Theater & art

Boston-area nightlife


THE CRYSTAL METHOD Formed in Las Vegas in the early ’90s, the electronic duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland has been called (by the Village Voice) “one of the best live dance acts on earth.” Their recent self-titled release includes tracks featuring LeAnn Rimes and Dia Frampton. Sept. 5, 10 p.m. $20. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston.

STARKILLERS This dance music artist provides a simple explanation in his website bio for the ramped-up, multifaceted nature of his sound: “I’m ADD.” The internationally touring artist heats up the dance floor at Prime. Sept. 6, 9 p.m. Prime,
295 Franklin St., Boston. 617-800-3604,

BLEND Start off September with three floors of underground dance music at Machine’s monthly dance night. In the House Room, there’s Mr. V, Leo Alarcon, and Kranz. The Jungle Room features Lenore, Nick Minieri, and Cross Chatter. Over in the Techno Room, music is provided by Bamboo, Wil Trahan, and Sketch Rokk. Sept. 6,
10 p.m.-2 a.m. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston.


DISCO FRIES Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic were roomies at Berklee College of Music when they started working together in 2007. They’ve collaborated with Tiesto, launched Liftoff Recordings, and were named one of Vibe Magazine’s “30 DJs to Watch in 2013.” Sept. 10, 10 p.m. Gem, 42 Province St., Boston. 617-482-1213,


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ALONZO BODDEN Since winning the third season of “Last Comic Standing,” the former airplane mechanic has appeared frequently on radio and TV, as a panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me” and GSN’s “Mind of a Man,” and as a regular on the final season of “Californication.” Sept. 4-5 at 8 p.m., Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-
$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

PAWS & BRAS: BACK TO SCHOOL The Steamy Bohemians host this burlesque and stand-up benefit for Last Hope K9 Rescue, which saves dogs from high-kill shelters. Featuring Ken Reid, “nonmotivational” speaker Brian Longwell, and magician Joe Howard. Sept. 5, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-496-8004,

MAZ JOBRANI It has been a busy year for Jobrani, who is promoting his new film he wrote and stars in, “Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero,” at festivals. He’s also writing a book called “I’m Not a Terrorist But I’ve Played One on TV” in between appearances on shows like “True Blood,” “Shameless,” and “Californication.” Sept. 6, 7 p.m. $29-$75. The Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

BOSTON COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL ImprovBoston produces five days of comedy in various formats, from William-Shatner-inspired song interpretations to stand-up comedy, but leaning heavily on improv and sketch. Performers include the UCB touring company and Jonathan Katz. Sept. 10-14, various times and dates. Free-$25. 617-576-1253,

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