By Rebecca Bulnes
By Laurie Charles
By Chuck Strouse
By Lee Zimmerman
By Laurie Charles
By Falyn Freyman
By Hans Morgenstern
A weekend of happy high jinks to look forward to. On Friday, August 23, party promoter extraordinaire Napoleon brings us a reprieve from the usual disco and brain damage with a night where high style rules, with a fashion spectacular showing the 1996 collections of Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, and Blu Marine. The event takes place at the upstairs Cabaret Babalu at Victor's Cafe (2340 SW 32nd Ave., 445-1313), with plenty of surprises mixed into the usual club-life staples like the ever-so-trendy cigar rollers. The party starts at 9:00 with a complimentary Johnnie Walker Black Label open bar (until 1:00 a.m.). It's by invitation only, but if you're not lucky enough to have one of those, make dinner reservations and get into the show for free. The next night is an affair of minimal dress, as 2 Lips Productions presents a women's striptease party, where beautiful women dance out fantasies for other women, at the not-so-club-like Miami Racquet and Fitness Club (9395 Bird Rd., 618-8925). If all that is too close to home, though, plan to spend Saturday night on Mars -- Marsbar, that is -- (8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 271-6909) at their back-to-school blowout. There'll be free food and drinks from 8:00 to 10:00, plenty of planetary mood music and drink specials, and M.U. (Marsbar University) T-shirts will be given away. Grab a special school survival kit with all the essential school supplies -- no pocket protectors here, though -- to make your life on the planet just a bit happier.
Speakeasy Bar and Lounge, "Cigar Night." Bob Parent and his Dixieland Band entertain the the cigar-smoking, wine-drinking happy-hour crowd. 1230 Ocean Dr. (Ocean Front Hotel), Miami Beach, 672-2579.
Groove Jet, "Groove Girl." Eclectic locals gather for mayhem and mischief with resident DJs Luis Diaz, Carmel Ophir, and Glenn Richards spinning musical fun for everyone. 323 23rd St., Miami Beach, 532-2002.
Tobacco Road, "The Beast and Baker." Rockin' local music in a down-to-earth setting. Tonight, Reckless Lester and the Tumbleweeds, Puke Popsicles, and Betty at the Station play upstairs with Louie Archambeaux rocking the house downstairs with his own brand of jazz and blues. 626 S. Miami Ave., 374-1198.
Baja Beach Club, "Flashback Friday." Retro fun with drink specials, synthetic fabrics, and all the mood music of the Seventies and Eighties. 3015 Grand Ave. (CocoWalk), Coconut Grove, 445-0278.
Kitchen Club, "Ladies Night." Progressive, new wave, industrial, and Gothic music playing in two rooms, with complimentary admission for the ladies until midnight. 3701 NE Second Ave., 754-0777.
Greenwich Cafe. Stay downtown for a cocktail hour buffet and the company of fellow drones as a DJ keeps you jumping. 901 S. Miami Ave., 374-1445.
Cameo Theatre. Twisted pleasures, solidly in the tradition of the Cameo's dance-till-we-drop crowd, with a Power 96 live broadcast and DJ Eddie Mix spinning on the wheels of steel. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.
Century Beach Club, "Blue Nights." Smooth-sounding Luscious Conway and his band Xodus provide a little live jazz in a cozy setting under the stars. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 674-8855.
Splash, "Men Who Prefer Men." Go underground at a deep-house dance party complete with go-go boys and free drinks from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. -- a party beyond reckoning. 5922 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami, 661-0917.
Bash. DJ Marc Sacheli spins the latest and greatest dance music in the main room, while international DJ Ivano Bellini pumps out world beats under the stars in the back-yard Magic Garden. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Society Hill. The haven of simple pleasures, always good for a beer and a song. Tonight Manchild kicks out the jams at the home of simple delights. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.
The Edge. Rock till you drop as Peaches music store and XS magazine celebrate the release of their local-music sampler CD. Included on the album and scheduled to perform tonight are the Goods, INHOUSE, the Holy Terrors, I Don't Know, and more. 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-9333.
Hard Rock Cafe, "Daily-Double Happy Hour." Loosen those ties and kick off those pumps with food and music, two-for-one drinks every weekday from 4:00 to 7:00, and half-price drinks every weeknight from 10:00 until closing. 401 Biscayne Blvd. (Bayside Marketplace), 377-3110.
Cafe Iguana, "Monday-Night Boxing." Hinterland amusements for the masses with rough-and-tumble challenge bouts, a carnival set in a club/restaurant that runs like a well-oiled machine. 8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 274-4948.
Cafe Miro. Divine diva of song and love Maryell Epps performs jazz and blues classics. 448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 538-6476.
Fat Kat's Pool Bar, "Ladies Night." Felines enjoy free drinks and pool instruction at this haven for pampered pool. 8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 274-8090.
Warsaw, "Male Erotica Night." Strippers, both amateur and all-too-professional, competing for sleaze and glory. Normally Warsaw's best night. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango, "Martini Madness." A happy hour of fun for a new generation of martini lovers -- with more than 50 concoctions -- and the smooth jazz sounds of the Bill Pace Trio. 3015 Grand Ave. (CocoWalk), Coconut Grove, 529-2222.
-- By Liz Martinez
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