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STAR STRUCK
Exclusive Interview with Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars

Joonbug: What has been the best part of working on Dancing with the Stars?

Karina Smirnoff: My favorite part of working on the show is to be able to meet amazing celebrities and to choreograph and create amazing dances and stories. I love to how the dances come to life and my favorite is watching celebrities fall in love with their dances and the beautiful art of dance.

JB: Who has been your most compatible dance partner on the show?

KS: I've been on the show since season 3. So I have had a slew of partners who I had a lot in common with and some who were quite different from me. But no matter who my partner has been, we have had the same goal and we're in it as a team. I won with JR, who is absolutely amazing. And I think we were extremely compatible, but I really enjoyed dancing, meeting and becoming best friends with Ralph Macchio. He's like my big brother I never had and his family is my extended family for sure!

JB: What has been your greatest accomplishment as a dancer?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Tonight: The 3rd Annual Naked Girls Reading A Christmas Carol

Tonight marks the 3rd annual Naked Girls' reading of A Christmas Carol. The show is led by 'Nasty Canasta' who is the first ever Scrooge in the buff. "Dickens himself invented so many of our most cherished Christmas traditions," says Canasta, "and I'm sure he'd want to be part of this newest one. I'm certain he'll be standing in spirit right at our ... elbows." We're sure he will be there too, Nasty.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Redfoo Shuffling Back to Marquee Las Vegas in 2012

LMFAO's zebra toting, champagne showering, DJ Redfoo is back at Marquee Las Vegas for 'Party Rock Mondays' starting in 2012. If you thought this summer's 'Party Anthem' was the peak of Redfoo, you've underestimated his ability to keep shuffling. He will continue party rocking through 2012 at The Cosmopolitan's premier nightclub Marquee.

DO-GOODERS
21 Charitable Gifts That Could Change the World


As the end of the year approaches, so does the gift-giving tradition. From the rush leading up to the festivities to last-minute sales at the mall, there are lots of opportunities to find the perfect present for friends and family. This holiday season, try giving a gift that doesn’t require a receipt. Here’s a list of charities offering gifts that genuinely improve people’s lives. Of course, these aren’t the only charities out there— just some of many we find inspiring!

1. Alternate Gifts International: Give a gift that’s guaranteed to not be returned this season. From options like literacy training in Haiti to bicycles in Africa, donors can pick a gift that inspires them most, no ribbon required.

NIGHTLIFE NEWS
Matsuri & Hiro Ballroom Closing Shop in March

Word has it that two meatpacking classics will be closing up shop come March. The Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri restaurant, owned by Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode, will close after 8 years, marking the end of a classic era. Both venues have hosted some of the greatest NYC parties over the past few years, and are known for making the meatpacking district cool, when it was mostly a seedy, unkept area.

IN THE HOUSE
Swedish House Mafia Live Stream @ Madison Square Garden

Here's a second chance for those who didn't get tickets to Swedish House Mafia's record breaking sellout concert at Madison Square Garden to get a glimpse of the show LIVE! The concert will be streamed live on YouTube.com/Fuse.

Tune in on December 16 at 10:30 EST to watch the #1 trio kill it like they always do.

Also, don't forget they'll be releasing their dub-step style new single ‘Antidote' with Knife Party on the same day, December 16, 2011.

You can check out Antidote’s exclusive first play here:

Swedish House Mafia online:

GET THE PARTY STARTED
DJ Orange Cat Attack at Open House
Come out to Open House tomorrow night in your best '80s get up for Orange Cat Attack in the booth spinning the best '80s mixes in the city. Come early and thirsty because there is a free vodka open bar from 10pm to 11pm. Get your dancing shoes ready, this is going to be an up-on-your-feet-dancing-all-night kind of party.
Besides, when was the last time you heard a set from DJ Orange Cat Attack?
Where: Open House @ 244 E. Houston St. (b/w A and B) When: 10pm till you can't stand up anymore.
THE HOT SPOT
Gansvoort Miami Rooftop Sells Out for NYE

If you were hoping to get tickets (any ticket!) to the Gansvoort Miami rooftop party on New Years Eve, you're out of luck. That is, unless you're looking to join the party after midnight (limited tickets will be on sale after 12:30 at the door as well as online). The party is the first to sell out in Miami, and promises to ring in the New Year like no other. With DJ M.O.S on the tables and a top notch, exclusive crowd, it's set to be the most coveted party in Miami.

With sprawling views of the the shoreline, located 18 stories above the beach, it's one of South Beach's sweetest hot spots. The rooftop boasts 26,000-square-feet with a 110-foot-long outdoor pool that plays underwater music. Private cabanas come with HD TVs and plush couches, only the finest V.I.P style.

HAPPENINGS
Tonight: WWB's Young Professionals Network Benefit

Come out and mingle, network, and celebrate the holidays for a great cause! WWB Young Professionals Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls and women pursue their career and educational goals by helping to alleviate global poverty. Tickets are just $30 and can be purchased here! Open bar is sponsored by Michael Collins Irish Whiskey (a holiday cocktail will be specially created by a professional mixologist), Brooklyn Brewery, Murray Hill Wines, & Advanced Corporate Solutions. There will also be gift bags provided by Maybelline New York!

100% of ticket and raffle proceeds and a portion of art sales will benefit WWB.

More info on the WWB Young Professionals Network is available here.

When: 7:30-10pm

Location: A.I.R. Gallery

111 Front Street #228, Brooklyn NY
New York City, NY 11201