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Have a Musical Halloween

October 25, 2012

San Jose Museum of Art Dia de los Muertos Community DayHere are a few more best bets for family events this weekend in the Bay Area:

San Jose: Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at the San Jose Museum of Art’s Community Day this Saturday. Among other things, see the Aztec dancers Calpulli Tonalehqueh and, at 2 p.m., music by Mariachi San Jose. Dia de los Muertos

Sausalito: Discovery Museum: The Grand Scream of Things With Andy Z. Oct 27, 11 a.m. Drawing from his new CD, Andy Z sings catchy songs and tells an adventure story about “a witch who loses her way and a boy who discovers the important things in life.” For kids six months and up. The Grand Scream of Thnigs With Andy Z

Berkeley: Casa de Cultura, Berkeley, A Brazilian Family Halloween Ball Oct 27, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brasarte presents its annual Family Halloween Ball. Music, dancing, costume contests, a costume parade, and games. For families in search of fun and a “gently frightening” evening. Brazilian Halloween Ball

South Berkeley Farmers’ Market Halloween Day of the Dead Celebration, Tuesday Oct. 30. 2 to 6:30 p.m., featuring live Caribbean music by Asheba, an Aztec dance performance by Cuauhtili Mexica; costume making, face paintings, a Day of the Dead Altar and pumpkin pies from Sweet Adeline Bakeshop. Day of the Dead Celebration

Oakland: Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland: ASWAT Concert, Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., featuring Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble; celebratory Arabic music and dance, plus solo performances.. Sponsored by the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the program benefits the Maia Project, which, among other things, sponsors clean water for children in Gaza. ASWAT Concert

San Francisco: Charity and the JAMband Family Friendly Halloween Concert at the Park Chalet on Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Charity and the JAMband are one of the best kids entertainment acts in the Bay Area, and we say that advisedly. The group has won all kinds of awards and praise from grateful parents. And joining Charity onstage as a warm up act is Hullabaloo from San Diego. This is one concert that’s worth packing kids in the car. JAMband Halloween Concert

Noe Valley Harvest Festival The biggest event of the weekend happens from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on 24th St. between Church and Sanchez, in San Francisco. This has got everything the other festivals have — the kids’ costume contest, the pets’ costume contest, arts & crafts, face-painting, pumpkin patch — and it has two stages of musical acts from all over the map: Curry Without Worry Nepali Folk & Classic Music & Dance Ensemble, Alison Levy, Big Lou’s Dance Party, and a dozen others. If you’ve got the energy, it’s a blowout good time. Noe Valley Harvest Festival

Mark MacNamara, a San Francisco-based journalist, has written for such publications as Nautilus, Salon, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair.  Recent pieces for San Francisco Classical Voice include profiles of San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, and the great violinist, Midori; along with essays on Teddy Abrams’s effort to build political bridges with music and Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast.