There’s really no reason to make a list of cool art events for this weekend because it’s Halloween and the whole city’s gonna turn into a freaky catwalk come 6 p.m. Your best course of action is to just throw on a crazy outfit and hit the streets. But if aimless wandering isn’t your thing, here are some anchor points to hit.
If you’ve never gone to Critical Mass then you’ve yet to experience true SF living. This is a town of bikers, and on the last Friday of every month a horde of cyclists takes to the streets. Dust off your ride and join the crowd at this extra-special Halloween edition of Critical Mass. Wear a costume. Fri., Oct. 30, 6:30pm. Free. Meet at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Plaza, and follow the herd all over town. It always passes through the Mission.
Hallow’s Eve-Eve Poe Party
This is a pre-Halloween music-and-art celebration of all things Edgar Allen Poe. Join storytellers, songwriters, filmmakers, performers, and musicians for a variety show of creepy music, spooky stories and Poe-inspired films. Featuring Lisa Mezzacappa and her versatile ensemble of improvisers, Bait and Switch. Fri., Oct. 30, 7:30pm. $15. Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St. 415.826.2402
Dark Side of the Uke
The Tatami Mats are a ukulele-based side project of local punk band, the Doormats. Tonight they’ll be playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety with lights, lazers and a fog machine to make things extra trippy. Fri., Oct. 30, 10pm. $6. The Knockout, 3223 Mission St. 415.550.6994
The Yes Men Fix the World
CounterCorp, the organization behind the annual Anti-Corporate Film Festival presents the SF premier of the new Yes Men movie. Featuring Yes Man Andy Bichilbaum in person. Fri., Oct. 30 through Sun., Nov. 1, 7-11pm. $10. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. 415.863.1087
Looking For Lee Ming
This is the opening night screening of Seth Lower’s newest film Looking For Lee Ming. From the Lab’s website: “In Looking For Lee Ming, Seth Lower uses a variety of media to recount his search for the sender of an email he received from Taipei in 2008. In the email, Lee Ming claimed to have met Lower in a dream before he was born. Lower travels to Taipei in search of Lee Ming, consulting Facebook, fortune tellers, public databases, and other records along the way.” Fri., Oct. 30, 6-9pm. Free. The Lab, 2948 16th St. 415.864.8855
Make Drag Not War
This is a drag show to benefit Dialogues Against Militarism, an anti-war organization that’s sending a delegation to Israel to meet with young war resisters in early November. Featuring performances by award-winning drag stars Raya Light, Suppositori Spelling and Miss Rahni alongside a cast of 12 veterans dressing in drag for (allegedly) the first time in their lives. Special guest performance by Cindy Sheehan dressed as George Bush. Also featuring SF Boylesque. Sat., Oct. 31, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Dance Mission Theatre, 3316 24th St. 415.826.4441