Halloween Costumes, Parties & Pop Culture for 2014

A last-minute compendium of pop culture-derived costumes for time-pressed Halloween partiers,
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JACK YO LANTERN is bringing the world's top DJs to the stage for spine-tingling, bone-rattling performances with plenty of lasers, lights and special effects to back them up.

Fahrenheit 9th Annual Halloween Bash features a contest with more than $1,000 in prizes, DJs, Dancing and lots of Halloween fun.

Those who have followed the group since their founding in 2001 know that there is one must-see Rivals show every year: their Halloween costume party.

For Charley's official Halloween party they've got Long Train Running, a Doobie Brothers tribute band in full costume, scheduled for 7:30pm-10pm, then DJ EZ and open format DJ Big B playing for the rest of the night.

House of Floyd: The Pink Floyd Concert Experience comes to the Montgomery Theater for a once-in-a-lifetime multimedia concert. Hailing from the Bay Area, House of Floyd has built up strong following for their live shows, which…

For the Halloween season, California's Great America is annually transformed into the fright fest Halloween Haunt. Since this is a constant spookapoloosa, Haunt is not recommended for people under 13 as well as the faint of heart.

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday DJ's Cutso, Smoovgroovs, Dstrukt & Shea Butter go "All in" At the Cardiff Lounge "All In" is a dance party where no music goes genre untouched, current top 40, trap, rap, R&B, dancehall - pretty much anything…

Anyone even mildly in tune with pop-culture in 2001 will remember Alien Ant Farm's alt-rock rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." It was huge then, and remains a hit to this day.

Metal-core, death-core, noise-core this past decade, the metal scene has really seen a rise in bands with "core" suffixes. An early pioneer in heavy "core" music is Nashville's Today is the Day.

Just four years since its inception, Tedeschi Trucks Band has already released three critically-acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

Join the Jazz Jam at the Hedley, led by drummer Stephen Marley! If you are a musician, bring your instrument and get in the groove. Don't be shy! Don't miss this unique opportunity to play and network with other musicians.

Famous for their unique fusion of acoustic, rock, and world music, Rusted Root's driving percussion section draws from African, Latin, and Native American influences.

The art walk is self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.

Winter is almost upon us, which means snowboarding and skiing are right around the corner. The Snow Bomb Ski and Board Festival will help kick off snow season in the Bay Area.

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Music & Clubs

The 7 Best Halloween Parties In Silicon Valley

The Purple Ones, a 10-piece Prince cover band, play the Back Bar SoFA this Halloween.

You did it again. You put off getting your Halloween costume together to the last minute and you sure as hell don’t know what you’re going to do come Friday. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for innovative costume ideas or want to make sure you don’t make an ass… » Read More

Synth-pop Duo Pomplamoose Playing Stanford

Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte of Pomplamoose bring their synthy, indie-pop sounds to Stanford this weekend.

Pomplamoose owe a great debt to Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier, whose revolutionary mid-’90s filmmaking movement, Dogme 95—which called upon filmmakers to adhere to strict rules and limitations—inspired Jack Conte, one half of the indie-pop duo, to make music videos bound by his own rigid dogma. When making his “videosongs,” as Conte… » Read More

Rockbar Theater: ‘Livin’ Like A Rock Star’

Come on baby, light my fire. Bartenders at Rockbar will be trained in more than just mixology.

Walking into Rockbar Theater you get the sense that you are being taken back to a simpler time—when larger-than-life rock stars roamed the earth, jumping from stadium to stadium, slaying entire stadiums full of screaming fans with epic guitar solos and thrashing hotel rooms. That feeling, according to Susan Cramer and Robert… » Read More

Movies

'Birdman'

Doffing his customary crown of thorns to don the top hat of a Broadway first-nighter, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Biutiful, 21 Grams) directs Birdman—given the Sadean subtitle Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. It's his most impressive film. Birdman is a long, seemingly one-take slither in and around a legitimate Broadway theater on W. 44th Street; the comedy is of the crack-up of a Hollywood actor turned theatrical hyphenate. » Read More

'Pelican Dreams'

Judy Irving, the Bay Area-based director of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, continues her observations of the bird kingdom in Pelican Dreams. She follows the rehabilitation of a 3- to 4-month-old pelican rescued after it wandered into traffic on the Golden Gate bridge. Irving names it "GG," for the bridge. Monte Merrick, the wild animal rescuer who nurses this pelican, doesn't believe in names for wild animals, and calls it "P193." By Merrick's lights, you don't even initiate eye contact with the pelicans, though he talks to the birds in his care: "You should eat!" » Read More

The Arts

TheatreWorks' adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

To mark its 45th anniversary, TheatreWorks is opening its fall season with a reinterpretation of the old warhorse, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Though it remains the 1979 Tony-award winning musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, (famously starring Angela Lansbury on stage and Johnny Depp on film), the Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks has chosen to transport the story to 1940s London during the Blitz. It proves to be a compelling, but sometimes awkward choice. » Read More

Latino Comics Expo makes its first appearance in San Jose

Long before Frank Miller mapped out his first edition of Sin City or R. Crumb put his pen to a pad, Mayan scribes were hard at work compiling some of the first stories ever told using pictures scrawled on paper codices—books, as we call them today. Most people will never get to hold one of those historic artifacts, but you can certainly get your fill of modern Latino graphic art this weekend when the Latino Comics Expo (LCX) makes its first ever stop in San Jose. » Read More

Features & Columns

NUMU: New Museum Los Gatos breaks Ground

The empty building formerly occupied by the old Los Gatos Library shall soon transform into New Museum Los Gatos. Groundbreaking took place a few weeks ago and the transformation will emerge in stages. The upper level is slated to debut next spring, with the lower level tentatively schedule for later in in 2015. As of right now, two facilities, the Art Museum of Los Gatos and the more history-centric Forbes Mill Museum, operate under the same umbrella, but the brand is quite a bit antiquated. » Read More

Is Digital Photgraphy Changing the Restaurant Industry?

A mound of translucent, tangerine orbs of salmon roe and thin, coral-pink salmon slices perch atop pale green avocado and darker green Romaine leaves. Punctuating this sashimi salad, a sprinkle of seaweed-chopped fine into tiny, even blades-tumbles like cut grass over the dish. Fuzzy, cream-colored frost clings to the dual spiral beaters of a churner, fresh from mixing ice cream flash-frozen by liquid nitrogen. » Read More

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