For the past two years, the walking undead have gathered together at Sonar Nite Club in Hollywood to dance, drink, and be dark. But now tanned, bureaucratic big shots have decided to keep Goth and fetish fanatics from having any fun. Recently, the Hollywood City Council passed an ordinance to ban DJ music after midnight, unless there is some chow available at the venue. Because Sonar could not afford to open a full kitchen, it was forced to close its doors last week.
So at the last minute, Abusement Park Entertainment's Joseph Bonilla moved his weekly gathering to the tattoo expo, where, he says, "everyone was depressed" about the death of Hollywood nightlife scene. "I feel bad for Sonar," he says. "But my main concern is to get my little family of Abusement Park freaks back in business." He bought himself a bottle of Rumple Minze and started working on "throwing a bunch of parties that are out of control." So, wipe your tears away, slip into your favorite piece of latex, and get on over to the Rose & Crown Pub (3680 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), where an event called "Fuck the Mainstream" goes down every Saturday. Admission is free until 11 p.m., $5 after. Call 954-822-6350, or visit www.abusementparkent.com. --Jake Smith
Ready, Set, Donate!
Pet Set parties for a purpose
If you thought that charitable giving was for little old ladies who scribble checks to the pope, we need to welcome you to the modern era of philanthropy. Today's do-gooders dress up and hook up, all in the name of worthy causes. Take, for example, Pet Set. The group of young professionals throws monthly parties at places like Bong and Automatic Slim's; admission fees get donated to the Humane Society of Broward County. This month's shindig is a Studio 54 party at Revolution (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Bust out your favorite polyester threads (or Gene Simmons face paint -- why not?) and party like it's 1977 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. The $30 ticket includes two drinks. For an extra ten-spot, you can become a member of Pet Set and get discounted admission to future events. Call 954-266-6817, or visit www.petset.org. --Deidra Funcheon
Eat, drink, and boogie
For 12 years, the Hollywood Beach Latin Festival has been spicing up South Florida, and this year is no exception. According to organizer Jose "Pepe" Lopez, the event attracts some 50,000 festivalgoers to downtown Hollywood. Not only is it muy caliente, but it's for a good cause; proceeds support Hispanic culture in Broward County and set up scholarships at Broward Community College. The beachfront main stage features a lineup that'll get everyone lined up; performing are DJ "O" Oscar, Orquesta Brava, Lefty Perez, El Grupo Pura Plena, and Didier Hernandez. The festival's theme is "Health and Environmental Awareness," so try not to leave empty Corona bottles on the ground. Booths galore offer the usual baubles alongside authentic Latin food from countries that embrace the power of the chili pepper. Festivities start Sunday at noon on the Hollywood Broadwalk (A1A and New York Street, Hollywood). Call 954-625-6616, or visit www.hollywoodlatinfestival.com. --Jake Smith
Pick Your Vice
The City of Hollywood says it doesn't want to be like South Beach, so it kicks out the DJs. That's a real knee-slapper, because Saturday is Miami Vice Night at Montella Park (1231 N. 69th Way, Hollywood), where contests are held for Best Crockett and Tubbs Lookalikes and Best Air Guitar, and Hot Brass Monkey provides live music. Call 954-921-3404, or visit www.hollywoodfl.org. -- Jason Budjinski