By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
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By Jacob Katel
By Karli Evans
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By Pablo Chacon Alvarez
The party brigade takes charge with yet another benefit as The Undercover Ball rolls into Salvation (1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 538-4137) tonight (Thursday) for some serious dancing and drinking. It's all for a good cause, though, as the proceeds go to help the Health Crisis Network. A champagne reception upstairs kicks off the event. Later the party gets rolling downstairs with a dance performance by House of Freedom Dance Productions and a bevy of world-renowned DJs including Matt Garratt from London, and Cevin Fisher and "Chip Chop" Gonzales from New York. After some guilt-free gorging at the chic charity, have a good laugh. On Sunday, May 25, Improv Comedy Club (3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, 441-8200) celebrates its grand reopening. Years after closing shop at CocoWalk, the giggle-till-you-dribble emporium opens across the street at Mayfair. Opening night festivities include comedy and camaraderie galore with special guest Budd Friedman, founder and owner of the Improv, playing host. Headliner Rahn Ramey and other local and national comics take the stage throughout the night. Upcoming acts include Tom Wilson, Carlos Mencia, Jeffrey Jena, and George Lopez. The club will feature various shows nightly, including two shows on Friday and three shows on Saturday. Cover is $12 on Saturday, $10 the rest of the week. Of course, there's the mandatory two-drink minimum, but you won't need the booze in order to laugh it up.
Club St. Croix, "Voodoo Boogaloo." Y-100 broadcasts the dance party live on the air with Kenny Walker as the masses vie for a chance to win a trip to -- where else -- St. Croix. 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 446-4999.
World Resources. The beat goes on with traditional African rhythms, world beat rhymes, and a night of high-energy cross-cultural drumming that definitely stirs the soul at the CD-release party of Miami-based percussion ensemble the Tribe. 719 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 534-0766.
The Grind, "Descarga." You won't need this coffeehouse's beans to get you movin' when local rockeros en espanol ANada? narrate this Latin open mike, but a tasty jolt of caffeine might just be as good a way as any to start off your weekend. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 899-9979.
Amnesia, "Suburbia." It's college-night madness as the lounge lizards gear up for an open bar from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. DJ Mike Siegel dispenses high-energy disco dance tunes. 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5535.
Cheers, "Velvet Webb." An evening of gothic and industrial music with music by DJs Storm and Dracula's Daughter. 2490 SW Seventeenth Ave., 857-0041.
Doc Dammers. Bilingual singer/songwriter Pilar and her four-piece Mondowow Band delight one and all with their quirky and always entertaining brand of original tunes about love, life, and hamburgers. 180 Aragon Ave. (Colonnade Hotel), Coral Gables, 441-2600.
Bermuda Bar. South Florida's biggest dance party is broadcast live on Y-100 with DJ Jade Alexander taking the reins of party culture and giving them a good pull. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.
Bash. DJ Marc Sacheli spins the latest and greatest dance music in the main room, while international DJ Roberto Costa pumps out world beats under the stars in the back-yard Magic Garden. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Tobacco Road. Latin funksters Khadir bring the house down when they celebrate the release of their new album Step into the Rhythm. 626 S. Miami Ave., 374-1198.
Calusa Country Club, "Memorial Day Weekend Reggae Jam." The Medusa DJs don't stop till you get enough of their reggae, soca, soul, and hip-hop mega tunes. 9400 SW 130th Ave., 382-0926.
Zen, "Fat Albert." You'll say hey, hey, hey when funk and soul fun provide a soothing background for naughty acts. 1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-2817.
Cafe Iguana, "Country Night." Learn the latest line dance in the 'burbs with dance lessons and country music aplenty and cheap drinks to keep you in the mood. 8505 Mills Dr. (Town & Country Center), Kendall, 274-4948.
Evangeline Creole Bar. Dave Camp stirs things up with his brand of 'Nawlins style swinging blues tonight and tomorrow. 211 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-7001.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "Open-Mike Night." Locals try their best before a crowd of appreciative regulars. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
Liquid, "Fat Black Pussycat." Seventies-minded club kids, Euro-not-so-trash, and perky little vixens collide in a happy Afrocentric mix, working the cauldron of rampaging desires. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Tom's NFL, "Open-Mike Night." Bring some heart and a song -- and a mess of courage -- to this neighborhood open mike. 5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs, 884-8344.
Chili Pepper, "Planet Jungle." DJs Christian and Element stir it up with strictly jungle rhythms. 621 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 531-9661.
Howl at the Moon Saloon, "Beat the Clock." Fast and furious drinking is the order of the evening, as drinks start out at only a buck and increase in price every hour on the hour. 3000 Florida Ave. (Mayfair), Coconut Grove, 441-8200.
-- By Liz Martinez
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