The DMC World DJ Championships are visually entertaining contests combining the agility of gymnastics with hip hop's cheeky ego. It's not unusual to see a DMC competitor use two different records to scratch out a verbal diss; only in this battle, he just might perform the stunt with his elbows. The Bay Area has long been known as a real hub of DJ talent, so the "San Francisco Regionals" of DMC's annual showdown should be world-class. It's not enough to be a great mixmaster here the pressure will be to perform in front of a judging panel that includes former champions Shortkut and Q-Bert. All ages are welcome as DJs take to the turntables on Saturday, June 10, at CELLSpace. Admission is $20; call 648-7562 or visit www.dmcworld.com for more info. Tamara Palmer
If not for the celebrated virtuosity of Compton producer named Dr. Dre, DJ Quik might have taken all of the glory for his technically intricate, funk-laden sound. He's equally adept at laid-back jams for cruising (like the classic "Tonight," which cleverly samples songs by Kleer and Betty Wright) and club bangers (the more recent "What They Think" with street crooner Nate Dogg). Quik's production work has graced everything from his solo albums to tracks by 2Pac, Eazy E, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston. Not that the marquee names matter to Quik, who showed a renewed passion for the craft with last fall's Trauma and a new distribution deal for his label Mad Science. Quik celebrates his career by performing his favorite hits with a live band on Saturday, June 10, at the Fillmore at 9 p.m. Admission is $25; call 346-6000 or visit www.thefillmore.com for more info. T.P.
Mark Farina continues to be one of San Francisco's most popular DJs, both at home and on international dance floors. Over the last few years, he's also come to be known for his original productions, which range from jazzy cuts like "Cali Spaces" (from last year's fifth installment of his popular mix series Mushroom Jazz) to the more recent bottom-heavy "Bes' Entertainment," a song that regularly gets bumped in gritty house sets. Joining Farina will be Lee Cabrera, the New York-based DJ duo of Steven Lee and Albert Cabrera. The pair's six years together have yielded European club hits and high-profile remix gigs, but their vinyl crates are packed with relics from the roots of current dance music, from disco to freestyle. Expect a mixed bag of funk on Saturday, June 10, at Ruby Skye at 8 p.m. Admission is $15; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. T.P.