Arts

The week ahead: Nightlife

Clubs & Dance Nights

INDUSTRY NIGHT A hot, tiki-inspired night of fun is just the ticket to chase away the mid-February cold. Guest mixologist Brother Cleve will make tropical-themed cocktails including the Cactus Flower (it has prickly pear) and the Brass Monkey. Sushi and pupu platters will be served. DJ Costa provides the danceable tunes. Feb. 17, doors at
5 p.m., Brother Cleve at 8 p.m. Empire Asian Restaurant and Lounge, 1 Marina Park Drive, Boston. 617-295-0001, www.empireboston.com

I HEART SWING VALENTINE’S DAY BALL Jessy Carolina sings and plays the washboard, and with the Hot Mess on piano, banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and brass, will deliver classic American blues and jazz for a romantic night of swing dancing. No experience necessary, and singles are welcome. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. lesson (included with admission), 9 p.m.-midnight dancing. $17, $15 students. Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland St., Charlestown. www.bostonswingcentral.org

PARIS BLOHM The young LA producer recently released “Colors” with Tritonal. He stops in Boston on The Colors Tour. Feb. 14, 10 p.m. $20. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. www.royaleboston.com

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SICK INDIVIDUALS The Dutch house duo is on a roll with hits including “Blueprint” with Dannic, “I Am” with Axwell, and the 2014 single “Shock.” JOEYSUKI shares the night. Feb. 16, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Whisky Saigon, 116 Boylston St., Boston. www.wantickets.com

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Comedy

COLIN JOST He wrote for the “Harvard Lampoon,” went on to be co-head writer on “Saturday Night Live,” and will soon take the departed Seth Meyers’s seat on “Weekend Update” opposite Cecily Strong. Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

MORTIFIED DOOMED VALENTINES Hear true tales of love-related trauma and awkwardness from real people’s formative years in this storytelling show. Feb. 13-14, 8 p.m. $15. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-496-8004, www.cluboberon.com

RAY HARRINGTON The Maine native has an innate, John Candy-esque likability, even if he may sometimes get angry over the way a friend pronounces “documentary.” He was a finalist in last year’s Boston Comedy Festival Competition. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop. 617-830-2551, www.nickscomedystop.com

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MIKE BIRBIGLIA After two acclaimed off-Broadway productions, the Shrewsbury native returns with a new batch of stories in a slightly looser production called “Thank God for Jokes.” Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:55 p.m., Feb. 15 at 9:30 p.m. $35. The Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com

Nick A. Zaino III