While Shadow Lounge (1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-9411) is preparing for its hallowed music fest next week, where you'll hear almost as many big-name DJs as beats per minute, this weekend offers a bevy of activities. Following last year's enormously successful Tranceport compilation featuring DJ Paul Oakenfold, Tranceport Vol. II will be released at a CD party on Friday, with guest DJ Dave Ralph, the primary remixer for the disc. Joining him in the booth: Germany's Mario De Bellis and our very own Luis Diaz. Oh, and it's also Shadow resident DJ George Acosta's birthday bash. Acosta turns up Saturday to celebrate the release of his CD, Total Acostanation. Both parties start at 11:00 p.m. Cover charge is $20.
For a spooky prelude of a different electronic sort, check out Meza Fine Art gallerycafé (275 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305461-2723) on Wednesday for an Exedra night, when Miami's electronic-music experimentalist Needle (a.k.a. Ed Bobb, Twonky), goes multimedia with Cinema Vortex and DJs Patcha Kutek and Otto Van Schirach. The combo will shell out some of the eeriest vibrations ever created by a binary code. Computer under hand, Needle, with help from friends, will compose a soundtrack to the vintage horror movie, Nosferatu. The creepiness begins at 10:00 p.m. and the cover charge is seven dollars.