Clubs & Dance Nights
CITY DANCE PARTY An entire block in Cambridge’s Central Square will be shut down on Friday for the city’s annual dance party. A DJ will be set up outside between Bigelow and Inman streets, spinning the tunes at this outdoor block party where revelers can dance their cares away. June 29, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. All ages. 795 Mass. Ave. (in front of Cambridge City Hall), www.cambridgema.gov
DJ VICE The LA-born DJ Vice, who maintains a residency at Tao in Las Vegas, blends samples from multiple genres, from modern hip-hop to ’90s R&B, and much in between, drawing inspiration from the music he listened to growing up when he would borrow records from his older brother and sister. July 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay.
MILKY WAY MONDAYS Bella Luna Restaurant and the Milky Way Lounge kick off this new Monday night event series on July 2 featuring local acid jazz-meets-funk group Akashic Record. July 2, trivia at 8 p.m., music at 10 p.m. Free. 21+. Milky Way Lounge. 617-524-3740, www.milkywayjp.com
CONTRA DANCING IN CONCORD And now for something a little different. What is contra? Glad you asked. Contra is a form of partnered folk dancing, led by a caller and danced to a live band. Held in an old converted barn, these weekly dance nights don’t require any prior knowledge of contra dancing. July 2,
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8, $5 for students. All ages. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St. 978-369-3455, www.mondaycontras.com
WOMEN OF THE NIGHT Not the most flattering or original name for a night of female comedians, but this show has some great talent with local roots, with Kerri Louise, Kelly MacFarland, Lauren Verge, Carolyn Plummer, and Stacy Kendro. Tony V. is also billed as a “woman of the night.” June 28, 8:30 p.m. $20. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com
MIKE DONOVAN History buff Donovan has been getting attention for his as-yet unpublished United States history book since he mentioned it on a Boston edition of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast. But he's best known as one of Boston comedy’s founding fathers. With Mike Koutrobis. June 29-30, 8 p.m. $16. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
LAUGHS FOR LIFE Boston veteran Patty Ross headlines this benefit for cancer research, along with a couple of strong young comics, Mike Whitman and Sean Sullivan. June 30, 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Scituate Country Club, 91 Driftway, Scituate. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247290
LAMONT PRICE: OSTRICHES AND VIDEO GAMES As Price works on material to eventually record a CD, his bits about a pugilist ostrich and Nintendo disappointment are likely candidates to make the final cut. With Erik Tynan. June 30, 8 p.m. $18. Griffen Theatre, 7 Lynde St., Salem. 978-317-1169, www.griffen