A few years ago, we were fans of a night called Lemur Lounge at Casablanca in Old Town Alexandria. A cozy spot with good food, a relaxed vibe, comfy couches and a good-sized dance floor, it managed to bring in some of the best house DJs in the area, though it was well off the beaten path -- except for the heads who knew. The Lemurs stopped doing weekly parties at Casablanca back in 2004, but some local promoters still throw occasional events there. On Friday there's Festivus, a low-key pre-New Year's Eve party with DJs Aaron Lee (a Lemur Lounge vet), Keenan (ditto), Joe L. and Dimitri. Expect tons of funky breaks to get you up and moving. No cover, no dress code -- just an end-of-the-holidays party.
-- Fritz Hahn