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    The week ahead: Nightlife

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    Clubs & Dance Nights

    FERRY CORSTEN This Dutch trance innovator travels the world playing dance music. Get ready to move when the top-rated DJ comes to Boston. May 13, 10 p.m. $17.50-$27.50 Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. www.royaleboston.com

    MINNESOTA The Facebook page for this event says it all: “Christian Bauhofer at first glance comes off as the unassuming dude yawning next to you in class, a kind of lumberjack nerd-fusion in his glasses and scruffy facial hair. However, wait until the sun goes down and add a couple drinks and a whole lot of bass – and quiet, smiley Christian assumes his party-crushing alter ego: Minnesota.” May 11, 9 p.m. $15. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. www.facebook.com/nvconcepts

    FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE CRAZE Some of us remember the Freak and the Grapevine. Learn those and other freestyle steps of the disco era with instructor Jim Spellman. May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $17. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1; www.ccae.org

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    DANCING ON THE CHARLES RECORD LISTENING PARTY Soul Clap used to host the outdoor dance party known as Dancing on the Charles. Now there’s a mixtape of the popular event featuring DJ Kon and John Barera. Hear it at a listening party with DJ Kon and Chaz Bronz. May 14, 9 p.m. River Gods, 125 River St., Cambridge. 617-576-1881, www.rivergodsonline.com

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    Comedy

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    KEVIN MCDONALD A member of famed Canadian troupe Kids in the Hall, McDonald does improv with performers from ImprovBoston. Stand-up from Ken Reid and the evening’s host, Dana Jay Bein. May 9, 8:30 p.m. $24. Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 866-448-7849, www.johnnyds.com

    CAPITOL STEPS The politics have changed since the Steps were formed in 1981, and the group keeps plugging in new members and new headlines. They release an album of musical political satire every year, and despite the subject matter, their songs are rarely offensive. May 10, 8 p.m. $33.75-$63.75. Citi Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 617-482-9393, www.citicentre.org

    HAHA MAMA MOTHER’S DAY SHOW Robin Maxfield of the monthly “Comedy With Wings” show hosts this comic tribute to motherhood with Erika Welch, Marcy Goldberg Sacks, Sam Johnson, Jeanne Sullivan, Beth Boucher, and Michelle Barbera. May 12, 7:30 p.m. $15. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 617-248-1976, www.nickscomedystop.com

    Nick A. Zaino III

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    TOM COTTER The Rhode Island native and veteran of the Boston scene learned his chops from the master of the throwaway line, Don Gavin, which helped propel him to his runner-up status
    on last year’s “America’s Got Talent.” May 10, 7:30 p.m.
    $25-$32. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com

    Nick A. Zaino III