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    Boston-area nightlife

    Clubs & Dance Nights

    SIP THE RAINBOW What’s manly in modern society? Photographer Joel Benjamin and producer John O’Connell explore the question in the LGBTQ art exhibit “The Bear Sessions: Portraiture.” For the show’s cocktail reception, local mixologists use the gay pride flag as inspiration for creating Grey Goose cocktails. May 17, 6-8 p.m. $20 includes three signature cocktails. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430,

    BURGERS & BREWS DJ Master Millions provides the tunes for a night to benefit music education for area youth. In between eating burgers from Fenway eateries and imbibing drinks from Cisco Brewers and Bacardi, bid on cool stuff at the silent auction. May 17, 7:30 p.m. $25. 21+. House of Blues Foundation Room, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

    BLOODY BEETROOTS Who is that masked man? It’s Italian electro house producer Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo playing music for you. May 22, 9 p.m. $25-$33. 18+. The Paradise, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston.


    WAVY WEDNESDAYS Get groovy mid-week at this event featuring hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and old school with DJ J-Saki and J Flav. May 22, 8 p.m. $5. Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038,

    Milva DiDomizio


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    SHARE A LAUGH Wendy Liebman returns to headline this annual benefit for Community Works with local comics Jimmy Tingle, Kelly MacFarland, Chris Tabb, and Bethany Van Delft. Also a good chance to see the incisive political satirist John Fugelsang, who usually works in New York. May 16, 7:30 p.m. $30. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700,

    CASTLE OF COMEDY V Tim McIntire headlines a strong lineup at this fifth edition of the “Castle of Comedy” show, with Dan Boulger, James Patterson, E.J. Murphy, Brett Johnson, Scotty Lombardo, Alingon Mitra, Matt Watson, and the team of Chris Braiotta and Katie McCarthy. May 16, 8:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191,

    SOMMORE One of the “Original Queens of Comedy,” the take-no-prisoners Sommore will return to her roots next year as the host of BET’s “Comic View,” a show she hosted back in 1994. May 17, 7:30 p.m. $27. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

    BLANK VERSE COMEDY Stand-ups Jiayong Li, Lillian DeVane, Marc Basch, Guitler Raphael, Nick Ortolani, and John Paul Rivera will intersperse comedy sets with serious Shakespearean monologues performed without comic effect. Andrew Mayer will do a set, followed by headliner Myq Kaplan. May 22, 7:45 p.m. $15. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,

    Nick A. Zaino III