Into the Night

Get ready for radical times as party promoter Bobby Radical churns out some new nights. Start the weekend off early at Polly Esther's (841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-5633) tonight (Thursday) at "Phunky"; you'll find two decades are better than one as the Seventies meet the Eighties. Expect to hear everything from Led Zeppelin to Devo. Saturday night's "Un-Social Club" at the newish Jazid (1324 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-9372) proves to be a mostly laid-back lounge where locals can tune in to a wide variety of jazz, acid, funk, and soul. Sunday night belongs to "Island Girl" at Society Hill (627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993), with some dancehall, roots, rock, and reggae rhythms spun for an irie good time. The week chugs on with "Big Shot" Wednesday at the pool palace Brandt's Break (619 Washington Ave., 531-9661). Play a game of eight ball with fresh house music wafting in the background for inspiration. Even though the Radical reign ends here, if your craving for cool tunes still isn't satisfied, head north on Saturday. A little bit of Hollywood comes to South Florida as the second annual Grammy Showcase takes over the Theater (3339 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-1117). Out of hundreds of entries, five local bands were selected to compete in the music showcase. Scheduled to perform are Sixo, Al's Not Well, Lyme, the Goods, and Noah's Red Tattoo. Winner of this local showcase will vie for an opportunity to move on to the finals and eventually compete for the grand prize, which includes a trip to the real deal -- the Grammy Awards. So come out and root for your favorite band or just enjoy some rockin' live music.

Groove Jet, "Groove Girl." Eclectic locals gather for mayhem and mischief with resident DJs Louis and Neil spinning musical fun for everyone. 323 23rd St., Miami Beach, 532-2002.

Squeeze, "Ladies Night." DJ Guy spins the best in progressive and alternative dance songs for everyone from yuppies and clean-cut college kids to the tattooed and pierced fetish fanatics. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2151.

Bar None, "Funkadelica." A psychedelic party where you have to put on your best bell-bottoms and your largest 'fro to get funked. 411 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 672-9252.

Niva, "After Hours." The party starts at 4:00 a.m. when dancemaster DJ Charlie Mercado spins energetic tunes for the dancing and drinking crowd until the very, very wee hours. 643 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-0230.

Marsbar, "Bovine Sex Club." Drink specials and party girls dancing in a cage high above the dance floor are the highlights of the evening, with DJ Alex Gutierrez at the controls. 8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 271-6909.

Cameo Theatre. Twisted pleasures, solidly in the tradition of the Cameo's dance-till-we-drop crowd. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.

O'Zone, "Fiesta Friday." The most fun on the mainland, with salsa and merengue -- as well as cool beer specials -- flowing all night for those hot and heavy buff boys in bikinis. 6620 Red Rd., South Miami, 667-2888.

Shore Club Hotel. South Florida's successful and sophisticated ladies come together for a night of mingling and moonlit walks. 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 534-6522.

Cartoon Saloon, "Ladies Night." This cartoon- and comic-book-theme restaurant goes kooky with classic disco and food and drink creations from the farthest reaches of the universe. 1670 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-8666.

Salvation. Revolving party motifs keep you guessing as the largest party for men who love men takes over, with an open bar from 10:00 to midnight and dancemaster DJ Abel at the wheels of steel. 1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-6508.

Zen, "Disco Delite." Travel back in time with promoters Freddy Melero and Juan Hernandez to relive the trash and glamour of the Seventies. 1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-2817.

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.

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 sounds. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.

Virtua Cafe, "Reality Sucks." Drown your real-life sorrows with alternative grooves, multimedia interaction, and dollar longnecks all night. 1309 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0234.

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; two shows nightly. 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.

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.

Warsaw Ballroom, "Male Erotica Night." Strippers, both amateur and all-too-professional, compete for sleaze and glory. Normally Warsaw's best night. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.

-- By Liz Martinez

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