This spot is quickly turning into the Thursday party for househeads. Merchants Cafe has a nice dance floor and a good sound system, and its walls are covered with images of legendary artists like Etta James, Ray Charles, and B. B. King. This week Miss Funk and Emily Song take to the turntables. Merchants Cafe, 109 Yesler Way, 624-1515, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.
FRIDAY JANUARY 10
See preview above.
SATURDAY JANUARY 11
PEP LOVE OF HIEROGLYPHICS
Pep Love belongs to the San Francisco hiphop collective Hieroglyphics, whose members also include Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Souls of Mischief. He's also cut tracks with Q-Tip, and how can you not be down with Tip! Also on the bill are the Rebelz, who create their own style of Seattle hiphop. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison, 328-8000, early show 5 pm-9 pm, all ages, $10.
SUNDAY JANUARY 12
Oh, how I love the free dance party--let me count the ways. This night is a cheap way to hear a wide array of quality dance music from residents A. C. Lewis, J-Justice, Miss Kick, Brandy, and Michael Antonia, who spin house, broken beats, downtempo, and party jams. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, free.
MONDAY JANUARY 13
This is a spacious lounge, with a futuristic design that makes you want to drink that weird blue shit Buck Rogers would sip when he was chillin'. Monday nights are downtempo infused with jazz and hiphop by DJ Moda Mark. If you show up at 7:00 p.m., you can catch a spoken-word show as well, though you do have to pay a cover for that part. Bada Lounge, 2230 First Ave, 374-8717, 10 pm-2 am, 21+, free.
TUESDAY JANUARY 14
Here's a guilty-pleasure dance night for those of you with no shame in your game! Trent Von plays retro dance and disco cuts for the gay, the hipster, and everyone in between. Cover is only $2. Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, 324-5358, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $2.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15
DJ Doug has been jet-setting around the world looking for out-of-town house talent to hook up for his night. Tonight Wesley Holmes and Doug are diggin' into their "trunk of funk" to make your head bob. Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave, 223-1333, 9 pm-2 am, 21+.