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    Pecha Kucha 330 Ritch, SF; 8:20pm, $5 suggested donation. A potluck of art from divergent disciplines — industrial design, motion graphics, fashion, animation, and architecture, to name a few — that examines this month’s theme, “A la mode: how do we do/go/say/express the things we do?”


    Peace Pedalers welcome home benefit Park Chalet, 1000 Great Highway, SF; (415) 386-8439, 6pm, $5 suggested donation. After pedaling two-seater tandems through eight years and 81 countries, the cultural biking ambassadors are home — come check the sneak preview of the documentary made on their wanderings.

    San Francisco Arts Market UN Plaza, Market and 8th St., SF; Noon-8pm, free. Handmade jewelry, locally printed books and posters, Tenderloin t-shirts, and other crafty holiday gifts await you at this weekly outdoor bazaar.

    FRIDAY 29

    City Hall Ghost Walk South Light Court (Polk Street entrance), City Hall, 401 Van Ness, SF; 6:30pm, free. After hearing the spooky tales from watchmen and maintenance workers at City Hall, tour guide Rob Spoor started the annual walk of heebie-jeebies in the building.

    Halloween Beer Hootenanny Speakeasy Brewery, 1195 Evans, SF; (415) 642-3371. 4-9pm, free. Live bluegrass tunes, a chance to sample Speakeasy’s Punkin’ Pie Payback Porter, Vanilla Bean Payback Porter, and more — even costumes contesting! — at Bayview’s favorite brewery.

    Halloween in the Tenderloin Children’s Playground, 570 Ellis, SF; (650) 508-3770, 4-7pm, free. Notre Dame de Namur University’s Streetwise Sociology class is creating this safe space for kids to trick-or-treat. Face-painting, pie-eating, pumpkin-carving, oh my!

    Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Habitot Children’s Museum, 2065 Kittredge, Berk.; 9:30am-4:30pm, museum admission $9. Got a scaredy cat hanging with you this All Hallow’s Eve? Bring them to this boo-tiful family event for kids under 6. Mini golf and slime experiments await you!

    Paris is Burning screening and discussion El/La Para TransLatinas, 2940 16th St., SF; (415) 305-9480. Watch and discuss this exploration of homophobia, gender, and racism in 1980s New York City — and absorb what’s its lessons means in terms of San Francisco’s fight for social change.


    BAY-Peace office warming party BAY-Peace, 610 16th St. #403, Oakl.; (510) 763-1737, 5-8:30pm, free. Check out the film made about this group’s humanitarian mission to Cuba and learn about their work introducing alternatives to militarism to Oakland youth.


    Journey to the End of the Night Justin Herman Plaza, SF; 7:30pm, free. The city-hacker leisure game zeitgeist re-emerges for its Halloween spectacular — come one come all to this interactive SF-wide game of tag, just but be sure you bring your thinking hat to crack the clues that await.

    Rally to Restore Sanity Civic Center Plaza, SF; 9am, free. Too broke to make it to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s dueling marches in DC this weekend? All good — head down to SF’s satellite event and screw your ironic sense of civic engagement on tight.

    Randall Museum’s Family Halloween Day Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF; (415) 554-9600, 10am-2pm, free. If Jackie Jones with her musical saw and dancing cat aren’t enough impetus to truck the clan down to this day of ghoulish games and creepy crafts, you need a serious dose of Halloween heckling.

    SUNDAY 31

    Alley Cat Halloween Bike Race and Scavenger Hunt Golden Gate Park Polo Fields, SF; 2pm, $10. This fundraiser for Up on Top, an after school program in the Tenderloin, takes bikers on an informal bike race through the mean city streets. Finish line’s at Bender’s in the Mission — let’s say, loser buys the winner a beer? For the kids, of course.


    Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Dia de los Muertos 2868 Mission, SF; (415) 821-1155, 6-10pm, $5. “Death Becomes You/La Muerte Eres Tu” is the theme for the 43rd annual MCCLA Day of the Dead altar installations. Snack on some pan de muertos while you take part in mask-making, face-painting, and more.

    Katherine Ellison BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal, SF; (415) 564-8080. 7pm, free. An author reading from a foreign news correspondent cum mother of a boy with ADHD and their journey through medical and psychological treatments.


    Gourmet Ghetto’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration Shattuck and Cedar, Berk.; 6-9pm, free. A much needed altar to the bicyclists who’ve passed away this year from faulty road safety measures — a mobile diorama, in fact. Also, a sidewalk candle processional to mark the day the dead walk among us.