In this season of thanks, forget about the food and think about the dance floor. If the Pilgrims had had a plethora of nightclubs that stayed open late and housed glorious debauchery, we might all be tossing back cocktails and gobbling down rolls (not the dough variety) instead of turkey legs. And sure, with the opening of Level and the anticipation of Crobar, it's easy to overlook the obvious. Join Liquid
(1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) as club owners say "gracias
" for four slamming years of after-dark revelry by kicking off three evenings of guest DJs. The official anniversary party on Friday features Austrian house guru, Club 69's Peter Rauhofer. The main man in the booth on Saturday will be James Andersen; Sunday, it will be Victor Calderone. The parties start at 11:00 p.m. Cover charge for Friday and Saturday is $15; Sunday, it's $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Call 305-532-9154 for more information.
Speaking of anniversaries, it's time for Rat Bastard's annual Bored Shitless Festival at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE 2nd Ave.). It seems Rat, the noise mongrel, has been so deafened by his squelching that at press time he didn't have the list of bands scheduled to play on Saturday. But he's the one guy in this town who can get by on his name alone. Call 305-757-1807 for more information.
On Sunday the Chili Pepper (3339 Virginia St., Streets of Mayfair, Coconut Grove) is holding an event that will hopefully become annual. The Ñ Latin Rock Fest, which includes performances by at least nine bands: Don Pepe, Mofo, Paiko, D-Facto, Estacion Local, Extravagaria, Octavo Dia, Dalela, and Dia Uno, kicks off at 3:00 p.m. Cover charge is six dollars in advance and eight dollars at the door. Call 305-442-2228 for information.