This sure sounds like an odd recipe. First, take the tablas, the drum instrument dating back to the sixth century of what is now northern India. Then, throw in some turntables, which date back to, what, the infant years of disco and hip-hop in New York? Shake well and serve. Turns out the two make a heady cocktail. At Turntablas on the Bayou, part of this weekend's Fusion Fridays gig, DJs Yogi G, ALX and SDF3 will spin house, bhangra, hip-hop and underground Asian dance music. Keeping the beat, percussionist Rishi Nayak taps the tablas and bangs the dholi drums.
"The tablas are a really big eye-opener for a lot of people," says Yogi G, an eight-year veteran of the scene and DJ for the popular KPFT program Generasian Radio. "I think it's a new concept for a lot of Houstonians." Their first Turntablas event in May packed the Social, thanks to glorious patio weather and a winning East-meets-West formula. "We don't want to limit it to our kind of people," Yogi says. He's gotten love for both his radio show and his Bollywood-themed parties from Asians and non-Asians alike.
"A lot of our generation vibes off it," he says. "People that are born here, especially in Houston, like the Western and the Eastern, so there's a good balance." Get your own balance of East and West at 9 p.m. Friday, June 3. 3730 Washington Avenue. For information, call 713-426-5585 or visit generasianradio.com. Free. -- Travis Ritter
For Those About to Rock
Sure, right now you may be sitting at your desk job in your corporate-casual gear. But we know that just this morning you were shakin' your toweled thang, doing your best J.Lo in front of the bathroom mirror. Bring your morning show to Planned Parenthood's "Party Like a Rock Star" event. Maria Todd, from 104 KRBE, will emcee, and DJs Sun and Sean Carnahan will spin. But you're the star of this costume party, so dress like your favorite rocker and sip complimentary "rocktails" starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4. M Bar, 402 Main. For tickets and information, call 713-831-6556 or visit www.pphouston.org. Individual tickets are $40; VIP tickets start at $100 per couple. -- Steven Devadanam
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Be All You Can Bjrk
Much like a gnome -- a mythical Scandinavian creature possessing mystic knowledge -- Icelandic pixie princess Bjrk has otherworldly skills for making out-there music. Her mystique, sense of style and voice have captivated critics and fans since her teen days fronting the Sugarcubes. Celebrate her human behavior at the Bjrk Theme Party at Helios. As Bjrk videos are projected out back, DJs Suma and Lotus will spin her tunes. And watch for attendees who'll be decked out in their best Bjrk-inspired costumes: swans, Kabuki girls and teddy bears. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 4. 411 Westheimer. For tickets and information, call 713-526-4648 or visit bjorkparty.blogspot.com or heliosrising.org. $8. -- Travis Ritter
An "L" of a Time
"Letz show the boys how it's done!" exclaims the sultry, tight-dressed chick on the flyer for Girlz Pride.05. Groove Girlz Productions' specialty is sapphic soirees: Last year's Girlz Gone Wild party drew more than 300 lesbians from all over creation, and they're poised to beat that number this week. DJ Farah Cox will be on hand to keep those feminine rumps a-shaking, and all proceeds are earmarked to benefit Pride Houston. Show up and celebrate sisterhood when this 18-and-up party gets going at 9 p.m. Friday, June 3. 1415 California. For tickets and information, visit www.groovegirlz.com. $10. -- Scott Faingold