuervo. 11pm-11am. $20-$30. 6th St. at Harrison. www.theendup.com

Holding the Man @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tommy Murphy's stage adaptation of Australian Timothy Conigrave's touching memoir about his 15-year relationship with his lover, starting when they were 16. $22. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 4. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Kelly Willis / Buddha Brothers @ Cafe du Nord

Alternative country music with a twist; featuring Gary Floyd from Sister Double Happiness. $15-$18. 9:30pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.cafedunord.com

Macabaret @ Voice Factory

Vinsantos and special guests Fauxnique, Veronica Klaus, Kitten on the Keys, Fauxpas, Jill Tracy, Kenny Annis and others create a dark Weimar-ish night of Samhain-styled music and entertainment. $17-$21. 8pm. Also Sat. 1519 Mission st. at South Van Ness. www.alightawakeinside.com www.brownpapertickets.com/event/21983

Marc Bamuthi Joseph @ ODC Theatre

Living Word Project presents Scourge, Joseph's fusion of hiphop, spoken word, live music and dance, about the history of Haiti, its culture, mythos and influences. $10-$25. $65 for Oct 27 benefit. Also Nov. 1-3. www.odctheater.org

Miami City Ballet @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Edward Villela's dance company performs Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Tharp's In the Upper Room (music by Philip Glass), and George Balanchine's abstract ballet classic, Agon (music by Igor Stravinsky). $34-$90. 8pm. Also Sat. Sun at 3pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.net

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu @ Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Hula dance troupe performs director Patrick Makuakane's O'ahu: Confessions of an Island, a storytelling musical work about the history and culture of O'ahu, with traditional and modern hula dance and music, even a few disco tunes in a tribute to the island's gay history. $30-$35. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Sun 2pm (Noon and 3pm, Oct. 28). Thru Oct. 28, when a hula class is also offered at noon for $10. Bay and Lyon Sts. 392-4400. www.cityboxoffice.com www.naleihulu.org

Queer Open Mic @ Three Dollar Bill Cafe

Readings, performance, poetry, etc, this week with featured reader Charlie Anders (Choir Boy). Free. 7:30pm. 1800 Market St. at Octavia. lower level, LGBT Center. 503-1532. www.threedollarbill.com

Remember Jerome @ Bucheon Gallery

Exhibit of works by friends of the late local gay artist Jerome Caja (Rex Ray, J.John Priola, Scooter LaForge, Julie Blankenship, Jim Winters, John DeFazio, Timothy Cummings, David Faulk, Jessica Tanzer, Haluk Keceli), photos of Caja by Daniel Nicoletta, Michael Johnstone, Rick Gerharter, Marc Geller, Jim James, and Rink, and works by the artist. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Thru Oct. 27. 389 Grove St. 863-2891. www.bucheon.com

Russian Patriarchate Choir @ First Congregational Church, Berkeley

12-member all-male vocal ensemble performs rare medieval chants, Russian folk songs and liturgical music. $42. 8pm. Durant Ave. at Dana Court. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.net

Stephen King Weekend @ Castro Theatre

Double features of horror greats (and not so greats). Oct 26, Creepshow, 7pm. Pet Sematary 9:20pm. Oct. 27, The Dead Zone, 2:45pm, 7pm and Firestarter, 12:30pm, 4:45pm, 9pm. Oct. 28 Christine, 3pm, 7pm and Cujo 1:15pm, 5:10pm, 9:10pm. $10. 429 Castro St. 621-6120. www.castrotheatre.com

Trial by Jury @ Theatre Rhinoceros

The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco performs Gilbert & Sullivan's 1875 once-act comic operetta about a "breach of promise" trial, including over-the-top costumes and queer yet family-friendly themes. $15-$25. 8pm. Also Sat and Nov. 2 & 3. 2926 16th St. at South Van Ness. 861-5079. www.lgcsf.org www.therhino.org

Tutti Fruitti Fridays @ Caf� Flore

Brazilian-themed evening at the famed caf�. Live music by Brazilian Flavor. 5pm-closing. Fridays thru Oct. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

The Vagina Monologues @ Next Stage

Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play with women compassionately talking about sexuality and their bodies. $19.50-$29.50. 8:30pm. Fri & Sat. thru Nov. 10. 1620 Gough St. near Bush. www.sacactors.com

Vampira, the Movie @ Oddball Films

Kevin Sean Michael's documentary profile of "glamour ghoul" and B-movie star Maila Murmi; plus strange 60s shorts, The Virgin Sacrifice and dental hygiene silliness in The Haunted Mouth, starring Caesar Romero (TV Batman 's The Joker). $10. 8:30pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilm.com

Sat 27

Anti-War Protest @ Civic Center

Join 100 political, religious and labor organizations in a rally protesting the ongoing Iraq occupation, followed by a march to Dolores Park. 11am. www.oct27sf.org

Baila Conmigo @ Metronome Dance Center

Halloween Latin dance party for singles, LGBT couple and friends. Potluck 7pm, Rumba lessons 7:30pm, dancing with music by Saboricua and DJ Mila, with guest dancers in belly dance, Charleston and Latin, 8:30-11:30pm. Costumes encouraged. $8-$15. 1830 17th St. 252-9000. www.metronomedancecenter.com

Biotechnique @ Yerba Buena Arts Center

Group exhibit exploring the ethical, cultural and ecological issues of biotechnology, including salt pond "stained glass windows," strange incubated creatures and plants. $5-$7. Noon-5pm, Thu noon-8pm. Thru Jan. 6, 2008. 701 Mission st. at 3rd. 978-2787. www.ybca.org

Dial X for Murder @ Lexington Club

Halloween costume party at the feisty lesbian bar. Claire, Shauna host; Campbell and Roccoh DJ. Costume contest, too! No cover. 8pm-late. 3464 19th St. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

Diane and Sandy Besser Collection @ de Young Museum

Exhibit of crafts, sculptures, and drawings from the vast and unusual collection of one of America's most known art collectors. $6-$10. Tue-Sun 9:30pm-5pm (Fri til 8:45pm). Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.deyoungmuseum.org

Excavating History: Death in San Francisco @ Oddball Films

Screening of fascinatingly morbid short films, A Second and Final Rest: The History of San Francisco�s Lost Cemeteries by Trina Lopez, Cartography of Ashes by Dolissa Medina, and Gravediggers by Justin Schein. $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilm.com

Experiments in Terror @ ATA Gallery

Noel Lawrence curates and host a night of re-edited classic, silent, grindhouse, giallo and other horror films by Bill Morrison, Michelle Silva, Wago Krieder, Damon Packard and more. Come in costume for treats and mulled wine. $6. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. 824-3890. www.atasite.org

Fauxgirls @ Deco Lounge

Glamorous, campy drag cabaret and Halloween show, with Victoria Secret, Davida Ashton, Mini Minerva, Pinky Bubbles and more. Costumes contest with $50 for best drag. No cover. 10pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.fauxgirls.com

Gay Games 25th Legacy Dinner @ Mission Bay Conference Center

Gala fundraiser for the Federation of Gay Games as it celebrates a quarter century. Celebs include former NFL players David Kopay and Esera Tuaolo, former Olympic swimmer Bruce Hayes, comic Ant, actor/singer Wilson Cruz, plus other luminaries from the LGBT sports world. Silent auction, drinks and dinner. $150. 6pm. 1675 Owens St. 584-1514. www.gaygames.com/25

Ghouls and Ghosts @ Randall Museum

Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec present their 10th annual concert with special guest Alton Chung, showcasing scary stories from the Hawaiian islands. $15. 7:30pm. 199 Museum Way. 282-8705. www.ethnohtec.org

Goblins, Ghouls & Ghosts @ Wax Museum

Celebrate Halloween with dead people – wax figures of them, of course. Four floors of fun with 200 historic celebrities, a hosted bar, DJ Supa-K, and other costumed celebrants. Proceeds benefit the Thomas and Eva Fong Family Foundation. $80-$100. 21+. 8pm-1am. 145 Jefferson St., Fisherman's Wharf. 202-0402. www.waxmuseum.com/halloween

Haunted Shop of Sex Toys @ Good Vibrations, Berkeley

Annual Halloween party at the good and naughty store; DJ Justin Credible. Free. 7pm-10pm. 2504 San Pablo Ave. (510) 841-8987. www.goodvibes.com

Hayes Valley Follies @ Marlena's

Weekly drag show with singers, dancers, impersonators and fun. 10pm. 488 Hayes St. 864-6672.

Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend @ de Young Museum

Opening of the first retrospective exhibit in two decades of the wood-constructed "found object" sculptures of one of the more famous of postmodern women artists. Thru Jan. 13, 2008. $6-$10. Tue.-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm (Fridays til 8:45pm). Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.deyoungmuseum.org

Miami City Ballet at Berkeley's Zellerbach hall. See Friday. photo: Joe Gato
ss=lead>Manquake @ The Gangway

Disco, R&B classics and more tunes spun by DJ Bus Station John at the oldest continuously running gay bar in town, with some of the original patrons! $5 10pm-2am. 841 Larkin St. at Geary. 776-6828.

Monster Bash @ USS Hornet Museum, Alameda

Party on a ship; food and bar concessions, costume contest, special kids' area 70s-90s dance tunes by livewire, "haunted hospital," $20-$25. Kids $10. 7:30pm-midnight. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3. (510) 521-8448. www.uss-hornet.org/dance

Old Dyke Awards @ First Unitarian Church, Oakland

Pat Bond Memorial awards honoring lesbians over age 60: B.J. Jarvis, Meg Bruynell, Susan Levinkind, Mary Midgett, Terry King, Joan Pinkvoss, and Polly Taylor. Margie Adam and Melanie Demore MC and perform. $10-$35. 2pm. 685 14th St. www.patbondaward.com

Ruthless! The Musical @ The Purple Onion

Joan Ryan, Donna Sachet and Hannah Rose Kornfeld star in the campy parody that whips Gypsy, Mame, The Bad Seed and All About Eve into one comic musical. $35-$45. 8pm (Oct. 27/Nov. 3 at 3pm & 8:30pm). Thru Nov. 3. 140 Columbus Ave. 979-0777. www.CaliforniaCabaret.com

Six Degrees of Separation @ SF Playhouse

New production of John Guare's comic drama, inspired by real events, about a young man who pretends to be the gay nephew of Sidney Poitier to gain access to (gullible) upper crust New Yorkers. $38-$65. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sat 3pm. Thru Nov. 17. 533 Sutter St. near Mason. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

Think 13 @ Project Artaud Theatre

Music and dance ensemble performs Balance, with interactive installations, fire-dancing, trapeze and other talents. Costumes encouraged. $20. 8pm. 450 Florida St. 221-2524. www.think13live.com www.artaud.org

Think 13 at Project Artaud Theatre. See Saturday.

Traxylvania @ Trax Bar

Fifth and allegedly last Halloween party at the Haight district gay bar. 9pm-2am. Midnight performance by Frank Chick. 1437 Haight St. at Masonic. 864-4213.

Wilde Chats @ Three Dollar Bill Cafe

Chat group with discussions about gay male culture; every 2nd and 4th Saturday. Free. 10:30am. 1800 Market St. at Octavia. lower level, LGBT Center. 503-1532. www.threedollarbill.com

Sun 28

Amanda Millis @ Magnet SF

Multimedia exhibit focusing on the artist's father's death from AIDS. Free. 8pm. 4122 18th St. 581-1600. www.magnetsf.org

Costume Party @ The Mix

Yes, you can enjoy Halloween in the Castro – on Sunday. $500 in prizes. No cover. 3pm-7pm. 4086 18th St. www.SFMixBar.com

Desperate Divas Calendar Party @ Under One Roof

Meet the calendar drag stars and buy a signed calendar. 5pm-8pm. 549 Castro St. www.underoneroof.org

Edward Gorey's Dracula @ Cartoon Art Museum

Exhibit of prints by the artist whose work inspired The Addams Family; set designs. memorabilia and costumes for the Broadway show about the classic vampire. $2-$6. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. Thru Jan. 20. 655 Mission St. at 2nd. 227-8666. www.edwardgoreyhouse.org www.cartoonart.org

Edward Gorey's Dracula at the Cartoon Art Museum. See Sunday.

North Bay Philharmonic Orchestra
@ Napa Valley College Theatre

Piano virtuoso Eduardo Guardarramas plays Beethoven's "Symphony No. 2 in D major" and Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major" with the orchestra. $7-$12. 7pm. 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa. (707) 259-8077.

Encore @ Martuni's

The Whoa Nellies perform their trademark classic bubble gum covers (Partridge Family, Cowsills, etc.) in an "unplugged" style intimate concert. $8. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. 241-0205. www.dragatmartunis.com

Get Your Bitch On @ Harvey Milk Academy

Dog masquerade party and contest for "fetish pups and their handlers." Cat owners; bring a photo of your puss in costume. Proceeds benefit PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) $10. 2pm-4pm. 4233 19th St. at Collingwood. www.pawssf.org

Halloween T-Dance @ Ruby Skye

Keep the costumes skimpy, since you'll be sweating on the dance floor as DJ Phil B. spins. $20-$25. 21+. 5:30pm-11:30pm. 420 Mason St. at Geary. www.freshsf.com

Octoberfest @ Most Holy Redeemer Church

Beers, German sausages, traditional music and possibly hunks in lederhosen at this benefit; proceeds help the church's AIDS support group. $5-$20. 11:30am-3pm. 18th St. at Diamond. 863-1581. www.mhr.org

Sports Community Day @ Eureka Valley Rec. Center

Lenny Broberg hosts a day celebrating the Gay Games' 25th anniversary, with sports demonstrations, activities for adults, kids, even dogs, snacks, souvenirs, and info on registering for Gay Games VIII in Cologne. Free. 12pm-4pm. Collingwood at 18th St. www.gaygames.com/25 www.teamsf.org

Mon 29

Army of Darkness @ Red Vic Movie House

Bruce Campbell shows off his "boom stick" in this hilarious horror classic. 7:15, 9:15. Also, Oct. 30, Shaun of the Dead (British zombie comedy), 7:15, 9:25; Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Fido (domesticated zombies run amok), 2pm, 7:15, 9:15pm. $6.50-$8.50. 1727 Haight St. 668-3994. www.redvicmoviehouse.com

E. Gibbons @ LGBT Center

Exhibit of highly detailed and layered box paintings of men, with a classical influence. Free. 6pm. Also Oct 13, 6pm. Thru Nov. 11. 1800 Market St. at Octavia. www.thecenter.org

Eraserhead @ Castro Theatre

New 35mm print of David Lynch's weird trippy debut film. "In heaven, everything is fine." 7pm, 8:50pm. Also Tue. $6-$10. 429 Castro St. 621-6120. www.castrotheatre.com

Face to Face AIDS Project Benefit @ Lookout Bar

Fundraiser for local nonprofit that provides aid to PWAs in South Africa and Cambodia, at the renamed (former) Metro Bar; food donated by Catch Restaurant. 5:30pm-8:30pm. 3600 16th St at Market.

Gay Mondays @ Etiquette Lounge

New social cocktail night for LGBT folks. 7pm-midnight. $1 from each drink will be donated to the LGBT Center. 1108 Market St. at 7th. 869-8779. www.etiquettelounge.com

OUT Spoken @ Comcast Ch. 11

Cable TV show for the LGBT Community, co-hosted by Tim Gaskin and Donna Sachet. Mon. 6:30, Tue. 9pm, Wed. 7pm, Fri. 7:30pm, Sat. 7pm, Sun. 6:30pm. www.outspokensf.com

Super Heroes, Super Villains @ Creativity Explored

Exhibit of art reinterpreting new and classic superheroes, made by kids and adults with disabilities. Free. Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm. Sat, 1pm-6pm. Thru Nov. 21. 3245 16th St. 863-2108. www.creativityexplored.org

Tue 30

GAWK @ Magnet SF

Gay Artists and Writers Kollective has a performance with Kittie Perm and Paullette. 7pm. 4122 18th St. at Castro. 731 2424. www.magnetsf.org

Lance Bass @ Books Inc

Former *NSYNC singer signs copies of his autobiography Out of Sync, about coming out and being a gay pop star. Free (no memorabilia signing, just the book). 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

OutRanks @ GLBT Historical Society

Timely exhibit about GLBT soldiers, sailors, and other military veterans, and the history of the antigay policies in the military. See almost 70 years of history told through letters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and video footage. $4. 1pm-5pm. Tue.-Sat. 657 Mission St. at 2nd, Suite 300. 777-5455. www.glbthistory.org

Queer Jitterbugs @ Live Art Gallery

Various swing styles taught to same-sex couples and singles. No experience or pre-registration required. 7pm. 151 Potrero Ave. www.queerjitterbugs.com

Tino Rodriguez, Virgo Paraiso @ Warnock Fine Arts

Duo exhibit of paintings with colorful, mysterious people and creatures as subjects. Free. Tue-Sat. 11am-5:30pm. Thru Nov. 3. 49 Geary St. Suite 211. 677-4001. www.warnockfinearts.com

Trannyshack @ The Stud

Dragtastic weekly stage show; tonight, Suppositori Spelling unleashes Hannibal the Cannibal, the Musical! $8. 10pm-2am. 9th St. at Harrison. www.trannyshack.com

Wed 31

Halloween Ball @ The Center

Costume party for transgenders and friends, with food, beer and wine for sale. Proceeds benefit Day of Remembrance activities. Sponsored by SF TEAM (Transgender, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Mentorship ). $25. 6pm-9pm. 1800 Market St. at Octavia. www.sfteam.org www.thecenter.org

Halloween Bloodbath @ Underground SF

Costume contest and drum & bass/dubstep electro DJ fun at the funky Lower Haight club. $5-$10. 21+. 424 Haight St. www.undergroundsf.com

Halloween Party @ Bench and Bar, Oakland

Sexy gogo boys, performances, porn give-aways, DJs, "haunted" back room, wet underwear contest, and a costume contest. $8. 21+. 2111 Franklin St. www.bench-and-bar.com

Halloweiner Monster Party @ The White Horse, Oakland

Drag Kings Show, DJ Robbie Martin, costume contest. $6. 21+. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820. www.myspace.com/whitehorsebar

Hitchcock Cocktails @ Enrico's

Veronica Klaus and The Cottontails perform lounge music with a noir theme at this Alfred Hitchcock film-themed party. Come dressed as your favoritate Hitch film character. No cover. 7pm. Costume contest at 9pm. 504 Broadway at Kearny. 982-6223.

Hookers' Ball @ Pier 23 Cafe

Third annual fundraiser for St. James Infirmary (sex worker healthcare) includes (mostly female) pole dancers, lap dancers, erotic costumes, dancing, live "N'awlins-style" music by Macy Blackman Band. $10. 8pm. Pier 23, Embarcadero. 362-5125. www.pier23cafe.com

Kinky Carnival @ Good Vibrations

Parties at both stores for kinky toys, treats, drinks, gogo dancers, and carnival-style performers. Both free, 7pm-10pm. 603 Valencia St at 17th. 522-5460. And, 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento; 345-0400. www.goodvibes.com

LenScape @ Bioscrip Pharmacy

Exhibit of digital photographs by and of Asian and Pacific Islanders living with HIV. Organized and mounted by Visual Aid and the Banyan Tree Project. Free. 9am-7pm. Thru Nov. 30. 2262 Market St. at Noe. 777-8242. www.banyantreeproject.org

Nightmare on Polk St. @ The Cinch

Lucy Borden hosts a scary drag show with Anna Conda, Miss Nix, Karen Kill and many more at 10pm. Costume contest at 11pm. 21+. 1723 Polk St. 776-4162.

Out & Abouts Benefit @ Eagle Tavern

Beer bust for an SF gay and lesbian Relay for Life/American Cancer Society team. Leather sexy costumes encouraged. $10. 8pm-midnight. 389 12th St. at Harrison. www.sfeagle.com

Pop @ The End-Up

Halloween dance night with Hawthorne and DJ Cuervo spinning. $10. 10pm-4am. 6th St. at Harrison. www.theendup.com

Teatro Zinzombie @ Pier 29

Teatro ZinZanni, the circus and lavish dinner show, goes ghoulish for Halloween, with black vodka cocktails available. Wear costumes and enter the contest. $116. 5:45pm. Embarcadero at Battery. 438-2668. www.love.zinzanni.org

Truck Stop Hookers @ Truck

Breaker One! Juanita More and Suppositori Spelling host a sleazy night of cheap drag and hot trucker men. No cover. 21+. 9pm-2am. 15th St. at Folsom. www.trucksf.com

Thu 1

Gal Costa @ Zellerback Hall, Berkeley

Brazilian vocalist performs a live concert of exuberant bossa nova with her band. $36-$62. 8pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.net

Ladies Night @ Mecca

Return of the popular cocktail women's night out. 5pm-on. 2029 Market St. near Church.

Light Up the Night @ Various Corners

SF Bicycle Coalition and MTA givbe away bike lights to cyclists, while supplies last. 5pm-7pm, Market St. at Duboce, Howard St. at 8th, Valencia St. at 17th, Valencia St. at Cesar Chavez, McAllister St. at Webster, and Polk St. at California. www.sfbike.org

Lucy Jane Bledsoe @ Laurel Books, Berkeley

Author of several books reads from and discusses her latest novel, Biting the Apple, about an ex-Olympic sprinter and her stalking ex-girlfriend. Free. 7:30pm. 4100 MacArthur Blvd. (510) 531-2073. www.lucyjanebledsoe.com

Morgan Hunt @ A Different Light

Author reads from her mystery novel, Sticky Fingers: A Tess Camillo Mystery . Free. 7:30pm. 489 Castro St. 431-0891. www.adlbooks.com

Open House @ SF Museum of Craft & Design

Diverse exhibit of crafts; refreshments, door prizes, and art, photos, and crafts discounted for sale. Open til 8pm tonight. Reg. hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 550 Sutter St. 773-0303. www.sfmcd.org

Out in the Bay @ KALW

LGBT radio show hosted by Eric Jansen and Marilyn Pittman. Free. 7:30pm. KALW, 91.7 FM. www.KALW.org www.OutInTheBay.com

The Games that Change the World @ SF Public Library

New exhibit documenting the 25-year history of the Gay Games, with materials from the James C. Hormel Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Archival Collections of the Library�s San Francisco History Center; curated by Rose Mary Mitchell. Thru Dec. 20. Third floor, James C. Hormel Library.110 Larkin St. at Grove. 557-4400. www.sfpl.org






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