Could there be anything more thrilling than dressing up in bell -bottoms and big pink afro wigs, and then spending an evening in Buffalo dancing to Abba, Gloria Gaynor, and Disco Tex & the Sex-o-Lettes? Before you answer, did we mention that Erik Estrada will be in attendance? The annual World's Largest Disco, a gathering to raise funds for cancer research, lacks any pretense of hipness, which is exactly what makes it so delicious. No matter how outlandish the platform shoes, no matter how badly you pigeon neck to Wild Cherry, you know that someone in a crowd of 7,000 (in the Buffalo Convention Center, no less) is probably doing it worse. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets range from $25 to $90.
Buffalo Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza, Buffalo. 800-995-7570. www.worldslargestdisco.com.
What is the world coming to when a Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball in Las Vegas calls for ``decent" attire? After the disappointment over decency passes (no nudity, no pasties, please), start planning your best rubber ensemble for the bacchanalian blow out. In addition to thousands of other Halloween freaks, the party features DJs such as Juicy Jay, Steven Andrews, and entertainment from Pyro-a-Go-Go, Sin City Grind Kittens, and Daredevil Diva. Keep those fingers crossed for a minimum of age-inappropriate thong action on the dance floor. Tickets range from $38 to $195.
Stardust Hotel and Casino, 3000 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas. 702-474-4000. www.halloweenball.com.
The Upright Citizen's Brigade, the improv theater company founded in New York by Chicago improv boosters Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, combines horror with laughs for its Halloween spectacular ``Children of the Corny." A cast of 10 in ridiculous costumes skewers horror clich és. Think of it as the candy corn appetizer to an evening of hedonistic Big Apple parties. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St., New York. 212-366-9176. www.uprightcitizens.org.
Shelling out $500 ($295 for students) to attend a five-day music festival may sound steep, but CMJ's Music Marathon is a rapid-fire party for those with attention deficit disorder, or an insatiable appetite for new bands. The marathon hosts more than 1,000 bands -- from complete unknowns to bands that you should know about. Highlights include sets from Hot Chip, Snowden, Tapes 'n Tapes, Keren Ann, Magnolia Electric Company, Deerhoof, and Ben Lee. Because this is an event geared toward music industry insiders, you can also hear panel discussions with folks such as Janeane Garofalo, Moby, and Gibby Haynes. Comfortable shoes and a working knowledge of New York is helpful. The shows take place in 50 venues around the city.
While better known for its rowdy beer anthems than its jazz (hence the Guinness before the jazz in the title), the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival still manages to attract its share of top talent, including the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Jimmy Scott, Joe Lovano, and Courtney Pike. Tickets for shows are sold individually and range from $38 to $50.
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