Spring in full swing means the typical DJs+dancing+drinking events just don't cut it right now. People want more, especially as the weather warms — extrasensory environments and amusements that combine both visual and aural stimulation in unique ways. Themed parties, art-driven extravaganzas and milestone-marking mashes make up the best happenings this week, all of which are anything but paint-by-the-numbers parties.
Fri., June 3
“Wild sensations of music and art” are Jungle & Paint, an underground gathering boasting a bevy of beat-makers live and on the decks. B.C. (who put out the track “Return to Me” on Rhonda International Records this year), Saint, (thee) Mike B, Total Freedom, Speak!, Dame 55, Amy Phamous, DJ S!n, Mid Air, Dhattori, Mike Diva, Ya Digg? and others. Fashion displays, exhibits, drum circle, face painting. 9 p.m.–3 a.m. Think Tank Art Collective, 939 Maple Ave., L.A.; 7seven7.tv.
Sat., June 4
Black rose corsages, anyone? Helter Skelter's Gothic Prom brings together DJs from the dearly departed club (which has been known to return from the grave every so often) for horrorific high school–themed hell-raising and high jinks. Dress up in your freakiest finery or black taffeta best for a chance to win Prom King or Queen, and capture it in Helter's photo booth. Three areas of music featuring original HS DJs Michael Stewart, Jason Lavitt, Bruce Perdew, Jason Farber plus DJ Ding Bat (Release the Bats, Disko.Nekro) on the smoking patio. Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; evilclubempire.com.
Brushstrokes and beats make up the big-top bash called Circus, Circus at Hive Gallery, which will feature live installations, burlesque and live acts and DJs including Trek Lewis, Kalix Sky, The Nothing and DJ Jay-You. Sure to be the greatest show on Earth, Saturday night at least. 729 S. Spring St., dwntwn.; thehivegallery.com.
Sun., June 5
Another multifaceted jamboree of music, art and more, Heart On! Dance Party will have a slew of DJs (headliner Dusty Fingers), bands (headliner Kate Crash and Gingee record release), art, vendors, visuals, body painting and tons more. The Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway, dwntwn.; theairlinerla.com/calendar/sunday.html.
Mon., June 6
Commemorating 15 years of electronic music movement, the legendary Monday's Social celebrates with a DJ mag top-ranking spin-master, Dutch techno terror Sander Van Doorn. From Ibiza to London, Doorn is known for his entrancing club and festival gigs as well as his popular “Identity Radio” show on Sirius. The Social, which has evolved from a more intimate gathering of electronic music lovers to a bona fide beginning-of-the-week banger, continues to reign thanks to promoters the Bud Brothers' top-notch booking and a warm vibe that's survived even the bodacious babes and bottle service–geared environs of its current home, Playhouse. 6506 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; mondaysocial.com.