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Celebrities, stars, and Sin

FRI 3/18

Celebrities are just like you and me -- they put their pants on one leg at a time. It's just that once their pants are on, they make gold records, catch touchdown passes, and emit immeasurable cool. That's why, when a chance to rub elbows with the stars comes around, it's hard not to jump at the opportunity. This Friday at the DSI TV Celebrity Launch Party, there will be plenty of elbows ready for rubbing.

The party is hosted by Travis Taylor of the Baltimore Ravens, and special invited guests include football players Mike McKenzie of the New Orleans Saints and Alvin McKinnley of the Cleveland Browns, as well as more NFL -- and some MLB -- stars. Other expected attendees include rapper Pitbull and Money Mark and Co. of Slip and Slide Records. There will also be special performances by McKenzie, as well as by 34 Ways Entertainment's Sons of Poverty and Pluz Wun (a.k.a. "The Voice of the City"). A fashion show is on tap, too.

So put on your bling and pop a bottle of Cris' on Friday, March 18, at Club Sin (313 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Admission for ladies is complimentary until 11 p.m., as are drinks, until midnight. Call 954-596-1418, or visit www.genesismp.com. -- Paul A. Leone

War -- Huh!

It's good for dancing

FRI 3/18

While the rest of Broward County is painted green for St. Patrick's Day, that color has a different meaning in clubland -- military green. Two events taking place Friday in western Broward are all about war... well, at least that's the schtick on the fliers. What's really goin' down is a night of big beats and good eats. First, there's the Rumors of War Sound Clash at Hollywood Hall (5800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood) in which Jamaica's Black Kat and Japan's Mighty Crown battle for the hip-hop hemisphere. But if you want a little grub with your dub, check out the Military Bash at the Banana Boat (6242 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise). In addition to a ration of danceable sounds, there's plenty of jerk chicken, pork, and roast fish available all night. Call 954-742-3344 (Banana Boat) or 954-497-7779 (Hollywood Hall). -- Jason Budjinski

Fresh Meat with Fresh Faces

Gen Art cruises Miami's catwalk

FRI 3/18

Could Gen X -- that demographic of youngbloods known for complacency and grungy flannel -- really lead the fashion world down a sleek, new runway? The renegade crew of Gen Art -- a nonprofit organization that nurtures young artistic talent -- has forced the uppity fashion world to bend over, cringe, and notice up-and-coming designers, artists, and general badasses. Gen Art penetrates Miami's synthetic aesthetic when it brings the annual "Fresh Faces in Fashion" show to the Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) on Friday. A previous show launched the career of Vogue darling Zac Posen; this year, see eight designers, including Twinkle from New York and Cardiac from Miami. Tickets cost $25 to $75. Call 305-695-8200, or visit www.genart.org. -- Jamie Laughlin

MTV, Here We Come

THU 3/17

Will the next Spike Jonze please stand up? So that you can shoot a music video for and collect a publishing deal with Universal Music? The Entertainment Industry Incubator seeks producers, composers, artists, sound engineers, directors, editors, and camera people to compete in the Music Video Challenge. Industry bigwigs pick the winner. An orientation takes place Thursday, March 17, at the Arts Academy of Hollywood (1955 Harrison St., Hollywood). Call 305-672-9297, or visit www.eincubator.org. -- Deirdra Funcheon

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Deirdra Funcheon
Jason Budjinski
Jamie Laughlin
Paul A. Leone

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