EW Staff
June 25, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cool TV Location: Miami. Back in the tube biz (does anyone remember Philip Michael Thomas?), the tourist mecca serves as the setting for this summer’s sexy NBC series South Beach and next season’s ABC series Do the Strand. Be sure to lock your car door. Cool Movie Location: Alaska. Among the in-production films currently enjoying northern exposure are Rob Reiner’s comedy, North, Steven Seagal’s directorial debut, On Deadly Ground, and the ecologically correct adventure Warriors of the Rainbow, directed by Cliffhanger’s Renny Harlin. Cool Recovering-Addict Hangouts: Juice bars like Tulsa’s Natural Juice Cafe and Minneapolis’ Rogue Bar. Just watch out for the Juiceman. Cool Late-Night L.A. Hangouts: Eateries such as the Insomnia Cafe that stay open weekends until 4 a.m. The perfect place to write poetry on your PowerBook. Cool New york city R&B/B-Ball Hangout: The Shark Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Where Patrick Ewing rubs his elbows on the heads of Luther Vandross and Natalie Cole. Cool Highbrow Hangout: Villa Vignamaggio, the 14th-century Tuscan mansion where Kenneth Branagh’s art-house hit, Much Ado About Nothing, was filmed (and Leonardo da Vinci’s art-gallery hit, the Mona Lisa, was supposedly painted). Cool Elvis Shrine: The 24-hour Church of Elvis in Portland, Ore. Where else outside of Nevada could you have a King look-alike croon to your wedding party at four in the morning? Cool Non-Elvis Shrine: Las Vegas’ Liberace Museum. Candelabra Central. Cool Cinema/Cafes: The two Beehives in Pittsburgh, which feature first-run art films, art exhibits, live bands, dancing, and the meanest double espresso this side of the Monongahela. Cool Nashville RestauranT: The Blue Bird Cafe, Trisha Yearwood’s favorite food spot and the inspiration for this summer’s Singles-esque movie Thing Called Love, starring River Phoenix. Cool New York City Club Not Located in New York City: Maxwell’s, in Hoboken, N.J. The grooviest live acts (from thrash-pop upstarts Velocity Girl to roots- rock pioneer Sleepy LaBeef) perform for a fraction of what you would pay to see them play in Manhattan. Cool Movie-Star Hideaway: Wyoming, where Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison, his screenwriter wife (E.T.), live peacefully while the rest of Hollywood overruns Montana (Glenn Close, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg).

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