As if the prospect of an open bar wasn't enough to draw throngs of Magic City costumed freaks, the Kiwanis Halloween Party will host the lovable DJ Le Spam on the turntables. Our unofficial mayor will take the stage tonight, creating his unmistakable vibe as he spins funk 45s fused with an electro rhythm, accented by an incessant barrage of Miami break beats. If you really want to scare the bejesus out of Le Spam, make sure to come dressed as a Sony executive. Skate over to the Ice Palace at 10:00 p.m., 59 NW 14th St. Tickets cost $40. Call 305-347-7400. --Kris Conesa Stop!
Hebrew Time Israeli rappers bring da noise
Hip-hop has spread its platinum-and-diamond-encrusted wings all over the world. If there are disaffected youth and turbulence in society, there's probably a burgeoning rap scene in the 'hood somewhere. Case in point, Israel. Hip-hop has taken the nation by storm, with local artists combining American-born rhythms with Hebrew lyrics that convey the Israeli plight. Hadag Nahash, whose name means Snake Fish, are here to bring the noise and funk. American rappers spit rhymes about project pain and struggle. This seven-member band out of Jerusalem knows the true origin of the word ghetto, and with this first American tour, they hope to bring their message to true hip-hop fans beyond the Jewish Diaspora. Hadag Nahash will be kicking out jams such as We're No Suckers, Shalom Salaam Peace, and Jerusalem, alongside the Miami Beach High Rock Ensemble tonight at 8:00, at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-490-8484. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Lucrecia makes her name
Although she's a sensation among aficionados of contemporary Cuban music, word about Lucrecia has spread slowly in the U.S. As a successor to Celia Cruz and the star of an upcoming musical about the beloved chanteuse who died last year, this Havana-born expatriate is positioned just right to have her star rise quickly here, despite that pesky embargo. She studied music from age seven and collaborated with Cruz among other shining stars from her current home, Barcelona. Tonight, as part of Festival Miami, Lucrecia performs an evening of boleros. The curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. at the University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets range from $20 to $25. Call 305-284-4940 or visit www.music.miami.edu/festivalmiami2004. --Margaret Griffis