Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Here are four you can’t miss this week.
Wednesday: The latest flash happening on the D.C. creative scene is Submerge , a weeklong multidisciplinary art installation at 700 H St. NE. The Sketch Lounge begins at 7 p.m. tonight. Featured artists create on the spot and make the pieces immediately available for purchase. Concurrently, the Comedy and Cocktails stand-up showcase is also taking place. Both events are free.
Wednesday: By now, everyone should know that Beaujolais Nouveau isn’t a great wine. It’s a young, fruity red that ages for only a few weeks before it hits restaurants and stores. But because French law prohibits it from being sold before the third Thursday in November, its release provides a great excuse to stay up late on a Wednesday night. Bistrot du Coin is still the biggest party in town: Tables are moved out of the downstairs about 11 p.m. to make room for throngs of guests. A DJ spins pumping house and French music, and last year’s entertainment included stilt dancers and a laser show. Best of all: The wine is free. Just be warned that lines get long, and when the building hits capacity, it becomes one-in, one-out. The Brightest Young Things crew returns to 1905 for its annual party, which includes DJ Phillipe Chetrit of Fatback, all-night drink specials and free wine after midnight. A classier option: a Friday night wine tasting at the French Embassy. Beaujolais and Beyond includes a tasting of Beaujolais Nouveau, as well as other French, Spanish, American and Italian wines, a blind-tasting contest, food from Zengo, Zentan and other local restaurants, plus dancing to a DJ and a silent auction.
Thursday: This summer, international EDM star Deadmau5 caused a stir in the music world by slamming some of his successful peers, dismissing their shows as simple button pushing. He didn’t completely omit himself from critique, but set himself apart by noting a bit more sophistication in his own button pushing and emphasizing the production values that make EDM shows a big draw. All of this hubbub left out a sizeable group of DJs and producers who actually do still perform without syncing, premixing or hiding behind lights and space suits. Their axes may be turntables, controllers or samplers instead of guitars, but they have chops. AraabMuzik is one of the more popular and celebrated of these artists. His career took off when Dipset was still dominant in hip-hop, and since then he has built on his formula: stepping onstage with only an Akai MPC drum machine and pounding out jagged hip-hop/electro hybrid tracks in real time without benefit of a sequencer.
Friday: Liquor sponsorship is sometimes a beautiful thing. Art Beats + Lyrics features hip-hop legend Scarface, James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Public Enemy decknician DJ Lord and Shock G of Digital Underground, all at the Mellon Auditorium. Visit the event’s Web site for free RSVP courtesy of Gentleman Jack.
Friday: Will Cook, Port City Brewing Company assistant brewer, loves his beer. He also loves rocking out to heavy metal. Back in September, Cook hosted Heavy Metal Night, an informal event where fans could hang out at the Alexandria brewery, sip a few local beers and listen to favorite tunes, from classics to thrash. He’s throwing another party Friday at 8 p.m., just in time for the release of Tidings, Port City’s Belgian-style holiday beer. Grab a glass, suggest a few tunes to the DJ and enter to win tickets to concerts by Lamb of God (Saturday at the Fillmore) and High on Fire (Nov. 23 at the Rock & Roll Hotel). If there’s a good turnout, this may become more than a once-every-few-months event.
Saturday: Ed Bailey and John Guggenmos have been responsible for D.C.’s biggest gay nightlife events for more than two decades, from Tracks to Velvet Nation to Town Danceboutique. Town, the area’s largest gay nightclub, turns 5 this weekend and celebrates with a special main-level set by Chris Cox, the prolific DJ who has remixed Britney Spears, Madonna and Hannah Montana (seriously). The in-house dance troupe Tha Dance Camp also performs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.