The Boy is back in town A decade after he presided over hedonistic handover festivities at the Unity 1997 party, Boy George is returning to Hong Kong. George Alan O'Dowd has carved out a career as a successful DJ since he left 1980s pop outfit Culture Club, but in the 10 years since his last appearance he's made headlines for mainly non-musical reasons. In the most notorious incident, O'Dowd was ordered to pick up rubbish on the streets of New York last year after he admitted falsely reporting a burglary in his Manhattan apartment, where police reportedly found cocaine. A media frenzy ensued when O'Dowd reported for duty with a freshly shaved head decorated in tattoos, and the beleaguered singer lashed out at the paparazzi with insults - and his broomstick. But such theatrics are unlikely when O'Dowd takes to the Dragon-i decks next month to display the skills he's honed as a house music DJ. His musical career was resurrected when London mega-club Ministry of Sound hired him to compile one of their first CDs in the early 90s, and he's matured into an in-demand DJ who's appeared at clubbing hot spots from Ibiza and London to Australia and Dubai. The November 24 party will also mark the fifth birthday of Dragon-i. Further details, including ticket prices, have yet to be confirmed. Gad Zouks! It's that time again Hot days and nights may be numbered in Hong Kong, but clubbers always have the thought of the annual ZoukOut dance party in Singapore to beat off the approaching winter chill. Already lined up for the 12-hour overnight extravaganza on the Lion City's Sentosa Island are techno godfather Carl Cox, hip hop scratchmaster DJ Craze, eclectic funk and soul guru Giles Peterson and newcomer Uffie from French electro label Ed Bangers. Easily the best outdoor dance music festival in Asia, ZoukOut is organised by the team at top-notch Singaporean club Zouk, and features several stages with massive sound systems and lasers spread along the sands of Sentosa's Siloso Beach. A who's who of global DJs have headlined the event in the past, and this year looks set to continue the ZoukOut tradition of quality. The event starts at 8pm on December 8. For more details, go to zoukout.com. Casino's royale lineup A night out in Macau used to involve a combination of gambling and insalubrious nightclubs, but the opening of the Venetian Macau promises to turn that stereotype upside down. Booked to appear at the world's biggest casino are the Black Eyed Peas on October 27 and Beyonce on November 3. The Venetian Arena seats 15,000 people, and promises entertainment events of a quality only previously seen in casino central, Las Vegas. For further details on these two shows and the Venetian's other upcoming attractions, go to venetianmacaotickets.com.