Spring in full swing (and toe-dipping into Summer) means the typical deejays+dancing+drinks 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" comprise Jungle & Paint, an underground gathering boasting a bevy 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 more. Fashion displays, exhibits, drum circle, face painting. 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. Think Tank Art Collective, 939 Maple Ave. http://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 hi-jinx. 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. At the Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd. www.evilclubempire.com
Brush strokes and beats make up the bigtop 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. www.thehivegallery.com
Sun., June 5
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Another multi-faceted 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. At the Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway, dwntwn. www.theairlinerla.com
Mon., June 6
Commemorating 15 years of electronic music movement, the legendary Monday 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 with locale changes in LA over the years, going from a more intimate gathering of electronic music lovers to a bonafide beginning of the week banger, continues to reign thanks to promoters The Bud Brothers' top notch booking and warm vibe that's survived even amidst the bodacious, bottle service geared environs of its current home, Playhouse. 6506 Hollywood Blvd. www.Mondaysocial.com
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