Looking for plans for New Years Eve? Look no further. THE place to be this year (as farr as I'm concerned) is Justine's. I love the place on a typical weekday night, but when they decide to throw a party, prepare to have your mind blown. In fact, I'll stop blabbing and let them tell you why you need to get tickets ASAP.
“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay
New Year’s Eve 2014, at Justine’s. Ticket price is $175 and includes entry, Shanghai/Parisian street-food dinner, midnight champagne toast then free-flowing champagne till close, and many performances.....
You’ll fall deep into our darkness, the den, an exquisite void, a dream, an unconsciousness------and then emerge into the dawn of a new year, a new mind, a clear light.
This will be the most extravagant party we’ve ever thrown, with 4710 East Fifth Street transformed so completely, you won’t know where you are. We’re rebuilding the streets of Shanghai, creating a warren of dens, building a smoky dream of past and future Asia, with Bladerunner geishas projected on the sky and fallen British aristocrats hiding out in dark rooms and Japanese angels sipping neon champagne. The phenomenal installation artists Douglas Little and Emily Hughes are already at work (http://douglaslittle.com/events).
20,000 firecrackers are set to be lit, confetti cannons fired, Jean Cocteau fortune cookies passed out, incense burned, poppies and peonies and cherry blossoms will bloom, and the gong will definitely ring and echo through the East Side.
Performances will happen through the night, culminating in a very special countdown. There will be Butoh Dancers, a Chinese Dragon Dance Troupe, and a drag phenomenon in full 19th Century Chinese matron costume with traditional Chinese music on the saw........
DJ Joro-Boro from NYC/Burning Man will make the night extra surreal and wild. https://soundcloud.com/joro-boro
Justine’s head chef Casey Wilcox will be concocting passed treats and street food to make you feel you’re walking in Hong Kong or Paris, from a Duck & Pork Belly & Scallion pancake station, a Wok station, Escargot Dim sum, Wings confit with spice & dried Thai chili, to Ceviche tiger milk with Fines Herbes (and many other succulent passed dishes).
There will be, in addition, bars selling special cocktails based on cherry blossom, ginger, milk and honey. And Veuve Clicquot and Jean Pernet bottles, of course, as well.
And you can get a tattoo on the house! Artist Katja Ramirez is ready to ink a scarlet flower or Chinese secret or line from Kubla Khan anywhere you want it. http://katjaramirez.com/section/128521_Tattoos.html
This party will celebrate the cross-pollination of cultures through dreaming and art and madness, braiding together the backroom cultures of early 1900s San Francisco and New York and Paris, and the port-to-port worlds of tattooed sailors, and Chinese concubines, and crazy doctors, dilettantes, and Coleridge, Cocteau, Rachilde, de Quincey, Basho. We’ve made a LOOK BOOK for costume ideas, which you can find here:
THIS WILL BE A MORE LIMITED CAPACITY PARTY THAN USUAL----WE DO EXPECT TICKETS TO SELL OUT BEFORE THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT, SO WE WILL NOT BE SELLING TICKETS AT THE DOOR.
You can buy tickets two ways, although they must be purchased in advance:
At the bar at Justine's, or online, through Frontgate tickets here:
These pre-sale tickets are $175. Included in the ticket will be entry, Hong Kong and Parisian street food passed all night, an extravagant cake, and a champagne midnight toast and then free-flowing champagne from then till closing time.