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Nightlife: the week ahead

September 1, 2011

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COMEDY

THE COMEDY STUDIO It’s a strong lineup this weekend, anchored by local favorites Tony Moschetto and September’s comic-in-residence Niki Luparelli both nights. Ken Reid appears on Friday, with various up-and-comers filling out the bill. Sept. 2-3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. The Comedy Studio. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com

JOE WONG It’s not often you get to catch a local headliner the day after a nationally televised set. Wong will be coming off of his third Letterman appearance, scheduled to air tonight, and should be hard at work on the next one. Sept. 2-3, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop. 617-438-1068, www.nickscomedystop.com

GALLAGHER Former chemical engineering student turned prop comic Gallagher continues his nearly four-decade assault on melons and other smashables with his signature Sledge-O-Matic, even after suffering a minor heart attack onstage in March. Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30. Showcase Live, Foxborough. 508-543-0609, www.showcaselive.com

TODD BARRY He kicks off ImprovBoston’s Boston Improv Festival with his sarcastic deadpan brilliance, a rare chance to see a headliner of his caliber on a show this early in the week. Barry will be doing material from his upcoming one-hour special. Sept. 6 and 7, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $18. ImprovBoston. 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

CLUBS & DANCE NIGHTS

CROOKERS Italian duo Crookers, who’ve been blending up twisted, or “crooked’’ (get it?), dance music since 2003, originally came from a hip-hop background, which helps explain their hybrid sound. That also explains why they’ve had so much success with remixes and collaborations in the genre; their remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day and Night’’ was a big-time hit. A bevy of dance music stars, like Major Lazer and Kelis, contributed to their last record, too. They perform tonight with Boston’s own live-electronic sensation Hot Pink Delorean. Sept. 1, 9 p.m. 18+. Tickets: $22.50. Middle East Downstairs. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

PRETTY IN PINK Just because the ’90s retro scene is finally in full swing doesn’t mean we’ll ever let go of our first true love, ’80s nostalgia. On Friday, Safety revives its annual ’80s Labor Day dance party at Madfish in Gloucester with this costume bash. Come dressed as your favorite character - probably safe to expect a lot more Andies than Duckies, we’re guessing - and hopefully someone will tell you, “This is a really volcanic ensemble you’re wearing. It’s really marvelous.’’ Sept. 2, 9 p.m. 21+. Cover: $10. 978-281-4554, www.madfishgrille.com

EPIC SATURDAYS Speaking of nostalgia, who wants to party like it’s 1999? Epic Saturdays at the House of Blues is turning back the clock this weekend to the old Avalon days. Former Avalon resident DJs Richie LaDue and Darrin Friedman will be in the house to set the soundtrack of the party, which will include a giant balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. Who says you can’t ever go back? Sept. 3, 10:30 p.m. 21+. Cover: $10. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com

DGAF This weekly dance party in Providence takes its name from the general philosophy of the kids in attendance: “Don’t give a . . .’’ You get the idea. Its 18-plus status, and the fact that it goes until 3 a.m., unlike other clubs in the city, helps pack them in. “It’s the biggest weekly dubstep and future bass party in Rhode Island,’’ resident DJ and promoter Michael Savant explains. “We push the boundaries of bass music and have the best and most loyal party-goers in the area.’’ This week they’ve got psyched-out bass and dubstep from veteran DJ Udachi, with Soappy and Savant. Sept. 3, 11 p.m. 18+. Cover: $10. The Ruins at the Colosseum. 401-274-2240. wwwtheruinslive.com

LUKE O’NEIL