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The 10: The Witches Ball, '90s Rise Again, The Lox

1) The Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 general admission, $120 VIP, and must be printed and brought to the event. They may be purchased here.

Commentary: Eight performance spaces and five event stages will encompass the Statler for a night of spooky dancing and exploration. From Se2 Silent Disco to Dames of the Dead, a Halloween-themed band, to a virtual costume contest to a psychic lounge, one of Buffalo's most anticipated Halloween parties is revving for another season.

You can find a full list of performers - including one room dedicated loosely to fans of "Stranger Things" - here. Check out the Smiles from last year's event here, too.


2) '90s Rise Again Halloween Party, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $45 through Oct. 26 (at the bottom of this page), then $55 Oct. 27 and at the door. If you run into PayPal issues, here's an explanation.

Commentary: It's an unusual mix - a retro theme blended with the usual spook of the Halloween season, but Rise Collaborative makes it work. The second annual event welcomes Kurt & the Loders, Se2 Silent Disco and Crespo Beats for music, and three hours of open bar (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and a late-night buffet will satisfy.


3) The Lox and Griselda Records, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Town Ballroom (681 S. Main St.). General admission is $25 in advance, then $30 at the door.

Commentary: If you want your '90s hip-hop a little more authentic and gritty this weekend, head to the Ballroom to see The Lox, a Yonkers-based super-group featuring Jadakiss and Styles P, with an opening slot from Griselda Records' rising artists - Westside Gunn, Conway and Benny the Butcher.

The Lox has spent time on some major hip-hop labels, like Sean Puffy Comb's Bad Boy Records, then Ruff Ryders Entertainment, going platinum with their first release, "Money, Power, Respect." Part of their rise can be credited to Combs, who collaborated with The Lox on "It's All About the Benjamins."

Buffalo's Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny appear in Shady cypher


4) Truck or Treat, 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: More than a dozen food trucks - like Lloyd, Lomo Lomo!, the Great Aussie Bite and The Cheesecake Guy NY - a performance by lively Black Rock Zydeco, beer and wine specials, and trick-or-treating for kids at the food trucks. Organizers will hope for better weather than last year's cold, dreary - albeit appropriately eerie - event, which you can look back at in this Smiles gallery.


5) Lazlo Hollyfeld plays Arcade Fire, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Commentary: Local rockers Lazlo Hollyfeld have made a habit out of covering big acts like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem and the Talking Heads. Next on the docket is a night dedicated to Arcade Fire, the Quebec indie rock band whose "The Suburbs" won a 2011 Grammy award for Album of the Year.

These tribute nights have been well attended in the past, with at least two selling out. Check out the scenes from the Smiles gallery to the right. Different Strokes, a new cover band imitating the Strokes, will perform as the opener.


6) The Rave that Must Not Be Named, 9 p.m. Oct. 28 in DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.). General admission is $40 and may be purchased here.

Commentary: You'd better take a nap on Saturday, as the music-centric festivities - presented by Rinse716 and Badwolf Entertainment - at the Ukrainian Center will run until 5 Sunday morning.

More than 30 artists will play live music, food trucks will be on the scene, fire spinners will stimulate the eyes and Halloween twists like tarot readings and a costume contest with $1,000 in winnings should entice.


7) Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in Angelica Tea Room (517 Washington St.). Free to attend, but you'll have to pay for the fare.

Commentary: Embrace the world of nonsense in a costume party at Angelica Tea Room downtown. Friday night is a good chance to try the tea-infused cocktails and an elaborate list of other drinks at the tea room, the first of its kind in Buffalo.

Best suggestion for an "Alice in Wonderland"-inspired costume? Either Bill the Lizard or the March Hare. It might take some effort to find ears that big and floppy, but it sure sounds worthwhile to me.

Angelica Tea Room opens, offering classic cocktail experience


8) Pearl Street 20th anniversary, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at 76 Pearl St. Free to attend, with prices for drinks rolled back to those of 1997.

Commentary: There's no shortage of reasons to be excited about the downtown brewpub/wedding venue's milestone celebration Saturday. From a beer perspective, the special barrel-aged Imperial Trainwreck brew, dubbed the 20th Anniversary Ale, is one reason, or perhaps the re-brewing of Batch No. 1, an amber ale brewed with Munich malts using the original recipe from 20 years ago.

The News contributor Alex Placito wrote in depth about the anniversary party, so take a hearty sip below:

Pearl Street remembers its roots for 20th anniversary party


9) Carly's Club Halloween Party, 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). Cost is $10 cash at the door.

Commentary: Two weeks, two big parties at the Cove in Depew, which hosted the popular The Edge Halloween Bash last weekend. Billing itself as the "biggest Halloween party in the suburbs," the fundraiser - which donates half of the door proceeds to Carly's Club of Roswell Park - touts two-for-one drinks from 8 to 10 p.m., prizes for best costumes, live music and more giveaways.


10) Rocky Horror Picture Show Party, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Tickets are $20 plus fees and may be purchased here.

Commentary: Get a little wild Friday by celebrating the 1975 film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," replete with the characters that make this event popular each year. The Eye-Candy Vixens and Ladies of Illusion start the fire at 9:30, before a costume contest results in winners across three categories: Best Rocky Horror Costume, Most Creative and Sexiest.

The cast of the Francis Bacon Experiment performs the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in front of the silver screen at midnight.


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