Jessica Simpson, drinking vodka-and-Red Bull cocktails with stylist pal Jessica Paster at L.A. hotspot Hyde Lounge. "They were laughing and having a good time," a clubgoer tells us. Also partying: Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who drank beers with a friend and fellow rocker Dave Navarro, who shared a cigarette with some female admirers. "They were real flirty," says the clubgoer. And American Idol star Chris Daughtry also greeted fans.
Kirsten Dunst, quipping, "Wow, that's a lot of me," when greeted by looming photos of herself at Entertainment Weekly's 2006 Photo Issue party in West Hollywood. It was a Dancing with the Stars fest, with cast members Mario Lopez and partner Karina Smirnoff chatting with Willa Ford and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Lopez told us he'd be spending his 33rd birthday (on Oct. 10) in Las Vegas. "I celebrate it like Mardi Gras – all week!" As they exited, Lopez and Smirnoff caught up with Dancing alum Stacy Keibler and her boyfriend Geoff Stults.
Taylor Hicks, celebrating his 30th birthday with dinner at French eatery Little Door in L.A. He then took the party over to Hyde Lounge and got hugs from four different well-wishers. "He was having a great time with his friends," says a patron. "He took interest in one female guest, spending the majority of the evening talking to her."
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John Mayer, chowing down on a steak dinner with a group of friends at the Strip House in Houston. After being given the option to sit in a private room, he instead decided to sit at a large round table on the main floor.
Mariah Carey, hanging out with a huge entourage at club Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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