Monsters' Ball

Fright to the finish

10/6-10/31The three bone-chilling extraterrestrial attractions at Alien Extreme, 4011 South Power Road in Mesa, are like an episode of The X-Files come to life. Wanna-be Mulders and Scullys can poke around inside a government research outpost, a mysterious UFO, and a crash site, looking for ginormous creatures of extraterrestrial origin with a predilection toward anal probing and a taste for human flesh. But if aping Alien's Ellen Ripley ain't your thing, consider stalking through the adjacent 10-acre corn maze, which features crop circles aplenty, but no little green men. The UFO attractions open Thursday, October 6, and continue through October 31; admission is $15. The corn maze remains open until November 23, and costs $7. Call 480-986-5678 or visit www.alienextreme.com. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Bum Deal
Dress down and win

SAT 10/8
Get off your bum and dress like one at the hobo-themed dinner and bingo party hosted by the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine on Saturday, October 8, at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 North 40th Street. There's no need for political correctness at the skid-row affair, as the most bereft beggar will receive an unnamed prize (hey, they wouldn't be Shriners and Masons if they didn't keep at least one secret). And these hobos won't be begging, at least not in the traditional sense; all money raised will be donated to charity. Admission is $15, which includes dinner and two bingo cards. The event starts at 5 p.m. Call 602-231-0300. -- Rebecca Zumoff

Whip It Good
Feeling a bit fetish

SAT 10/8
Pleather pants? Check. Spiked dog collar? Got it. Cleavage-revealing corset? Yup. Sounds like you're prepared for the psychosexual shenanigans of Arizona Fetish Ball 3, which whips into The Sets, 93 East Southern Avenue in Tempe, at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 8. Presented by local freak factions Horns 'n Halos and TNG: Arizona, the 18-and-over event promises more decadence, and depravity than your standard fetish fete. "It's the centerpiece of the year; all other events are just a buildup for this," says Mitch Palmer, spokesperson for TNG: Arizona. If the collective kinkiness of locals like LifeSuspended, fire dancers Pyra Sutra, The Cover Girls, and The Pussy Posse isn't enough, legendary shock-rocking punkers The Genitorturers and Combichrist will perform. The former offers up a stage show of nudity, live piercings, BDSM antics, and other erotic oddities that'll probably go unnoticed amid all the flogging, girl-on-girl biting, and other licentious-lifestyles demonstrations. Admission is $20. Visit www.azfetishball.com. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Chop Sooey
Calling all hogs

10/8-10/9
Bikers used to have a bad rep, but now cycles are as common as butterfly tattoos. Doctors, lawyers and even 70-year-old grandmas live to ride the open road, and all of the above will haul ass to the "East Meets West Custom Motorcycle Show" on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. Attendees can get tips and 'graphs from industry experts like Arlen Ness, the godfather of custom builds, and The Count, a Las Vegas dealer whose monogrammed, polished monster cycle was presented to Ozzy on season three of The Osbournes. A hundred locals will enter their chrome-and-steel creations in the custom build-off contest, judged by the Discovery Channel's legendary Biker Build Off crew. See which sweet ride takes the cake -- and the $15K cash prize. The show opens at 10 a.m. each day. Daily admission is $20. Call 480-312-6802 or visit www.eastmeetswest2005.com. -- Wynter Holden

Pow Wow!
Squeaky queen in Chandler

FRI 10/7
Don't expect butt cleavage at the Miss Indian America pageant. The lovely ladies competing for the MIA crown will show some skin, but the affair is more tasteful than other competitions. "The participants will be judged in five categories -- talent, evening wear, oral presentation, traditional dress, and personal interviews," says Denise Homer of the Miss Indian Arizona Association. The contestants represent 10 Arizona tribes, including the Hopis, Tohono O'odhams, and Navajos. The pageant starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, and is held in conjunction with the ongoing Native American Recognition Days celebration (visit www.aznard.com for details about other upcoming NARD events). Tickets are $10, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 480-782-2680. -- Clay McNear

 
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