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  • Mirror ball

  • DubSpot music production course

  • Raving '89

  • Unusual Suspects: Once Upon a Time in House Music

Mirror ball


Mirror ball

Mirror ball
We love everything about The Jerk, especially Steve Martin’s home disco. Make your own bare-bones version by simply hanging a mirror ball from your ceiling. Instant Studio 54! Lighting Plus Inc., 676 Broadway between Bond and E 3rd Sts (212-979-2000). 12-inch-diameter mirror ball $40.
EXPERIENCE IT! Most clubs have a mirror ball or two—but the biggest one, at least in relation to the size of the club, has to be at Cielo. It’s straight out of pure disco heaven. 18 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-645-5700, cieloclub.com)


DubSpot music-production course

DubSpot music-production course
Looking to unleash your loved one’s inner Richie Hawtin? The DJ-production institute DubSpot will get them started with an Ableton Live 8 introductory workshop for the price of a $195 gift certificate. DubSpot, 348 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (877-382-7768, dubspot.com)


Raving 89

Raving ’89
The rave scene was adopted by the U.K. clubbing intelligentsia in 1988. The following year, rave reached the suburbs, and that’s the world this sometimes hilarious, often poignant collection of you-are-there photos by Gavin Watson covers. djhistory.com, 19.95 (approx. $33.50)
EXPERIENCE IT! Rave never hit here the way it did in the U.K., but the DJs of the Flashing Lights party have been known to drop a classic rave tune into their sets. flashinglightslightslights.com


The Unusual Suspects: Once Upon a Time in House Music

The Unusual Suspects: Once Upon a Time in House Music
This documentary DVD chronicles the early days of the Chicago house-music scene, when clubs like the Warehouse and the Music Box served as incubators for the outer-space disco we’re still dancing to 20 years later. Halcyon, 57 Water St at Pearl St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-260-9299). $20.
EXPERIENCE IT ! For a little bit of Windy City flavor, accompany your lucky recipient to Sleepy & Boo’s Basic NYC bash when it hosts Chicago vets like Derrick Carter or DJ Heather. basicnyc.com

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