Start your weekend off with a little art therapy. Scion hosts the opening of touring art exhibit Installation Six at Eastern District in Brooklyn: The show is comprised of “non-narrative video installations” created by some of our favorite music fiends and local artists, most notably Brooklyn’s Dust la Rock (the genius behind so many zany show flyers) and Giant Robot founder Eric Nakamura. The exhibit also features locals Josh Graham and Monihan Monihan; the full list of artists is here, and the reception begins at 7 p.m. Alternately, if you missed the opening of Ninjasonik’s “Somebody’s Gonna Get Pregnant” vinyl-sleeve art opening last night, head over to the Front Street Galleries tonight. The exhibit features 60 handmade sleeves from the group’s cohorts and quite possibly “a pickle jar of semen.”
As for dance music, Turntables on the Hudson returns with their first Friday event at Cielo. Beleza’s DJ Cato headlines the bill with a set of Afrobeat, Latin house, and nu-jazz dance tunes. Also on the bill is TOTH’s own Eddy Plenty and Spanish house fiend Sandro Bianchi. Tickets are $10 at the door before midnight, $20 after. If you want something a little less fancy, head to Sullivan Room for Feel the Spirit: Jellybean Benitez plays a mix of house, soul, and jazz all night to an older crowd that will continue to dance–and only dance–until the party stops. (The last time we went to this party, we arrived at 5 a.m. and it was still going strong–with no cover at the door!) Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
As for me, I’ll be celebrating the triumphant return of the honorable Caps (of Caps & Jones fame) at Savalas in Williamsburg. Most know Caps from his Moving In Stereo mixtape that made SPIN’s “Best Albums of the Year” list a few years back, but longtime Williamsburg party-goers remember the epic, genre-crossing dance parties he and DJ partner Pandemonium Jones threw back in the day. It’s obviously no secret that he and the night’s resident DJ, Cousin Cole, are two of my favorite DJs to ever do it–so there’s that, too.
Saturday is all about the outdoors, even with the sudden, stunning loss of BKLYN Yard. Instead, head to Beach Blanket Disco at Water Taxi Beach: Rong Music maestro DJ Spun headlines the eight-hour dance party with a mix of house and disco, alongside H-Track and Double Gus. The party starts at 6 p.m.–tickets are $5 before 8 p.m., $10 after. Or, BK indie-rockers Yeasayer play a free show on Governor’s Island, though you’ll have to head indoors to see the band’s Chris Keating DJ the afterparty at 92Y.
Later in the evening, try Public Assembly for the Juan Maclean‘s DJ-Kicks Tour. The band’s performance is followed by a Fixed dance party with residents JDH and Dave P, hopefully playing more disco and less techno, due to the billing. The party starts at 10 p.m.: Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. Also on the disco circuit and right up the street, “secret disco party” Working the Knobs features Wurst label-head My Cousin Roy — the soiree has all the appeal of a tiny, grimy warehouse with a handful of flamboyantly enthusiastic regulars dominating the dance floor. The shindig goes down in the not-so-secret Cameo (a/k/a the back room of the Lovin’ Cup café) and costs you $5 at the door.
Finally, if you’re looking to sweat it out to hip-hop, head to our favorite monthly fete, the Rub, at Southpaw. DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven hold down the first floor with a carefully selected mix of rappity raps, r&b, funky jams, soul sing-a-longs, and pretty much anything else to make the women get low. San Francisco’s Sake 1 is the guest tonight, and will take over the cave-like basement with much more of the same. With summer comes the chance of waiting in line for an hour, so get there early: The night starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are $10 at the door.