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DJ parties: birthdays, big names and bring your own

A DJ plays music for the crowd at

A DJ plays music for the crowd at Aura Light and Sound Suite in East Meadow. (Oct. 1, 2011) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Looking to dance? Maybe even looking to spin? Here are some of the spots to find a DJ working the mix this weekend – and this time, one night you could possibly help with the playlist.

Friday, Dec. 2

Cash Lawrence is back at Sip This in Valley Stream for the hip coffeehouse’s monthly “BYOV: Bring Your Own Vinyl” gathering from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. As always, he’ll be playing records (that’s correct, actual vinyl records, hence the name of the event) of various genres. Of course, if you have a desire to join in – as well as some records of your own – feel free to show up with your discs in tow, and Cash will gladly give them a whirl. No cover.

Sip This: 64 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, 516-341-0491,

Saturday, Dec. 3

Ordinarily one would need to venture to Manhattan to catch this top selector at work, but sometime after 10:30 p.m. the world-famous Hex Hector will take the booth at Aura Light and Sound Suite in East Meadow, using Aura’s state-of-the-art sound system as the crowd dances under the house’s cutting-edge LED lighting. Hector’s resume is lengthy and includes a 2001 Grammy Award for best remixer, with remixes for Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston among many past projects. Cover is $10 for ladies, $15 for gentlemen with an opening set from DJ Manic.

Aura Light and Sound Suite: 1900 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-794-3091 

Monday, Dec. 5

Fresh off an opening-closing gig with (arguably) the world’s most famous mixer Tiësto at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, Long Island’s own Carlos Melange will join a crew of several other native DJs at Four Food Studio in Melville. Starting after 9 p.m., Joey Boii, Rob James, Mimic, Johnathan Move and Eddie Tegone are all scheduled to take a turn at the equipment to play club beats in the name of Four resident DJ Mark J’s birthday. No cover.

Four Food Studio: 515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville; 631-577-4444;

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