The week ahead: Nightlife events


FIRST FRIDAYS: SURFIN’ USA The theme for the July edition of the ICA’s monthly program showcasing DJs, performance, gallery talks, and specialty drinks comes courtesy of California-based artist Barry McGee, whose work is on view through Sept. 2. McGee is also a surfer, thus this 21+ evening will feature West Coast-inspired music and old-school surf videos. July 5, 5-10 p.m. $15, ICA members free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston.

JOEY BELTRAM Machine’s monthly underground techno night features regular DJ Sense joined by veteran artist Beltram. July 6, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 at the door. 21+. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston.

DJ KON This Boston artist is a crate digger, which means he has a very big record collection. He spins classic soul, disco, pop, funk, hip-hop, and more. July 6, 9 p.m. Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-868-6739,


RUSKO The dubstep innovator was born Christopher Mercer in Leeds, where he grew up in a musical family and earned a degree in musical performance at the local university. He has a new EP out, “Lift Me Up.” July 5, 8 p.m. doors. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay, 333 Victory Rd., Quincy. 617-689-0600,

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THE COMEDY STUDIO The Comedy Studio chooses one comedian each month to be its “Comic in Residence,” who plays every show. This month, it’s Niraj Shah. He’s joined Friday by Andrew Mayer, Phoebe Angle, Al Park, Nathan Burke, and Anthony Scibelli, with host Rick Canavan. July 5, 8 p.m. $10. Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. 617-661-6507,

B.U.M.P. “Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project,” an improvised musical complete with pit band, has played several local venues, and now it comes to ImprovBoston for a monthlong run through Aug. 2. July 5, 10 p.m. $18. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect Street, Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

FRANK SANTOS JR. Santos brings his brand of “R-Rated” hypnotism, getting people to do things they might not normally even do in private in front of an audience, to the Wilbur, following in the footsteps of his late father, Frank Santos Sr. July 6,
7 p.m. $20. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

YOU’RE THE EXPERT In the tradition of the old TV show “What's My Line?” this show features comedians trying to guess the field of a guest expert, and most of the fun comes from how wrong (or surprisingly right) the guessing is. July 9, 7 p.m. $15. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-496-8004,