By Rebecca Bulnes
By Laurie Charles
By Chuck Strouse
By Lee Zimmerman
By Laurie Charles
By Falyn Freyman
By Hans Morgenstern
Dig out your gold chains and your Fila cap and boogie down to the Cameo Theatre (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922) on Friday, April 18, for a mega bump and grind session with rap masters Run-D.M.C. and partner in crime Jam Master Jay. The boys from Queens who took rap to the extreme kick it once again to delight hip-hopsters and air-guitar aficionados alike with hit songs such as "You Be Illin'" and "Walk this Way." So slip on those untied sneakers and take your bad self and twenty dollars to the heart of SoBe for some hard-core hip-hop fun. If pumps and thump are more your game, head to the Arch Club (753 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-6483) on Friday instead for some serious heartwarming. The club hosts SoBe Heat, a new kind of Firefighters' Ball. It's fun for a good cause at this fire-theme benefit dance party; indulge in the open beer bar until midnight (serving brewskis from microbrewery Firehouse, of course) and rockin' and rollin' tunes by local band Firehouse (yet again). The men of the South Florida Firefighters Calendar fan the flames a bit more with a special guest appearance. The conflagration starts at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the UM/JM Burn Center.
Club Taj, "The Basement." Check out the debut of an underground dance party featuring hard house, progressive house, and trance tunes with DJs Luigi, Wendel, and Merlin. 3339 Victoria St., Coconut Grove, 444-5333.
Amnesia, "Wet and Wild." Step out of the heat on the street and into the frothy foam, where you'll be sure to cool off as temperatures rise, with a wet T-shirt contest at midnight. 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5535.
Club Tropigala. Feeling misty? Spanish balladeer Braulio sings sentimental songs at the king of Latin clubs; includes orchestra for dancing and the evening is available with or without dinner package tonight and Saturday. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 672-7469.
Union Bar, "Latin Rock Night." The Latin masses join forces for some hot and heavy rock en espanol dispensed by DJ Gus. 653 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-7870.
Marsbar, "Bovine Sex Club." Drink specials and party girls dancing in a cage high above the floor are the highlights of the evening, with DJ Alex Gutierrez at the controls. 8505 Mills Dr. (Town & Country Center), Kendall, 271-6909.
O'Zone, "Fiesta Friday." The most fun on the mainland, with salsa and merengue -- cool beer specials too -- flowing all night for those hot and heavy buff boys in bikinis. 6620 Red Rd., South Miami, 667-2888.
Victor's Cafe, "Asi Es Mi Cuba." Keep Cuban company with fancy fun and supper-club elegance as Marietta performs her Afro-Cuban and folkloric show. 2340 SW 32nd Ave., 445-1313.
Liquid, "The Bitch Is Back!" Get wet with the sweat of hundreds of gorgeous bodies as DJ Waxman spins new house rhythms. Later, cool off in the Situation Room with DJ Mark Leventhal. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Cameo Theatre. Get into the groove with a jammin' blend of reggae, R&B, and house music pumped out by DJ Waggy Tee. Tight and heavy sounds for the masses. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.
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.
Trio Nightclub, "Deca-dance." DJ Tre pumps out retro hits to take you back in time, with dangerous disco driving in the side room. Cheap drinks and hearty fun. 2660 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-958-9971.
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.
Society Hill, "Club Soul Clap." DJ Coop D. Ville spins acid jazz, soul, R&B, and funk tunes for fun and frolic in a whole new underworld. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.
Gables Diner. Revel in the blues as local dude Fleet Starbuck and his Blues Duo play smooth tunes for an appreciative crowd. 2320 Galiano St., Coral Gables, 567-0330.
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.
Club St. Croix, "Tini Tuesday." Cheap martinis and cigar rollers are the order of this evening chock full of drinking, debauchery, and dancing to tunes with a retro twist. 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 446-4999.
The Living Room at the Strand, "Midweek Model Mixer." Get over the hump at this model and fashion industry grip and grin. 671 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-2340.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "Super Freak." Local band Khadir rocks the house each week with plenty of funky Afro-Cuban rhythms to keep you grooving. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
-- By Liz Martinez
Send information regarding special "one-nighters" to "Into the Night." Fax material to 571-7678 or call 571-7572.