Editors' pick

Deja Vu


Editorial Review

Is it possible to be nostalgic for a club that traded solely in nostalgia? That's the question surrounding Deja Vu: '80s Dance Party vs. Polly Esther's at Chief Ike's Mambo Room. It pairs retro DJs from the uber-cheesy Polly Esther's, a downtown nightspot that was the destination for bachelorette parties in the late '90s and early '00s, and the legendary '80s Dance Party, which soothed cravings for Duran Duran and INXS every Thursday at Adams Morgan's Heaven and Hell for 15 years. DJs KC and Neal "The Angel" Keller are bringing their collections of familiar favorites to Chief Ike's for a Madonna-and-MJ throwdown on the bar's spacious dance floor, with another DJ upstairs. Will it be cheesy? Probably. Will women squeal when Cyndi Lauper plays? Definitely. Retro movies and videos play on screens around the bar, and Day-Glo shirts and jelly shoes are optional.

-- Fritz Hahn (April 27, 2010)