CLUBS & DANCE NIGHTS
DJ HEEMS The ICA kicks off its waterfront party series, DJs on the Harbor, with a performance by DJ Heems of Das Racist on Friday night. DJ Knife will perform the opening set. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 members and students, $15 non-members. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
MACHINE FRIDAYS This long-running gay dance night is a nonstop dance party. This Friday, DJ Darrin Friedman and DJ Gay Jim will provide the tunes while Miranda Wrights (make sure to tell her “Happy Birthday”) plays hostess. Aug. 10,
10 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. 18+ Machine Nightclub, Boston.
617-536-1950. www.machine- boston.com
SWINGING ON THE CHARLES Learn how to swing like the best of them thanks to the folks at Boston Swing Central. Jitterbug on over to the docks of Community Boating near the Hatch Shell where you can take an hour lesson followed by a night of dancing under the stars.
Aug. 11, lesson at 7 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 students and seniors. Community Boating, Boston. www.boston
HARDWELL Despite being just 24, this Dutch DJ is racking up praise and fans as he tours the world this summer spinning electro-house and progressive beats. Born Robbert van de Corput, he has been DJing since he was just 13. Resident DJs Bamboora and Dirty Dek will also perform. Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. 21+ The Ocean Club at Marina Bay, Quincy. 617-689-0600, www.oceanclubatmarina bay.com
BIG SAUCE ROOFTOP COMEDY NIGHT “The Big Sauce Radio Show” has been featuring local comedy and music on unregular
radio.com for the past two years, and they’ve booked a killer lineup for this show, with Lamont Price, Kelly MacFarland, Niki Luparelli, and Steve Halligan. Aug. 9, 8 p.m. $25-$50. Splash Ultra Lounge, 150 Kneeland St., Boston. www.bigsauceradio.com
MARTIN MONTANA ONE NIGHT STAND TOUR Now a New Yorker, Montana started in Boston comedy, playing clubs like Nick’s and the Vault. He returns to his old stamping grounds on this seven-city tour with Rhode Island comic Ben Hague. Aug. 9, 9 p.m. $20. The Living Room, 101 Atlantic Ave., Boston. 617-723-5101, www.thelivingroom
THE GAS! BRENDAN AND RYAN PRESENT SURE’S BEEN A HOT ONE Brendan Thomas Crowley and Ryan Douglass find the funny in the recent heat wave with this comedy and music show, with the help of improv maestro Harry Gordon. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston .com
‘Real Time’ on the Cape
BILL MAHER In his stand-up as on his HBO show “Real Time,” Maher continues to play the role of gadfly, upsetting everyone from conservative media pundits to Wayne Brady. Aug. 11,
8 p.m. $64-$83. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630, www.melodytent.org. Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. $64-$83. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850, www.themusiccircus.org