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Into the Night

Usually it's tragedies that happen in sets of three, but this week it's anniversary parties, all of them in Miami Beach. Lost Weekend (218 Espanola Way, 672-1707), the Abbey Brewing Company (1115 Sixteenth St., 538-8110), and Twist (1057 Washington Ave., 538-9478) are celebrating their one-, two-, and four-year anniversaries. Hold on to your liver, because each establishment is offering more drink specials than you can shake a swizzle stick at. The Abbey's party starts on Saturday at eight in the morning (you read that correctly) and continues nonstop for the next 21 hours. No, it's not a rave, but yes, you will need drugs of some sort if you drink beer that long. The entire block will be closed and three bands will perform (Loki, A. Animal, the Steaming Pigs); expect lots of food and seventeen different types of beer on tap. Fifteen bones gets you into hop-head heaven. Also on Saturday (at midnight) Lost Weekend celebrates its first year in business. If you go, try hooking up with a friend in the restaurant, bar, or hotel business, because they're the only ones who can cash in on the open bar. If drag queens and beefcakes in Daisy Duke shorts are more your style, wiggle into Twist on Tuesday for their four-year celebration. Complimentary drinks for everyone between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m., and DJ Bugie Matsushita will keep the boys groovin' in their Dukies long after that.

Thursday
La Covacha, "Executive Thursday." It's the happiest of happy hours when South Florida's Latin professionals converge on the Cuban roadhouse of fun with guitarist Arturo Fuerte. The frolicking begins right after work with an open bar and continues into the wee hours. 10730 NW 25th St., 594-3717.

Chili Pepper, "Manchild Live." If it's rock and roll you need, check out South Florida's own Demetrius Brown, his Stratocaster, and the other heavy players in Manchild. They're fresh out of the studio after recording a new disk and ready to set the amps on fire. Without a question, these cats are the most earth-shaking power trio to rattle the sands of this peninsula. Opening act is Big. 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5996.

Cheers, "Big Dick on the Mainland." If you've ever kicked back in Islamorada for a few rum runners and talked to the locals about nightlife, the name Big Dick has inevitably popped up. For years Big Dick and the Extenders have been rocking Woody's, a small Keys watering hole. Shoes and rum runners are optional for this rare northern performance. 941 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-771-6337.

Friday
Liquid, "Lounge Groove." Get there early and kick off the weekend in the downstairs lounge with DJ Charles Arnold spinning lounge-ish tunes by Tricky, Portishead, and Bjork. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.

Squeeze, "The Always First-Ever In-Progress Arts Festival." Paints and brushes are handed out so patrons can express themselves on the brown paper covering the club's walls. The Livid Kittens will be performing their usual frisky set with an arts-fest surprise twist. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2151.

Onyx, "Irie Reggae." This trip down the Caribbean pathway to rastaman vibrations starts off at 6:00 p.m. with a happy hour and continues into the night for your yah-mon enjoyment. 245 22nd St., Miami Beach, 604-6699.

Saturday
Warsaw, "Sugar Hill." Premiering tonight is the latest hip-hop, reggae, and soul one-nighter to hit this legendary dark cavern of decadence. DJs Epps, Khaled, and Don One will set off the vibrations in the main room, and DJ Snowhite will be sprinkling nothing but the funk in the Washington Square Park room. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.

Bash. If you yearn for velvet ropes, it will be hard to resist the draw of this five-year-old institution of nightlife flash. DJ Marc Sacheli is in the main room keeping it hot; in the Magic Garden DJ Roberto Costa cranks up the world-beat groove. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.

Starfish, "Venus Envy." Mary D hosts this night for girls at the Beach's newest indoor/outdoor nightspot that once was a pretty fine restaurant. 1427 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-1717.

Sunday
821, "Jet Set." Fasten your seat belts and blast into another world of cocktails and mean lounge music with DJs Ursula 1000 and Shannon. 821 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 531-1188.

O'Hara's Pub, "Sunday After Dark." Dr. Lonnie Smith, Danny Burger, and special guests entertain the crowd with finger-poppin' straight-ahead jazz. 722 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-1764.

Monday
Club St. Croix, "Salsa Caribe." Take a musical trip through the Caribbean with rhythms to get everybody dancing. 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 446-4999.

Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "Open-Mike Night." Quality local players put their hearts on-stage before a crowd of appreciative regulars. This ain't the amateur hour. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.

Tuesday
The Bar, "Simply Jazz." Tonight through Saturday, life moves at a slower, easier pace with the Free to Five jazz band performing mellow favorites. 2669 S. Bayshore Dr. (Grand Bay Hotel), Coconut Grove, 858-9600.

Wednesday
MoJazz Cafe, "Brazilian Jazz Night." Get over the midweek blues with the cool sounds of Sinigur. 928 71st St. (facing the Normandy Fountain), Miami Beach, 865-2636.

The Forge. A tasty crowd of internationals and club strays, gathering together for drinks, dinner, and revolving homages to the model world. 432 41st St., Miami Beach, 538-8533.

-- By Larry Boytano

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

 
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