Silent horror films tend to be a lot scarier than their modern counterparts. There’s something extra-creepy about grainy effects and ominous pipe-organ music that torture porn or surveillance-cam gimmickry just can’t touch. And how did they manufacture those effects 90 years ago, anyway? Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Seuss Room of UCSD's Geisel Library, The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra, helmed by old-timey-music virtuoso Scott Paulson (shown here), will add a unique touch to the silent horror-film viewing experience with Horror on Halloween, by providing live soundtracks (with some opportunities for audience participation) to a variety of classic horror flicks from the Geisel Library archives, including some German-expressionist gems. Admission is free.
The fact that the start of San Diego Beer Week coincides with Halloween means lots of treats in the form of adult beverages. Take, for instance, Karl Strauss Brewing's special cask of "Milk Dud" Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, available at the Karl Strauss tasting room (5985 Santa Fe St. in La Jolla) from 5 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 31. Or, you can add to your ceramics collection with the groovy little goblet to the left, available for $12 (and filled with Hobgoblin Dark English Ale) from 5 to 11 p.m. at Small Bar (4628 Park Blvd. in University Heights). Other SDBW Halloween events include $4 pints of Rip Current Western Swell Weizenbock (tapped through a pumpkin!) at Brothers Provisions (16451 Bernardo Center Drive in Rancho Bernardo)—note: costume required. And Monkey Paw (1805 16th St. in East Village) will be offering "dueling casks" of Ashes from the Grave and Evil Dead Red, plus cookies, candy and other goodies. See the Beer Week website for a full line-up of events.
This Halloween, the Visual Underground resurrects its gritty, multimedia art series with Spooky VUE: Dead Celebrity. Folks are invited to come to The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd. in Middletown) on Thursday, Oct. 31, dressed as their favorite dead celebrity (or a superstar you wish would just die already). The night will include music performances, short horror films (hosted by Gavin Allen) and a curated art show featuring the dark paintings of Lindy Ivy and Jimmy Ovadia's series of dead rock stars, as well as a photo booth and a $100 prize for the best costume. Bands on the roster include Transfer, Low Volts and The Heavy Guilt Duo. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is 21 and over. Tickets are $20.