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Dance | New Year’s Eve 2012 events

Forget the raves and the bar hops; consider burlesque stripteases and Latino flair.


Cat’s Pajama Party at the Everleigh
The coterie of lingerie-wearing ladies enforces the un-dress code while you indulge in the sexy Jazz Age ambience, cocktail in hand. With the Naked Girls dancers in charge, the night promises many sultry surprises. Just one condition: for viewing only—no cameras allowed. What happens at the Everleigh stays at the Everleigh. Everleigh Social Club, 939 W Randolph St. 9pm; $90, couple $150.

Kiss Kiss Cabaret New Year’s Eve Hullabaloo
Walk the red carpet and snap a photo with special guest Mindy the Capuchin Monkey before the cabaret’s final show of 2012. The Flattery Brothers host, while the Claptrap Family Orchestra provides tunes for the night’s buck-wild mash-up of performances, including the skimpily clad Kiss Kiss Coquettes. Drinks and nibbles keep your belly satisfied. As for your eyes, well, it’s satisfaction practically guaranteed. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave (773-404-7336). 10pm; $42, couple $75.

Latin Street Año Nuevo—NYE 2013
A cash bar with drink specials nicely sets up live music from Grammy-nominated Angel Melendez & Su Orquesta. DJ Frankie J spins salsa and bachata before a good-luck ritual known as “Cotillón de Fin de Año” at midnight, when you’ll drink Champagne to ring in the New Year. Lisa “La Boriqua,” Luis Rollin’ Rivera, Keanu Hu & Andres host the night’s dance-heavy festivities. Alhambra Palace, 1240 W Randolph St (312-427-2572). 8pm; $25–$180.

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