The Crescent Hotel will host the 7th annual Mad Hatter Ball to benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts on Friday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. The event will feature a pasta buffet, music by the Big 'Uns and a silent auction. Tickets are $60, call ESSA at 253-5384 through Thursday. They may also be purchased the evening of the ball at the "will call" desk in the hotel lobby. Hats are required for admittance and some festive ones will be for sale at the door.