2011 Black Wednesday clubbing and Thanksgiving weekend highlights

With this many options, Thanksgiving weekend may be the new biggest party weekend of the year.

Saturday 26

  Steve Angello + AN21 + Max Vangeli Congress Theater. 8pm; $25–$65. 17 and up. One-third of the Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello is currently one of the biggest jocks on the map. The trio’s remix for the Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” took home the Grammy for best remix of 2010, and the buzz around the Euro house crew just keeps growing. Though not as widely recognized as his older brother, AN21 is following in the elder Angello’s footsteps and is quickly becoming an honorary member of the cosa nostra. He’s joined by recent production partner Max Vangelis. The two have been hard at work recently, tweaking artists as varied as drum n’ bass icons Pendulum and indie pop star Ellie Goulding for the house world.

FREE Another ’90s Party Beauty Bar. 9:30pm. With its highly stylized decor, Beauty Bar hearkens back a couple of decades once a month for a night chock-full of bad sweaters, bad hair, acid wash and lots of neon. Taking on themes from Clueless to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, it brings that Clinton-era party time back again. This month sees stoner cult classic Half Baked as its inspiration, and features a throwback soundtrack from Team Bayside High, Sean Glass, Major Taylor and Johnnie Blood.

Control Saturdays The Mid. 10pm; $15, free before 11:30pm with R.S.V.P. at clubtix.com. Locking down some of the biggest names on the local downtown house scene, the Mid presents resident Nathan Scott and guests for this Saturday all-nighter. Crescendo regular Gus Karas spins in the VIP room. 

FREE Dance Syndrome Taxim. 10pm. Sifting through salsa, samba, batucada, baile funk and all their electronic counterparts, Christian Vera and Caswell James of the Soulphonetics DJ crew throw this Latin-themed soiree every last Saturday of the month, despite a recent venue change that uprooted the party and moved it to Taxim in Wicker Park. This month, genre-pushing house head Chicago Skyway guests.

Gaiser + Funk Shui + Fortune Smart Bar. 10pm; $13, before midnight $10. Part of Richie Hawtin’s M_nus family, Jon Gaiser spent his formative years absorbing Detroit techno before migrating to Berlin to join the minimal community there. His music gels perfectly with M_nus’s, all minimal bleeps and bouncy machine funk. The techy sounds of local staple Funk Shui and Milwaukee-based Brit Fortune set the pace for the night.

FREE Hear Here Martini Ranch. 10pm. Longtime champion of the Chicago underground, Kompute Music sets up shop at Martini Ranch, cultivating an environment that combines expansive visual textures with the analog techno sounds of label acts and residents Matt Nee, Menomix and Rayaline. For this week’s kickoff event, techno favorite Frankie Vega, Circa Tapes and Chris Rusu also spin.

FREE The Messaround: Maker + Intel Rodan. 10pm. DJs Maker and Intel of the Come Ups crew set up shop only to break it down with their signature mix of hip-hop, soul, downtempo and funk every last Saturday at this Asian-themed hipster haunt.

Panic darkroom. 10pm; $8, free before 11pm. This long-running monthly may be called “Panic,” but there’s no disco played here. DJs Pogo and Arturo hold it down with their to-die-for collections of Britpop, new wave and ’90s alternative, so expect to hear some shoegaze in the mix as well.

DJ Steve Powers enclave. 10pm; $20. The hotshot jock who holds down the New York outpost of posh nightclub franchise LAVO, Steve Powers teams with Saturday enclave resident Jordan V for a night of heavy house and hip-hop remixes.

Umek Vision. 10pm; $20, discounts in advance at vision.wantickets.com. Since climbing to the top of the techno rave scene in his native Slovenia, acclaimed jock Umek has graduated to the international stage, sharing the DJ booth with the likes of Carl Cox, mixing comps for Mark Knight’s Toolroom Trax label and being nominated for the top spot in Beatport’s Top Artist poll alongside David Guetta and deadmau5. His constant touring brings him to Vision’s DJ booth for one of his well-regarded sets.

FREE Venus Exit. 10pm. Bringing his latest club concept to Exit, DJ Eddie Riot teams with Akira Smith and Pinkmachine for open-ended explorations in indie, electro, techno and new wave. 



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