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Now here's a match made in clubland heaven. Cedd Moses and Mitchell Frank are teaming up to open a live music venue in 2007. Although they're still scoping out locations, here's why it's such good news: Moses, who brought us such fabulous and artistic watering holes as Liquid Kitty, Golden Gopher and Broadway Bar, is a big part of the drive to revitalize downtown. And Frank is the guy who put the Eastside on the map. His Spaceland and Echo nightclubs attract worldwide talent, not because they're state-of-the-art music facilities (to be sure, he takes funky dives and leaves them funky) but because he and his crew get first-rate talent.

The duo plan to build a most excellent club, but don't worry, they're not going Hollywood. They're keeping it real and looking at downtown venues.

In more exciting downtown news, restaurateur Fred Eric's new Tiara Café is throwing a ballroom blitz hosted by Designers & Agents Friday night titled the "Feast Fantasy Ball." Eric, who teamed up with Don and Andy Camacho to create the new downtown restaurant and fresh food marketplace, is planning to open Tiara to the public on April 3.

Another Vintage watering hole

New in the Valley: The Vintage Bar Group (Daddy's, NoBar, the Well) unveils its latest confection this week, Bar 21, at 4108 Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.... Snoop Dogg performed at Guy's North in Studio City on Saturday at the NBA Entertainment League's wrap party, where Jamie Foxx, Dean Cain and Common got jiggy.... And speaking of basketballers, NBA star Cherokee Parks, who owns the Huntington Beach nightclub the Brigg, says you just gotta see the Skatanic Rednecks, the venue's resident Wednesday night country-punk-death metal band.... Glam DJ Annathena is spinning Sundays at the Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village.... And while we're on the Eastside, don't miss Mink Stole's show, "Do-Re-Mink," at the Cavern Club Theater in Silver Lake this weekend.

Seen on the scene

Eva Longoria, Jesse Metcalf, Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama spent Monday night at Privilege in WeHo, where Valderrama was celebrating the premiere of his new MTV show, "Yo Momma!" ... Among those who cruised by LAX nightclub last Wednesday were the Black-Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boy Lance Bass and "Biker Boyz" Dante and Dion Basco.... Actors Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Greg Grunberg and "Bachelor" Bob Guiney jammed with their band 16:9 at the Avalon on Wednesday as part of a Guitar Center Music Foundation event, which alsoincluded Mick Fleetwood and Macy Gray.... And Paul Reubens is hosting a cabaret benefit for his former comedy partner Charlotte McGinnis, who is battling cancer. The event takes place at the Immaculate Heart High School cafeteria on the AFI campus (2021 Western Ave., Hollywood) at 5 p.m. Sunday.

-- Heidi Siegmund Cuda

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