1. The Bathhouse Ensemble is a group of fresh-out-of-college thespians whose only previous credit is a production of "The Pillowman," which happens to be the most excellent and disturbing play written in the last 20 years. Tonight they're putting on The Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), an interactive, partly improvised riff on Shakespeare's entire catalog, including an Othello rap and a football game based on the histories. Should be fun to watch these ambitious kids find their feet with a sorta crazy script.
7 pm, at the Bathhouse Theatre on Green Lake. $10 suggested donation.
2. At some point in your New Year's tour, stop at Bush Gardens. A large restaurant in the International District, Bush Gardens is unremarkable (the food is decent and cheap) except in one respect: it has the most awesome karaoke in town. Karaoke at Bush Gardens is probably the single best people-watching experience in all of Seattle. And the host will probably interrupt the long line of Vietnam veterans and blonde UW girls waiting for the mic to sing his special, Seattle version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind."
At 614 Maynard Avenue S. Karaoke starts at 9:30.
3. When the Emerald City Soul Club takes over Lo-Fi, they cover the floor in talcum powder. It makes the room better for dancing to the equally dusty Northern soul records the ECSC crew plucks from their abyss-deep record crates. The dancing is serious, the room turns into a funky mess, and it keeps going until people literally can't dance anymore. And Lo-Fi, despite being on that weird Eastlake Ave. wasteland, is a cool little party shack of a venue—probably a little too small for ECSC's shindigs, which is just as well.
Tonight, 9 pm, The Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E.
4. The Decibel Festival, a four-day techno-athon that happens in Seattle every year in September, is putting on a show at Neumo's tonight featuring Apparat, a Berlin-based DJ whose music is pretty calm but also squirmy and freaky. Listening to Losaj Thing, the other headliner, feels more like canoeing through a cavern of hipness.
Tonight, at Neumo's, 925 E. Pike Street. Tickets are $20.
5. There's no cover tonight at Pony, that most awesome new bar/Madison Street battleship in Capitol Hill, but there's one catch: You have to dress like you're from outer space. Other Capitol Hill hangouts with no cover include the Capitol Club and Grey Gallery.
6. Cake, who do a great version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," are bringing their adult contemporary rock to the Moore Theater tonight. Trumpet solos abound.
At 8 pm, at 911 Pine Street. Tickets are $63.
7. The Beacon Pub has a DJ on NYE. It's a neighborhood bar that's only a couple blocks from the light rail station (light rail, by the way, is running 'til 1:30 tonight). Sounds like a fun time for Southenders who aren't trying to make the trek north for the evening.
At 3057 Beacon Ave S.