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Night Watch

Boston's Club Scene, One Party at a Time

By Michael Brodeur
Globe Staff / March 25, 2011

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DYKE NIGHT Tonight and every fourth Friday at the Milky Way, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. 9 p.m. Cover: $6. 21+. www.dykenight.com

The deal: Since 1998, Kristen Porter’s Dyke Night events have been the throbbing heart of Boston’s lesbian scene — which can be a little hard to find if you’re not tuned in. In addition to throwing lady-laden parties worth the monthlong wait, Porter has reliably given 25 percent of her parties’ proceeds to GLBT charities including the Lesbian AIDS Project of Mass., the AIDS Care Project, the Theatre Offensive, and others. Tonight’s installment is also an informal release party for the self-titled debut album of rising Danish pop starlet Oh Land — and the first 10 women to report to the dance floor will score a free copy.

The DJs: DJ Kris Kono (pictured) holds down the decks, with a special guest now and then.

Who goes there? A mix of JP locals and incoming out-of-towners mingle at the Milky Way, many of whom show up early to grab a bite at Bella Luna. “It’s very social,’’ says Kono. “It’s not just a place you go and get drunk.’’ (Though you can do that, too.)

3 Songs You’ll Hear: Will.i.am, “Check It Out’’; Katy Perry, “Firework’’; Rihanna, “S&M’’

The tip: “Feel free to ask me requests,’’ says Kono, “as long as you’re polite and not spilling your drink on me. I have no problem playing requests, but obviously you catch more bees with honey.’’

Michael Brodeur can be reached at mbrodeur@globe.com.