Into the Night

It's all about music this weekend with some phat and funky new additions to the one-nighter bandwagon. On Saturday Thunder Alley (3025 NE 188th St., Aventura, 933-9003), the usually mild-mannered waterfront haunt, transforms itself into Club F/X. The party starts early -- 9:00 p.m. -- and ends late, so there will be plenty of time to sample all the low-down dirty fun of this South BeachNew York-style dance extravaganza as DJ Chazz sends driving deep house and trance music thrills down your spine. Take note, though: Exit by dawn so you can run home and grab a power nap just long enough to be ready for Sunday brunch. In a case of the early bird getting the worm, only those who can pull themselves together before noon will reap the benefits of some soul-stirring sounds when divine diva Maryell Epps leaves the beach and heads to the mainland for a new weekly gospel brunch at the Jockey Club (11111 Biscayne Blvd., 893-3344.) The great lady of song does two shows every Sunday (11:30 and 1:00). Both should be chock full of her usual great jazz rhythms and church-song blues, making for a perfect afternoon delight. Epps also graces the place with another two shows each and every Friday night. With that much soul, you can start a fire.

Ready Bar, "Fashionable Fun." Celebrate the grand opening of the Gap, South Beach's newest clothing emporium for the subdued club kid; hosted by Fashion Spectrum and Elle magazines. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.

Marlin Bar, "Ulypian Thursday." DJ Snowhite quietly rocks the crowd as locals and tourists alike try to revive the art of stimulating conversation. 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 673-8770.

Groove Jet, "Groove Girl." Eclectic locals gather for mayhem and mischief with resident DJs Luis Diaz and Glenn Richards spinning groovy tunes for everyone. 323 23rd St., Miami Beach, 532-2002.

Kay's Starlight Club, "Friday Night Live." Barrington Levy and his A-Team Band provide musical fun along with DJs Mix Master Steve, Kool G., and Mighty G. 1710 Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954-623-5078.

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.

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.

Victor's Cafe, "Havana Nights." Dream of Ricky Ricardo with a thirteen- piece big band, dominoes, and daiquiris in the upstairs Babalu Cabaret. 2340 SW 32nd Ave., 445-1313.

Kitchen Club, "Berlin." The haven for the perpetually black-clad crowd brings back its retro night, this time with a more alternative twist. 3701 NE Second Ave., 754-0777.

Union Bar. Take it to another level with slammin' music for your mind and body, and drink specials all night to keep you rocking and rolling. 653 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-7870.

Bash. DJ Marc Sacheli churns out 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.

Follia. DJ Juan Hernandez and his entourage invite you back for the return of the restaurant cum late-night club filled with models and moguls galore. 929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-9299.

Tudor Hotel, "Lady Love." A chic, laid-back party for women who love women, with DJs Aaron, Brandon, and Arode Von P. on the wheels of steel. 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2442.

Bermuda Bar, "Surfin' Safari." All the necessary ingredients for a beach bash are in place -- free beer from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and a late-night bikini contest. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.

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.

The Grind, "Latin Rock." 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 off your week. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., 899-9979.

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.

Jillian's, "College Night." Drink specials, cheap chicken wings, and pool, the essentials of youth entertainment. 12070 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, 595-0070.

Ciga Lounge, "Simply Jazz." Tonight through Saturday, life moves at a slower, easier pace with the Free to Five jazz band performing mellow favorites for an appreciative crowd. 2669 S. Bayshore Dr. (Grand Bay Hotel), Coconut Grove, 858-9600.

Century Beach Club. Camp out with kitschy lounge tunes sung by Miami's divine drag diva Adora. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 674-8855.

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.

Alcazaba, "Ladies Night." The upwardly mobile and utterly sophisticated Latin crowd converge for dancing, drinks, and socializing. 50 Alhambra Plaza (Hyatt Regency), Coral Gables, 441-1234.

-- By Liz Martinez
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