Club Safari: On the prowl for party animals

That the DJ played Wild Thing on a Saturday evening at Club Safari was appropriate. During the weekly Sophisticated Saturday dance party, when musical hits from yesterday and today prevailed, the fever pitch elevated and some people got a tad carried away. Case in point was the sixtysomething male dancing alone on the stage overlooking the dance floor, looking surreal enough to be a part of performance art.

Recently renovated, the Club took on a more tropical theme than its jungle decor of the past, but kept the stone idol above a dance floor able to accommodate at least 50 couples. Safari takes visitors on a trip into a musical wonderland where music from the '50s to the '80s plays during American Graffiti Thursdays, a local radio station plays a variety of dance music Fridays, party music rules on Sophisticated Saturdays, and Sundays pay tribute to those wanting to dance themselves into the work week with high-energy music topping today's musical charts.

When people do not dance, they have plenty of space to wander and four bars to settle around. Three of the bars resemble little huts, replete with roofs surrounded by small colored lights enhanced with an illuminated Christmas decoration. Panels behind one bar look like sheets of flame and behind another imitate cascades of streaming water.

Some beams on the high ceilings are covered with silver material and a plane hovers above a side bar. A large mouse and a snowman flank the side of the stage. The overall package is pleasing enough to attract all ages. While most of the clientele is from 20-something to 40, silver haired men and older women appear to have just as much fun as their younger counterparts.

Presently, Club Safari is promoting its New Year's Eve celebration Fire and Ice. The evening includes a fire and ice decor, party favors, champagne toast, breakfast buffet, midnight balloon drop with prize giveaways and dance music from the '70s through today. Advance tickets priced at $39.95 plus tax and tip, are requested and private tables are available.

Nightlife news

Tonight: Take a relaxing holiday break by listening to Garry Delamore play island music with steel drums 4-7 p.m. at Busch's Jupiter Inlet, 1000 U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter (561-743- 8500).

Saturday: Stop by Hugh Jorgans, 96 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach (561-272-7887) at 8 p.m. for an audience participation show focusing on dueling pianists, singalong, risque songs and an evening of fun for the lighthearted.

Sunday: Give yourself a holiday present and take a 6:30-11:30 p.m. cruise to nowhere aboard the Palm Beach Princess sailing from Port of Palm Beach, Riviera Beach (800-841-7447). The five-hour cruise includes views of the Palm Beach shoreline, full casino, buffet, high-energy revue, two bands, nine satellite TVs and five lounges. Cost is $20 per person for Florida residents (must be 21 for evening cruises).

Tuesday: Show off your talent or watch superstar wannabes perform after 8 p.m. during karaoke night at the neighborhood nightspot Boonie's, 14555 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach (561-753-9991).

Wednesday: Get in a New York frame of mind while Gypsy Lane entertains 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at New York Bar and Grill, 12189 U.S. Highway One, North Palm Beach (561-694-7878).

Thursday: Check out the covered patio at Mamma Mia's Trattoria, Town Commons Plaza, 8855 Hypoluxo Road, Boynton Beach (561-963-9565). Singer Toni Mariano performs from 6 p.m. until closing.

Joan Brazer Durante is a freelance writer based in Plantation. News concerning local entertainment events and performers should be e-mailed to or mail to Joan Brazer Durante, Entertainment Department, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293.