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Weekend Preview: Michael McDonald, Metalachi And A Zombie Prom

Cover band Metalachi brings it metal-mariachi madness to Oceanside on Friday,...

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Above: Cover band Metalachi brings it metal-mariachi madness to Oceanside on Friday, October 12.


Beth Accomando, arts reporter at KPBS.

Claire Caraska, production assistant and Culture Lust blogger at KPBS.


If variety is the spice of life, brace yourself for an eclectic weekend. Metal mariachi, a zombie prom and the smooth vocal stylings of Michael McDonald: it's all happening here. Here are some options for a spicy weekend:

You don't need a date to attend this backwards prom. Local theater company Circle Circle Dot Dot hosts its second annual "morp" (that's "prom" spelled backwards) fundraiser Saturday and this year's theme is all about the zombies. Be sure to dress in your most tattered attire or ghoulish costume for “MORP 2012: A Zombie Affair to Remember." All of San Diego's walking dead are welcome to get down this Saturday at the Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center in North Park. In addition to a costume contest (including a "Best Celebrity Zombie" category), attendees can enjoy live music, zombie-themed cabaret acts, performances by local drag queens Grace Towers and Utopia Pleneesha, and of course, food and drinks.

You might think that heavy metal and mariachi are polar opposites on the musical spectrum, but LA-based cover band Metalachi begs to differ. The quintet (all classically trained musicians) masterfully transforms metal and hard rock classics like Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" into authentic mariachi orchestrations. While the music is serious, Metalachi's live shows are Gene Simmons' tongue-in-cheek, featuring over-the-top costumes, make-up, comedy and unpredictable on-stage antics. Audiences will wanna rock and roll all night, and party every day when Metalachi performs Friday at The Royal Dive in Oceanside.

Aspiring and established filmmakers looking to hone their skills should head to the Media Arts Center San Diego tonight (Thursday, October 11) for a cinematography class. Students of all ages will learn how to navigate their shots, and in subsequent classes, will learn about the importance of lenses (October 18) and lighting (October 25). Classes are held at the Media Arts Center San Diego on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park.

Michael McDonald, the smooth bearded crooner famous for his time in The Doobie Brothers, performs Sunday at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. McDonald is often credited with shaping the band's original bluesy rock ("China Grove," "Listen to the Music") into a more jazzy and R&B-infused sound ("Takin' It to the Streets," "What a Fool Believes"). If you keep forgetting how soulful McDonald's voice is, this is a rare opportunity to remind yourself of one of music's most distinctive and legendary voices in an intimate club setting.

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