All-Female Reading of “Night of the Living Dead” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door.
Anyone looking for something scary to do on Friday the 13th can head (when it comes to zombies, it’s always the head) to this reading of “Night of the Living Dead” by an all-female cast – appropriate for a fundraiser for Take Your Pick Productions’ upcoming show, John Pollono’s “Lost Girls.” A donation at the door includes a code for 25 percent off a ticket to that show, as well as some other treats. Information is here. (Another theater opportunity: “Next Customer Please,” a snarky peek into the world of retail by the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and playwright and director Boyd Hampton, showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Agassiz Theater at Agassiz House, 5 James St., Harvard Square.)
The Dance Complex returns with its challenge to performers to do either “tiny dances,” taking place within five minutes on a four-foot-square space, or “short dances,” limited to three minutes or less but on a bigger stage. Each audience member gets a ticket to vote with at the end of the show, with a portion of the ticket revenue going to the artist they vote for. (Michael Figueroa and Sarah Mae Gibbons are above in a photo by Lindsay LaPointe.) Information is here.
Halloween Party & Costume Contest from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the George Dilboy VFW Post 529, 371 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door (if there is space available; capacity is capped at 100).
It’s close enough to Halloween for for this event full of dancing, games, a costume contest with cash prizes for each category, and a variety of foods from snacks to appetizers and main dishes. Information is here.
The Found Footage Festival swings back into town with newly unearthed VHS gems found at thrift stores across the country. Highlights include a collection of satanic panic videos from the 1980s including “The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults,” outtakes and on-air bloopers from 20 years of North Dakota local news, a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell and highlights from David Letterman’s Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when Dave retired. (The festival is run by Nick Prueher, from “Late Show with David Letterman,” and Joe Pickett, of The Onion, who will show never-before-seen footage from the fake strongman prank they pulled on local morning news shows this year.) Information is here.
The always-fun Kominas and Somerville’s Hot Molasses headline an all-ages fundraiser with costume contests, giveaways and “more spooky fun,” with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Jetpac, which helps train American Muslims to run for public office. Information is here.