You figure if a party has been running for 12 years, it’s gotta be doing something right. Shelter, the mother of all house parties, is turning 12 this weekend, and features an all-star lineup as part of the celebrations. Singer Byron Stingly joins KimBlee, Kenny Bobien, and Ambrosia on the mic, while the wheels of steel get action from top-notch jocks in the city, including resident Timmy Regisford, Merlin Bobb, Body and Soul’s Danny Krivit, François Kevorkian, as well as local legends Frankie Feliciano, Spinna, David Morales, and the great Little Louie Vega. They promise a surprise special guest, as well as free Shelter comp CDs to the first 600 people to arrive. Saturday @ 10, Club Shelter, 20 W 39th, 212-719-4479.
Kid Koala, the impish Canadian scratchmaster, has a book coming out called Nufonia Must Fall. But he’s not promoting it via the usual route—you know, Barnes & Noble in-store signings and the like. Instead, he wants to take his fans on a tour of the graphic novel’s unique love story, by setting up shop in romantic venues (in this case, Joe’s Pub), and accompanying slide projections of the book with music provided by electric pianos, and, of course, four turntables. Finally, a unique nightlife experience! Saturday @ 9 & 11, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette, 212-539-8776.
The super-smooth Thievery Corporation boys are touring behind their latest record, The Richest Man in Babylon, and are DJ’ing an exclusive set at the super-smooth new venue Show. Yes, you downtown hipsters will have to trek all the way to midtown. But once there, you can pretend that you lead a swank life and dress as nice as the Thievery duo do. Wednesday @ 10, Show, 135 W 41st, 212-358-1126.