Día De Los Muertos and a haunted history hike: your weekend list, Halloween edition

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A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light

You gotta love a show that’s billed as a dance/theater/cabaret and a glam-rock musical.

One of the architects of Seattle’s contemporary dance scene — KT Niehoff — returns to ACT Theatre with her Glimmer spectacle; the last time I saw a Niehoff show at ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret, her dancers took full advantage of the space, performing throughout the entire venue. This time, the audience is invited to move throughout and take in the show from any vantage point. Glimmer features five dancers, seven showgirls, one rock band and possibly you, if you choose to take in the show on Halloween. Come dressed as a showgirl and walk the runway in a costume contest. The winner will earn a walk-on Glimmer role in the Nov. 13 show.

If you go: A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light, ACT Theatre’s Bullitt Cabaret, Oct. 30 through Nov. 14 ($35)—F.D.

Animation Show of Shows *

Ron Diamond, animation expert and founder of Acme Filmworks, has been presenting this annual show of must-see animation shorts for years. In the past, it has been exclusively for animation professionals and students, but this year, for the first time it’s being screened to the general public. The program includes films from Iran, France, Russia, Switzerland, Australia and the U.S., showcasing techniques from stop-motion to paint on glass. Also of note: A new film by Don Hertzfeldt, whose dark masterpiece, “Rejected” garnered a 2000 Academy Award nomination. I’m always excited by a new animation show and this one looks extra-special. Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo, says that Diamond’s curated shows capture “all the wit, cleverness, integrity, warmth and humor that humanity is capable of.”

If you go: Animation Show of Shows, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Oct. 30 through Nov. 5 ($9 matinee and $12 general tickets)—N.C.

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This is a fun one for Halloween. Feet First, a Washington non-profit that’s been promoting walkable communities since 1995, has been hosting walking tours of Lake View Cemetery every Saturday in WALKTOBER. This Saturday is your last chance of the year to explore the spooky side of this historic cemetery, with a 90-minute walk led by neighborhood walking ambassador Karen. While you’re over there, cavort around the Volunteer Park Conservatory and stop by the totally adorable, delicious Volunteer Park Café for a cookie or hot beverage.

If you go: The Lake View Cemetery Haunted History Hike, Lake View Cemetery, 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 ($7.50)—N.C.

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Since my favorite Seattle restaurant the Gastropod closed in September, I’ve been holding my breath in anticipation of chef Travis Kukull and brewer Cody Morris’ next project Mollusk. Well, the time is nigh! On Saturday morning, the new restaurant will open for brunch at 10:30 a.m., with long hours every day of the week. They will use local ingredients like Hama Hama Oysters and spruce tips. Both food and drinks at the Gastropod were balanced, adventurous, and inspiring – and Mollusk is sure to be no exception. The new incarnation will have an ever-changing menu with a focus on Southeast Asian curries; Tanya Haong (formerly of Tilikum Place Café) will be pastry chef and Miles James (formerly of Dot’s and Hitchcock) will run the line during daytime hours. Spend your Halloween morning trying this new restaurant out!

If you go: Mollusk Restaurant Grand Opening, 803 Dexter Avenue, 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 31 (prices vary)—N.C.

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Día De Los Muertos *

Seattle Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum are each hosting free community celebrations of El Día De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead that originated in southern and central Mexico. SAM’s event is Friday evening with live music, dance performances, hands-on art activities and a tapete (sand painting) created by artist Fulgencio Lazo.

TAM’s celebration is an all-day affair on Sunday, with more than 20 community altars, traditional food, art making and a calavera (human skull) costume contest.

If you go: Día de los Muertos, Seattle Art Museum, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30; Tacoma Art Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1. (Free)—F.D.

Psycho with The Seattle Symphony

 The seminal Hitchcock thriller is paired with a live performance of Bernard Hermann’s screeching all-strings score. Shower later if you dare.

 If you go: Psycho with The Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall, Oct. 30 and 31 (Tickets start at $31)—F.D.

* Events that are $15 or less


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