We know things are weird right now, and you might not even be working with everything going on, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a chance to enjoy the weekend! Life goes on, and having a little fun and/or some relaxation is still necessary for your mental health. So check out these (safely social distanced) events you can participate in this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, October 30th
5-7 PM & 8-10 PM, All Ages
The Academy presents The Haunted Clubhouse: A Hair-Raising Fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Guests will be greeted by the owners or management of The Academy and guided on a 10-15 min tour. Be prepared for hair-raising frights, as no one is safe on this haunted tour, featuring all kinds of ghoulish surprises.
TICKETS: Confirmed donation to the SFAF grants access for you and up to (3) guests for an in-person tour of The Academy's Haunted Clubhouse.
Complimentary tickets will be sent to Members of The Academy, but they are still encouraged to donate.
DATES / TIMES: Oct 29-31 from 5-7pm & 8-10pm; Nov 1 from 2-4pm & 5-7pm
TICKET INFO: Tickets are redeemable any of the posted dates and hours, but guests may reserve a set time to avoid lines
RESERVATIONS: Ticket holders may reserve a time slot to avoid lines. Reservations for tables on the terrace are reserved for Academy Members only
FRIGHT LEVEL: This tour is appropriate for people of all ages, and most children would not be traumatized, but there are scenes that include gore and other Halloween fare. Parents should be advised
FOOD & BEVERAGE: not available as part of the tour
MEMBERSHIP: If you are interested in becoming a Member of The Academy, please visit academy-sf.com/club to learn more, schedule a tour, and apply for membership
3 PM, Ages: 12+
Stories told live, online, direct to your computer, phone or smart TV
Stories of a Transylvanian Cinderella, a succubus's wine cellar, a haunted car crash, and a Hallowe’en Masque Waltz.
As the season of mists rolls on, Jason Buck Storyteller and Rosalind Buck, creator and performer, join up again for stories for Halloween or Samhain.
Ages: Adult and teens (12+)
"Jason is a superb storyteller who not only crafts his stories meticulously and delivers them so convincingly that you feel you are staring into the troll's eyes (no offence!) but he engages with his audience at all levels and ages. So yes, I would recommend him!", Sara, Surrey.
"[Rosalind] We really enjoyed the Devils' Tales evening recently! The story was fabulously paced and we particularly enjoyed the song! I can't wait for the next one", Elly, UK
How to watch:
You'll receive an email after buying a ticket, with a link and passwords to the session (check your spam folders)
I will be online 15 minutes before the start of the story, to help with any technical issues or answer any questions.
You may need to download and install the app Zoom Client for Meetings to participate, so best to do that ahead of time (compatible with most computers and phones etc): https://zoom.us/download
Saturday, October 31st
Any Time, Ages: 18+
Individual tickets are $8 or $20 for the 4 film watch-any-time marathon.
A portion of the proceeds benefit SF IndieFest and Another Hole in the Head.
A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD
Directed by JESS FRANCO
(France - 1973 - 169 minutes - Mature content; must be 18 or older to watch)
Language: English dubbed and French w/English subtitles
Redemption celebrates the life and career of Jess Franco (1930- 2013) with a deluxe edition of his mystifying erotic thriller: A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (Une vierge chez les morts vivant). Christina von Blanc stars as a woman who journeys to her ancestral home and finds herself surrounded by the restless spirits of her eccentric family, who may or may not be alive.
This showing includes two complete versions of the film: Franco's original cut (CHRISTINA, PRINCESS OF EROTICISM) and the re-release version (A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD), which was expanded to incorporate zombie scenes directed by French horror auteur Jean Rollin (The Living Dead Girl). Also included is the softcore footage shot to create a third version of the film.
THE NUDE VAMPIRE
Directed by JEAN ROLLIN
(France - 1970 - 80 minutes - Mature content; must be 18 or older to watch)
Language: French with optional English subtitles or English dubbed
Wealthy industrialist Georges Radamante (Maurice Lemaitre) has dreams of immortality. Not through his own achievements, but by finding a way to share the biochemistry of the mute, orphaned vampire woman (Catherine Cartier) who has been raised by hooded needle-stickers in isolation, deprived of exposure to human faces. Radamante's son Pierre (Olivier Martin, Rollin's real-life brother) innocently complicates matters while trying to infiltrate his father's private club. It is love at first sight and Pierre determines to liberate his beloved, a goal which attracts the companionship of other vampires, who plan a torch-carrying siege of Radamante's palatial compound.
Rollin's first color film and his first collaboration with director of photography Jean-Jacques Renon, THE NUDE VAMPIRE (La Vampire nue) is a curiously science fiction-tinged story in the then-fashionable style of Jean-Claude Forrest (Barbarella) and Metal hurlant artists Jean "Moebius" Giraud and Philippe Druillet, who was in fact recruited to design the film's poster.
LISA AND THE DEVIL
Directed by MICKEY LION and MARIO BAVA
(Italy - 1973 - 95 minutes - Mature content; must be 18 or older to watch)
Regarded as Mario Bava's most personal and unconventional film, LISA AND THE DEVIL (Lisa e il diavolo) is a diabolical thriller flavored with the dreadful imagery and tormenting logic of an endless nightmare. Elke Sommer stars as a tourist in Spain who, upon seeing the image of a bald, grinning devil in an ancient fresco, wanders away from her group and finds herself drawn into a confounding labyrinth of mystery -- lured ever deeper by a mysterious figure (Telly Savalas) who may, in fact be the fresco's Satan made flesh.
HOUSE OF WHIPCORD
Directed by PETE WALKER
(UK - 1974 - 102 minutes - Rated R)
In HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, fashion model Ann-Marie (Penny Irving) is lured into a private reform school where she is punished for her sexually liberated behavior by a zealous warden (Barbara Markham). The warden and her doddering husband established this house of horrors to stifle the sexual revolution, imprisoning and killing those who offended their moral propriety. Only Ann-Marie's liberated roommate (Ann Michelle) can help her escape. This politically provocative women-in-prison movie was made in reaction to the rise of The Nationwide Festival of Light, a conservative group established to protest sex and violence in the British media.
8 PM, All Ages
Palo Alto Players presents a virtual Halloween-themed cabaret. Once Upon a Midnight Dreary is what happens when some of your favorite Palo Alto Players ghouls set their macabre side free! Join us for a cabaret of songs, dances, and scenes from Broadway hits and beyond - perfect for the homebound spooky season!
Once Upon a Midnight Dreary is the first in Players' virtual series HOMEBOUND CABARETS streaming October 23 through December 13, 2020. With original concept by Artistic Director Patrick Klein, the cabarets are designed to be at-home experiences that can be watched at sho time, hosted live with special surprise guests, or viewable on demand up to 24 hours after the live stream. Single streaming tickets ($20) and 3-series virtual subscriptions ($50) are on sale now at paplayers.org or by phone at 650.329.0891.
Directed By: Patrick Klein
Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes (no intermission)
Age Recommendation: Appropriate for all ages
Ticket Price: Viewing Access $20, per household
Your Viewing Link: Arrives one day before your show at 2 PM, from firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewable for 24 hours after showtime
Sunday, November 1st
All Day, All Ages
"We hope that you will enjoy the linguistic virtuosity, dry humor, and prescient genius that is Caryl Churchill -- a writer who has been innovating and exploding the theatrical form for five decades," said Sonia Fernandez, Interim Artistic Director. "When we planned the season, we were thrilled to bring Churchill's work to Magic for the first time and center four mature women on our stage -- we had no idea how timely this play would feel. ESCAPED ALONE conjures and represents the human need for connection, for storytelling, the yearning for and comfort in each other inside of a cataclysm. We are so pleased to offer ESCAPED ALONE as an audio play and share its message of resilience in the intimate space of our listening."