It's that time of year when the smell of rotting pumpkins fills the air and the streets rumble with deranged and mostly drunken zombie hordes. Ah, Halloween in Durango. With events ranging from Day of the Dead-themed shrines and concerts, to “Rocky Horror” traditions, there's something spooky happening every night this weekend. Here are DGO's top picks for how to get freekly around downtown this Halloween.
All Souls Day at Guido's
Live art, music and culture will be celebrated by passionate indie-soul band Hello, Dollface and Unstrung Pearls dance troupe Friday night.
A live burlesque show, music, cocktails, as well as prizes for best dressed Calavera and Calaca will complement the traditional Dia de Los Muertos Altar of Oferendas and luminaries in the Guido's courtyard.
Door entry is $10, and includes a cocktail, small plates and tapas will be available. Dress code is classiest Calvera attire and traditional Sugar Skull makeup. Doors open at 9 p.m., 21+.
KDUR's Transvestite ball becomes Halloween Ball
Whether you're a diehard Burner or causal head bobber, your feet will find it hard to resist the groove of GAUDI's innovative experimental electronica and dub beats.
He's bringing these spacious soundscapes to Animas City Theatre on Saturday night for the KDUR community radio benefit concert, which opted for a concert this year instead of the transvestite ball.
Perhaps the grooviest aspect of this annual Halloween bash is the appearance of AeonChild, who creates stunning visuals to coincide with his EDM. Leave the psychedelics at home kids, you won't need 'em.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets to the Halloween Ball cost $25/$30 and are available at Southwest Sound, KDUR and Durangomassive.com.
Classic “Time Warp” goes mod
“Let's do the Time Warp again,” but this time with a Durango twist! Returning for the eighth year straight to the Henry Strater Theatre is “Rocky Horror Show,” directed by Jenny Fitts-Reynolds.
This year's live rendition of the cult classic musical “Rocky Horror Show” will feature a mod theme with the cast donning costumes from the era. Devoted fans of the science fiction glam-rock musical often dress in costume, with audience participation paramount. Prop-throw bags will be available at the theatre for $5.
Several all-ages and 21+ shows will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18-$25, and are available at www.henrystratertheatre.com.
Day of the Dead exhibit opens
Studio & will remember and celebrate the past and lost souls with the creation of a community altar and shrine to go with their show “Revival of Lost Souls” Friday night.
The artists involved in the gallery collective invite any and all to contribute tokens of memory in celebration of places, ideas, people, pets and all things past or deceased.
The exhibit opens Friday at 5 p.m., and runs until next week. For more information, visit Studio & or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masquerade dance party at Powerhouse
Local performance troupe Imaginario Circus is throwing a Halloween dance party-themed show will feature DJ Niko, fire throwing, contortion, aerial acrobatics, burlesque, slack line, contact juggling at the Powerhouse Science Center on Friday night.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Second Wind Fund of the 4 Corners, a local suicide awareness/prevention group.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.