TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
1. Heartless Bastards At Black Cat
The Austin, Texas four-piece plays rock and roll that's seeped in American traditions. A bar band and psychedelic act that understands the blues. Front woman Erika Wennerstrom has a love-it or hate-it voice. We love it. 8 p.m., all ages, $15 to $17
2. Spirits In Black At Dodge City And Velvet Lounge
A lot of shows, parties, races in high heels and other events have been cancelled due to Sandy. This heavy metal/Halloween themed party is too evil to let nature destroy fun. Both bars will feature metal DJs, costumed revelers, a new beer from DC Brau called Ghouls Night Out, meats from 13th Street Meats, chances to win tickets from 9:30 Club and Rock and Roll Hotel and fake blood. 8 p.m., 21+, no cover
3. DC Flea At Monsterrat House
Their month-long residency at the Monsterrat House ends tomorrow. Stop by to pick up some vintage fashions on the cheap. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Everybody Get Slayed! A Movie And Comedy Night With Buffy And Friends At The Dunes
The comedy may or may not happen due to Sandy, but the movie will. The original film version of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" will be screened and vampire themed cocktails will be served. 7 p.m., all ages, $5 suggested donation
5. DC's Annual High Heel Race at 17th Street, between P and R Streets NW - RESCHEDULED
At least there's a new episode of "Drag Race."
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, October 31
Third Annual Dead City Halloween Alleycat at Dupont at the Circle
This bike race/scavenger hunt meets in Dupont Circle before traversing through streets and cemeteries. It may be chilly but at least it'll be dry.
Thursday, November 1
DC's Annual High Heel Race at 17th Street, between P and R Streets NW
Who cares if it's after Halloween?
Saturday, November 3
Smashing Pumpkins at Patriot Center
Will this show sell out? The Pumpkins have played the 9:30 Club the last few times they came to town. Will they be able to fill a much larger venue?
Sunday, November 4
Chris Isaak at Warner Theatre
After Halloween and Sandy and before the election, you'll want to hear some soothing, but not elevator music, sounds. Let the blue eyed crooner do his thing.