To die for: local Halloween events

October 30, 2009 

Need to make Halloween plans? Here are some frighteningly cool events. Many ... are to die for.

TONIGHT

UNBOUND Dance Company will present "Carpe Noctem" at 6:30 p.m. at 701 Whaley. The show will be a confluence of performance art.

The centerpiece of the evening is UNBOUND's interpretation of "Thriller," the epic Michael Jackson video.

"Carpe Noctem" will also feature DJ Chris Wenner; cabaret singer Dell Goodrich; artists Travis Teate, Scott Bilby and Michael Krajewski; dancing by Vista Ballroom; a video montage by Wade Sellers; and belly dancing by Natalie Brown.

Don't forget the costume contest.

"Carpe Noctem" is a fundraiser for UNBOUND's production on survival in May at Drayton Hall, and the company is looking for stories to create choreography for.

701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St. Tickets cost $15. For more information, visit www.unbounddance.com.

High Voltage Theatre will perform Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" tonight through Sunday at the Granby Locks Outdoor Theater. It's not a theater in a traditional sense. This is more like a (spooky) experimental space along the river that seats about 200. Showtime is 8 p.m. The theater is at 2601 Riverland Drive, Cayce. $5 and $10; (803) 754-5244 or www.frankenriver.com

Columbia City Ballet's "Dracula: Ballet With a Bite" continues at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. $11 to $46; (803) 251-2222

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will host its sixth annual Folklore Halloween tours at the museum tonight. You'll feel the spirit of South Carolina legends. The tours - at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. - will feature ghostly stories of strange events. Each lasts about 45 minutes. The museum is at 301 Gervais St. $2.50 and $5; (803) 737-8095

At Garden Bistro, you can hang out with comedians such as Clint Nohr, who was on season two of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." He'll be joined by Marty Simpson and Frank Morelli. You should wear a costume, but let's hope it doesn't become part of a joke. Garden Bistro is at 923 Gervais St. (803) 933-9085

Group Therapy will have two Halloween-themed parties this week. The first, tonight, is the Pirate Booty Party. If you don't understand the theme, rent one of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. DJ Orbie will spin. The second, on Saturday night, is a simple costume contest on the surface. But this one will include Jagerettes handing out Jagermeister-tagged stuff. DJ Keene will play music. Group Therapy is at 2107 Greene St. (803) 256-1203

SATURDAY

Gotham Bagel will put on Super Halloween Bash at 8 p.m. The flier suggests dressing as your favorite superhero, supervillain or supervixen. But that's not what's going to make this bash super; it's the DJs. Jason Wilson, DJ Leeboy and Double D will spin. You'll feel the party from outside. Gotham Bagel is at 1508 Main St. $20, but half-price with a costume; (803) 708-4838

Indulge: The Masquerade Affair will be held at SakiTumi. The party begins at 9:30 p.m., and one of the few rules is to dress interestingly. There's a $300 prize for the most creative costume. SakiTumi is at 807 Gervais St. For more information, e-mail indulge@columbiaredhot.com.

The free Halloween in Five Points will feature live music and costume and pumpkin-carving contests. The fun starts at 3 p.m. with trick-or -treating at Five Points stores. The pumpkin-carving contest at the fountain is at 4 p.m., with the children's costume contest at 5:30 p.m. (Yes, the adults will get a chance to strut their stuff at 9 p.m.)

The music starts at 6 p.m. Twilight Armada, The Love Handles and Tootie and the Jones will perform.

Jillian's always seems to have a crowd for Halloween. This year WARQ-FM Rock 93.5 will be in the building. Jillian's is at 800 Gervais St. $5; (803) 779-7789

Art Bar's Halloween party is where you'll find some of the most lascivious and daring costuming. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. (803) 929-0198

Papa String Band, a bluegrass and jam band, will play three sets at the second-annual PapaWeen. There will be a mystery musical costume, free Jell-O shots and a costume contest. Utopia is at 406 Howard St. (803) 733-2222

"Saturday Night Live" at The White Mule means come dressed as your favorite SNL character. Any bets on how many come as Tina Fey? Or Sarah Palin? The White Mule is at 1530 D Main St. (803) 661-8199

Wild Wing Cafe - in the Vista, the Village at Sandhill and Columbiana Place - will celebrate Saturday with Hallowing. Does that mean the wings will be dressed in the new flavors? Wild Wing in the Vista is at 729 Lady St. (803) 252-9464

Tom "Boo" is how Tombo Grille will celebrate Halloween. Billy Sloan will entertain during dinner hours and at 10 p.m. DJ Irv will play dance music. If you go in a costume, you'll get a free glass of wine. Tombo Grille is at 4517 Forest Drive. (803) 782-9665

TLC, also known as The Loose Cockaboose, will host Halloween Carnival featuring Isabelle's Gift. There will be a costume contest, as well as grilled hot dogs. If you don't eat hot dogs, that sounds like a scary combination. TLC is at 936 S. Stadium Road. (803) 251-3087

blue., the Vista tapas bar and cocktail lounge, is throwing a Jailhouse Blues Halloween party. Here's the treat: blue. is giving away a police car courtesy of United Car Sales. blue. is at 721 A Lady St. (803) 251-4447

Justin Smith and The Folk Hop Band will perform at Wet Willie's at 10 p.m. Wet Willie's is at 800 Gervais St. (803) 779-5650

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