Thursday, January 15, 2009

Someone's Having a Birthday!

Debonair Social Club's Claudia Gassel. (Photo: Claudia Gassel)

Some hot heavyhitters blow out the candles on their birthday cakes this week:

She's got sultry style and pin-up girl looks, but make no mistake, Claudia Gassel (Jan. 12), partner of hipster Wicker Park restaurant/lounge Debonair Social Club, is one shrewd businesswoman.

Nightlife promoter Rick De Allay Soul (Jan. 13) keeps house music alive over at Zentra, where he presides over Jack Fridays each week. He's made quite a rep with these parties, lining up local and nationally known spin stars who've found a brand-new audience in his eager young patrons.

Grooveparlor deejay and founder Mario Romay (Jan. 14) gets the underground house heads to bow down to his parties every week at Cuatro. And when you can't make them, you can always catch his mixes as well as those from other deejays here.

And super-girl promoter and all-around do-gooder Sarah Vargo (Jan. 16) made her mark with The Diva Series, honoring local women from the arts, media, fashion and entertainment industries. The party's now at Crimson Lounge on Thursdays (starting Jan. 22), but don't be surprised to find her name attached to other high-profile events.

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