Bid adieu to 2009 with these New Year’s Eve events.
If you’re seriously slacking on plans to ring in the New Year, PW ’s here to save you from spending the night with Dick Clark. Head to philadephia weekly.com to scope out our intensive coverage from last week’s paper, or peep this week’s picks below.
What’s New Year’s Eve without a little night music? The festivities at Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever vied for total domination of a jukebox playlist. Local ivory ticklers Joe Snyder, Tony DeCarolis and “Wildman Joe” Marchetti plunk down behind the baby grands, ready to play to your little hearts’ desires. Baroque or Beyoncé, they’ll knuckle down. This is a musical joust, so toss a five or 10 behind your requests to keep control of the melodies. You can even interrupt “Drops of Jupiter” by sweetening the pot for “Suffragette City.” Just hope that Train fanatic hasn’t brought his Christmas bonus in twenties. Hit the ATM and grab some cocktails and blue cheese sliders with friends whose musical palate you can trust. Reserve your package now, or you might end up alone in your apartment howling “Auld Lang Syne” into a winecooler. (Paul F. Montgomery)
9pm. Booth Package: $600 for 4-8 people, Table Package: $50 per person, Party Package: $25 per person. Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, 2006 Chestnut St. 267.687.1161. jollyspianobar.com
For many in Philly’s African-American gay community, there are few spaces in which they can comfortably hang their troubles up and get down. Sure, there’s Woody’s and similar Gayborhood haunts, but these pop- and house-heavy nightspots lack a crucial hip-hop aesthetic. Luckily, local promoter Chris Hunter has stepped in to fill the void. While he doesn’t own a club, Chris Hunter Entertainment has a long history of reappropriating popular straight establishments into black gay dance halls—if only for one night of the week. For an eternity, Philly lacked a consistent Saturday night party for people of color—rare and criminal for a city of its size. Hunter resolved to rectify this by queering South Street staple XO Lounge into the night’s newest hotspot. Judge the scene for yourself on New Year’s Eve. At midnight, toast to a cheap cover, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and new possibilities for the urban gay community in the year to come. (Gerald Johnson)
11pm. $5-$10. XO Lounge, 1439 South St. 215.735.7351. simplychristopher.com
Nerdgasm alert! Fans of comic geekery should be in heaven this New Year’s Eve, when original cast members from the cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 appear at Keswick Theatre for a live three-movie marathon of quips, riffs and laughter. No robot puppets—somebody else owns the MST3K rights these days—but the “Cinematic Titanic” crew will duplicate the old show’s format: Sit on stage and lob high- and low-brow wisecracks at otherwise unwatchable movies: The lineup includes War of the Insects , Samson & the Seven Miracles and the execrable Legacy of Blood . Best of all, series creator Joel Hodgson— MST3K ’s David Lee Roth to Mike Nelson’s Sammy Hagar—leads the way. Trying to figure out whether to ring in the New Year by spending big money on a night out or staying in and watching old flicks on TV? “Cinematic Titanic” should provide the best of both experiences. (Joel Mathis)
7:30pm. $52.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Can you think of a better place to welcome the new year and get a fresh start on your life than the heart of Northern Liberties? Oh, you can? Well, the Standard Tap—celebrating both the arrival of 2010 and its 10th year in business—has two ways to help you forget about those tickets to Paris that fell through. First, the beer: There’ll be specials all night on two premier, tasty Pennsylvania brews—Tröeg’s Mad Elf Ale (mmm, spicy!) and Victory’s Golden Monkey Belgian-style ale. Second, the music: Philly’s own Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down will keep things spirited with pickin’ ’n’ croonin’, mandolin-and-fiddle-fed folk and bluegrass that’ll make you feel like you stumbled across a hoedown in some Appalachian mountain shack. It’s perfect moonshine—or Mad Elf and Golden Monkey—drinkin’ music. And come to think of it … good tunes, good booze, maybe a good friend or two: What more do you really need on New Year’s Eve? (Michael Alan Goldberg)
9pm. Pay as you go. Standard Tap, 901 N. Second St. 215.238.0630. standardtap.com ■