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Round 285 in four or five days: It was a week of drinking and drinking it in -- from caipirinhas and cosmopolitans to b-boys and burlesque. It began last Tuesday, sipping a pineapple martini at Bluepointe's "Martini Splash," hosted by Social Diva (dot ubiquitous com). People were trying too hard and/or trying on the nerves -- especially for a Tuesday. Guys were going through money like hair gel -- i.e. liberally -- and the room buzzed with ladies drinking it up as progressive house pumped through the angular eatery.

On Wednesday, Lifeform.Project held "Music for Noodles" at L5P's Teaspace. Uplifting downbeat sounds were made all the more pleasant by (sweet) pineapple bubble tea and "plum blossom" sake spritzer. At this Wednesday weekly, the atmosphere -- like the food -- is subtle and refreshing.

On Friday, Buckhead's Frequency held an URB-sponsored old-school hip-hop jam, attracting an unusually high concentration of fashion "do's" in one place (shout-out to Roller Girl). Among the afro-puffs and petite girls aggressively hawking Players eXtreme Vodka, Plane Representation promoter/Tiger Beer rep Carrie White represented the East.ATLectro massive.

After much vodka, it was over to eleven50, where tribal breakbeat quintet Aerial celebrated four years with a spirited, spiritual set. The group was later seen celebrating across the street at the Crescent Room. Getting there was a bitch, however, as traffic was doubly complicated thanks to a sudden swarm of ticket-wielding patrolmen along 12th Street. Word is, enforcement will become increasingly more regular.

Bookending the all-consuming consumption, Castleberry Hill's Formosa welcomed a Cover Magazine-sponsored "burlesque" showcase that should've been subtitled "Bill Hallman's Company Cocktail Party," as much of the Virginia-Highland fashion staple's staff attended. Also spotted in the tightly packed crowd was original Atlanta "club kid" rockabilly Rio, eyeballing the spit curls and twirls of corset-clad Pink Minks and the dips and daring do of swing-dancing Dames Aflame before Torchy Taboo ascended to unveil her pasties-clad charms.

Second comings and homecomings: Food poisoning has resulted in German trance titan Paul Van Dyk rescheduling his July 22 date at eleven50 for July 30. In the interim, the highest recommendation goes to Chicago's Felix da Housecat and the return of Georgia's own Larry Tee, sharing the DJ booth at the Crescent Room July 26 in order to spray speakers with filtered funk and electro_fying disco-pogo-punk.

Until next week, keep one RedEye open. Send all comments, questions, observations and invitations (with the event/date in the subject line) to redeye@creativeloafing.com.

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