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New Bohemia New Year's Eve celebrates San Francisco's creative subcultures

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On Dec. 31, 2013, three popular producers are bringing a multi-dimensional party, New Bohemia NYE, to the SF Armory that will celebrate several Bay Area subcultures. The event’s producers include Mike Gaines (Vau de Vire Society and Edwardian Ball), Syd Gris (Opel Productions and Opulent Temple) and Peter Acworth ( In addition, the legendary electronica act Crystal Method will be headlining the live performance lineup.

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Other entertainments during this countdown to 2014 include poets, aerialists, DJs, bands, burlesque dancers, vaudevillians, live painters, sculptures, acrobats, absinthe hawkers, art cars and visual treats in the different rooms of the SF Armory. All will be espousing the timeless bohemian values of truth, beauty, love and freedom to create a surreal mix of sights and sounds.

Of course, costuming will be a big part of the experience. According to Boenobo The Klown, Marketing Partner and Webmaster, “we’re encouraging our guests to individualize their costume expressions however they see fit. Because of the large Burning Man representation that we expect among our guests, the thematics will be all over the place. And because of our collective tastes, there’ll be far more naughty than nice. For those who don’t quite know what direction to take things for their personal look, we’re suggesting a Burner-meets-Moulin Rouge-meets-Wonka- meets-Dr. Seuss-meets-Oz-meets-Wonderland-meets-Victoria’s Secret.”

Performers will also be in costume with Vau de Vire in whimsical, tailor-made attire and burlesque performer Eva D’Luscious in vintage glamour. According to Eva D’Luscious, “I love variety and have studied many types of dance so I enjoy exploring different styles. I often combine my love of ‘20s-‘30s era and Edwardian glamour with more modern music, such as my fan dance to Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”

This New Year’s Eve celebration will definitely be special and very San Franciscan. Boenobo The Klown revealed that “our goal with this event is to offer our guests an unforgettable, immersive dip into our collective pool, ideally sending them home not only entertained but inspired to head into 2014 with an expanded mind and appreciation for living large.”

Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.

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