Radical Women & Masquerade Balls

SUNDAY: A half-dozen events that prove New Year's Eve to be about more than bubbly and kazoos.

Benefit

Radical Women

Emma Goldman's legacy has come to Seattle: Radical New Year's, a benefit for the works of Radical Women, features dancing for all ages (of revolutionaries)! This New Year's Eve party, hosted by Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party, also offers a feast, "farcical theatrics," and beverages. You're invited to ring in a new year of progress in Radical Women's favored causes—women's leadership, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights—and find out more about the workshops and study groups they offer. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., www.socialism.com. For information, rides, or child care, call 722-6057 or 722-2453 or e-mail RWseattle@mindspring.com. $5 door/$15 buffet donation; sliding scale and work exchange available. 8:30 p.m. JOANNE GARRETT

Classical

Mozart Gala

OK, one more 250th birthday salute, then can we give Amadeus a rest for a while? (How about all of 2007?). But St. James Cathedral's annual year-end concert, billed as "Seattle's oldest classical New Year's Eve celebration," will also mark the cathedral's upcoming centennial year. The program includes Mozart's Kyrie for five sopranos, movements from his "Coronation" Mass, Solemn Vespers, and (yes) Requiem, and even one of his perky little pieces for mechanical organ. With two organists, four soloists, and the Cathedral Cantorei and Chamber Orchestra led by James Savage, it'll be a grand and festive night. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 382-4874, www.stjames-cathedral.org. Suggested donation of $25. 11 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERT

Meditation

Labyrinth Walk

If you'd prefer a contemplative New Year's Eve to a debauched one, St. Mark's Cathedral will provide three labyrinths for you to silently stroll. The main one is a canvas 42 feet in diameter spread out on the cathedral floor, printed with a spiraling circular path modeled on the one built into the floor of Chartres Cathedral. Candlelight, live meditative music, and a burning bowl for prayers will be provided. It'll be open to walk from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight, with a traditional sung Compline service at 9:30. Additional labyrinths will be laid out in Skinner Auditorium next door and on St. Mark's front lawn, open all evening. The experience of treading a shared path while wrapped in private thoughts is unexpectedly soothing and powerful. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 323-0300, 297-4874, www.stmarks.org. Suggested donation $5. GAVIN BORCHERT

Dining

Crémant New Year's Eve Dinner

If you're in the mood for a rich, lavish, and very French Bonne Année dinner, Crémant might just be the place. (Grab your phone now, before their house is booked solid.) The five-course prix-fixe menu features a selection of exotic dishes, each paired with a wine, beginning with clams in a Parmesan cucumber sauce with crème fraîche—though it sounds more delicious in French: les palourdes dans la sauce au concombre. This starter course is served with a crémant rosé, a sparkling wine created following the traditional champagne method, yet crafted outside the region of Champagne. That's the idea behind this showstopper restaurant, by the way: great French food outside of France—tucked behind a yellow door on 34th Avenue in Madrona, to be exact. Next comes a lobster ragout, a sort of bouillabaisse, served with a premiere cru St. Aubin. The meat course is a civet of wild boar, a roast served with a Gigondas Domaine de la Maurelle, described as a Rhône red. And in true French fashion, the meat course is followed by the cheese course: a blue cheese washed with a sweet dessert wine, Vin doux naturel de Maury Mas Amiel à Maury. And for dessert (if you can manage it), a very simple-sounding chocolate cake—which might, after all this richness, put you right over the edge. But it's New Year's Eve, right? That's the whole point—a bit of culinary richness to push you over into next year. And a dose of those good chocolate chemicals (never mind all the champagne) to help ward off any slight melancholic moments that New Year's tends to evoke. Salut! Crémant, 1423 34th Ave., 322-4600, www.cremant seattle.com. $175. Seatings 5–11 p.m.; to be there at midnight, the earliest seating is 9 p.m. ADRIANA GRANT

Party No. 1

Schoolhouse Rawk

While introducing the players, allow me to unpack some adjectives and interjections regarding this year-end party held in the historic, renovated West Seattle schoolhouse. Synth Club: Rare! The headliners in this room—curated by Burning Man art group Flight to Mars—feature Maktub frontman/comedian Reggie Watts on vocals, Nordic Soul crafting beats on a whim, and quite a few synths; their freaky improvisation isn't seen around town often enough. The duo is joined by the DJ talents of Diem, Sweet Chris Bell, Whatever, and Stick Yo Hands in the Dirt (damn you, Fucking in the Streets, for starting this trend). Thomas Fehlmann: Divine! How many times can this ambient pioneer, formerly of the Orb and now putting his own spin on minimal techno, visit Seattle in one year? This fall's Decibel attendees—and Orb fans around town who missed out—will say Never Enough! His appearance alone will push revelers across the bridge and possibly out of their minds. Jerry Abstract: Breathtaking! The quasi-reclusive producer will unleash one of his seriously mind-bending live techno sets on a crowd warmed up by Kristina Childs, Nora Posch, and Portland's Let's Go Outside. (By the way, this room is equipped with that mega soundsystem from Decibel that feels like a pleasant heart attack in a submarine.) The third room is done up in visuals from the Now Device and Killing Frenzy and soundtracked by local MVPs Lusine, Kris Moon, Greg Skidmore, and Chris West. Go: That's What's Happening. Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2999, youngstownarts.org. $20 ($30 adv. from www.brownpaper tickets.com. 8 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

Party No. 2

Arcana Masquerade Ball

For those not hip on their Latin etymology, the word "arcana" literally defines itself. But while Merriam-Webster's interpretation is "mysterious or specialized knowledge, language, or information accessible or possessed only by the initiate," there are no target participants for this New Year's Eve gala, which is a typical trait of Infinite Connections parties. In tandem with Uniting Souls and IOSIS Art Party, they've thrown successful raves at unlikely locales like the Pacific Science Center (in that case, making a feeling of unity with nature no longer a drug-fueled abstraction). Tonight they usher in 2007 with "organic minimal" techno from New Zealanders Antix; DJ sets from Ramiro, Gordon Field, and Patrick Turner (among nine others); and a Pure Cirkus performance combining circus arts and body modification at the stroke of midnight. OK, that does seem a little esoteric. You don't have to hang, as it were, in that area, though—the upstairs Art Party room features dazzling mask art from Monica Roxburgh, Roger Wheeler, Icy, and Timothy Stephens. Styles range from Venetian to mythological to Stephens' phantasmagorical leather creations (pictured). "People are encouraged to wear masks, but they don't have to," said Infinite Connections promoter Yvette Soler. Art masks will be on sale, and a station is provided where people can make their own with jewels, feathers, and colored glues. "The idea is to give people several ways to obtain masks regardless of their monetary situation." Noting driving concerns, the two-bar event runs until 4 a.m., with chai tea, juices, and hot chocolate available in addition to the customary champagne. Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC), 1621 12th Ave., 388-0569, www.capitol hillarts.com. $30 adv. from www.brown papertickets.com, $35–$75 VIP. 21 and over. 9 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

 
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