Into the Night

Another New Year's Eve has slipped by, so we can get on with the truly important things in life. And this Friday, January 3, it's all about renewal when the Kitchen Club reopens its doors after a monthlong hiatus. Experience the dark and the dank as this party place moves from the Design District to a new -- and as yet undisclosed -- location. Owner Aldo G. keeps us guessing about the location and the exact details of the grand event, but he will say this: The new location will feature a reduced cover charge of five dollars and not one but two floors of the best in alternative, retro, progressive, industrial, and Gothic music. Each floor will have its own DJ spinning different tunes. The kitchen will be open and cookin' from Thursday through Saturday. Call the hotline at 754-0777 for all the updated info. Settle back into some cozy comforts later in the week when the National Academy of Songwriters presents a pumped-up version of its monthly gathering Songwriters in the Round on Tuesday, January 7, at the Park Central Hotel (640 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 899-7346). Slide guitarist Joanna Connor and vocalists John Mooney, Cathy Cotton, and Roach Thompson showcase their talent in the blues department. Enjoy the music or come early to sing your own tune at the open mike. Things get rolling at 7:30 and admission is five dollars.

Thursday
Bash. Try to sweet-talk your way into the invitation-only gathering for an intimate performance by owner Mick Hucknall's band Simply Red. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-2274.

Lulu's, "The Loft." This Elvis emporium of a restaurant (fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches) goes dance-crazy at midnight tonight through Saturday with DJ Joe K. spinning fabulous tunes upstairs. 1053 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-6147.

Polly Esther's, "Wet Dream." Local superstar promoters Bobby Radical and Richie Rich host a night where Seventies rock meets Eighties new wave with DJ Rick Von Halle at the helm. 841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-5633.

Warsaw Ballroom, "Sugar Shack." Dance the night away with a jumpin' blend of hip-hop, funk, and reggae distributed to a swarm of energetic club kids. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.

Friday
Eleven/Eleven Bar, "Funk Thang." Phat and funky R&B and hip-hop tunes take center stage with the fashion-conscious crowd in a comfy indoor/outdoor lounge. 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2442.

Kay's Starlight Club, "Friday Night Live." Barrington Levy and his A-Team Band provide musical fun along with DJs Mix Master Steve, Kool G., and Mighty G. 1710 Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954-623-5078.

Ready Bar, "It's All Good." Ambassador of good will Ray Rodriguez kicks off the weekend with a jumpin' and thumpin' night of fun and frolic; DJ Chilly scatters nasty little tunes around the room. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.

Bar 609, "Disco Night." Take the high road to party culture with DJ George Milan spinning retro tunes inside, or dance under the stars to Latin grooves on the back-yard patio, with an early open bar and no cover till midnight. 609 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-5609.

Saturday
Crystal's. DJ Pete Moreno spins two dance floors into a frenzy at this upscale party. 2901 Collins Ave. (Seville Beach Hotel), Miami Beach, 271-7500.

Cameo Theatre. Get into the groove with a jammin' blend of reggae, R&B, and house music pumped out by DJ Waggy Tee. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.

Twist. The bar for boys, always brimming with excess and overindulgence, hosted by special guest DJ and dancemaster Dean Chronic. 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-9478.

Sunday
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.

Bermuda Bar, "Surfin' Safari." All the necessary ingredients for a beach bash are in place -- free beer from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and a late-night bikini contest. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.

Jockey Club, "Gospel Brunch." If you can wake up, divine diva Maryell Epps digs up some jazz and gospel tunes for an early afternoon of soul. 11111 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 893-3344.

Monday
Tobacco Road, "Swamp Boogie." Always on Monday you can catch Iko-Iko's acoustic jam and down a Samuel Adams or two. 626 S. Miami Ave., 374-1198.

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.

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 p.m., and half-price drinks every weeknight from 10:00 p.m. until closing. 401 Biscayne Blvd. (Bayside), 377-3110.

Tuesday
Jillian's, "College Night." Drink specials, cheap chicken wings, and pool, the essentials of youth entertainment. 12070 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, 595-0070.

Fat Kat's Pool Bar, "Ladies Night." Felines enjoy free drinks and pool instruction at this haven for pampered pool sharks. 8505 Mills Dr. (Town & Country Center), Kendall, 274-8090.

Wednesday
Ready Bar, "The Playhouse." DJ Luis Diaz and partner in crime Macarena host a night of funky music ranging from dance and trance to hip-hop and funk. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.

MoJazz Cafe, "Brazilian Jazz Night." Kick back with the cool sounds of the Rain Forest Band, featuring powerful vocalist Luciana. 928 71st St. (facing Normandy Fountain), Miami Beach, 865-2636.

-- By Liz Martinez

Send information regarding special "one-nighters" to "Into the Night." Fax material to 571-7678 or call 571-7572.

 
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