Mary Shelley's piecemeal monster with the weird neck corks and clunky Doc Martens gets a much-needed makeover in The Flying Machine's Frankenstein, a fairy tale for adults that's kind of like a performance-art splicing of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. The presenting troupe, Brooklyn's Flying Machine, blends what it calls "child's logic" with movement, music, and found objects in the dreamlike take on Shelley's macabre yarn, transforming the Gothic classic into a "fantastical world of winding wooden walkways, glowing gaslights and snowy streets, populated by pot-bellied innkeepers, wizened old professors and bespectacled young philosophers." Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27; 8 p.m. Friday, October 28; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29; and 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $42. Call 480-994-2787 or visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
It's go time for goblins and ghouls, and while there might be spookier haunts around the Valley, you won't find a more colossal creep fest than "Wicked Night at the Wrigley" -- a monstrously massive affair that transforms Geordie Hormel's 18,000-square-foot Wrigley Mansion into a hacienda of horrors. "Wicked Night" features devilish decor, fortunetellers, psychics, tarot readers, costume contests, DJ spins, live music by The Scones, and much more. The 21-and-over affair starts at 8 p.m. Friday, October 28, and continues 'til 1 a.m. at the manse, 2501 East Telawa Trail. Tickets are $45. Call 602-553-7382 or visit www.ticketweb.com.
Pack up your pup tent and head for the hills on Saturday, October 29, for Overmind Works' Psychedelic Trance Gathering. The "Psytrance" do features camping under the stars and performances by "audio navigators" Hahn the Barbarian, Dr. Bones, Nick Synergy and others 'til dawn's early light. "This event is a small, underground gathering of a group of Psytrance enthusiasts," says Overmind's Tim Cat. "Our parties are places where fellow trancers can get together and enjoy the music in a relaxed and comfortable environment." Admission and camping are free, but spaces are limited, and RSVPs are required. For registration or more information, visit www.overmindworks.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call 602-432-1631.
The Appalachian moonshine'll be flowin' like Thunderbird wine at the Hillbilly Ho-Down on Sunday, October 30, at the Rhythm Room. The trailer-trash bash includes performances by self-proclaimed "hometown superhero" Bob Log III, "dirty old one-man hillbilly band" Scott H. Biram, Honky (featuring Pinkus from the Butthole Surfers), and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, plus a special appearance by the Renegade Rollergirls, who'll be doin' some puddin' wrastlin' and lip smackin' at their portable kissing booth. Furry J. Peyton and crew, the evening's headliners, whip up a strange brew of ragtime, Delta blues, and hill-country boogie, and the honest-to-God Rev can even hitch ya if you're of a mind or if you've had one too many. Admission to the 21-and-over show is $12. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 East Indian School Road. Call 602-265-4842 or visit www.rhythmroom.com.
Author Linda Alice Dewey doesn't presume to be a ghost hunter, but she stumbled upon what she believes to be a true phantom during a 1995 visit to a cemetery in northern Michigan. While examining old headstones, Dewey met a man named Aaron Burke, who -- she says, and wholeheartedly believes -- had died in 1922 and was apparently lost in space and time. Dewey's new book, Aaron's Crossing, tells the story of how -- Poltergeist-like -- she helped Burke reach his final destination, and also purports to explain "why Burke became a ghost, what it was like, and why he could finally cross over." Dewey speaks about her close encounter and signs copies of Aaron's Crossing at 7 p.m. Monday, October 31, at Borders Books & Music, 1361 South Alma School Road in Mesa. Admission is free. Call 480-833-2244.
The indie film She Said is similar in tone to Larry Clark's 1995 semi-doc Kids and the more recent Holly Hunter/Evan Rachel Wood vehicle Thirteen, both of which examined the crushing weight of kidhood, though in wildly divergent ways. Trish Kinney's brutally candid She Said targets a slightly older demo: female twentysomethings, who share their secret back stories of broken homes, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, incest, casual and anonymous sex, and general lack of self-esteem. Trish Nedella, one of the hard-luck cases profiled in the film, is currently serving time in an Arizona prison for her part in an accident that took the life of an 8-year-old. Screenings are scheduled at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street. Admission is $6. She Said is intended for mature audiences because of explicit sexual content and depictions of drug usage. Call 602-462-5516 or visit www.modified.org or www.nofestivalrequired.com.
Wasn't karaoke initially designed as a democratic forum for the William Hungs of the world to pursue their pop-star dreams in a safely sodden environment? Well, we've always believed that what comes around comes backaround, and Lantana Grille's "I'm With the Band" Live Karaoke allows the inebriated and/or talent-challenged to climb onstage with a real, live band and pick up a real, live microphone. Contestants, backed by the Instant Classics Band, have 15 minutes to do their "Wild Thing." The winner, as judged by the audience, receives a one-night stay at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, home of the Lantana. The 21-and-over event also features an appearance by the Absolut Girls, who'll be passing out various freebies. "I'm With the Band" starts at 6 p.m. and continues 'til 9 on Wednesday, November 2. The resort is located at 7677 North 16th Street. Admission and participation are free. Call 602-997-5850.