Monday, April 20 at Abbey Pub, 10 p.m.; $6
There are a lot of parties celebrating this special counterculture day (and on a Monday, no less), but we think this is the best bet. Not only is it cheap, you'll also have plenty of room to dance to the sounds of Floss, Willy Joy, Ghetto Division and special guests. You can also just enjoy the vids by Thunderhorse, the same crew that put together this video flyer. Just make sure you "prepare" yourself before you get there.
Spandexxx Friday, April 24 at Sonotheque, 9 p.m.; Free with RSVP to email@example.com, $10 without
HeartsRevolution will keep you moving on Friday.
For this installment of Spandexxx, the ladies of En Prise Entertainment and Venus Zine welcome HeartsRevolution. This New York-based dance duo's tune "CYOA" (and subsequent Flosstradamus remix) catapulted them to cool-kid stardom at the level of similar Canadian act, Crystal Castles. They've added a live drummer to make things extra funky. Resident DJ duo Rocktapussy gets the crowd going and we bet there'll be some cool freebies.
Saturday, April 25 at Butterfly Social Club, 9 p.m.; Free
Resident DJs Christian Vera and Cazwell James of Soulphonetics are joined by guest David Chavez for Dance Syndrome at Butterfly Social Club. Happening the last Saturday of every month, this Latin-influenced party features the best in samba, Latin jazz and baile funk. Butterfly's still constantly changing and last time we were there, we were a bit disappointed that the raw/nonalcoholic cocktail list has whittled down to two offerings, but the place has still steadily drawn a big crowd of clubbers looking to party.
Living La Vida Verde (Green Party)
Saturday, April 25 at Avila, 6 p.m.
The Green Heart Shop is a unique, fair-trade, non-profit organization located downtown that will not only charm you with its cute, fair-trade wares, but will also make you think a little harder about where your other purchases are coming from. But being a green and conscious consumer isn't all work and no play, so tonight, Green Heart Shop is hosting an all-day Earth Day blowout. The festivities start in the morning with a volunteer cleaning of Ohio Street beach, then it's to the store for helpful workshops, free samples and shopping. The event concludes at nearby club Avila (formerly 720) for an evening of world grooves from DJ C-Db, organic and fair trade wine and cocktails and mingling with other local greenies. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day?