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Who needs ghosts when you've got slaughterhouses, strippers and Robbie Hardkiss?

Who needs ghosts when you've got slaughterhouses, strippers and Robbie Hardkiss?

Part of the seminal and still-kicking Hardkiss Brothers out of San Francisco, what Robbie Hardkiss does best is electronic music at its most dreamy, experimental, and ass-shaking. How many other DJs can say they've remixed both Lords of Acid and Elton John? His 1996 Mixed Messages mix CD still has the bar set for eclecticism that doesn't interfere with groovability, and his presence in Nashville is a High Holy Day for practicing househeads. What better way could there be to celebrate Audity Central's move from The End to Basante's on West End?

Audity Central was founded five years ago by the Elevator Music Collective crew, who serve as tastemakers locally on the techno-house-progressive scene. DJs Chek and Mindub even scored a nomination (and near win) in the Scene Music Awards earlier this year. To celebrate the coup of bringing Hardkiss back to town, DJs Chek, Mindub, Spoon and Scott Nelsen will keep the beats rockin' long into the morning hours. In addition, there'll be a costume contest packed with prizes from Om Records and ADA Distribution. The party begins 10 p.m. Friday night. See www.mindubonline.com for more details.

♦ Here's a Halloween treat even more delicious than a marshmallow pumpkin: the luscious ladies of Girlesque V, the old-school burlesque revue sponsored by Katy K, the only clothier in town confident enough to back a strip show. Billed as "The Monster and the Stripper Burlesque," in honor of the Ormond Family's Nashville-shot exploitation classic, this haunted house boasts some extra-friendly ghosts—chiefly toplined Torchy Taboo, the hottest thing to hit Atlanta since Sherman's March.

♦ Here's a Halloween treat even more delicious than a marshmallow pumpkin: the luscious ladies of Girlesque V, the old-school burlesque revue sponsored by Katy K, the only clothier in town confident enough to back a strip show. Billed as "The Monster and the Stripper Burlesque," in honor of the Ormond Family's Nashville-shot exploitation classic, this haunted house boasts some extra-friendly ghosts—chiefly toplined Torchy Taboo, the hottest thing to hit Atlanta since Sherman's March.

Joining her are Paula the Swedish Housewife (who hails from the Scandinavian metropolis of Seattle) and local gal Lula Licious from Panty Raid, who unveils her new "Strip & Spin" plate-spinning act. And the music! Not only do you get Marion James, Nashville's Queen of the Blues, you have Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin, the Sonny & Cher of East Nashville. There's even a costume contest for the sexiest and scariest outfits: some of you may have a shot at winning both categories. Hosted by Gorgeous Greta, that one-woman nuclear reactor, it's 10 p.m. Saturday at The Mercy Lounge. Table seating is $25; general admission is $15. Call 297-4242 for more info.

♦ If it's hardcore gore you're seeking, enter the blood-spattered walls of Nashville's ever-growing haunted-house circuit. The Devil's Dungeon, in East Nashville, promises 40,000 square feet of terror—space enough for killer clowns, heaps of cadavers, and an entire room decorated with human body parts. As the FAQ's on their web site caution: "Our scares have produced fainting, involuntary defication [sic] and urination." You've been warned. It's at 510 Division Street off the Shelby exit: see www.devilsdungeon.net for more details and a $1 off coupon for the $10 admission. It's open 'til 1 a.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday.

Now in its sixth year at the same Hendersonville location, the ever-popular Death Valley Haunted Woods offers more than 30 scenes of carnage and terror on its sprawling lot. New this year is Jason's Maggott Maze, where mutant worms feed upon the flesh of unwary visitors. ("No real maggots are used in this atrraction," sez the disclaimer on the web site. Spoilsports.) It's open through Saturday night until 1 a.m.; see www.deathvalleyhauntedwoods.com for the gory details.

As with real estate in general, with haunted houses it's all about location, location, location. Nobody's got a creepier space than Death Row House of Horrors, situated in the old corrections facility off Harding Place. That's right: you buy a ticket, and suddenly you're in a dank prison in near darkness, surrounded by bars and bad vibes. (Sorta like the place Martha Stewart's currently residing, before she redecorated.) Who needs teenage kids in Scream masks, when you're imagining yourself in The Shawshank Redemption? We'll take the chainsaws, thanks. It runs through Halloween night until 11 p.m., with time off for good behavior. Check out www.angelfire.com/goth/deathrow.

♦ With all those savage beasts on the streets, maybe you'd prefer some music to soothe them. Nothing's more soothing than the tender love ballads of the Alcohol Stuntband and the Black Diamond Heavies, who'll perform Sunday at the Alleycat Lounge as part of East Nashville's massive "HallowEast" festivities. See ww.eastnashville.org. Trauma Team, The Forty-Fives, The Clutters, and Misfits tribute band Skulls headline the Mercy Lounge's Garage Rock Monster Ball 10 p.m. Sunday. B.B. King's Halloween Circus promises a "Funkafied Hip-Hoparide-Rock-A-Booty Jam" Halloween night with a strong-man contest, a hottest dance contest and a freestyle battle, although the scariest thing may be seeing rappers Big Fella and Te'Arthur sharing a stage with Russian honkytonkers Bering Strait.

♦ Nothing goes together like kids and forensic science, and the Adventure Science Center turns into a CSI lab from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday for its Crime Scene Science event. Starting with a performance of an unsolved crime, children will take fingerprints, analyze hair samples, make teeth impressions, and learn other tricks of the forensic investigator's trade. In addition, Metro Police will be on hand to discuss fighting crime. Don't be surprised if your kids argue over who gets to be David Caruso. Call 262-5160 for more information.

♦ Another treat for kids is the Nashville Zoo's excellent Ghouls at Grassmere program, high on fun and low on fright for the easily spooked. A trick-or-treat trail winds through the zoo, with stations that offer everything from games of skill (we lost) to donuts (we won). There are also animal exhibits (loved the owl), face painting, costume prizes and more. And the zoo by night is a cool thing to see, unless you happen to wander into the cheetah exhibit. It runs through this weekend 5 to 9 p.m.; see www.nashvillezoo.org for more details.

♦ What would Halloween be without scary movies? Joining the delectably eerie ghost story The Grudge and the surprisingly strong The Forgotten—both of which play as an awesome double feature this weekend at the Stardust Drive-In in Watertown—the gory Saw arrives this weekend in theaters. At the Belcourt: late shows of George A. Romero's original 1968 gut-muncher Night of the Living Dead 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and the deathless Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight Saturday, with full cast and costume. We hear you shiver with antici...

♦ Speaking of scary movies, Nashville's CATV Ch. 19 will show Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 in two unedited parts starting 11:30 a.m. Saturday and continuing at 11 p.m. In between, you can catch the anti-Kerry doc Celsius 41.11 in its last week at Carmike's Wynnsong 10. Go in costume!

—Jason Shawhan and Jim Ridley

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