Into the Night
Join owner Digby Leibovitz in saying goodbye to Swirl Shop this Saturday, June 14 (1049 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2060). Leibovitz muses darkly about Swirl's demise: "People aren't supporting the small local places. And if they don't, everything is going to turn corporate." The blowout begins at 11:00 p.m. with DJs Jo Jo Shannon, Alex, and Eric; a surprise mixmaster from Funky Green Dog will provide accompaniment for the evening, which features a drag show finale. General closing-night mayhem guaranteed. Avoiding a closing night is the top priority at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228). Last week staffers at the door were asking for donations to help pay the rent. Sounds pretty dismal, but owner Charlotte Barron promises the bar is not going to close or be sold: "Things at Rose's are always the same -- we never make money. The live-music business is very hard on the Beach." In an effort to bring home that point (and maybe bring in a little cash), Rose's is hosting a sort of in-house benefit this Thursday through Sunday (June 12-15). At least four bands are expected to play each night, including Al's Not Well, Brian Franklin, and Maria on Thursday; Curious Hair, Omine, the Kind, Sofia, Butter Club, Puke Popsickles, and others on Friday; Liquid Image, Big, Purple Mustard, and Buddha Gonzalez on Saturday; and Don Pepe, Shine, Sixo, Grass, and Agathon finishing up the festivities on Sunday. Call the club for more information.
Stella Blue, "Jazz Dinner." Jazz chanteuse Leesa Richards puts some song into your step with dinner and dancing. Two shows every Thursday. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 532-4788.
Liquid, "Bass Mint." Promoters NFA run three rooms that blast you with four different sounds -- acid jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and house rhythms. Who needs to go anywhere else? 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
The Grind, "Descarga." You won't need this coffeehouse's beans to get you movin' when local rockeros en espanol ANada? narrate this Latin open mike, but a tasty jolt of caffeine might just be as good a way as any to start off your weekend. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 899-9979.
Trattoria Pampered Chef. The veritable voice of Argentina, Carlos Cortez, sings tango tunes during three shows. 3145 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, 567-0104.
Bar 609, "Two for One." Take the high road to party culture with two rooms of musical fun; trance to high-energy rhythms inside or dance under the stars to world-beat in the cherub garden. 609 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-5609.
Fat Kat's Pool Bar. The suburban pool palace gets together with neighboring Cafe Iguana for a night of cool cats and hot grooves. 8505 Mills Dr. (Town & Country Center), Kendall, 274-8090.
Howl at the Moon Saloon, "Howlin' Happy Hour." Work off that weekday stress with drink specials, a buffet, and fast and furious sing-along piano songs. 3399 Virginia St. (Mayfair), Coconut Grove, 442-8300.
Twist. The bar for boys, always brimming with excess and overindulgence, hosted by dancemaster DJ Mika. 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-9478.
Kitchen Club. Get out the whips and chains -- the house runs a hundred-dollar bar tab for the person in the best bondage outfit. DJ Carlos Saint Germain churns out gothic, dark wave, and retro tunes. 11220 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 754-0777.
Squeeze, "Skavoovie and the Epitones." Cut the rug to what will be the fastest dance party this side of Soul Train. Skavoovie is joined by the Royal Crowns and Pork Pie Tribe -- scooters and sweat are guaranteed. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-2151.
Jazid, "Big Fat Bop." Live large and partake of libations, and perhaps a smoke, in the lounge that's so hot it's chill. 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-9372.
The Arch, "Hercules." DJ Rad pumps out acid jazz, funk, and soul too cool for mortal comprehension. 735 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 737-2326.
Bash, "Disco Night." The best in disco, swing, funk, and soul with French DJ Christian Hermant. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Groove Jet, "The Church." Alternative in every sense of the word, with DJs Danny Bled, Charles Arnold, Carlos Menendez, and Fence the Fish Boy pumping up gothic, British invasion, retro, industrial dance, and trip-hop tunes. 323 23rd St., Miami Beach, 532-2002.
Club St. Croix, "Salsa Caribe." Take a musical trip through the Caribbean with rhythms to get everybody dancing. 3015 Grand Ave. (CocoWalk), Coconut Grove, 446-4999.
Hard Rock Cafe, "Daily-Double Happy Hour." Loosen those ties and kick off those pumps with food, music, and two-for-one drinks every weekday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 401 Biscayne Blvd. (Bayside Marketplace), 377-3110.
Lost Weekend. Air hockey, Space Invaders, Pac Man, and other cheesy-but-fun games take a back seat to a too-cool pool tournament with a $100 grand prize. 218 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 672-1707.
Sticky Fingers, "Jazz Night." Friends gather for an open jazz jam with everyone's favorite traditional and avant-garde tunes. 3000 Florida Ave. (Mayfair), Coconut Grove, 461-3313.
Warsaw Ballroom, "Male Erotica Night." Strippers, both amateur and all-too-professional, compete for sleaze and glory. Not for the faint of heart. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.
Alcazaba, "Ladies Night." The upwardly mobile and utterly sophisticated Latin crowd converges for dancing, drinks, and socializing. 50 Alhambra Plaza (Hyatt Regency), Coral Gables, 441-1234.
-- By Larry Boytano
Send information regarding special "one-nighters" to "Into the Night." Fax material to 571-7678 or call 571-7572.
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