These days, the word “masquerade” seems to get thrown around at any event requiring even a modicum of dressing up, but when KCRW says it, it means it. The music-loving NPR affiliate's annual Masquerade Ball, now in its fifth year, combines good getups with a good cause: Every attendee will get both a haunting holiday experience and a year's membership to KCRW. Spread across five rooms of the Park Plaza, the party features music from Har Mar Superstar, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza, Dave Sitek, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and other touring names alongside 15 DJs already well-known to KCRW's frequent listeners. Attendees and DJs won't be the only ones in costume, though: A vaudeville group, a retro burlesque show and a modern Gothic burlesque troupe all will take the stage before the witching hour is over. Park Plaza, 607 S. Park View St., Westlake; Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m.; $100 including membership; 21 and older.

Sat., Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 2013

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