Velvet Underground: The Cabaret South Beach opens this week, watch Olivia Newton John's Xanadu outdoors at the New World Center's SoundScape, and Jingle Bell Rock takes over Tobacco Road

 

South Beach gets a Moulin Rouge, Aura Music Festival stops at the Culture Room, and 25 bands rock out at Tobacco Road

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By Lesley Abravanel | lank@aol.com

Nightlife's a Cabaret Ol' Chum

Revealing itself this week like an old school burlesque dancer sticking out her gartered leg, The Cabaret South Beach, 233 12th St., is a brand new performance venue with shows seven days a week. And here's the rub - the performers are also the servers and bartenders. Owned by veteran nightlife promoter Edison Farrow and his biz partner Ed de Caso, The Cabaret South Beach is a "modern reinterpretation of famous cabarets such as the Tropicana in Havana and the Moulin Rouge in Paris," say a rep. “Antique gold framed paintings, crystal chandeliers, and a white baby grand piano will set the stage for our staff of server-performers and coupled with surprise acts from guest performers, The Cabaret is sure to become a can’t-miss evening out for cocktails, conversation and great music,” said Farrow. Doors open nightly at 9 p.m. followed soon by Happy Hour piano player who will perform daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

Now We Are Here

Olivia Newton John's Xanadu was no Grease, and because of that, it is one of Velvet Underground's all time favorite movies -- cheese and all. Channeling the camp, the glitter and the roller skates is the SoundScape at New World Center, 500 17th Street, which, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, will screen the movie. Viewers are encouraged to come dressed in their finest silver or gold--skates not required but not prohibited either. There will be wine, refreshments and, best of all, Gene Kelly. Plus, it's free.

Aural Sets in Fort Lauderdale

The AURA Music & Arts Festival concert series featuring bands such as Asheville, NC's eletronica quintet Papadosio, makes a stop at the Culture Room, 305 N. Federal Highway, at 8 p.m. Friday, December 13. Also playing that night: EarthCry. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Crowd is 18 and over.

Jingle Bell Rocks

Although the Christmas music started playing on radio stations just after Halloween, the music at Tobacco Road's (626 S. Miami Ave.) 5th Annual Jingle Bell Rock Winter Music Festival is no "Frosty the Snowman." Featuring 25 bands on three stages, DJs, dominoes and poker tables, a Santa costume contest, raffles and more, the 'fest benefits the Brown Bag Lunch Gang, whose goal is to feed and clothe Miami's less fortunate. Bring old, unwanted clothes or, frankly, donations of any kind. And about that Frosty the Snowman stuff. Each band will play one holiday song set in their own style. Don't say we didn't warn you.  The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 with drinks for $2 for 102 minutes. Admission is free until 9 p.m. and then it's $10. tobacco-road.com.

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