How would you want to spend the last moments of your life? In joyous celebration? We thought so. This Friday marks the thirteen b’aktun, or 126.96.36.199.0, the end-date of the Mayan calendar system. The date could signify a mathematical prediction for a change in the cosmological cycle or the zombie apocalypse. We have found the best places to spend this momentous occasion with style and sound. Grab the people you love the most and head to one of the venues below for a night worthy of being your last. And hey, if the world ends, at least you won’t have to worry about a hangover.
END OF THE WORLD PARTY
Bowery Hotel, doors @ 7 PM, free
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The Bowery Hotel’s party is a cornucopia of art and entertainment. Specialty drink pouring and thematic artwork by Ryan E. Cronin are accompanied by the thematic beats of DJ Brooke Williams and DJ Chris Sgroe. Comedian Seth Herzog will keep the crowd laughing and off-set the apocalyptic preaching of Reverend Mandy Iahn. Dance, drink, and keep the fear alive with the itching thought that it might all end.
TRASH! END OF THE WORLD PARTY
The Studio at Webster Hall, 11 PM, $10
The gospel of Danny Blu states: “Go. to. the. scary. places.” Appropriately, he will putting on black eyeliner to perform his punk/pop vocals at the Trash! End of the world party. DJ Jess and Matty Glitterati will spin Britpop, new wave, and electro sound while a late-night cabaret will feature burlesque dancers Penny Wren and Iris Spectre. You’ll be too distracted to notice if the earth stops spinning.
THE APOCALYPSE PARTY: JOAKIM + JACQUES RENAULT
Cameo, 11:45 PM, $15 advance, $20 door
Images of a tropical island desolated by atomic fires fill a static TV screen in the teaser to Tigersushi’s latest album Principles of Geometry. This Friday at Cameo, Tigersuchi’s frontman Joakim will join Runaway’s Jacques Renault to spin oscillating techno into the post-apocalyptic morning.
DON’T PANIC WITH MONKTEC JAMES KELLEY DUCKHUNTER
National Underground, 10 PM, $10
Ring in the end of the world on the Lower East Side at National Underground, the western-influenced two stage bar owned by Gavin DeGraw and his brother. Bostonian techno producer Monkec will join NYC-based Duckhunter to induce an ominous, alien vibe tempered by the soft vocals of James Kelley.
If you prefer quiet contemplation:
AUTUMN INTERMISSION: END OF THE WORLD
RH Gallery, 7-10 PM
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Art is a mechanism for understanding the human condition. In lieu of the end of the Mayan calendar, RH Gallery has put together an exhibition of 20 artists whose work considers the nature of time, rebirth, and ruminations on the concept of an apocalypse. Andrey Klassen’s heavy ink compositions invoke end-of-the-world scenes; while Micah Ganske presents “toxic landscapes” shaped by the over-reaching hand of technology; and video stills of tribal figures suspended in a modern purgatory are captured by the Russian collective AES+F. The 188.8.131.52.0 exhibition allows the viewer to ingest the concept of the end of the world in global and personal terms.
END OF THE WORLD PARTY W/ LUMINOX, RICK RUDE, & SOULDRE
Drai’s Hollywood, 10 PM, $20
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Put on your party clothes and spend the last day of the Mayan calendar at Drai’s Hollywood with “the party to end all parties.” Featuring Luminox’s acclaimed hip-hop beats blended with an electronic dance sound; The official DJ for “Family Guy,” Rick Rude; and the impressive pop mix-master Lauren Abedini (ask DJ Soulre).
MAYEM AT THE MID: “HIP HOP SAVED MY LIFE” END OF THE WORLD DANCE PARTY, feat. TALIB KWELI + MAKER + JON HUANG + DJ INTEL
The Mid, 10 PM, $20, discounts in advance at clubtix.com
At “The Hip-Hop Saved My Life” party at The Mid find refuge in music rather than god with Talib Kweli’s soulful rap accompanied by a full band to kick-up a drum line beat. Maker, Jon Huang, and DJ Intel will spin and and there will be cash prizes for the winner of the soul battle (musically or otherwise). Embrace the Mayhem.
END OF THE WORLD DANCE PARTY: 2nd DAY OF PORN AND CHICKEN
Lincoln Hall, 10 PM, $10 (advance $8)
If you are in Chicago for your last hours and want to indulge your vices until the world ends, join the debauch party crew Porn & Chicken at Lincoln Hall. New-wave band Perfect Kiss will perform, along with Audio Assassins, Ghetto Division, and Negative Zeta. You can also trade in your earthly possessions at the “You Can’t Take It With You Market,” get a massage to release any anxious feelings, or get a makeover so you will look your best when you meet your maker.
POPSTARZ END OF THE WORLD PARTY
Hidden, 10 PM
Free with download from website before 11pm (£4 NUS/£5 others), then £8 (£6 flyer/£5 NUS)
Inspired by the original alternative gay nightclub Popstarz, Hidden is hosting and end of the world party sure to keep you entertained. Gear up in zombie makeup and get the chance to star in a disaster movie. Theme rooms allow you to get moody and move from the Pop Lounge to the Rave Room to the Indie Ballroom and back again. You’ll never want this night again, but if it does you’ll be danced-out and already wearing the proper attire.
DNA Lounge, 10 PM
$25 advance, $30 day of show
With over 20 performers, featuring hip-hop duo Zion I, the LA-inspired beats of Stephan Jacobs, and soulful electronic sound of Candyland, The End party will keep your body moving and heart pounding, regardless of what the rest of the world is doing.
END OF THE WORLD PARTY WITH BEERCAN
Knitting Factory, 7 PM, $6
If Reno is the place you choose to spend your last moments on this earth, the Knitting Factory has sound: the messy scream metal of Beercan; the enthusiastic Punk Ska of Sucka Punch; and The Reagan Years will serenade you with their tribute to the 80’s. You might not die but you may forget which decade you are living in.
Additional reporting by Ellie Shechet.