Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year (boo), most of us will probably be celebrating it sometime over that nebulous Twilight Zone period from Thursday to Sunday that many Humbolsheviks call The Weekend. But fret not, dear ones, here's a bright side: If you celebrate Halloween over a premature weekend, you have at least two nights for different costume plans. And if you choose to attend the Kinetic Lab of Horrors fundraiser for the Kinetic Sculpture Lab you have four nights of wardrobe options over Oct. 26, 27, 28 and Halloween, to dress up scary, silly, sexy or a mix of all three. Fortuna's The Zone and McKinleyville's The Dead Drops will be playing spooky and macabre tunes starting at 7 p.m. ($12).
Just around the corner at the Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m., Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards bring string-band virtuosity and beautiful vocal harmonies to fill the air with the mellifluous sounds of the quartet's latest release, California Calling ($16 advance, $18 door).