It’s a new year and LinA In LA’s Party Picks has a new home! Check back here every Thursday for our round-up of raging hotspots and DJ-driven events from the city’s most diverse dance scenes. This week, we recommend three haps paying homage to seminal music artists on the decks. Was music better back in the day? Maybe. Still, we’ve got stuff looking forward (sonically and stylistically) as well. Have fun and we’ll see you on the dance floor!
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Thurs., Jan. 5
OMEGA COLLEKTIV AT RED ZEBRA
It’s the dawning of the age of Omega… LA Slush contributor Ernie Omega and his Omega Collektiv present: “Enter the Age of Aquarius“ a fashion installation & salute to the energy shift of 2012 at Red Zebra. Artist Robert Vargas’ hodge podge party meshing music, art and fashion in the old bank vault venue The Crocker Club is like a Downtown loft party gone mad. And things get really wild in the Glass Door (back room) after the fashion presentations, thanks to Omega and his band of flamboyant knights. Dress up and stay late. 453 S. Spring St. Reserved seating: email@example.com
Fri., Jan. 6
SIOUXSIE NIGHT AT HELTER SKELTER
In an interview, Siouxsie Sioux once told us she wasn’t keen on the “queen of goth” label, but the singer is none the less one of the most bewitchingly dark and glamorously gloomy artists of all time. It’s about time Helter Skelter held a night in her honor, and this one is sure to dazzle on the dance floor. (BTW, we are in LOVE with the gorgeous pic our friend Austin Young shot of Sioux above.) At the Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood.
SOFT CELL NIGHT AT UNDERGROUND
Black fishnet fans/80′s freaks will be extra tortured this weekend. Siouxsie or Soft Cell? Arguably, if you like one, you like the other right? Across town –in Chinatown to be exact – Club Undergound celebrates the decadent electro duo, inviting all disco dollies and sex dwarves alike to get seedy on Grand Star’s retro light up dance floor. There’s something about Marc Almond’s wicked mixture of sex and angst that, for us, is the 80′s. Siouxsie conjured magic and escape, but the stuff Almond was crooning was what we were actually feeling in our teens, ie, tainted (puppy?) love/lust. Also be on the lookout for our LA Weekly comrade Liz O on the decks! At Grand Star, 943 N. Broadway, Chinatown
Sat., Jan. 7
If you miss the two new wave-driven nights above this one should satisfy your flashback thirst. Beat It and Clockwork DJs Bruce Perdew, Jason Lavitt, Mike Stewart, Bractune, and Bipjeffington join forces for this dance party celebrating the decade of decadence and big hair. Expect all the stellar hits and campy misses that sound good again. El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. www.clubbeatit.net
Sun., Jan., 8
PART TIME PUNKS DAVID BOWIE NIGHT
PTP’s first Bowie night was bodacious to say the least. The cardboard cut-out of the man who fell to earth actually came to life, put on red shoes and danced the blues! Okay, not quite, but Punks use of life-size cardboard likenesses sort of did sprout a life of their own after the last Bowie bash. (We took a pic with “Dick Clark” at their NYE shindig at La Cita.) Expect only the best of Bowie and those influenced by him at this birthday event, which celebrates DB’s 65th on Sunday. 1822 Sunset Blvd. Echo Park.
FELIX CARTAL AT DIM MAK SUNDAYS
Cartal celebrates the release of his new single, “Don’t Turn Off The Lights.” See print edition of LA Weekly’s “Club Pick of the Week. “ At Dim Mak Sundays at Drai’s, W Hotel roof, Hlywd.