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    Studio L�amour�s Chicago Starlets perform at Park West during �Superstars of Burlesque�

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New Year’s Eve 2011 events | Dance

Three dance things to do on NYE: “The Cat’s Pajama Party: A Jazz Age Soirée,” FKA: NYE at the Bottom Lounge and the Metropolis Ball NYE 2012.


“The Cat’s Pajama Party: A Jazz Age Soirée”
Michelle L’amour’s knack for curating striptease with class made [node:15052687 link=our list of Chicago dance’s new highs in 2011;]. Don your most extravagant bedroom attire and bring your best manners to L’amour’s West Loop speakeasy for wine and hors d’oeuvres, Roaring Twenties tunes and Champagne at midnight. But leave the camera at home: No photography will be allowed inside. Everleigh Social Club, 939 W Randolph St (312-243-6690). 9pm. $90 and up, Everleigh Social Club members $75. See page 20 for details on how to win two tickets.

You know you’re in an episode of FKA, the series of parties formerly known as Formerly Known As, when the dance floor is packed and yet no one’s tuned down their moves. So keep an eye out for wild limbs, but otherwise, come as you are and feel free to freak the fuck out. Black Gold, Jyldo and Masisi join regular FKA DJ Reaganomix on the decks, and for those who are fond of multiple climaxes, there’ll be a countdown every hour. For “all genders, representations, identities and sexualities.” Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St (312-666-6775). 9pm–3am. $6 cover.

Metropolis Ball NYE 2012
“Urban dystopia burlesque” sounds to us like a fairly accurate description of the current political climate. It’s actually the tag line for a retro-futuristic New Year’s Eve party in Wicker Park, inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 film, Metropolis. Check out an art show in between three sets of circus-arts and naughty dance numbers by performers from Chicago and New Orleans, or get made-over Bettie Page–style at a pinup stylist’s station. Rockabilly music from Cash O’Riley and the Downright Daddies opens the night; local band Vol 4 closes it out in the guise of Black Sabbath. The Flat Iron, 1565 N Milwaukee Ave (773-365-9000). 8pm–5am. $35, advance $30, V.I.P. couples’ table with Champagne and dessert bar $100.

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