.Test Your Metal

Santa Rosa

Thrashed for Halloween

Metalheads, unite and take over. That’s the ethos behind Bitter End Booking, which celebrates its 50th show bringing together North Bay metal bands. After getting stiffed for gigs too many times, promoter Brandon McCubbin resolved to “stand for community” and create events where bands can perform and [actually] get some money.” In a Halloween minded twist, all the bands at this show will be playing covers of another band. Consider it a costume-set. Of note are McCubbin’s own band, Barren Altar, playing generational darlings Nirvana; Coffin Hunters playing Dio-era Sabbath; and Dead Front playing Linkin Park—mercifully, only the first two albums! 7pm, Friday, Oct. 20. Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th St., Santa Rosa. Wear a costume! Raffle for all in attendance for $100 cold cash. All ages. $15.


Tiempo de Juego

One of Napa’s loveliest spots, Southside Cafe, hosts Loteria nights, the Mexican answer to Bingo. Create a team or come join a team. The restaurant features food inspired by the “combined culinary and cultural experience” of the owners, Morgan and Irma Robinson. There is a special menu on Loteria nights and a featured mocktail: Gin & Tonic made with Monday zero proof gin and Betty Buzz Tonic. Select Oct. 19 and pick a time between 5:30 and 6:30pm from the cafe’s online ordering to see the Loteria menu. Game starts at 5pm, Thursday, Oct. 19. Southside Cafe, 135 Gasser Dr., Suite B, Napa.


Pride in the Name of Love

While San Francisco has the most famous Pride parade in June, there are more queer communities that celebrate Pride closer to home. Accordingly, Marin Pride brings together LGBTQIA+ and allies for a well deserved party. Hosted by uber-tasty drag diva Carne Asada and DJ’d by Violet Vapor, the festival features techno, comedy and fashion, all served with a side of (family-friendly) love. Main stage features performances from LGBTQIA+ artists and talent. Marin Pride, 12-4pm, Sunday, Oct. 22. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.


Whiskey x 8

Billed as “a crazy, unique, once-in-a-blue-moon dinner/whiskey event,” Barbara Lee Spirits’ Big Whiskey Dinner offers a chance to pair fine whiskey with fine food for all those looking for a taste of the West’s favorite spirit. Featuring tastings of all eight whiskies the distiller has produced, matched with a European and Asian influenced seven-course menu by caterers Second Staff. Barbara Lee Spirits, 6-8pm, Friday, Oct 20. Tickets are $180 per person, available at barberleespirits.square.site/product/whiskey-dinner-fri-oct-20th/155.


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