Boston-area nightlife

Clubs & Dance Nights

OCEAN CLUB OPENING WEEKEND ’Tis the season for outdoor entertainment venues. This one kicks off its season with a four-day lineup of hot EDM acts including Australian electro house dubstep duo Knife Party (May 23), DJ/producer Steve Aoki (May 24), and a double bill with Dutch DJ/producer R3HAB and Quintino. (May 25). They save the best for last — May 26 features award-winning EDM DJ Armin Van Buuren. May 23-26, doors at 8 p.m. $30-$80, $200 four-day pass. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay, 333 Victory Road, Quincy. 617-689-0600,

JESSEJESS Variety is the spice of life, and of the dance floor when Boston DJ JesseJess is in charge. His open-format approach uses house, electro, hip-hop, Top 40, dubstep, and more to keep things moving. May 25, 10 p.m. $20. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Place, Boston.

PRIMITIVE SOUNDS DJ Easy Ed hosts a throwback night with guest DJ PJ Eastman. Enjoy vintage rock, classic country, rockabilly, blues, and R&B. May 29,
9 p.m.-1 a.m. River Gods, 125 River St., Cambridge. 617-576-1881,


ROSEBUD KARAOKE It’s losing its home at the Rosebud Diner in Davis Square, but Rosebud Karaoke will survive. Belt it out or just listen when the participatory event launches in a new location. May 26, 8 p.m. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

Milva DiDomizio


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LAUGH OUT LOUD SHORT FILM FEST Viewers vote for their favorite of nine short comic films, billed as “unrated, uncut, and unapologetic,” from the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Regent is one of more than 40 theaters worldwide participating in the festival. May 23, 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,

SEX BATTLE This show is probably not going to be as racy as it sounds, considering the subtitle, “It’s Men vs. Women in a Duel for the Funniest.” It won’t solve any age-old gender issues, but it will pit female improv group WNBA against male groups What Up D’Oh? and Just Suspects. May 24, 10:30 p.m. $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

RASHAUN REESE Tuesday night comedy shows in Boston are somewhat rare, but this East Orange, N.J., native can perk up a sleepy weekday night with his animated, improvisational stand-up style. He’ll host this show on the last Tuesday of every month. May 28, 8:30 p.m. $10. Nick’s Comedy Stop. 617-438-1068,

THE BLACK COMEDY EXPLOSION Regular “Explosion” headliner Brooklyn Mike returns to celebrate his birthday with host Jonathon Gates. Brooklyn Mike (real name, Mike Troy) first played Gates’s weekly showcase series in 2000, when it began at the old Faneuil Hall Comedy Connection. May 29, 8 p.m. $15. Slade’s Bar and Grill, 958 Tremont St., Roxbury. 617-442-4600,

Nick A. Zaino III