Colette brings her inimitable style to this year’s Halloween bash at Smart Bar, which features special guest Jay-J, renowned producer, remixer and boss of Shifted Records. Colette’s North Side haunt offers a few tricks along with the treat of cheap cover for early arrivals: a costume contest and cash prizes. The focus, of course, is the dance floor, and Colette’s vocal-fused DJ and live performance skills never fail to get people moving. Jay-J’s soulful, lyric-driven approach to house music won him critical acclaim and is a welcome addition that is bound to keep the zombies, vampires and Bernie Madoffs dancing until dawn. (John Alex Colon)
October 31 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 10pm.