French techno wonderboy Laurent Garnier returns after a long hiatus from the city. Though the combination of saxophones and samplers on his last artist album, The Man With the Red Face, raised eyebrows (a little too close to electronic Kenny G, perhaps), it’s still a beautiful tune, bordering on epic, and if Garnier spins anything that resembles what he makes, we’re in for a good night. (Note to self: Bring stamina, since Garnier—who is known for lengthy sets that put Tenaglia, Sasha and Digweed, and other marathoners to shame—has the stuff in spades.) Friday @ 10, Centro-Fly, 45 W 21st, 212-627-7770.
Pretty-boy German trance DJ Paul Van Dyk represents the opposite end of the spectrum of his superstar counterparts: He plays records that punch the obvious buttons. It’s the sort of set where every record has a build, a climax, a drop, and a melodramatic finish—but in a happy kind of way. His music might be light, but his personal and political views are not. Van Dyk should get respect for wearing a T-shirt that says “Stop the War” at nearly all his public appearances this year. Friday @ 10, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212-645-5156.
It’s sorta, kinda like the old Body & Soul, but not quite. However, it is the closest thing you’re gonna get—especially with birthday boy and ex-B&S DJ Danny Krivit at the helm. The party, titled 718 Sessions, has mostly the same format—a good-time vibe in an attitude-less place, with the evening starting and ending on the early side (soon enough for all the kids to make it to school the next morning). Sunday @ 6 p.m., Water Street Bar, 66 Water, Bklyn, 718-625-9352.