Ten years after the turn of the millennium, we may not have hover boards, food pellets or universal language translators — but at least we haven’t forgotten how to party. As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, here are a few District venues that will going all carpe diem at midnight on Dec. 31st. With 2010 just around the corner, it would seem that the future really is now. Or at least coming soon.
Presented by Brightest Young Things (who recently masterminded the Bentzen Ball comedy festival), this Arthur C. Clarke-themed (kinda) bash is taking over the entire Capitol Skyline Hotel with “robots, light up dance floors, stilt walkers, moon bounces, enchanted forests, balloon animals, polar bear club diving contests, and a roller skating rink dance party or laser tag in the parking garage or something” – along with a small army of DJs that includes AutoRock, Fatback, Chris Burns and others. Tickets — with open bar privileges included — are $45. Find out all there is know here.
Metropolis Robotica @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
The Rock and Roll Hotel is going the sci-fi route with the New Year’s eve extravaganza their calling Metropolis Robotica, in tribute to Fritz Lang‘s phantasmagorical 1927 film. The evening’s electro-centric soundtrack comes comes courtesy of The Dance Party, DJs Nacey & Starks, Beautiful Swimmers, Ca$$idy & Austin of Garutachi, Dmerit, DJ Jackie O and DJ Keenan. The Robotica’s organizers have instituted a three-tier pricing system that starts at $30 a head. Get your tickets over at the RnR Hotel’s homepage.
Licensed to Thrill Thunderball @ The Washington Plaza Hotel
For those who prefer their cinema-themed New Year’s parties to be paired with healthy dose of schlock, the Thunderball can’t be beaten. With chicks in gold bodypaint, Sean Connery impersonators galore and rooms meant to invoke the faraway destinations frequented by 007 himself, it’s safe to the “shaken not stirred” martinis will be following liberally. In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, yes, this is a James Bond-themed New Year’s party and not a bar mitzvah. Find out more from the party’s head honchos at Eurone International.
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings @ 9:30 Club
That being said, as far as 60s throwbacks go, it doesn’t get much better than the neo-R&B stylings of Ms. Sharon Jones. This year, Washingtonians will have the rare chance to dance the night away as the soul chanteuse and her tight-as-hell funk combo ring in the New Year. Fellow tambourine-toting indie soulsters Fitz and The Tantrums open. Tickets are $55. Get more info at www.930.com.
Lastly, to facilitate a little end of the decade revelry, the good folks at 14th St.’s Black Cat are opening the up their two-story space for a New Year’s Ball officiated by the pre-War, Latin-tinged, cabaret weirdness of Peaches O’Dell and Her Orchestra on the main stage. Meanwhile, the downstairs bar and backstage will be manned by a host as-of-yet unnamed DJs — all for the princely sum of $25. Find out more here.