Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
BEAT CONNECTION: The Seattle-based Beat Connection has been called “vocoder disco” and “melancholy synth-pop.” Whatever you call it, it’s worth dancing to. Catch them at T.T. the Bear’s on Friday, when Teen Daze and White Arrows will open. July 6, doors at 8:30 (Beat Connection goes on at 11 p.m.). Tickets: $10-$12. 18+ T.T. the Bear’s Place. 617-492-2327, www.ttthebears.com
MFA SUMMER FRIDAY: The Museum of Fine Arts is kicking off its Friday night summer entertainment series in the Calderwood Courtyard with music selections by Kiss 108 DJ Rich DiMare. In case of rain, the party will move inside to the Upper Rotunda. July 6 (through Aug. 31), 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets: free with museum admission; $22, $20 for students and seniors. 21+ Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
TOE-TAPPING TIME: Keep the patriotism going at this week’s edition of “Music and Movie Fridays” with the James Cagney blockbuster “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The film is part of “Movies by Moonlight” at the Boston Harbor Hotel. To celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary, August screenings will be films from 1987. July 6 at dusk, weather permitting (4:30 p.m. music; Fridays through Aug. 31). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel, terrace of the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Boston. 617-439-7000. www.bhh.com
DJ JESSE JESS: Boston-based DJ Jesse Jess, who spins most Saturdays at the Estate, will be behind the decks once again pumping Top 40 dance music into the club. July 7, 10 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. 21+ The Estate. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com
LEARN TO BE A DJ: Ever dreamt of becoming a DJ? Here’s your chance. Learn the technical side of the craft, like beat-cutting and mixing, using Native Instruments Traktor software, but also how to craft a great mix and some tips for self promotion. Software engineer and DJ Matt Allen will be your guide. July 7 (through July 28), 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tickets: $96-$144. Artisan’s Asylum. 617-863-7634, www.artisansasylum.com
A RIVERS RUNS OVER IT: With a title of “I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me,” you can bet your botox that Joan Rivers has both barrels loaded in her latest book. The comedian has her way with hypocrites, Hollywood, and historical figures. July 8 at 8 p.m. $39.75 and $58.75. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. 877-686-5366. www.melodytent.org
SOAK IT ALL UP: This local singer/songwriter and guitarist shares her CD release party with singer/guitarist, Olinde Mandell, and singer/songwriter Matt Nakoa. Bethel Steele’s party celebrates “Of Love and Whiskey,” the alto’s ode to whiskey-soaked one-night stands and thrillseekers. July 8 at 8 p.m. $10 donation. Burren Back Room, 247 Elm St., Somerville. 617-776-6896. www.burren.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.