Naked Dinner

SAT 10/29
Alas, you won't see gore-rock band Samhain playing a nude set with backing vocals by a buff Samantha Stevens from Bewitched at "Rites of Hekate, Samhain 2005." However, there will be naked Wiccans galore at the garment-optional affair, which marks the "witchiest Sabbat of the year." The 18-and-over event honors Wicca, the modern-day religion based on pre-Christian precepts, and the pagan ritual day Samhain, the historical precursor to Halloween. There'll also be a collective bow to Hekate, the "powerful triple goddess of the Moon, Earth, and Underworld." New Age-speak aside, "Rites" sounds like a blast for anyone but a right-wing zealot. The agenda includes a costume contest (and we expect some of the outfits to be pretty sheer), as well as "hallowed dancing, haunting music, and a devilishly delicious potluck dinner." The white magick starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at the Mountain Temple Center, 1533 East Lupine Avenue. A $5 donation is requested at the door. Call 602-678-0644. -- Clay McNear

Sun Devil Worship
Homecoming, sweet Homecoming

SAT 10/29
Some people may fancy a return to college as an invitation to hell, but Sparky, the ASU Sun Devils mascot, wants you to burn, baby, burn during Homecoming FestDevil. The block party at Old Main starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29, and features an art walk and a battle between bands with ties to the university. The Homecoming parade, including a float constructed by the bombshells over at Hooters, starts at 11:30, traveling down University Drive from McAllister to Mill. The spirit-filled day gets even hotter when ASU's football team takes on the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium, College Avenue and Stadium Drive. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m., and game tickets cost $5 to $80. Visit -- Steve Jansen

Dammit, Janet!
Feeling Rocky?

SAT 10/29
The world's wackiest "science fiction double feature" makes an interactive stop on Saturday, October 29, at The Sets, 93 East Southern in Tempe, with a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The 21-and-over event includes a costume contest and a live cast of Rock-heads acting out the movie in front of the screen. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission costs $10. Call 480-829-1822. -- Niki D'Andrea

Have a Disco Ball
But keep it tucked in

SAT 10/29
American Bandstand on Ecstasy? A sloshed Soul Train? A flaming Fame? What sort of surreal '70s soiree is this? Why, it's "Solid Gold Halloween," BS West's latest theme party, and it's threatening to turn Scottsdale into Funkytown. The BS West bar staff will perform in its best "Me Decade" drag duds, so expect a fabulous display of leg warmers, Farrah Fawcett wigs, and mirrored bell-bottoms. Local drag diva Devina (né Ted Rodriguez) will host the event as Dionne Warwick. Devina performs regularly at Pookie's, and if her faux-crack-pipe-smoking imitation of Whitney Houston is any indication, she's gonna be real funny business. Partygoers will be dragged out, too, as they always are at BS West's theme parties (there were some particularly interesting costumes at the "Hooker's Ball Halloween" in 2001). So put on your best Olivia Newton-John or Cher face and find your Xanadu or Studio 54 at BS West, 7125 East Fifth Avenue. The booty-full bash starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 29, and lasts until 2 a.m. Tickets cost $20. Call 480-945-9028 or visit -- Niki D'Andrea

Good Moody
Diviners inspiration

FRI 10/28
Rick Moody is well-named. The author's bleak but brilliant best seller The Ice Storm -- which was made into a frigid filmic phantasm by director Ang Lee -- dealt with the numbing down of America's nuclear family. Moody's new book, The Diviners, takes a 180-degree turn into satirical humor. Moody calls The Diviners his first "happy book," and it deals with a group of Hollywood dimbulbs who try to hawk a script that nobody's bothered to write. Says Moody of the new work, "It was written not to knot brows but to try to induce readers to turn pages with a certain amount of anticipation and excitement." Moody signs The Diviners at 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock in Tempe. Signing-line tickets are available with book purchase. Call 480-730-0205 or visit -- Clay McNear

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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Steve Jansen
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