This week, go clubbing, get drunk, and get an education. By the end, you’ll be a board-certified professor in electronic music. Kai Fikentscher is an actual professor. He wrote You Better Work!, so he is more than qualified to teach young clubbers about “back in the day,” and is appearing at the monthly House 2 Learn series at Deep See. The subject at hand: “Is House Really House? Has the influence of jazz, Afrobeat, 2step, gospel, and techno changed house forever, or merely stretched its boundary?” OK, I’ve got my pencil ready. Later, dance the night away to E-Man. Tuesday @ 8, Idlewild, 145 E Houston, 477-5005.
Not feeling smart enough after Deep See? Then perhaps attendance at P.S.1’s educational, musical exhibition will satisfy this sudden, unending thirst for knowledge and search of the unknown. The exhibition, called “The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994,” is a four-part series of musical performances in the café featuring contemporary New York musicians (and I will quote the press release here, since the goals are so lofty and I am not so sharp) “working with African song, sound structures, instruments, and traditions. Each performance represents a ‘response’ to the exhibition.” All I know is that Egyptian lover-warrior princess DJ Mutamassik makes wicked beats, wrapping sounds from her Arab heritage with modern breaks and hip-hop. And yes, there will be a test. Saturday @ 3, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens, 718-784-2087.
Okay, so they aren’t giving any lectures or showing any pictures that make you think, but the Safety in Numbers gig at Warsaw does have a line-up that will please all the chin scratchers and the Johnny-come-latelies who’ve just “discovered” that electro is the bee’s knees. Quickly: Carl Finlow (Voice Stealer fame) is a super badass. The rest—Inform3r (Gigolo), DJ Unknown (Fischerspooner), DJ’s Kotex and Getthorizo—are lovely, too. Thursday @ 9:30, Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.