Halloween is a time for dressing up or taking it off — depending on the party. And sometimes it's about dressing up and taking it off. Get ready for the latter. Va Va Voom Revue is bringing the boo (m) to the Eureka Theater Saturday, Oct. 22 with its scintillating Halloween show, Ghouls Night Out ($25 premiere seats, $15 general). Doors open at 8 p.m. for cocktails and mingling. Get your howl on at 9 p.m. when the house lights go down and the stage lights come up.
The show features not only the bewitching ladies of Va Va Voom, but special guests, costume contests (go on, toss on a tassel or two), games, a 50/50 raffle and other vampy fun. Joining the show are the baddest asses in the biz, Grrrlz 2 Men, the dashing Justin Cider and the sultry hip shakers of Tribal Oasis Bellydance. Keeping things smooth all night long is emcee, Mr. Drag King Humboldt himself, Hugh Johnson. And perhaps the best part of the evening? A special calendar sneak peek of Pinups and Pooches, which benefits the Companion Animal Foundation. Mrrow.
Advance tickets will save you a few bones ($20 premiere, $12 general). Get them at Good Relations, Annex 39 and Old Growth Tattoo. The event is 21 and over.
Love to dance? Love Halloween and/or Dead of the Dead, but can't wait any longer to twirl your skirts or tailcoats? Then don't miss USA Dance's October dance event, a Día de los Muertos-themed evening Saturday, Oct. 22 at Redwood Raks ($10, $5 USA Dance members/seniors/students w/ID). Doors open at 6 p.m. with a merengue dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. followed by Latin dancing until 10 p.m.
Swing your sugar and shake your skulls at this Day of the Dead dance party, put on by the Humboldt chapter of USA Dance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the country. We've got a pretty active chapter here that offers frequent events that feature a lesson followed by dancing. Everyone is welcome whether they have dance experience or not, to dance or just spectate. Sometimes it's a pleasure just to watch the smooth moves of couples on the floor, and October's evening's exhibition of lively merengue should be especially fun. Halloween/Day of the Dead dress is encouraged (but not required) and sugar skull face-painting is offered and included with entry fee (although tips are appreciated). So shake, rattle and roll in your best bone suits.
How you feeling? LatinoNet's 10th annual Spanish language health fair, Festejando Nuestra Salud/Celebrating Our Health, takes place Sunday, Oct. 16 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. (free).
Presented by The Latino Community Providers' Network, an organization working to improve the quality of life for Spanish-speaking families of the North Coast, the fair offers free health screenings and information as well as free lunch, cultural music and dance, kids' activities and more.
Families can connect with Humboldt County resource providers offering information about health care and senior and children's health services, as well as take advantage of free cholesterol and blood glucose testing, flu vaccinations, children's eye exams and dental screenings. Representatives from CalFresh will also be on hand to sign up eligible families.
In addition to the free health resources, there's plenty of fun on hand. Face painting, arts and crafts, pony rides and bounce houses for the kids, and musical entertainment provided by La Nueva Ilusión Grupo Musical and DJ Kaide. Visitors can also try their luck in a raffle with great prizes.
The event is part of several activities planned for Binational Health Week, from Oct. 3 to Oct. 18. For more information, go to www.binationalhealthweek.org. For more information on LatinoNet, visit www.latinonet.org or call 532-4256.
Creepy clowns are getting a lot of press these days. Some scarier than others — or more orange. It seems there's a lot more scare with these jesters and not enough laughter. But what if there's just the right balance of fright and delight? Lucky for us, the trained and talented clowns of the Dell'Arte Company have some bloody good fun up their sleeves and they're ready to scare audiences silly at The 2016 Macabre Cabaret, playing Oct. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Carlo Theatre ($15, $12 seniors/students).
The popular annual fall show returns this year with a series of spooky tales in the Grand Guignol theater style — short, sensationalized dramas meant to horrify and shock audiences. But fear n
ot (or not as much), the Dell'Arte company brings plenty of commedia to soften the edges. Prepare for an evening of blood, guts and belly laughs as company and guest performers — including Michael Fields, James Peck and David Powell, and Dell'Arte alum Debbie McMahon, director of Los Angeles' The Grand Guignolers — deliver an evening of over-the-top thrills, kills and chills. The show is recommended for ages 16 and up.
OK. Enough of all that scary stuff. The ArMack Silent Film Festival promises an evening of old-fashioned film fun with showings of Buster Keaton's The Haunted House (1921) and Charlie Chaplin's The Adventurer (1917), featuring live sound effects and orchestral soundtrack ($5). Performances run Oct. 13-14 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. at McKinleyville High School, and Oct. 27-28 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Arcata High School Fine Arts Center.
Want to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend, but Sweeney Todd is a bit too gruesome? How about Tim Burton Lite? The Dance Scene Studio and SunDance Ballet Company present highlights from The Corpse Bride Ballet (based on Burton's film), Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art ($5, $2, free for members/kids).
Yearning for a gyro? Weaning off wiener schnitzel but not there yet? Satisfy your cravings for Greek and Central European cuisine at the 13th annual Ethnic Food and Dance Festival, Saturday, Oct. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Innocent's Orthodox Church (free admission).
The popular "Taste of Orthodoxy" event features an array of Central European and Greek food booths, including the 4th of July gyro booth and the Russian tea room serving up Italian tiramisu and traditional lemon pound cake, and an Austrian booth offering wiener schnitzel and potato salad. Other Greek specialties include dolmades, keftedes and baklava. In addition to beer and wine, you can treat your tastebuds to ouzo. For those who can't handle the potency of pure ouzo (few of us can), drink it like the Greeks do, poured over ice with a splash of water and sipped as an aperitif with meals. (I credit my own affinity for all things anise on my baptism by a Greek Orthodox priest in a Byzantine church in Athens. My indoctrination started young.)
"For life is more than food" (really?), the church's choir will offer hourly Byzantine chant performances during guided tours of the historic temple, the oldest standing church in Eureka, built in 1883. And local international folk band Chubritza will keep things lively, playing traditional instruments and offering dance lessons. For more information on the festival, visit www.eurekafirstchurch.com.
Zombie Walk 2016
Lurking around an old mill at night is creepy enough, but add cleavers, liches and deranged lunatics and you've got a night of total terror. Don't miss the Haunted Mill Tour at Blue Ox Millworks every Friday and Saturday from 7 to midnight, Oct. 7-29, with an additional night of scares on Oct. 31 ($12). No kids under 13. No kidding.
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