Hedwig and the Angry Inch New Year's Eve

Also: New Year's Eve Tango Ball, Willard White, Surrealist Ball, and Perpetual Motion Roadshow.

FRIDAY

GLITZRIEG

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH NEW YEAR'S EVE

They spent all summer turning the Re-bar into a rocking, roof-raising celebration—why not trust Nick Garrison (pictured, far left) and his brooding cohorts to send 2004 out with a blast of transgender splendor at the Crocodile? Garrison's Hedwig and her Angry Inch band headline a glam-rock spectacular that includes all the sonic highlights of the original show, as well as special musical guests and a channeling of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. A champagne toast to "Midnight Radio" sounds like the perfect way to ring in 2005. Doors open at 9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31. $17 adv./$20 door. Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave., 206-448-2114. STEVE WIECKING

FRIDAY

DANCE

NEW YEAR'S EVE TANGO BALL

Ilana Rubin and Tony Fan follow two related paths—teaching the elements of tango in a methodical fashion to "absolute beginners" and performing the sinuous intricacies of this dance style with passion and skill. Both of these personae will be on view during this New Year's celebration, which starts with a brief lesson and continues with champagne, dancing, desserts, and a showcase turn from Rubin and Fan. 9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31. $25–$30. Ballard IOOF Temple, 1706 N.W. Market St., 206-781-9553. SANDRA KURTZ

FRIDAY

CLASSICAL

WILLARD WHITE

A fearless bass who triumphs in otherwise uncastable contemporary opera roles (the San Francisco Opera recently called on him for Messiaen and Ligeti) and collaborates with composers (John Adams' Nativity oratorio, El Nino), he's also arguably the Porgy of our time. The Seattle Symphony is bringing him for an all-Gershwin New Year's Eve gala. Gerard Schwarz conducts highlights from Porgy and Bess, plus An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Stewart Goodyear. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31. $65–$150 concert only, $350–$1,000 gala (packages include dinner). Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747. GAVIN BORCHERT

FRIDAY

VISUAL ARTS

SURREALIST BALL

New Year's Eve is always a slightly illusory happening (especially after the fourth glass of champagne), so it's fitting that the Center on Contemporary Art's annual bash on South Lake Union goes for an all-out dose of surrealism. The mind-blowing benefit will include a glass fashion show by Laura Donefer, digitally enhanced dance by Danse Bleu, video installation by Alan Strathmann, and visual art by W. Scott Trimble, Rich Lehl, and many others. Music courtesy of Quasi Nada, DJ Diem, and DJ Vitamin D (plus three full bars) will help you open wide the doors of perception. 8 p.m.–2 a.m. Fri., Dec. 31. $25 adv./$35 door. Former Naval Reserve Building, 860 Terry Ave. N., 206- 675-1208. ANDREW ENGELSON

MONDAY

BOOKS

PERPETUAL MOTION ROADSHOW

Among the writers and cartoonists appearing at this indie-publishing evening: Chicago zine artist Christa Donner (pictured), who'll be reading from and soliciting advice for her new project, Free Advice; cartoonist and writer Stephen Notely, noted for his strip Bob the Flower; and the artist known as More or Les, who combines funk beats with orthography (be prepared for his interactive game Word Play, which may challenge you for both spelling and definitions). 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 3. Free, donations accepted. Confounded Books, 315 E. Pine St., 206-382-3376. BRIAN MILLER

 
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