Private Screenings / Media Home Entertainment PS551
Private Screenings / Media Home Entertainment PS551
Last year, for a few nights before Halloween, my roommate and I enjoyed a brief, Dracula themed movie marathon. Nested on the saggy couch in our 100 year old Chinatown flat, the two of us watched Dracula after bloody Dracula, eventually lighting on a few nuggets of pure entertainment delight. By the end of our brief waltz through several cinematic portrayals of Transylvania we discovered that we'd yet to hear a satisfactory soundtrack to F.W. Murnau's silent and beautiful Nosferatu (we alternated between two musical interpretations that were ultimately disappointing), that we loved the excellent extras that accompany the recent, two disc reissue of Francis Ford Coppola's heady and deeply symbolic Bram Stoker's Dracula (the mini-doc about the in-camera, naive effects employed in the film making is absolutely amazing), and that we sat awestruck in front of the TV while a brilliant collaboration between Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Canadian cult director Guy Maddin tantalized our eyes with their film Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary (a marriage of said ballet's interpretation of Dracula and Maddin's singular, super-charged visual style). I have seen and loved many dance movies, but this has to be one of my very all time favorites because the dancing is more than just a part of the film, it is the film! Add to this the touch of Maddin's hand and I swoon like Lucy ready to receive her eternal kiss. It's that entrancing.
"This year Halloween fell on the weekend. Me and Geto Boys went trick or treatin,'" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in his verse on the Geto Boys classic 1991 rap hit "Mind Playing Tricks On Me." Whenever Halloween falls on a weekend night, especially a Friday -- providing the whole weekend to recover (and don't forget to change your clocks Saturday night/Sunday morning) -- there tend to be tons of parties jumping off and fun Halloween themed things to do including, of course, lots of costume contests.
And remember: there is no law against entering and winning as many different Halloween costume contests as you can physically get yourself and your costume to in one Halloween. So I suggest (especially in these hard economic times) that you try and win as many cash prizes as possible and further suggest if you hope to win that prize(s) that you avoid donning Sarah Palin, Joe The Plumber, Joe-Six-Pack, McCain, or Obama costumes (you will be up against too much competition) unless you can come up with some very original twist on such a topical (IE: obvious) choice.
Following below is a guide to some of the hip-hop flavored Halloween happenings around the Bay Area (most with costume contests), including of course the two Bay Area Amoeba Music Halloween events which note are both early (2PM) events since each store will close early tonight at 6PM. All others, unless specified, are nightclub events that start at 9PM and go til closing (2AM or later).
2:00PM - 6:00PM Amoeba Halloween Madness at both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba stores this afternoon with the Horrific Halloween Costume Contests and DJ Sets at each location. At the Berkeley store there will be the spooktacular sounds of DJs Ralphus Fuad & I am Bloody Baby Tooth and a costume contest hosted by Jo-Nasty for a chance to win "an Amoeba Gift Certificate to DIE for!" Free, all ages. SF Amoeba's costume contest will be hosted by Mike Bee with the ghoulish sounds being thrown down by DJ Nero Nava. (Note that the Hollywood Amoeba is also hosting a special Halloween Shock-Hop with a host of in-house DJs starting early, at 5PM, since that store will close at 9PM tonight.
Multi-talented Japanese-born hip-hop artist Shing02, who has called the Bay Area home for the past 18 years, has relocated to Los Angeles. "It's for a fresh start," the MC/DJ/producer/musician & musical instrument creator (the Faderboard, which Japanese DJ equipment company Vestax manufacture, is his invention) recently announced to surprised Bay Area friends. The artist was raised in Japan and England before moving to California at age 15.
But Shing02 had been away from the Bay for much of 2008 already, spending six months this year touring in Japan. Up until his move away he was living in North Oakland. This weekend Shing02 returns to his beloved Bay Area to do two special Halloween shows later today (10/31/08). At 6:30PM he will perform at the Halloween Hip Hop Showcase at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park along with his ensemble Kosmic Renaissance. The show is free and all ages. Then after that show Shing02 will head over to the Ahoy! Ninjas! party at G3 Lounge (in SF's Richmond District at 3910 Geary @ 3rd Ave.) to do an emcee set for this second show which opens at 9PM and goes til 2AM ($15 or $10 in costume). Yesterday, as Shing02 was prepping for his trip to the Bay, I caught up with him at his new LA home to ask a few quick questions about music, LA vs the Bay, his tour of Japan this year, and what to expect at his two shows today.
Amoeblog: You said you left the Bay Area for "a fresh start." Is LA providing that for you?