Allnight July 08 2004

A quick guide to what's happening in nightlife each week

Rewind that and ...

Of special note to anyone in the see-and-be-seen set: Happen to be looking for a more laid-back place to lean against the bar? Try PLAYBACK at Halo this Fri., July 9. Two DJs, Chris Grass and Shawn Duvall, team with a live saxophonist and percussionist to set some smooth, sweetly urgent background tunes guaranteed to help your game. And this evening of modern lounge and mixed drinks doesn't end until 3 a.m., which also helps your game. You know who you are.?10 p.m. Free. Halo Lounge, 817 W. Peachtree St., Suite E-100. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. (Steve Yockey)


HEX HECTOR, a staple New York house DJ of the '80s and '90s, and remixer for the stars (Madonna, J.Lo, Ricky Martin, etc.), recently moved to Miami where he rediscovered his roots. While the Grammy-winning DJ may have reintroduced the classics to his record crate, it's still his signature house that runs the show, taking place Sat., July 10: a mix of vocal, tribal, Latin and big-club sounds that are a pure invitation to dance.?Call for time and ticket price. Vision, 1068 Peachtree St. 404-874-4460. www.visionatlanta.com. (Erin Behan)

How's about we slip out of these wet clothes ...

... and into a dry martini? I've got just the time and place: Taverna Plaka and Cafe on Wednesdays, baby! This new event, called CHILDREN OF PLAKA NIGHT, features traditional Greek entertainment — complete with some raucous belly-dancing action — and $5 martinis made with Ouzo liquor, the national drink of Greece. So if you really wanna woo a date, kick it on over there, spring for some martinis, and you'll be making out by the time the bus drops you at home. Unless you're a wuss about it. In that case, maybe you should stay home and watch The Lord of the Rings with your sweaty roommate. What's it gonna be? Taverna Plaka and Cafe, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-636-2284. www.tavernaplaka.com. (Andrew Stewart)Careful, she'll shock ya!

So what it's called ELECTROSLUT, get your mind out of the gutter. Sure, this is some sick electro, but it's not like that! Thurs., July 15, Atlanta's premiere purveyors of those nouveau '80s beats bring out the best in vocoders; cheeky disco beats; dark, sexy basslines; a bit of acid house; plus plenty of hair gel. Tommie Sunshine, who made a name for himself ganging up with Felix Da Housecat and Miss Kitten, leads the band of merry misfits, including veteran Atlanta DJs Johnny Ether, Solace, Brian Paris, Jamal and the threesome I Almost Saw God in the Metro. Call for time and ticket price. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-870-0575. www.mjqatlanta.com. (EB)