That's American Gothic, not Goth

I just got word about the Granada's 2007 Halloween bash/costume contest, which takes place at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 (duh!). It used to be called the Goth Ball, but this year the name has changed to Haunted Halloween Ball 2007, which is good because goth is so 1997. The most kick-ass part of the whole deal is that $1,500 cash money goes to the winner of the costume contest. Wait, no...the most kick-ass part is that the wing-ding will be soundtracked by DJs S3lect and Sober, a.k.a. the Party, who spin their own one-of-a-kind remixes. Wait, no...it's also kick-ass that the proceeds from the night benefit Arts Fighting Cancer...

OK, it's all good, and the fact that second and third place winners get some dough ain't too shabby either. Just don't think you can poke some holes in a sheet and go as a ghost and expect to win: This is serious costuming business -- last year's top prize went to a couple who dressed as the painting "American Gothic," complete with cumbersome, uncomfortable frame which they wore for the duration of the evening.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at CD World or the Granada Web site. -- Jonanna Widner

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