Radio Days

DJ and friends offer an early wake-up call

FRI 12/5

About the only people up before 5:00 a.m. are insomniacs and truck drivers, which is what you'll have to be to catch the Tom Joyner Sky Show at the Miami Arena (721 NW 1st Ave.) featuring DJ Tom Joyner, the morning jock heard on Hot 105 (WHQT-FM). But with Chaka Khan in the house performing her hits, this event is less about greeting the rising sun than howling at the fading moon. The syndicated Joyner, whose show reaches 9 million pairs of ears, is as comfortable spinning Chic or the Sugarhill Gang as he is talking to Jesse Jackson or Dick Clark. Sharing the mike will be Jay Anthony Brown, host of BET's Comic View; Sybil; Myra J.; and the notorious Miss Dupree. The show runs from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Doors open at 5:00 a.m. Admission is free. Call 305-444-4404. -- By John Anderson

Night Crawlers From Space

FRI 12/5 Have you hugged your clone-bot today? If you did, you might get tanked. Though they may seem cold and metallic, clone-bots can dose you up with some alcohol. Namely Bacardi. Other controlled substances are strictly between you and your dealer. Now, you may wonder who that sexy cyber go-go chick is that's mesmerizing you with her, er, high-beam lasers. That would be dancer Diana Lozano. And the über-cool space freak with the bouncy butt? That's performer/choreographer Octavio Campos. What can you say? Times are tough, and an artist has to eat. Check out Circ X as they return home from a national tour. They perform at Opium Garden throughout the night tonight and at various South Beach clubs though Sunday, December 7. Call 305-271-3815 for details. -- By Juan Carlos RodriguezPulseFunkin' cool

TUE 12/9

If you dig the Afro-pop legend Fela Kuti, then chances are the rhythms of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra will funk you up, too. Formed by musicians from King Chango, the Soul Providers, and the Daktaris, the 14-piece New York-based band learned its grooves on the streets of Brooklyn and the Bronx. And like its hero, Kuti, the ensemble combines African highlife, jazz, funk, and traditional Afro rhythms with lyrics in English, Yoruba, and Spanish. Plus all the politics that made Fela so lovable. Showtime is 9:00 p.m. at I/O Lounge, 30 NE 14th St. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-358-8007. -- By John Anderson

 
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