If it seems like we’re in Kansas because every week the same promoters and venues are getting picks, don’t blame me, blame the folks at APT and MOTHERFUCKER for doing such a fine job lately. But we are not in Kansas, which will be very clear the instant you step into MOTHERFUCKER’S 3RD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BALL. Their crowd is already kinda spooky, but they really pull out all the stops when the ghoulish day rolls around. Get ready to check out the best costumes you’ll see anywhere—promise—and some darn good music from the likes of Michael T. and Justine D. Plus: a special performance from Willi Ninja and the House of Ninja (of PARIS IS BURNING fame), a costume contest (for cash money), and Michael T. giving THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW a turn.

Friday @10, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212.645.5156

The people over at APT should get a prize for their booking policy, but we really wish they’d find a bigger venue to showcase the talent they bring in. All we’re asking for is a place where you can actually move more than one inch left or right. That said, the Avalanches’ (remember them?) DJ Dexter will be mashing things up at the little spot that could. He did the mish-mash thing before it got all trendy, and you might actually hear tunes that are not new wave.

Friday @ 10, APT, 419 W 13th, 212.414.4245

There are some people who think ghettotech is kinda scary, but they don’t have to go to the BOO-TY BAR party at Filter 14. Disco D, DJ Salinger, and DJ Profit serve up their salacious tunes. In the spirit of the night, there will be a “Best Pimp and Ho” contest.

Friday @ 10, Filter 14, 432 W 14th, 212.366.5680

Big hair is back: DJ Dexter

Photograph by Sally Russell