Funk soul brother

One of the indie scene's most acclaimed DJs, Diplo, comes to First Avenue tonight. The Philadelphia-based DJ/producer drew comparisons early on to DJ Shadow for his ability to mix genres -- everything from electronica to Miami bass to Brazilian funk. Meantime, he's become quite the tastemaker, helping to introduce such cutting-edge artists as M.I.A. to U.S. audiences. (8 p.m. today. 701 1st Av. N., Mpls. $15. 18 and older. 612-332-1775. first-avenue.com.)

Bring on the Darkness

D-Day is here, as in: Darkness Day. At noon Saturday, Brooklyn Park-based Surly will put its über-popular Darkness brew on sale for one day only at the brewery. After that, beer connoisseurs will have only about two months to drink it on tap around the Twin Cities before it's all gone. If you want a head start, check out the official release party Thursday at Stub & Herbs. Darkness, a Russian Imperial Stout, will hit draft lines there a day earlier than at every other bar. More on Surly at surlybrewing.com. (7 p.m. Thu. 227 SE. Oak St., Mpls. Free. 612-379-0555. stubandherbsbar.com.)

B-Movies beware

That goofy, beloved cult TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is back, sort of. Many of the original writers and cast members are touring a live version of the 1990s show (where they berated B-movies for our enjoyment) under a new name, Cinematic Titanic. If you've never seen MST3K, it's like listening to a mouthy group of moviegoers, but finding them hilarious instead of annoying. More info: cinematictitanic.com (7 p.m. Sat. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $32.50-$37.50. 612-673-0404. hennepintheatredistrict.org.)