Trick or Dog Treat
Halloween's gone to the dogs
Cujo it ain't. But this Halloween you can give your dog the chance to bark up a scare at Stratos, a Greek restaurant and tavern. "In America, you have Halloween. In Greece, we have Howloween," Stratos owner Nick Rizos says. And according to Rizos, Greeks have been dressing up dogs since the days of the Parthenon. In addition to a silly sense of humor, Rizos has good intentions. The Howloween Mutt Masquerade benefits the no-kill shelter Operation Kindness. All the proceeds will go toward the care of displaced animals from Louisiana because of Hurricane Katrina. For a $30 donation, humans receive food and drink and an entry for their furry counterpart into the doggie costume contest. A raffle drawing can send a lucky human on a trip for two to the 2006 Westminster Dog Show in New York City. The event is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Stratos, 2907 W. Northwest Highway. Call 972-506-0606. --Rich Lopez
Halloween Mutt Masquerade
Tell a girl that her makeup makes her look like a witch, and you're bound to get smacked upside the head. Of course, if she really is a witch, she might try to take your ruby red slippers or deliver a tornado to your front door. But far be it from us to pigeonhole witches into the evil, ugly spell-casting category. We've seen Wicked, and we know better. Stila cosmetics sympathized with The Wizard of Oz offshoot and developed two makeup collections exclusively for Sephora to make good and bad witches alike look lovely. Try the "Glinda" set in shades of pink or "Elphaba" in green this Friday at the Sephora Galleria, 13350 N. Dallas Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wicked's actresses perform 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Call 972-934-3056. --Andrea Grimes
Is there anything worse than a tribute band--wait, let me finish--with an uninspired name? We've mocked the AC/DC cover band Highway to Hell for simply appropriating the hard rock band's signature tune, but they're hardly less creative than Fab Four, which plays--wait, you guessed it--Beatles standards. In case any prospective cover artists are out there, here is what we have in mind when we talk about cool names for tribute bands: Awkward Teenage Blues (Bob Seger), Wipe off that Grin (Phil Collins), Take On the Money (Steve Miller with a little A-Ha thrown in), Stone Chain Garden ('90s Grunge), Death Cab for Bright Eyes (indie rock). Despite the bad name, the Fab Four do something right by performing at the BeatLeukemia Ball benefiting Leukemia Texas at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave. Admission is $100 to $250. Call 214-265-7393. --Matt Pulle
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