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The Leather Masked Ball whips into action tonight at Purgatory (1000 W. SR 84, Fort Lauderdale). Proceeds benefit Tuesday's Angels, a local AIDS foundation, and the Leather Archives and Museum, a compound in Chicago that amasses artifacts from the leather world. Charity and leather-fetishism: that's the Puritan spirit.

Last year's Ball reportedly attracted 800 international leather men -- a veritable Spartan army. There are renowned DJs, too. DJ Sin Morera is coming down from Montreal after spinning for the Canucks' Black and Blue Leather Ball. DJ Robbie Leslie is a veteran of Studio 54, that boy-and-coke palace of New York City lore.

The event will be a good way to work off the turkey, gravy, and mashed potato carbs from the night before. In honor of our forefathers, you'll want to wear your Sunday best: brass-buckle boots and buttless chaps. Whatever you do, make sure to come dressed in some kind of fetish gear, and don't forget the ball stretcher. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $35 with VIP access. Call 954-357-4700, or visit
Fri., Nov. 28, 9 p.m., 2008

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