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Bars and ClubsDisc JockeysLifestyle and LeisureDining and DrinkingLotteriesDJ AMCameron Diaz

You may not have the manse or the bling, but you can party like an A-lister at the Tsunami Foundation's Strides & Tides Kick-Off Party at reserve. DJ AM--a.k.a. Adam Goldstein, a.k.a. Nicole Richie's fiance, who usually spins for the likes of Cameron Diaz--will be there, mixing it up for the masses. (This event took place on Aug. 18, 2005.)

Tonight's a one-off, but don't despair. We've rounded up some of the top weekly residencies for local turntable talent that should set you spinning right round like a record, baby.

Lava Lounge
Hands down the clubbiest spot in the neighborhood, Lava Lounge still manages to keep things casual. The dimly lit main room has a bar, DJ booth and high ceilings; the cozier back areas offer couches, perfect for nuzzling or kicking back. DJs spin Brit pop, hip-hop, drum 'n' bass and house, and guest mixmasters rotate on weekend nights. Catch Jesse de la Pena, Sound Republic and John Simmons among others, plus there's never a shortage of cheap drink specials.
Spin it: Head across the pond with Brit pop beats from DJ Brad Owen at 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Regional drafts are $3, and there's no cover.

Hydrate
Where else can you go for manicures, martinis, drag queens, lotteries and hot 'n' sweaty dancers? Stroll by when the garage door-like windows are open onto Halsted Street, and it'll be hard not to stop in for beats from DJs Laura B, Greg Drescher and Chris Eterno, plus a cache of weekend guests. With $1-$4 drink specials, we dare you not to get down at this late-night Boystown hang.
Spin it: See if you'll win big tonight at Gay Lotto with Miss Foozie, starting at 10 p.m.; the pot's more than $2,000 this week! Plus, sip $4 Stoli cocktails and groove to Greg Drescher, 10:30 p.m. Thursdays. $3 cover after 1 a.m.

Neo
Walking down the dark alley to this goth and industrial mainstay is a good way to let your eyes adjust to the lack of light inside, where strobes set the scene for a predominantly black-clad crowd. DJs Dave Roberts, Jeff Moyer, $#&@! (gotta love that one) and more spin a range of music seven nights a week to suit your needs: metal, industrial, postwave, new wave, retro and electronic. Plan your outfit accordingly.
Spin it: Sunday's no excuse to stay in. Skip morning services and hit the late-night Sanctuary with DJ Jeff Moyer spinning electro, retro and industrial. 10 p.m. No cover.

Level
The look at this Gold Coast club is sparse and modern; think clean lines and right angles. People come to drink and get down, so skip the basic bottled beers and order a martini like everyone else; they're labeled Levels 1 through 10. DJs Virgil, Juan Silva and Billy the Kid keep the party people happy, and Jernell Geronimo spins for service industry night on Sundays. Expect to pay a varying cover charge, and ditch the tennis shoes, hats and jerseys.
Spin it: Flex it at Flirt Fridays, when DJs Virgil and Tony "2 much" Arzadon get the night going (10 p.m.). Juan Silva and Karl R play funky house on the Sky level. No cover for ladies; $5-$20 for guys.

Jet
White's the name of the game in this spot's fuselage-like interior, from the curved ceiling to the leather banquettes and stuffed seating cubes. Hit the bar and choose from a pristine display of vodka, featuring more than 130 international destinations on the menu. Mood lighting and video projections transport you just about anywhere. Potential captains on the turntable include Martin "Boogieman" Luna, Kalendr and Dino G.
Spin it: We love letting loose to progressive beats by DJ Ben Castaneda on Thursdays (9:30 p.m.). $5-$10 cover.

Originally published Aug. 18, 2005. Updated Aug. 19, 2005.

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