Huzzah, it's Friday! Watch this video of an armadillo moonwalking to 'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson and read on for our list of the five best things you can do with your weekend:
The 45 Sessions with The Sweater Funk DJs
If you’re feeling particularly amorous this Friday, you’re in luck: At Legionnaire Saloon, the 45 Sessions will host the third annual “Love Jams” edition of its monthly all-45rpm dance party with special guests the Sweater Funk DJs. The Sweater Funk DJs have held down a Sunday-night residency at The Knockout in San Francisco since 2008, where they play boogie, two-step, and modern soul. On Friday, expect to hear “classics, rarities, slow jams, dance floor burners, and everything in between, all to the tune of your romantic beating heart,” according to the event’s Facebook page. And, of course, resident DJs Platurn, E Da Boss, Enki, Delgado, and Mr. E will be on deck to keep things fresh. As a bonus, DJ Aware and Donovan Weaton will be hosting a sale of soul records. Friday, Feb. 21. 9 p.m., $5, $10. LegionnaireSaloon.com — Madeleine Key
Ian Carey and Ben Stolorow
The duo of Richmond trumpeter Ian Carey and Albany pianist Ben Stolorow is the most adventurous and exciting trumpet-pianist pairing since cornetist Ruby Braff and pianist-organist Dick Hyman played together a quarter century ago. But whereas Braff and Hyman’s music was rooted in the pre-bop mainstream, these two East Bay musicians draw stylistically on a somewhat later era. They have a terrific new CD titled Duocracy on which their approach to melody, harmony, and rhythm suggests Thelonious Monk as they playfully explore “Cherokee,” “Little White Lies,” “You Took Advantage of Me,” “All the Things You Are,” and other popular standards, plus Gigi Gryce’s “Social Call,” Monk’s “Four in One,” and a tune of their own. On Friday, they will be marking the CD’s release with a performance at The Jazzschool. Friday, Feb. 21. 8 p.m., $12, $15. Jazzschool.org — Lee Hildebrand
Great American Wine Company Launch Party
Viniculture gets patriotic with the Great American Wine Company, a line of varietals created by the folks at Rosenblum Cellars, who donate a portion of the proceeds to military charities. A Great American Wine Company launch party at Rosenblum on Saturday will feature complimentary tastings of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a red blend. Scolari’s Good Eats will be on hand selling its all-American food from an Airstream trailer. And all military personnel and veterans will get a 20 percent discount on any wines they buy during the party. Saturday, Feb. 22. 1 p.m., free. RosenblumCellars.com — Anneli Rufus
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