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BEST PLACE TO MEET A SUPERSTAR DJ Los Angeles 2009 

Monday Social at Playhouse

Maybe you haven't noticed, but this superstar DJ game is serious business. Some spinners have been known to travel with bodyguards (we're looking at you, Danny Tenaglia), and five-figure paydays are common. While well-known jocks are still more accessible than, say, members of U2, the days of practically everyone getting backstage at a big DJ gig are over. The Electric Daisy Carnival in early summer claims to have drawn 135,000 people to the Coliseum: That's certainly proven that rock-star status has arrived for the DJ. However, if you prefer less security between you and the guy playing other people's music for you, there's still a place to go: Monday Social at Playhouse. For 13 years the Social has put big-name DJs (even John Digweed) on an even keel with its intimate school-night crowds. It's not unusual to see the likes of the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan or trance pioneer Brian Transeau having a beverage. The mood is casual, not amped. Known for getting imported Saturday-night heroes to stick around and play on a Monday, they've recently moved to a bigger, newer venue, Playhouse. The sound system, a British Funktion One, is to die for. And the cover, usually just $10 with RSVP, isn't too serious. 6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 656-4800, playhousehollywood.com. 21+. Doors open Mondays at 10 p.m.

—Dennis Romero

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