DJ & Dance

DJ Spooky: Forro in the Dark

When: Fri., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. 2008

If anyone were qualified to bring contemporary DJ culture into the jazz festival world, it's the famously iconoclastic, Washington, DC-born DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid. A student of French philosophy who named himself for a character in a William S. Burroughs novel, Spooky applies the art of remix technology to a variety of media -- his famous Rebirth of a Nation project spliced sections of D. W. Griffith's 1915 Klan film to create an alternate storyline. As an internationally renowned club DJ, he's known for using arcane samples and combining melodies in a way that's as purposeful and technically rigorous as a James Carter saxophone solo. To him, turntablism is more than musical pastiche; it's a form of conceptual art. DJ Spooky presides over Friday, Oct. 31's Downtown Halloween Party at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St., San Francisco), as part of the 26th Annual SFJAZZ Festival. 8 p.m., $15-$20.

Rachel Swan

Price: $15, $20

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