Three big nights of widespread anarchy and strangeness dominate this week— Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night, and Election Night. In between are bits of more cerebral repose to help you keep a grip on reality.Friday: Halloween is an occasion for overpriced costume parties, but there is a very intriguing alternative: the Haunted Park Walk in the Kyoto garden, Holland Park. This will be a recreation of a Kaidan gathering, in which players blow out 100 candles one by one as they share ghost stories. And the Japanese conquest of all things creepy continues apace. Book immediately.Saturday: If you happen to dabble in classical guitar at any skill level, take your instrument to Kings Place today for expert guidance from a Trinity Guildhall teacher. Part of the London Guitar Festival in the Fall, which also extends to a range of not-free-but-still-cheap performances and workshops including lessons for the more Hendrix-inclined.Sunday: Serena Korda's Wonder Book Lectures is a series of anarchic talks at Camden Arts Centre inspired by the tone of the 1930s-40s Wonder Books. Today the artist asks a question we're no longer taking for granted: what is money?Monday: A punk rock artist, a critic, and a Catholic priest walk into a gallery... The gallery is Halcyon, the topic up for discussion is Contemporary Art and Christianity: Friends or Enemies?, and the artist is Billy Childish. RSVP now to find out the punchline.
Tuesday: US Election Live! It may be a monumentally important night, but take all the coverage too seriously and you'll tear your hair out by morning. Best to watch it with tongue half in cheek at Camberwell's Sun & Doves, where the media circus will be prefaced with a screening of Brokeback Mountain and accompanied by cheese fries.
Or, you could stay in and stockpile your candy and fireworks.
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