Some music to enjoy over Halloween weekend
Theater of the grotesque: A question for the ’80s kids: Did you ever assemble all your action figures – He-Man, Voltron, Thundercats and Micronauts – in your Castle Grayskull playset, pour ketchup all over them and pretend they were putting on the most cartoonishly kickass stage show the world has ever seen?
If your answer was yes, chances are GWAR (Scream it, don’t say it!) rocks your socks. The notoriously over-the-top thrash-metal group – whose multifarious costumes and onstage gore antics make KISS, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson look like tepid amateurs – have been splattering audiences and shattering eardrums since 1984. Despite numerous roster changes and the death of remaining founding member Oderus Urungus in 2014, GWAR and their outlandish live shows remain a cult favorite.
Expect raunchy lyrics, buckets of slime and onstage sacrifices of everyone from Hitler to Lady Gaga. The self-proclaimed all-powerful interplanetary warriors, who came to Earth to either screw and/or kill us all, crash land in Albuquerque on Thursday, Oct. 29, at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) as part of their 30 Years of Total World Domination Tour. Openers include Battlecross and Vale of Miscreation. Doors for this ages 13+ show are at 7 p.m., and the show’s at 8. Presale tickets are available for $19 at sunshinetheaterlive.com.
Harken to spooktacular sounds of the season with the New Mexico Philharmonic’s “Halloween Pops: A Frightfully Good Night!” on Saturday, Oct. 31, at UNM’s Popejoy Hall. KOB Eyewitness News 4 reporter Caleb James is master of ceremonies.
Performances by the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and the New Mexico Women’s Chorus conducted by Byron Herrington augur a night of frighteningly good music. Halloween-slash-music fans of all ages can enjoy a program that includes classical works by Paul Dukas and Edvard Grieg, selections from such films as “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Wizard of Oz” and the Harry Potter franchise and finally, a dance-a-thon to Halloween tunes like Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “The Monster Mash” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s” “The Time Warp.”
Families that arrive early can avail themselves of face painting and a photo booth and then take kids “trunk-or-treating” thanks to the So-Low VW Club. Tickets for Halloween Pops are $20, $36, $46 and $68. Stake your claim at unmtickets.com or by calling 925-5858. To learn more about the philharmonic, visit nmphil.org.
Where’s the brains?
The King of Pop is long gone, and zombies shuffle around in pop culture well past their expiration date. But the Jean Naté-scented pleather spirit of ’80s music video art is reanimated via projection on Saturday, Oct. 31, when those monstrous little goth kids behind KGB Klub present The “Thrilla” ’80s Halloween Zombie Apocalypse at Sister (407 Central NW), at 8 p.m.
Ransack your closet for that red zippered jacket, fingerless fishnet gloves or your favorite pair of leg warmers, then slap on loads of bright eyeshadow, tease and spray those bangs up high and get ready to reclaim the Running Man or The Clone (what Molly Ringwald does on the library staircase in “The Breakfast Club”) to all of your ’80s faves!
Feel more “Walking Dead” than Wham? People are people, even when they look like sacks of rotting flesh, so drag your carcass on down and search for brains on the Downtown sidewalk! Expect essential familiar and obscure tunes from DJs Church and Brad Cole. Admission for this 21-and-over costume party is $10 before 10 p.m. and $15 thereafter. Promoters anticipate a sell-out show, so arrive early. Learn more at facebook.com/abqthrilla.
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.
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