52 ways to leave 2009

By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 30, 2009

Say what you will about downtown Boston's meat-market club scene, these guys sure know how to run with a theme. Or more precisely, clamp down on it like a Schutzhund-trained rottweiler on a prowler's thigh. In these decade-closing days of opulence and wealth (ahem), 6one7 Productions brings us A PRECIOUS NEW YEAR'S 2010 (bostonnye.com), five metaphorically jewel-encrusted club events: SAPPHIRE PARTY at the Greatest Bar (262 Friend Street, Boston; 617.367.0544; thegreatestbar.com), THE PLATINUM PARTY at Rumor (100 Warrenton Street, Boston; 617.422.0045; rumorboston.com), EMERALD CITY at Suite (One Boylston Place, Boston), THE DIAMOND CLUB at District (180 Lincoln Street, Boston; 617.426.0180; districtboston.com), and THE GOLD STANDARD at Venu (100 Warrenton Street, Boston; 617.338.8061; venuboston.com), with general admission running you from $35 to $75 and VIP reservations ranging between $450 and $800. Oh, wait — turns out those gems aren't so metaphorical after all: according to the promo material, attendees have a chance to "unlock a treasure chest at each venue where the winner takes home real jewels" from Shreve, Crump, & Low. What's not clear is how the winners are supposed to compete for their riches — let's just hope the grab for the spoils doesn't involve a They Shoot Horses, Don't They?–style dance contest.

Even if that doesn't happen, though, all this clubbing might start to take its toll. Good thing Om City Yoga (2400 Mass Ave, Cambridge; 781.648.0722; cambridgeyoga.net) will be giving you a special opportunity to limber up, with their SUN SALUTATION FLOW from 4 to 5:30 pm ($10 newcomers, $12 drop-ins; if that's too steep, check out their free classes on New Year's Day), giving you plenty of time for a post-workout disco nap before you start party-hopping hard enough to tear a hamstring. Then again, maybe you'll throw out your back on the vinyasa and just call it a decade.


Tonight at 10 pm, untethered Dresden Doll and girl anachronism AMANDA PALMER joins the BOSTON POPS at Symphony Hall (301 Mass Ave, Boston; 617.266.1200; bso.org) for the Boston NYE performance to rule them all. This thing comes jam-packed with extras, too — the US premiere of Palmer paramour and author NEIL GAIMAN's short film Statuesque, the world premiere of a MICHAEL POPE film (synched to Bjork's "Overture," which the Pops will be playing live), and pre-show mainstage sets by SXIP SHIREY at 8 pm. Tickets will be tight, but last we checked, orchestra seats were selling for $110 apiece. Which works out to be, like, $20 for every delightfully screwy thing you're likely to see there.

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