Tonight, April 10, marks the debut of the new Club St. Croix (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 446-4999) in the charming village of CocoWalk. The island-inspired club opens with Carnival-theme festivities that include stiltwalkers, jugglers, magicians, and monkeys (and we're not referring to the patrons). Stranger creatures dwell in the inner VooDoo Lounge. Complimentary food and drink highlight the inaugural event and Top 40 dance tunes spiked with island riddims provide the appropriate mood. The club opens at 6:00 p.m.; the side-show extravaganza lasts until 9:00 p.m., when the club goes high-energy dance emporium. Also tonight a more subdued party takes place at Power Studios (3701 NE Second Ave., 576-1336) when assorted artists, actors, poets, and musicians get together to pay tribute to Tom Dowd, the legendary Miami-based music producer and sound engineer at least partially responsible for the the smooth sounds of John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many, many more. The arts are celebrated throughout the evening with actors' performances, the screening of short films, poetry readings, and live music by local bands King Briglia, Clambake 2000, Solomon Grundy, and Estrangement. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and cover is a mere five bucks. All proceeds benefit the making of the documentary film Tom Dowd and the Language of Music and the Alliance Film/Video Co-Op.
Yuca, Latin jazz trombonist Juan Pablo Torres and his quintet engage you with saucy rhythms and supper-club elegance, with no cover to boot. 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 532-9822.
The Grind, "Descarga." You won't need this coffeehouse's beans to get you movin' when local rockeros en espanol ANada? host this Latin open mike, but a tasty jolt of caffeine just might be as good a way as any to start off your week. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 899-9979.
KGB, "Bass Mint." The NFA runs three rooms that blast you with three different sounds. With acid jazz, hip-hop, and house rhythms, who needs to go anywhere else? 637 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-3063.
World Resources. Local group the Tribe leads a multicultural gathering of talented percussionists for a night of African, Haitian, and Brazilian rhythms. 719 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-9095.
Cheers, "Velvet Webb." An evening of gothic and industrial music with music guidance by DJs Storm and Dracula's Daughter. 2490 SW Seventeenth Ave., 857-0041.
Desperado, "KISSCountry Live." All the dance mixes of your favorite line-dancing tunes in a bull-riding, cowboy-hat-wearing setting; with KISS country personality Gator Brooks hosting. 2520 S. Miami Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-2855.
Splash, "Bliss." High-energy dance party full of debauchery, drinking, and tabletop dancing girls for the ladies who prefer ladies. 5922 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami, 661-0917.
NationsBank Tower Sky Lobby, "The Crave." Dance and trance in a clean and healthy environment at this four-hour Christian music rave; recording artist Sozo performs live. 100 SE Second St., 662-7736.
Salvation. Revolving party themes keep you guessing as the largest party for men who love men takes over, with an open bar from 10:00 to midnight; dancemaster DJ Abel is at the wheels of steel. 1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-6508.
Bermuda Bar. South Florida's biggest dance party is broadcast live on Y-100 with DJ Jade Alexander taking the reins of party culture and giving them a good pull. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.
Zen, "Tranzen Dance." A Euro-style drum and dance extravaganza just for the health of it with chanting, wellness practitioners, and smart drinks galore. 1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-2817.
Bash, "Disco Night." The best in disco, swing, funk, and soul with French DJ Christian Hernant. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Liquid, "X-Tra Large." Men, men, and more men -- on a night where nothing else much matters. Jack Benggio and Marvella host this men's-travaganza while DJ Jo Jo Odyssey spins humongous grooves. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
MG Club, "Cozy Monday." Party promoter Brigitte Andrade presents a night of hot jazz and cool people. Tonight Leesa Richards pumps out soulful tunes. 524 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 532-8420.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "Open-Mike Night." Locals try their best before a crowd of appreciative regulars. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
Sticky Fingers, "Jazz Night." Saxophonist Larry Pomilio and friends jazz things up with everyone's favorite traditional and avant-garde tunes. 3000 Florida Ave. (Mayfair), Coconut Grove, 461-3313.
Baja Beach Club, "Just for the Buck of It." Come one, come all, and come early because all drinks are only a buck until midnight. 3200 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-2432.
Bash, "Anniversary Party." Celebrate four years of life with all the usual mayhem and mischief that follows co-owner Sean Penn. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
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Chili Pepper, "Planet Jungle." DJs Christian and Element stir it up with strictly jungle rhythms. 621 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 531-9661.
Howl at the Moon Saloon, "Beat the Clock." Fast and furious drinking is the order of the evening as drinks start out at only a buck and increase in price every hour on the hour. 3015 Grand Ave. (CocoWalk), Coconut Grove, 442-8300.
-- By Liz Martinez
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