Tonight (Thursday, February 6) South Beach's Bash (655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-2274) hosts the launch party for Generation X, the new Saturday-night what's-hot-what's-not TV show (check your local listings for channel and time). The hourlong, bilingual program is filmed entirely in Miami and features spots on nightlife, fashion, music, and other weighty subjects. Festivities start at 10:00 p.m., and the party police say go early for plenty of time to meet the fab cast and mix and mingle with some of their guest stars. Another fast and furious party takes place on Tuesday, February 11, the official Mardi Gras day. If you aren't lucky enough to be in N'Awlins for the real thing, join the fun at the grand opening of Fat Tuesday's (918 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 534-1328) new location on South Beach. The activity begins at 5:00 p.m. and features a free Cajun buffet, live jazz, a bead toss, and a 103.5 Planet Radio live remote. At the same time, Fat Tuesday's CocoWalk location (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 441-2992) will also catch the Mardi Gras madness.
The Grind, "College Night." You won't need this coffeehouse's beans to get you movin' when local rockeros en espanol ANada? do their thing, but a tasty jolt of caffeine just might be as good a way as any to start you off. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 899-9979.
Marlin Bar, "Ulypian Thursday." DJ Snowhite rocks as the crowd celebrates Bob Marley's birthday with special guests, including Bob's mom, Cedella Marley Booker. A fitting location, too: Marlin owner Chris Blackwell is the man who brought Marley to the world, and the world to Marley. 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 673-8770.
Rezurrection Hall at Club Nu, "Midnight Rendezvous." It's all about high profile and big bucks as the actors, dancers, and singers starring in West Side Story perform a special cabaret revue to benefit the AIDS program at South Shore Hospital; DJ Jellybean Benitez is at the controls. 245 22nd St., Miami Beach, 531-1711.
Blues Power. Midnite Johnny and Smokestack Lightnin' unleash their smokin' blues sounds tonight and tomorrow night at this new and sleek club in the Design District. 3701 NE 2nd Ave., 573-8042.
Ready Bar, "It's All Good." Ambassador of good will Ray Rodriguez kicks off the weekend with a jumpin' and thumpin' night of fun and frolic; DJ Chilly scatters nasty little tunes around the room. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.
Niva, "After Hours." The party starts at 4:00 a.m., when dancemaster DJ Charlie Mercado spins energetic dance tunes for the dancing and drinking crowd until the wee hours turn into broad daylight. 643 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-0230.
Squeeze. Alternative, industrial, gothic, and other underground fantasy music churned out by DJ Danny Bled -- the perfect backdrop for naughty acts and a party beyond reckoning. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2151.
Baja Beach Club. Support the Save the Manatee Foundation while partying with hundreds of your closest friends and your favorite DJs from Power 96. 3200 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-2432.
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's at the wheels of steel. 1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-6508.
Bash. DJ Marc Sacheli plays the latest and greatest dance music in the main room, while international DJ Ivano Bellini pumps out world beats under the stars in the back-yard Magic Garden. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Liquid, "The Bitch Is Back!" Get wet with the sweat of hundreds of gorgeous bodies as DJ Waxman lays down new house tunes. Later cool off in the Situation Room with DJ Mark Leventhal. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Cameo Theatre, "Disco Inferno." Year after year the party rolls on and the regulars just can't get enough of Seventies trash music. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.
Amnesia, "Tea Dance." All the usual muscle-boy madness and drag queen mayhem starts at 5:00 p.m. DJ David Knapp and a different MC and hostess are featured every week at this party full of sun and sin. 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5535.
La Covacha, "La Carcel." A Cuban country roadhouse packed with patrons dancing to Latin rock. The club where a good time is always the first priority. 10730 NW 25th St., West Dade, 594-3717.
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.
Cafe Iguana, "Monday-Night Boxing." Hinterland amusements for the masses with rough-and-tumble challenge bouts, a carnival set in a club/restaurant that runs like a well-oiled machine. 8505 Mills Dr. (Town & Country Center), Kendall, 274-4948.
Stella Blue, "Lighten Up Your Blues." First lady of song Maryel Epps performs R&B and blues classics. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 532-4788.
Jillian's, "College Night." Drink specials, cheap chicken wings, and pool, the essentials of youth entertainment. 12070 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, 595-0070.
MoJazz Cafe, "Brazilian Jazz Night." Drop by and catch the cool sounds of the Rain Forest Band, featuring powerful vocalist Luciana. 928 71st St (facing Normandy Fountain), Miami Beach, 865-2636.
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Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "Super Freak." Local band Khadir rocks the house each week with plenty of funky rhythms to keep you grooving. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
-- By Liz Martinez
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