The closing reception for Phoenix's creepiest gallery show also happens to be one of the most eclectic Halloween parties around. On Friday, October 31, Alwun House hosts Monsters' Ball, a night of revelry to send the "Monsters' Menagerie" art exhibition back to the grave.Mixed-media works by the dozen local artists in "Monsters' Menagerie" -- subtitled "the evil around us" -- tap into the good-versus-evil rhetoric of "politicians and pandering partisans who prey on the under-privileged and ill-informed."
But the night's festivities venture into the more familiar haunts of an Alwun bash, with a trippy black-light juggling show by the Mysterious Manipulator, Halloween wedding vows by one of the exhibition's artists, Robert X. Planet's musical reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, and dance music from DJ Black Sugar.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt. Tickets are $7. Call 602-253-7887.- Michele Laudig
Do the Bite Thing
Chefs and wine purveyors come together
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This weekend's most tasteful event happens Sunday, November 2, at the Millennium McCormick Ranch Resort in Scottsdale. The 13th Annual Bubbles & Bites brings together top Valley chefs and wine purveyors for an afternoon of creative food and music, and a silent auction. For details call 480-551-9769. - Michele Laudig
SMoCA heats up the night with fashion
If the last (sold-out) SMoCA Nights event was any indication, fashion shows are a huge draw in the Valley. So show up early on Thursday, October 30, to get in to the latest showcase, featuring 10 local designers, at "Wicked: Fall SMoCA Nights." Doors open at 9 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Call 480-994-ARTS (2787) for details. - Michele Laudig