Most clubbers are concerned with getting drinks or finding out the name of the 12-inch the DJ just played. Suffice it to say, they aren’t the most politically minded folks, but two benefits this week give the guilt-ridden dance-music aficionados a chance to redeem themselves. A few music journalists and a coupla publicists have gotten off their behinds to do something serious about abolishing the cabaret law and have formed Legalize Dancing NYC. They are hosting a benefit party with the best performers, comedians, and DJs this city has to offer, including Jeannie Hopper, Chi Chi Valenti, the world famous *BOB*, St. Eve, dance collective DELPHINIA, Henry Faulkner, James Godwin (performance shaman), MDHG Dance Theater, and “stand-up musician” Rob Paravonian. If you don’t like at least one person on this lineup, there’s something wrong with you. The party is fittingly at the Slipper Room, a venue that has experienced problems from the dance police. Wednesday @ 9, Slipper Room, 167 Orchard, 253-7246, www.legalizedancingnyc.com.
Seanb and the Freeskool collective host another benefit for Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit organization aimed at teens from war-torn countries. DJs Riain (of Organic Grooves), D’esse, and Embe loan their skills and records of house, breakbeat, 2-step, and nu jazz to the cause. Saturday @ 9:30, Opaline, 85 Avenue A, 995-8684, www.seedsofpeace.org, www.freeskool.net.
It’s not a benefit but the Breakbeat Science jig featuring U.K. guest High Contrast is still worthy of your attention. The young upstart makes drum’n’bass with a smooth groove leaving the gnarly beats behind. His debut disc, True Colors, is a Breakbeat Science release, and features two CDs of original material. Openers, Mathematics, and a trio of New Yorkers are also making huge strides, nabbing releases on prestigious labels like Hospital and Renegade. With DJ DB—who needs no introduction. Wednesday @ 10, Shine, 285 W Bway, 941-0900.