As much as Pandora consistently elicits chuckles around these parts for the loony language in the promo blasts -- this week: "The energy will hit you right in that special place. When you leave, we want you to feel as if you've done something illegal." -- but if you're looking for that popular combo of pretty people, exclusivity, pomp and mainstream dance hits, you can do worse than the Park at 14th's weekly party. Tonight's guest is Ryan Leslie, the production talent behind some of the biggest records in popular R&B right now, from "Diamond Girl" to "Addiction." He's been stepping out from behind the boards to cultivate a solo career, and he's assembled a debut album with some funk behind the pop gloss. Leslie will be hosting, which, you should know, can mean anything from greeting patrons from a VIP perch to hamming it up with the DJ and kicking a few impromptu songs. If you don't want to get caught in the bottle service trick bag, stop in for the 6 p.m. happy hour; it's preceded by an open bar that begins at 5 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9th for free admission before 11 p.m.
-- Rhome Anderson (July 2009)