Into the Night
Labor Day, a particularly long wallow for club kids, with party promoters and club owners working overtime to jump start the season. On Thursday, August 29, get Liphtid into Pyramic Descent with a dance party full of the purely positive fusings of some of the phattest tunes in town. The party people will converge at Rezurrection Hall (245 22nd St., Miami Beach, 220-0785) for three rooms of pumping dance tunes with techno, house, trance, and everything-goes in the main room, straightforward hip-hop jams in another room, and cool-down ambient mood music in yet another. The party thrusts you into orbit around 10:00, with ladies who arrive before 11:00 getting in for free. The price you pay for the journey into dance/trance heaven is $12. A small fee for a big party. Another bargain on the beach begins on Saturday, August 31, when the Creative Alliance of Florida, a non-profit group that supports the arts in our community, hosts the SoBe Stomp. Purchase a party passport for $25 and receive a free drink with no cover charge in about 25 of South Beach's hottest clubs. The party gets started at the Clevelander (1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 531-3485) with a happy-hour pre-party from 7:00 until 9:00, at which time Stompers take off on their own club crawls. There is no set schedule but rest assured you will run into other party people at participating clubs such as South Beach Pub, Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, Bar 609, Chili Pepper, and Hombre. Local restaurants are also offering discounts for hungry club goers taking part in the Stomp. Call the hotline (377-8008) to get the lowdown or see "Calendar" for more details. Lucky for us, the Labor Day weekend tacks on an extra day of partying, so keep with the tradition and check out Salvation (1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-6508) on Sunday, September 1, as our favorite Dolphin-player-turned-party-promoter Louis Oliver hosts his annual Labor Day bash to celebrate the start of the football season -- and the fact that no one has to work the next day.
Yuca, "Havana Nights." Rum king Bacardi and Don Fife cigars host; with Havana Nights, a 13-piece orchestra, performing retro Cuban hits and serving up a healthy dose of Latin flavor and rhythm. 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 532-9822.
Bar None, "Funkadelica." The boys from party central present a psychedelic summer party where you have to put on your best polyester and get funked. 411 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 672-9252.
Bermuda Bar, "Salsa Sensation." A ladies night where you can cha-cha to your heart's content. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.
Squeeze, "The First Ever In-Progress Arts Festival." Paints and brushes are handed out as DJ Danny Bled and funkster Raw B Jae (with the All You Can Eat Horn Section) provide musical inspiration while aspiring artists express themselves on impromptu canvases. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 522-2151.
Society Hill, "Retro night." DJ Laz-a-Looney spins your favorite disco and new wave tunes at one of South Beach's mainstays. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.
Speakeasy Bar and Lounge, "Arts in the Neighborhood." Celebrate the happy-hour style opening of New York artist Simon Scudera's funky sculpture exhibit; with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 1230 Ocean Dr. (Ocean Front Hotel), Miami Beach, 672-2579.
Tobacco Road, "Day by the Miami River." Spend the night with hard-working men the Beast and Baker as they host a mini music fest with Day by the River, the Goods, Manchild, the Kind, Omar Stang, Noah's Red Tattoo, and the Underbellies rocking the room. 626 S. Miami Ave., 374-1198.
Liquid. Get wet with the sweat of hundreds of gorgeous bodies as DJ Waxman spins new house tunes. Later, cool off in the Situation Room with DJ Mark Leventhal. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Cameo Theatre. Get into the groove with a jammin' blend of reggae, R&B, and house music pumped out by DJ Waggy Tee. Tight and heavy sounds for the masses. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.
Ready Bar, "Coffee." Jody McDonald's and Mark Leventhal's answer to the plethora of weak "T"s out there. An afternoon of fun and frolic amid the usual drag luminaries and bouncing boys and girls. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "The Dark Side." Dance to the underground sounds of DJ Chilly, with live music by Al's Not Well, Puke Popsicles, and Drop 6 as a bonus. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
Caffe Torino, "Drag Night." Dinner goes hand in hand with singing and dancing drag queens, and DJ Bugie dispenses hot tunes after the show. Hosted by the legendary Kitty Meow. 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5722.
Lua, "Back-Door Bamby." DJ Gigi spins a sexy blend of deep house mood music for an evening of erotic and not particularly subtle pleasures. 409 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 672-8351.
Jillian's, "College Night." Drink specials, cheap chicken wings, and pool, the essentials of youth entertainment. 12070 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, 595-0070.
Gold Coast Roller Rink, "Gay Skate." The original gay skate with loads of babes on wheels and hundreds of dollars in prizes and surprises. 2604 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 523-6783.
Virtua Cafe. "Velveeta Wednesday." Cheese-O-Rama bowling shirts and tacky polyester recommended for this retro party hosted by DJ Shannon, where a box of the funky fromage goes to the player with the highest virtual reality game score. 1309 Washington Ave., 532-0234.
Greenwich Cafe. Hump day turns into a ladies night with cool drinks and hot jazz by Miami's own Vincent's Ear. 901 S. Miami Ave., 374-1445.
-- By Liz Martinez
Send information regarding special "one-nighters" to "Into the Night." Fax material to 372-3446 or call 579-1572.
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