Makers of one of last year’s best records should make for one of the best shows of this spring. The most memorable Liars' performances can make even the most sterile club environment feel like there's some sort of secret sinister ritual going down. This not-quite-dingy locale should up the intensity to a fevered height. $25
Twig the Wonderkid, named "Best Rock 'n' Roll DJ" in our 2009 Nightlife Awards Issue spins electro, disco, new wave, rawk and indie alongside DJ Bastard on the ground floor.
One of our favorite types of human beings are the flashy and trashy kind, second only to those who don't take themselves too seriously. This, then, is our perfect dance party filled with perfect people: There's grilled cheese and tater tots served at the bar, classic 80s and 90s dance hits and old-school rap fueling the party, and no dress code enforced. In fact, you might see resident Jay McElfresh wearing a marching-band uniform or wizard robe because why not a marching-band uniform or a wizard robe? FREE
FACE features two types of improv, incorporating both the improvisations of a jazz quartet that creates a new score every night based on a single audience suggestion, and sketch comedy by an ensemble of five actors. $10
DJ Mustachio mixes Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue and more, with a free salsa lesson starting at 7pm. Food and drink specials all night including 1/2 price fondue and $25 pitchers of sangria. FREE
Long-form improv from NYC's top ensembles. $5
False Aristocracy's Lena Marquise and Frances Eugenia host alongside DJs Mike Dextro, Proper Villains and Alexander Bassett a dance party gone arty; performances by Mademoiselle Lena and Mary Cyn blend with custom visuals by Myles Blake and Brian O'Blivion. Check falsearistocracy.com for details.
A monthly showing of the "most outlandish sketches you will see in New York City," brought to you by the underground comedy group Murderfist, a 2009 ECNY nominee for "Best Sketch Comedy Group." $10
After runs in London and D.C., this backstage musical about the creative and romantic relationship between Danny Faye and Sylvia Fine comes to New York. From their first meeting at an audition through their often tumultuous relationship to Faye's film stardom, this showbiz story is retold with many favorite Faye tunes. $56.50/$31.50
A flea market in the Lower East Side. FREE
Three years after its hugely successful Broadway run ended, the AIDS musical's producers and creative team have remounted it (with a new, younger cast, of course) Off Broadway. $65-$89.50
Why sit in your apartment listening to the Smiths and wishing you were dead when you could be in the basement of Lit Lounge listening to the Smiths and experiencing a sweltering mass of sweat and self-promotion? "Best DJ" winner of The L's 2009 Nightlife Awards, DJ Jess helms the tables with DJ Bastard for a night of 80s new wave and Brit pop. (Not so coincidentally, Lit was also named "Best Post-Breakup Night Out Spot" in our Nightlife Awards.)
BYO board games and have a drink to unwind from Monday drugery. FREE