Barely dancing, turning tables, yukking it up

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Globe Staff / January 22, 2006

Crazy Horse Paris

The world's most mainstream nudie bar conquers yet another territory with the opening of a Singapore outpost. These ladies may be dancing in the altogether, but they are tarted up with costumes and strutting under high-tech lights and other special effects. Imagine the Rockettes minus the tap dancing and some pieces of clothing . . . you've got the idea. Tickets start at $40 (that's for standing at the bar, with a one-drink minimum) to $367 for a private VIP box.

3B River Valley Road , Clarke Quay . 011-65-6336-1800.

Global Gathering
MIAMI March 18

The mammoth British DJ festival Global Gathering lives up to its name by crossing the Atlantic and delivering top turntablists to multiple stages in Miami's Bicentennial Park. To make the 12-hour festival a bit more palatable to American tastes, organizers have added live music that falls outside the realm of house, trance, and garage. Headliners at the B-Live Beach Stage include Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie. But the remainder of the festival is geared for individuals who prefer their music delivered without excessive snarling and industrial grinding. The Downtown Stage has DJ sets from Sasha and Digweed, Armin Van Buuren, and Ferry Corsten. Washington D.C.-based DJs Deep Dish headline the Biscayne Tent, and the Global Beats Tent features sets from Stanton Warriors and Uberzone. Advance tickets are $55, $65 day of show. VIP tickets are $200.

1075 Biscayne Blvd. 866-926-8849.

US Comedy Arts Festival
ASPEN, Colo. March 8-12

Organizers of the Comedy Arts Festival draw on established names to lure crowds, then use the built-in-audience as an opportunity to launch up-and-coming comedians. This year's 12th anniversary show features a salute to Garry Shandling's ''The Larry Sanders Show" and Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam. Goldie Hawn receives the American Film Institute Star Award and television director and producer James Burrows receives the USCAF Career Tribute. The festival sponsored by HBO also hosts a screening of Damon Wayans's new film, ''Behind the Smile." Travel packages are available through Advance ticket packages range from $200 to $600. Tickets to individual shows will be released just prior to the festival.



This trendy 60-seat tequila bar features black-clad bartenders and more varieties of tequila than chairs. L'Scorpion is posh (don't miss the wall lined in black cowhide), but also quite relaxed. The petite space possesses a warm red glow and international ambience that give L'Scorpion the feel of a bar in Barcelona. For tequila novices, the lounge offers a ''tequila education program" every Thursday night from 7 to 10. But for help from the bartenders in navigating the 120 varieties of tequila on any other night, it's essential to arrive before the dinner crowd. Margaritas are $11, tequila ranges from $8 to $75.

6679 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-464-3026.

'Superstars: The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to Madonna'
VIENNA Through Feb. 22

Spread over two museums, ''Superstars" looks at the artist as the ultimate superstar self-promoter. Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are regarded as the first artists to promote themselves as much as their art, but ''Superstars" makes a case for the model of celebrity artist beginning with Renaissance artists such as Rembrandt and Titian. The show also demonstrates how artists approach the concept of celebrity in their own work.

Kunsthalle Wien, Museumplatz 1 . 011-43-1-52189-33. www.kunsthalle and BA-CA Kunstforum, Freyung 8. 011-43-1-53733-26. www.kunstforumwien .at.

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