What Was That!?
Spook yourself with Skyline Screamers
If you've always thought the best stories were the ones punctuated with gasps and ending with "and the call came from inside the house," then don't miss Skyline Screamers, the annual scary performance put on by the Houston Storytellers Guild in the great outdoors. The live campfire tales will start out mild and silly but get progressively chilling as darkness falls. Bring a picnic blanket, gather on the lawn under the trees, and let the veteran storytellers spin cobwebs in your head. A fluffy teddy bear is optional, but we won't blame you if you need, er, want one. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Marmion Park, 1802 Heights Boulevard. For information, call 281-775-9318 or visit www.houstonstorytellers.org. Free. -- Mary Templeton
Ikue Mori's signature sound is loaded with electronics created by laptops, drum machines and samplers. The former drummer of the influential no-wave band DNA, who has released a dozen albums on John Zorn's Tzadik label, performs this weekend with electric harpist Zeena Parkins. The Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins Duo offers pulsing, syncopated beats against lush, swirling electric melodies. It's beautiful noise, expansive and addictive, and it'll leave you wanting Mori. 8 p.m. Friday, October 28. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For tickets, call 713-928-5653 or visit www.pofinc.org/houston. $10 to $13; free for kids 18 and under. -- Travis Ritter
Building a Mystery
Psophonia Dance Company's mysterious Phantasia 2005 is a series of quick dances that project an artistic mirage of fantasy and ponder what lies beyond earthly reality. PDC holds a fund-raising event and reception onstage immediately following the Friday performance. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For tickets, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.uniquelyhouston.org. $20. -- Mary Templeton