Nightlife: Harajuku style and salsa dancing

Harajuku Shiprocked!

The weekly Plaza-Midwood vessel celebrates its fourth anniversary Thursday, June 2, with this Harajuku-themed tsunami relief benefit. Host DJ Scott Weaver says partygoers should play up Harajuku style while enjoying a mix of burlesque, drag and a special performance by Elektrik Dance Crew: www.elektrikdance.com . Contests, prizes, and sparkly cupcakes are also on the menu. Donations encouraged at the door. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206367602719679

Azucar! A Caribbean Celebration

The Latin American Coalition presents this family-friendly celebration of Spanish Caribbean culture. The cultural tour makes stops in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic; attractions include traditional dance, live salsa, Cuban son, and Dominican merengue; and Caribbean cuisine such as yuca, Cuban sandwiches, rice and beans and empanadas; libations (tropical mojitos go down particularly easy); and handmade arts and crafts. 7 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com

DJ Colette

Chicago's leading female DJ, best known for adding her own Kylie-Minogue-esque live vocals over her thumping house music sets, follows the March release of her second mix set "Our Day" with an appearance at Dharma Lounge (1440 S. Tryon St.) Saturday, June 4 with Nat Eichler. 704-334-8836. www.dharmacharlotte.com

Mini Rock the Rivals Tour

Mini Cooper and Kiss collaborated on four vehicles inspired by the legendary rock band's make-up. A replica of one of these (Starchild, Catman, Demon, or Spaceman) Countryman models, which were auctioned on eBay to benefit UNICEF earlier this week, will be on display during the Mini Rock the Rivals Test Drive Tour. The tour stops at NC Music Factory (934 N. Graham St.) Saturday, June 4. Kiss tribute band Strutter performs a free show on the outdoor Fountain Plaza Stage. Visit www.miniHendrick.com to reserve your spot to test-drive a new Mini Countryman and get VIP access to the show. General admission opens at 5 p.m. Concert begins around 8 p.m. www.ncmusicfactory.com

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