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Queen of the Night

Clubbed is on a quest, but does he really want what he's looking for?

Head over to Wednesday night at the Rose Bar in the Delano to see if her petals are unfurling. Party men Maxwell Blandford and Ernesto "the fabulous" Arambatzis are entertaining their distinguished guests: Rudolf Pieper, Erica Freshman, Rolly Aspuru, George Slover, Alicia Rodriquez, et al. Blandford, marketing and music director for Level, can barely contain his excitement over Level's upcoming production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

"We're getting calls from all these parents who think it's a children's story," Blandford pauses for effect, "but I think they are going to be in for a surprise when they see this inch."

To say the least.

Maxwell Blandford (left), Ernesto Arambatzis, and Rudolf Pieper, excited over Hedwig
Lee Williams
Maxwell Blandford (left), Ernesto Arambatzis, and Rudolf Pieper, excited over Hedwig

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Gables Pub is located at 270 Catalonia Ave, Coral Gables. Call 305-476-1101. Rain is located at 323 23rd St, Miami Beach. Call 305-674-7447. The Delano is located at 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Call 305-672-2000. Hedwig and the Angry Inch runs at 8:00 p.m. January 14 through February 22 (Tuesdays through Saturdays) at 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $27. Call 305-604-0009 or 800-965-4827.

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On this night we have the dancing throngs of beach locals, models, and big-spending Herbs to comfort us as we quietly seek that special moment. The energy here is festive, but somehow still yielding and unhurried. The tribulations of nightlife and misgivings about the existence of la reina de la noche slowly begin to sink in, causing all hope to wilt. And with rumps-a-shaking to Missy Elliott's "Work It" (yes, she does say "Ra ta ta ta ta ta ta ta ta" as a lyric), Clubbed soon realizes that even in the most typical of gatherings, there is warmth, affability, and fun to be found. In short, every night offers its own flower in the desert. But that doesn't mean that we have to be happy about it. Being a cynic is so much more fun.

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