My favorite part about Halloween is bingeing on all the best and bloodiest horror movies out there. Aficionados of the genre like me are undoubtedly fans of actress and scream queen Barbara Crampton, who made her mark in the shocking H. P. Lovecraft–inspired ’80s film Re-Animator and stars in modern indie gems like You’re Next and We Are Still Here. This week, the CULT Film Series hosts Crampton to screen and discuss her craziest movie ever, From Beyond, another Lovecraftian joyride featuring interdimensional shape-shifting monsters. The screening also includes a costume contest and celebrates the horror on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Roxy 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.525.8909.
Last June, a fire broke out in Fulton at the house neighboring the Fulton Pentecostal Church where the popular reggae and world-beat band Midnight Sun Massive has rehearsed twice a week for years. The fire engulfed the band’s trailer and destroyed all of their equipment—instruments, amps, even their PA system. Since then, they’ve been playing on borrowed gear, but they need a massive amount of help to replace their lost items. This weekend, Redwood Cafe and BaggaJo Productions are teaming up to present a fundraiser concert for Midnight Sun Massive, who play along with Honey B & the Cultivation on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 8pm. $5. 707.795.7868.
For nearly a decade, west Sonoma County’s biggest Halloween party has been the Cirque du Sebastopol, and this year’s 9th annual event is no different. Taking place over two nights, the titillating cabaret-style show features lots of live music, antics and more to celebrate the season. On Friday, Oct. 28, North Bay party monsters El Radio Fantastique and Junk Parlor play live, with the long-running burlesque and variety troupe Cabaret de Caliente heating things up. On Saturday, Oct. 29, experimental electronic producers Pantyraid, funky electro-pop duo Sugarbeats and DJ iNi rock the dance floor at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15–$20 and up (21 and over). 707.829.7300.
Have you ever been so scared that you laughed? If so, the upcoming Grin Reapers extravaganza is for you. Featuring a strong lineup of standup comedians, a costume contest and Halloween-themed musical numbers, this special event boasts spooky stories and songs that will chill and delight. Gasp as comedians read their favorite tales of terror from masters of the macabre like Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe! Shriek as award-winning mentalist Sebastian Boswell III performs amazing feats of magic! Laugh your head off as Diane Amos, Will Durst, Gil Gross, Terry McGovern and many others perform on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley! 8pm. $20–$30. 415.383.9600.
Best known as one of the Mother Hips, Greg Loiacono shows off his tight grooves and psychedelic songwriting in a new personal venture this week, when he performs off his first ever solo album, Songs from a Golden Dream. Described as a baroque sonic journey, the guitarist’s chops are on full display in the new record with help from longtime collaborators including Todd Roper (Cake, Chuck Prophet), Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, the Mother Hips) and others. For the album release, Loiacono gathers an all-star ensemble and pals Scary Little Friends on Friday, Oct. 21, at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $15. 415.524.2773.
A silly and spooky family tradition for 37 years, the Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza returns for another fun live show that boasts more than 65 whacky characters and high adventure. This year Witchie Poo and her sidekick, Lemmy, are aboard a luxury pirate cruise, discovering treasure chests and battling evil pirates with the help of Dorothy of Oz and the “Cruise” Brothers, Jake and Elwood. Dancing, magic, costume contests and prizes get audiences of all ages into the spirit with two weekends of performances, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22–23 and 29–30, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 1:30pm. $8–$10. 707.996.9756.
By the 1970s, artist and poet Sutter Marin was well-known in San Francisco’s Beat scene, cofounding the San Francisco Creative Art Center and collaborating with famed poet ruth weiss (who spells her name in lowercase). Before he died in 1985, Marin’s artistic output flourished with abstract paintings that were equally fantastical and exuberant. This week, Marin’s later works are collected for an exhibit, ‘The Beat Went On,’ shown alongside selections from other artists of his time. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 22, and ruth weiss appears for a poetry reading accompanied by a jazz duo on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Calabi Gallery, 456 10th St., Santa Rosa. Reception, 4pm; reading, 2pm. RSVP requested. 707.781.7070.
From the sunny shores of Florida comes Jacuzzi Boys, an exciting psychedelic surf-rock band. Later this month, the lean and mean band release their latest album, Ping Pong, on Oct. 28. Before they do, the boys come to the North Bay, courtesy punk promoter Shock City, USA, to perform as part of a massive U.S. tour. Joining the Jacuzzi Boys is Oakland band Meat Market, who range from melodic rock instrumentals to hyperactive punk-pop. Also on the bill are local rockers Street Slime, featuring members of Sonoma County’s Creep Beat. The Jacuzzi Boys warm up the crowd on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Atlas Coffee Company, 300 South A St., Ste. 4, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.526.1085.
The winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary, Alive Inside is an inspiring and revelatory look at those working in the healthcare system who eschew the normal bureaucracy and help their patients through music therapy. The film focuses on Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, and follows those who have benefitted from music’s healing power. Hosted by local music makers Sonoma Bach, the film helps raise funds for the choral group with a wine reception and screening on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa. 6:15pm. $20–$25. 707.528.4222.
Guitarist and songwriter TrevorHall has had an interesting journey. Born and raised in South Carolina, he learned the traditions of blues as a child. Then, he moved to Los Angeles and studied classical guitar. There he discovered yoga and Eastern spiritualism, all of which informs his output of acoustic rock, reggae and soul music. This week, the young star hits up the North Bay with a show as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival on Thursday, Oct., 13, at Sweetwater Music Hall, (19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, 8pm. $25–$30. 415.388.1100) and appears for an anniversary party on Friday, Oct. 14, at Ca’ Momi Osteria, (1141 First St., Napa. 10pm. Free. 707.224.6664).