Get the door—it’s Halloweek
You might wanna buy your Halloweek costumes in bulk this year—Halloween will be fêted from Friday, October 26 all the way to Saturday, November 3. That’s nine whole nights of ooey gooey All Hallows Eve-nings! To help you sort through the very scary list of parties (have you seen Xania’s Hot Spots?!), we’ll point out some of the benchmark events: The first major-production Halloween party of the 2007 season is at Empire Ballroom for Devil’s Night 10 with The Crystal Method and two dozen guest DJs. Getting the last licks in this year with the final Halloween party of 2007 is Cherry, holding a costume event on Saturday, November 3, a full three days after the ghoulish holiday. Pure and LAX are tied for which club is offering the most prize money; their contests on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, each boast a $20,000 purse for the sexiest or scariest getup. The Beaux Arts Ball at Studio 54 definitely wins the award for the longest-running party, rolling into its 41st year on Halloween night; Devil’s Night and Studio 54’s Nightmare on 54th Street are tied for second place, each celebrating a decade of evil and decadence. The hands-down strangest must-go party will be held at Tryst, with guests being encouraged to dress for the battle of Thermopylae (the famous battle re-enacted in the recent movie 300), though Polly Esther’s and Hogs & Heifers also have pretty cool superhero themes going on, along with 4949’s Mad Hatter event. The sexiest party is likely to be La Nuit, the Cirque du Soleil performers’ masquerade on Monday, October 29 at Revolution. And it’s absolutely no surprise that Paris Hilton’s monster bash at LAX on Halloween gets the nod for biggest celebrity party. So go ahead and go if you’re curious to see P. Hilty in the flesh; no one will recognize you under that rubber Hillary Clinton mask.
Celebrate celebrity ink
Last Wednesday, the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay unveiled a 100-by-13-foot lenticular 3-D wall—the largest lenticular structure in history, as recorded by Guinness World Records. (For the rest of us, lenticular refers to a printed image that shows depth or motion as the viewing angle changes.) That funky new visual aid marks where in February the HoB will be opening its newest attraction, Starlight Tattoo. The addition is the brainchild of world-renowned tattoo artist Mario Barth, who has put ink to the skin of such celebrities as Lenny Kravitz, Ja Rule and members of My Chemical Romance. Patrons will be able to book appointments with other famous and hard-to-reach tattoo artists, including Japanese master Hori Toshi I and Samoan master Sulu’ Ape Pili Mo’o, and will have the opportunity to select from three different tattooing styles: traditional hand-tool Japanese, traditional hand-tool Samoan and modern Western-style. “The opportunity to open the first-ever tattoo studio inside the legendary House of Blues is a tremendous honor for us,” says Barth. Consequently, guests can now dine, dance, take in a concert and take in some ink all under one roof. What a town!
Changes at Body English
Why be a mere observer of pop culture when you can be a participant? That’s the idea behind SmashTime, Body English’s latest promotion on Saturday nights (typically a rare night for nightclub promotions). The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is teaming up with E! Entertainment television to bring the social commentators of The Daily 10 to Body English for the weekly event. In case you’re unfamiliar with the E! series, The Daily 10 has pop culture shot-callers Sal Masekela, Ben Lyons and Clinton Sparks delivering the nightly scoop on movies, music and all things popular. The trio is expected to draw the subjects of their expertise to Body English along with them when they attend these parties, which means you’re likely to spot Hollywood celebrities and rising DJs in the crowd. So instead of gawking at celebrity gossip photos, you can actually have a shot at being in them—albeit as part of the backdrop. SmashTime kicks off this Saturday, October 27. On a similar note, Godskitchen has slipped into the Wednesday slot formerly occupied by Ministry of Sound. But worry not, Godskitchen Wednesdays will continue to bring house music’s greatest DJs to the main room. Phew!
Oh, Dos Caminos
If you haven’t yet gotten your fill of cantina action at the newly opened Diablo’s, you’re in luck. Dos Caminos, New York’s Mexican-cuisine mecca, will be opening up a fourth outpost—its first outside New York—this December at the Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, the Venetian’s newest luxury hotel. The combined restaurant and lounge will be large enough to accommodate up to 700 people. On the nightlife tip, the lounge, open until 3 a.m. seven nights a week, will feature all the expected trappings: DJs, bottle service and a menu to satisfy those late night/early morning cravings. Mixologist Eben Klemm will design the “south of the border” cocktail menu, which will offer imaginative margaritas, sangria and an expansive selection of tequilas. In the meantime, Dos Caminos will be hiring for all restaurant and lounge positions beginning on October 29 and continuing through mid-November. For more information, go to www.BRGuestRestaurants.com.