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Once the last statue has been handed out, there's an afterparty just down Georgia Avenue at the Club House with Stone Love (listen), Sir Conqueror and High Rollaz International. Admission is $15 with a ticket stub from the Reggae Awards or $25 without one.

We really like the sound of "Soiree Glamorous Life." Yeah, we're probably getting suckered in by the name, or that it's hosted by DJ Herve, who threw some great rooftop parties at Tabaq, but honestly, who couldn't use more glamour in their life? The guest-list-only event at kstreet is targeting an "international" crowd with a mix of dance music -- everything from house to '80s -- and the lounge is providing free champagne to the first 150 guests. If that doesn't get us doing air kisses, we don't know what will. RSVPs are required for entry -- see http://www.planetchicdc.com to sign up -- and the dress code is "fashionably chic."

Remember when 50 Cent promised to quit the rap game if Kanye West's "Graduation" outsold Fiddy's album "Curtis"? And remember how "Graduation" sold 250,000 more copies in one week than "Curtis"? Well, 50 Cent is performing at Love tonight.

Saturday, March 1
There are two kinds of James Brown fans: There are the ones who claim to love the Godfather of Soul and get up and dance at a wedding when "Sex Machine" comes on. Then there are the ones who trawl online record stores hoping to find the original 7" single of "I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance)," and who shiver with delight whenever the Godfather yells "Maceo, I want you to BLOW!" in anticipation of the stunning saxophone solo that's sure to follow. The latter fans are the ones who will be streaming out to the State Theatre tonight to hear former Brown sideman Maceo Parker (listen) tear through classics by the JBs, Parliament -- the band he joined after leaving Brown in the '70s -- and covers of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and other soul legends. Thing is, Parker's one of the most extraordinary and influential musicians of our age, and even the casual fans are sure to have a great time.

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, but one night can't hurt, right? Tonight's Toga Party at Nick's Riverside Grille is hitting all the sweet spots: open bar, appetizer buffet, best toga contests (male and female) and DJs spinning dance hits. Just don't get so out of control that you find yourself splashing around in the Potomac River. Tickets are $50; RSVP at dcseafood.com/toga_party/.

We love to a chance to put on a tuxedo and hit up a black-tie function -- okay, Fritz does -- but the fancy parties in this town are usually so expensive that it's prohibitive. The Mayflower Foundation Formal tonight at the University Club, though, looks like a good deal: The $65 ticket includes food, an open bar, live music and a raffle, and the night benefits the Youth Leadership Foundation, which helps at-risk D.C. youth improve their grades and develop character. Tickets are $65 in advance from the Mayflower Foundation Web site, or $75 at the door.

Glen Echo consistently draws top quality acts for its weekend swing dances in the Spanish Ballroom and that's certainly the case tonight as the Red Stick Ramblers (listen) stop by. Unlike many groups that play Glen Echo, the Lafayette, La., quintet doesn't play big band tunes in the style of Count Basie/Glenn Miller. That doesn't mean your dancing shoes won't have worn-out soles by the end of the evening, though. The Ramblers touch on everything from western swing to old-time country to Cajun-flavored tunes, and they infuse it all with seemingly endless energy.

Sunday, March 2
Time for a history lesson! (Don't skip ahead. This could come in handy on "Jeopardy!" some day.) The fledgling Republic of Texas declared its independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, a scant four days before the Alamo fell. Every year, the local Texas ex-pat group D.C. Texas Exes celebrates the territory's secession with a Lone Star-themed Texas Independence Day party. This year, it's being held at Lounge 201 with a DJ (a Texas native, naturally) and a silent auction. Advance tickets are $20 at dctexasexes.org; a "limited" number of tickets will be sold for $25 at the door.

Tuesday, March 4
The Palace of Wonders is resurrecting its sporadic arm wrestling tournament tonight with a special appearance by the tough-as-nails ladies of the D.C. Furies Women's Rugby Team. The competition is for single-sex teams of 4 to 6 members, and there will be brackets for both men and women. The competition runs from 9 to 11, with registration and drink specials starting at 6. There's a $5 entry fee for participants; spectators pay a $8 cover charge. Proceeds go to the nonprofit Furies team.


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