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are my favorite days in autumn. I’m a fan of things spooky, macabre, and melancholy, and who doesn’t like a good Tootsie Roll or nine or twenty? Beats a dry turkey leg. I also love the costumes, which can tell you a lot about a person. (I’ve dressed as both Scooby Doo and a security officer from
for the past five years — draw your own conclusions).
It’s always a mixed bag on Santa Fe’s nightlife front if Halloween falls on a Sunday — when bars and clubs must perform their last-call rituals at midnight instead of the regular 2 a.m. cut-off time. This year, Daylight Saving Time doesn’t end until Sunday, Nov. 7, so there’s no looking forward to that extra hour of bar-belly-up time during the Halloween weekend, as was the case last year when DST ended on a Sunday, Nov. 1.
A lot of venues in Santa Fe are holding their Halloween celebrations on Saturday this time around. And because it’s not actually Halloween, that makes it feel strange to me. On the upside, however, this lessens the chance that you will arrive at your desk on Monday morning sporting a inspired lycra “mankini” underneath your khakis and reeking of sloe gin, taxicab air freshener, clown makeup, and shame. (You do have a designated driver, right?),
If I had to declare one clear king of the Santa Fe Halloween fete, it would be Mikey Baker, proprietor of nightclub (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559) and six-string-axe-wielding member of three local tribute/cover bands. Almost every late October, Baker and the other members of the Kiss tribute band don the lycra, wigs, makeup, fake blood, and platform shoes and roll out a sweat-drenched, beer-soaked show of shows. This year, Baker and his rock ’n’ roll cohorts are upping the ante. At Corazón hosts the with a costume contest and performances by local bands
(and some special guests). Disasterman brings the metal-tinged grunge/sludge prog rock à la Mudhoney and early Tool. Here’s where things get messy and incestuous: Baker, vocalist Andrew Primm, and bassist Peter Williams form three-quarters of Love Gun. Baker, Primm, and drummer David Waldrop make up Deus Crepitus, a metal cover band. And Baker and Primm play together in Led Zeppelin tribute band Moby Dick. Watching how some of these guys manage to get through three sets as three different acts — with costume changes — is reason enough to cough up the $7 cover in advance (plus a $2 processing fee) or $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.corazonsantafe.com. Sadly, there are no screenings of the cult-film classic
in Santa Fe over Halloween weekend. To make up for it, and to offer you a mellower alternative to the heavenly, hell-bent rock ’n’ roll ear-drum massacre at Corazón, (125 E. Palace Ave.) presents a musical revue. There are four shows:
Reservations are a must, promoters describe the performance as PG-13, and costumes are encouraged. Call 988-9232 for reservations and details.
At hit (319 S. Guadalupe St., 982-2565) to catch Brooklyn nürockabilly lounge-swing outfit “Grizzly” Izzy Zaidman, former lead guitar player for Wayne “The Train” Hancock, has branched out on his own, and the results are jumpin’! Get in the mood for the show at Cowgirl and prep for Halloween at the same time: head to the band’s MySpace site and listen to “Mambo on Your Grave.” There’s a $5 cover for the show.
— Rob DeWalt