Chaos in clubland

The next meeting of the task force is set for September 21, but the battle lines are already drawn. Club owners such as Chris Paciello of Liquid and Bar Room, and the South Beach Hotel & Restaurant Association's president, David Kelsey, are vowing to fight any tightening of the city's nightlife regulations, taking specific exception to a proposal to cut off liquor sales at 4:30 a.m. Yet the more outspoken club owners become in their opposition to new regulations, the more determined city officials grow in their desire to push through such ordinances. Explained one such official in private: "Some of these club owners are just overgrown children. Every time they open their mouths, they make things worse." Planning-board member Saul Gross alluded to this sentiment when he addressed the task force. "The club and restaurant owners need to self-organize," Gross said firmly. "If you don't deal with the problem clubs, the city is going to deal with them for you."

Previously Kulchur announced the circus (a.k.a. the refreshing neohippie cultural phenomenon that is Phish) was coming to South Florida for a weekendlong New Year's concert. The show was originally slated for a site near West Palm Beach, but police officials there went ballistic at the thought of so many unwashed trustafarians (a.k.a Phish fans) descending on them. The show has now been moved closer to our back yard. The new home for Phish's Millennium celebration (and the 75,000 fans expected to travel and camp out as part of it) is the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, just off I-75, next door to the Miccosukee spread. (No word yet on how the Miccosukee reservation folks plan to compete with their enterprising neighbors, though it'd be hard to imagine them topping their own recent Rick Springfield and Air Supply blowouts.) In addition to three sets of music on December 30, Phish is promising to hit the stage just before midnight on December 31, and then play until sunrise. Tickets go on sale September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium box office in Fort Lauderdale, or by phone at 954-523-3309. So how will this concert affect Miami? Expect a growing surplus of bongo players in front of Joffrey's Coffee on Lincoln Road in the weeks to come, many of whom may not leave until May.

The politics of dancing: City hall takes aim at South Beach’s clubland
The politics of dancing: City hall takes aim at South Beach’s clubland

The aesthetic ties between science-fiction and electronica become explicit on Wednesday, August 25, at the Gables's Meza Gallery, when Miami experimental composer Ed "Twonky" Bobb unveils Souls in Metal. The multimedia performance is an interpretation of short stories from visionary sci-fi authors such as Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov that share the theme of robots and the intersection of artificial intelligence and old-fashioned flesh. Expect a sprawling soundscape of slow-moving hypnotic beats coupled with Bobb's own projected video work. Also appearing are several DJs from the Plex and Exedra orbit, including Ghyger Counter, IO, and Mad Evil Scientist. Music starts at 10:00 p.m.

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