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Happy birthday, Donnie

When Donnie Wahlberg says 40 is the new 20, he means it. The New Kid on the Block celebrated his 40th birthday on Tuesday by partying at Mohegan Sun’s Ultra 88 Nightclub with 1,000 fans, three cakes, and a list of VIP guests that included model Jaizen Homiller, nightlifer Seth Greenberg, Boston-bred Star magazine reporter Melissa Cronin, P. Diddy’s “Making His Band’’ judge Rob Lewis, Wahlberg’s protege Jimmy Marsh, and El Tiante Cigars chief executive Dan Tiant. Highlights of the night included a performance by Wahlberg, who dropped his pants for the crowd before taking the mike. So much for being a grown-up. After the club closed, Wahlberg had an after-party in his room until about 5 a.m. Earlier in the day, Wahlberg golfed with friends - including Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey. He also received a box of birthday cigars from Luis Tiant, who wrote a note to Donnie that said, “From one Boston icon to another.’’ Donnie hosts yet another birthday celebration tonight at Rumor.

Donnie Wahlberg to celebrate twice

In other Wahlberg news, Mark’s brother Donnie has given us the early word that he’ll probably host a second birthday party for himself later this week to appease fans who couldn’t get tickets to tomorrow’s sold-out shindig in his honor at Mohegan Sun’s Ultra 88 Nightclub. Tickets to Donnie’s 40th birthday party sold out in 20 minutes. Donnie said fans should check his Twitter page for details about the second soiree. “It’s going to be a great night,’’ he said of tomorrow’s birthday extravaganza. “I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.’’ Wahlberg admitted that it’s easier to deal with New Kids fans now that they’ve matured. “They’re not going to sit in front of my house - and they don’t need to.’’ Wahlberg will be spending more time in Boston now that he’s joined the cast of “The Zookeeper,’’ which has been filming at the Franklin Park Zoo. He told us he’ll play a zookeeper who doesn’t like animals. “He’s the anti-Dr. Doolittle,’’ Wahlberg said, laughing. Even though Mark’s local movie, “The Fighter,’’ has had its wrap party, Donnie says he and his brother will have some time together in Boston. “Mark and I have a harder time seeing each other because of our schedules,’’ Donnie admitted. “Hopefully, we can play some golf at Franklin Park.’’


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