By Jacob Katel
By Karli Evans
By Jose D. Duran
By Pablo Chacon Alvarez
By Kat Bein
By Abel Folgar
By Laurie Charles
Is the family driving you crazy? Have you had just about as much as you can take of Aunt Martha's story about how she met Uncle Don? Lucky for you, clubland offers some interesting options that not only stir the soul, but warm the heart as well. Get into the gift-giving mood -- now that you've consumed enough food to feed a small nation for a year -- and stop by Lucky Cheng's this Friday. The South Beach restaurant where the gender-bender waiters are more entertaining than any of the delectable dishes they serve hosts the finals of Drag Race '96, a two-month-long contest to find the most fantabulous drag queen around. The restaurant is offering a special prix fixe menu for $25; proceeds benefit the Shelbourne House, an organization that gives affordable housing to people with AIDS. And if that doesn't satisfy your urge to do good, there's plenty of good will to go around when the White Party rolls in this week. Call the hotline at 888-628-5268 or check our "Calendar" for information. Then on Saturday work off that turkey-day stuffing at the ultra cool lakeside Marsbar Holiday Jam concert. The festive fun includes local bands Skintite, Orgasmic Bliss, and Bonding of the Dogs. Planet Radio (WSHE-FM 103.5) and host Julie Guy broadcast an interplanetary retro show from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. with DJ Chuck E. tuning in some spicy sounds and danceable tunes all night long. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., with the extra incentive for an early arrival of free cocktails until 10:00. There'll also be various specials at the mad munchies station. But rest assured, there will be no cranberry sauce here.
821, "Thursday Cabaret." Mary D.'s Sappho-esque love riot of dancing, drinking, and cruising -- a juicy wallow at a louche refuge. 821 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-0087.
Salvation, "Feast of Friends." The Rhythm Chamber hosts an international dance party with a slew of out-of-this-country DJs injecting three rooms full of high-energy Euro-dance hits. 1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-6508.
Squeeze, "The First Ever In-Progress Arts Festival." Paints and brushes are handed out as DJ Danny Bled and the Underbellys provide musical inspiration while aspiring artists express themselves on impromptu canvases. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2151.
Cameo Theatre. Twisted pleasures, solidly in the tradition of the Cameo's dance-till-we-drop crowd. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.
El Basilon, "Fiesta latina." Cha-cha to your heart's content with salsa and merengue rhythms celebrating the old Miami all night long, with good food to boot. 2041 Biscayne Blvd., 576-8089.
Cartoon Saloon, "Ladies Night." This cartoon- and comic-book-theme restaurant goes kooky with classic disco and food and drink creations from the farthest reaches of the universe. 1670 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-8666.
Churchill's Hideaway, "Reggae Night." Get irie as Miami's own Jah Roots Band takes charge of that island beat. 5501 NE Second Ave., 757-1807.
La Covacha, "La Carcel." A Cuban country roadhouse packed with patrons dancing to Latin rock. The club where a good time is always the first priority. 10730 NW 25th St., West Dade, 594-3717.
Twist, "Swan Song III." Celebrate White Party Week with DJ E-N Appell and all your closest friends for a night of dancing till dawn to benefit Health Crisis Network. 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-9478.
Lua, "Back-Door Bamby." DJ Gigi spins a sexy blend of deep house mood music for an evening of erotic and not particularly subtle pleasures. 409 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 672-8351.
Liquid, "Fat Black Pussycat." Seventies-minded club kids, Euro-not-so-trash, and perky little vixens collide in a happy Afrocentric mix, working the caldron of rampaging desires. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Comedy Zone, "Club Flav-ahh!" Taste the flavor of DJ Miik as he steps behind the controls, dispensing deep and dirty underground tracks; with complimentary espresso all night long in case you need an added jolt. 1121 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 892-6979.
Bash, "Virtual Cocoon." Performance auteurs Men Smash Atoms project their unique, and slighty far out, imagination onto everyone who cares to watch. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-2274.
Park Central Hotel, "Songwriters in the Round." Relax and enjoy as national and local talent come together, or showcase your own talent in the songwriting game at an early open mike. 640 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 899-7346.
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.
Cafe Iguana, "Salsa Ardiente." Kendall's megaclub rolls out the heavy artillery for the young and restless, Latin division. 8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 274-4948.
-- By Liz Martinez
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