If your closet looks like the wardrobe vault from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, we recommend flaunting it at Halloween Bash 2. Hosted by the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the bash is open to all -- gay, straight, even Republican. "Halloween is really big in our community," says Michael McFall, organizer of the event. "We consider it a gay holiday."
McFall expects as many as 3,000 people to show up. Highlights include a 3,800-square-foot dance floor and a costume contest hosted by drag legend Barbara Seville.
Halloween Bash 2 is Saturday, October 25 at the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance (visit www.gpglcc.org) or $20 at the door. The party's 21 and over until 1 a.m., 18 and older after 1 a.m.- Quetta Carpenter
New exhibit at ASU
Artist Gary Hill has always spoken his own language, one in which communication is enhanced through video imagery, computer-based effects and the sounds inherent to human life. An originator of video installation art, Hill has -- through his "time-based sculptures" -- written a new chapter in the timeless tale of art imitating life.
Immerse yourself in four of Hill's new works when the ASU Art Museum presents "Gary Hill: Language Willing" from Saturday, October 25, through January 24 at the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. Admission is free. For details call 480-965-2787 or visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/home.html. - Craig Wallach
We See Dead People
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
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The holiday of Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") is a celebration of ancestry that runs from October 31 to November 2. Over the course of the three days, the souls of dead children are said to visit their homes, older souls are offered tequila and cigarettes and, on the last day, all souls are chased out of town.
There are several Dia de los Muertos celebrations around town, but two stand out as keeping close to tradition. The Burton Barr Central Library, at Central just south of McDowell, begins its celebration Monday, October 27, with an exhibition of ofrendas (altars) commissioned by various artists. On November 7, which also happens to be downtown's First Friday event, the library will hold an opening reception for the show, with live music and a free shuttle to other area galleries.
Also featuring altars by Arizona artists, Chandler's Vision Gallery, 80 South San Marcos, offers an artists reception with live entertainment at 7 p.m. Friday, October 24.