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Our man about town Jared Hatch hopes the suburban mean girls stay at home this New Year's Eve. Um, likely.
Home-grown Akira is set to take over the 30,000 square foot Germania Place Ballroom (108 W. Germania Place @ Clark) for a New Year's Eve extravaganza they're calling "Time Traveler." We've all been to at least one of Akira's super-sceney fashion shows and we have to admit these folks know how to throw a party? we just hope the suburban mean girls don't show up.
New Year's Eve will be Akira's first attempt at throwing a party on a night with such high expectations, so you can't blame us for expecting the scenesters and the mean girls but but co-owner Jon Cotay says: "This isn't supposed to be a black blazer type of party, we hope everyone expresses themselves and wear what they like." He explains that this is a celebration with no pressure, as he gently segways to Akira's stock of glitzy clothing, "When customers ask me what to wear for New Year, I say just be sexual and comfortable."
With single tickets starting at $150 and group tickets topping out at $1,000, hopefully Akira and their hired security can sift out the inevitable (all you can drink) riff-raff and everyone can celebrate without the mean girls. Unless, of course its Anastasia Santana or one of the other performing drag queens. (excitement)
"Time Traveler" begins at 9 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres—popcorn and cotton candy—and a sponsored bar pouring Rock Sake with Acai, Jack Daniels, Goose Island, and Baudron. We can't wait for the "special installation" from Smartwater, Fuze and Vitamin Water (we're thinking massive ice sculptures). From the opulent Germania Place balcony a light show, and confetti drop will accompany eight DJs spinning until 2 a.m. to the tune of DJ Madrid and The Streets on Fire. The other entertainment should be the Svedka Photo booth and three artists painting—live! In typical Akira style, the fashion will be right on cue. Exquisite models wearing the latest time traveling looks by Akira and barely-legal body painted models!
Although Akira is encouraging everyone to purchase tickets in advance and take a cab to the party, there will be valet in the garage and limited last-minute entry tickets available. Curious? Watch one of their promotional videos for the event.
· Akira [Official Site]