Compared with the parade of near-naked flesh in nearby West Hollywood, LACMA's annual Muse Costume Ball is the wholesome side of freaky. This year's Halloween party, themed “Dead Man's Ball,” is part of the museum's weekend of closing events in conjunction with the landmark Tim Burton exhibit. Featured are live music by East L.A.'s 25-piece jazz collective Killsonic, performances by theater troupe Sneak Nietzsche, more music by DJ Jeremiah Red and sets by Labyrinth of Jareth (organizers of the annual fairy-themed Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball). In the past, we've seen guests dressed as everyone — and everything — from living works of art to Siegfried and Roy dragging plushy animals across the museum's courtyard. Prizes will be handed to best Burton-inspired, best movie monster and most creative costumes. Kudos to anyone who can hold a cocktail with scissors for hands. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; Sat., Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m.; $100, $75 museum members. (323) 857-6010,

Sat., Oct. 29, 2011

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