An opportunity to see what one half of the former Club Called Rhonda crew is up to party promoter–wise (Aaron Castle and Ms. Kimi splintered off several months ago to do their own soiree) and a chance to see the freshly remodeled/reopened Stone Bar, Cookies for the Crook promises some beat-driven badness courtesy of Chinatown-based "outsider" DJ duo NGUZUNGUZU (Wildness) and usual "suspects" Cosmic Kids, Dirty Dave, Louisahhh, Total Freedom and MC Russinabox. This one should get nice and nasty on the floor. 5221 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Feb 26. Free with RSVP at cookiesparty.com. The next night, the similarly unruly DANCEiSM celebrates its second anniversary in fittingly underground warehouse environs. The crew have no love for the R word (rave), but their parties conjure all that was great about the early L.A. rave scene: a communal spirit; euphoric, creative atmosphere; and relentless electronic music helmed by DJ Ben Oprstu, Robot Love, Mr. White and others, performed on a "classic turbosound setup." 650 S. Clarence St., L.A. (with parking and shuttle buses from USC and LMU); over 18; till 4 a.m.; Sat., Feb. 27. See danceism.com for more info.
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