A bona fide institution in San Francisco, this delightfully off-kilter annual fête, devoted to the macabre work of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey and the Edwardian era (1901-1910) has caught on in L.A., too. Step into the past at this costume party and dance. The elegant night features live music, themed stage shows, an absinthe bar and parlor games. This year's ball will showcase Gorey's "whodunit" noir classic, "The Deadly Blotter," with a live version of the story accompanied by original music, choreography and circus theatrics. Guests typically show up dressed in anything from Victorian to steampunk or goth get-ups.