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    The weekahead: Nightlife

    Scott Hurst

    Songs for laughs

    ROY ZIMMERMAN Musical political satirist Zimmerman is calling this show “Funny Songs and Bad Advice,” singing songs like “I Want a Marriage Like They Had in the Bible” and the more heartfelt “I’m In.” Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18 or pay what you can. Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Arlington.


    Clubs & Dance Nights

    HARPOON OCTOBERFEST The musicians wear lederhosen while they oompah, you eat bratwurst and drink IPA, Octoberfest, UFO Pumpkin, and other Harpoon brews. This annual fall celebration also features chicken dancing and German chocolate cake-eating contests. Oct. 4, 5:30-11 p.m. Oct. 5, 2-9 p.m. $20. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.


    DMV SATURDAYS DJ Jay Ine presides over a new Boston dance night featuring current hits and music videos on multiple screens. Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. dbar, 236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. 617-265-4490,

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    GARETH EMERY In his youth, Emery studied classical piano and played in a punk rock band. That’s proving to be a solid foundation for his career in electronic music. The UK DJ has placed high in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs, and enjoyed success with his own record label and podcast. He stops in Boston on a fall tour of North America. Oct. 3, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Place, Boston. 617-351-7000,

    FLUX PAVILION The English dubstep producer and DJ counts Frank Zappa, Julian Casablancas, and Vampire Weekend among his influences. His recent work includes the 2013 EP “Blow the Roof,” which featured the song “Double Edge,” used in the video game “Need for Speed: Most Wanted.” He plays the House of Blues with Cookie Monsta and Brown and Gammon. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. $30, $45. 18+. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.



    BO BURNHAM The Hamilton native and YouTube sensation has been reading his poems onstage for more than a year, and has now assembled them into this new collection, “Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone,” reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s more adult-leaning books, from which he will read at the Coolidge. Oct. 3, 6 p.m. Tickets: $5. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.


    RALPHIE MAY The entrepreneurial comic will soon be hawking a vinyl album, taped in his old Houston stomping grounds in 1998, and a barbecue sauce he’ll call “Fat Baby Jesus.” Before that, he’ll be telling jokes at the Wilbur. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

    THE MADE-UP MATINEE ImprovBoston has featured all-ages-friendly improv for a while, and Improv Asylum kicks off this new weekly show, which integrates kids and family members into the action, Saturday morning. Weekly starting Oct. 5, 11 a.m. Tickets: $10 for kids, free for adults 16+. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887,