Against the dying of the light
SAT 9/24 How many DJs does it take to unscrew a light bulb... or at least help shut off the lights? Apparently, 65. Club X-it (219 N. 21st Ave., Hollywood) is being forced to close down by October 1 because of a city ordinance that bans DJs playing after midnight, except in restaurants -- but the venue won't go without a bang, and some thumps, and a loooong night of bumping beats. "Back to the Oldskool" is a 16-hour party spread through the club's five rooms, with three live performers and, yes, 65 DJs. The sonic menu is tastefully restricted to pre-1999 sounds, from trance to techno, freestyle to Miami bass; select DJs will clash during a two-hour scratch battle on four turntables.
The eviction party is luring die-hard ravers from far and wide, like Tampa's DJ Monk (formerly with Rabbit in the Moon), Anton Chasm (Philly), and Proxxy (D.C.). Live performers include Assembly Station, 23, and Sub Bass Specialist. In true old-school style, vendors will peddle goodies like body painting, henna tattoos, massages, and, of course, glowsticks. You might want to bring your own lollipops and candy, though. The whole shebang is being filmed for a documentary -- see www.rhythmofevolution.com. Tickets cost $8 to $35. Call 954-822-2043, or visit www.euphoriaproject.org. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Get Your Vox On
Voices and Vybez
TUE 9/27 Most poetry is written by 16-year-olds in the secluded darkness of their bedrooms. Then they grow up and get jobs -- or blogs and Ramen noodles, if they went for a liberal arts degree. So who's still writing poetry after high school? How about rappers and rock stars? What about the people writing pop songs? What about sappy greeting card authors? They are eating crab cakes and olives in gated communities while the rest of us wait tables.
Whether you write like T.S. Eliot or Tupac Shakur, the words you've got inside that repressed brain of yours are welcome at this open-mic night. Every Tuesday at Landmark Sports Bar and Grill (3135 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), the cool kids who are trying to keep the hip-hop verb flow alive get together to wax poetic. Terri and Ambrose from HOT 105 host this assault on the English language. Call 954-792-2459. -- Jake Smith
' Nole the Facts...
And watch alligators wrestle
FRI 9/23 By 1858, the United States had booted more than 3,000 Native Americans out of our fair state to Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to www.seminoletribe.com. "Possibly as few as 300 remained in Florida," the site says, "and those had taken refuge inside the inhospitable swamps of the Everglades." Nearly 150 years later, the tribe has, for the most part, made peace with the encroachers. Three thousand members now live on five South Florida reservations, and their main challenge is "maintaining the unique Seminole culture while operating in the mainstream economy." Hence, tourist attractions like the First Annual Seminole Expo at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (6300 Stirling Rd., Hollywood). Check out alligator wrestling, "stomp dancing," storytelling, and Native American music Friday through Sunday. If you can navigate through the adjoining Hard Rock Hotel & Casino without opening your wallet, it's free. Call 954-797-5570. -- Deirdra Funcheon
FRI 9/23 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3 Dis a combo of previously unreleased NASA footage, computer imaging, and Tom Hanks' narration. It opens Friday at the Museum of Discovery and Science's IMAX Theatre (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). On Saturday, you can ask real-live astronaut Don McMonagle burning questions about space -- like, why does astronaut ice cream come only in Neapolitan flavor? The movie runs through November 11. Visit www.mods.org. -- Deirdra Funcheon