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The week ahead: Nightlife

Clubs & Dance Nights

NIGHT CIRCUS: A MASQUERADE BALL Young professionals with day jobs might fantasize about running away and joining the circus. It’s possible for at least a night at the Boston Young Professionals Assocation’s anniversary party. Put on your black, white, red, and/or grey, then sip on cocktails, munch on cupcakes, watch the contortionist get twisted, and enjoy the roving jester. Surprises and prizes for best outfits are promised, too. April 12, 7-10 p.m. $20, $60. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Place, Boston. www.bostonypa.com

CLUBLAND Andrew Barrett Cox, creator of “Clubland,” makes art out of clubbing in a show about dancehall culture. It’s based on James St. James’s book “Party Monster.” April 11, 8 p.m. April 12, 8 and 10:30 p.m. $15-$35. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. www.americanrepertorytheater.org

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A-TRAK He was only 15 when he won the 1997 DMC World DJ Championship. From there, the Canadian artist went on to win scores of other awards, collaborate with Kanye West, and found a record label. His website bio says: “After years of schlepping vinyl, accumulating air miles and dressing smart, A-Trak has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance.” So go dance. April 17, 10 p.m. $30. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. www.facebook.com/events/494896630569471

COCKTAILS FOR A CURE An open bar, snacks, and sweets provide the fuel so you can dance the night away at an event sponsored by the Accelerated Cure Project for MS Young Professionals Group. April 12, 8-11 p.m. $125. 21+. W Hotel, 100 Stuart St., Boston. www.acceleratedcure.org

Comedy

LAMONT PRICE AND GRAIG MURPHY A great coheadlining one-two punch. There is no one funnier than Price in Boston right now, and Murphy has built a solid reputation in part with an impressive stable of local impressions and sports material. April 12-13, 8:30 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop. 617-438-1068, www.nickscomedystop.com

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GARY GULMAN His TV special, “In This Economy,” premiered on Comedy Central in December, just six months after his last CD, “No Can Defend” hit stores. The Peabody native and Boston College grad returns to the site of the “Economy” taping Saturday. April 13, 7 p.m. $25-$31. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com

SIMON TOFIELD: SIMON’S CAT IN KITTEN CHAOS Yes, cat humor is the Internet’s lowest common denominator, but Tofield’s print cartoons and animations have found a special place in the hearts of feline aficionados. He’s at the Booksmith in conversation with fellow cat cartoonist Jef Czekaj. April 15, 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith.com

MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH, & I’M IN THERAPY Steve Solomon has issues with his parents’ clashing styles, but also with everyday stuff like dealing with the phone company, all of which are part of this one-man show. April 17-May 19. $45-$55. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com

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