Fri, Dec 31, 2010 - Page 13 News List

In one year, out the other

There’s still time to party like it’s 99 before the Republic of China begins its 100th year tomorrow. Read on to find out how


Photo courtesy of Taipei Times


Capone’s might be the ideal spot for those who want to partake in Taipei City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Soul jazz singer Djavan performs tonight, and tomorrow drummer Abe Nbugu Kenyatta leads a band playing music from his hometown of New Orleans.

■ 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號)

■ Live music from 9pm to 11:30pm on Fridays, 8pm to 11:30pm on Saturdays

■ Call (02)-2773-3782 for prices and reservations, which are recommended for dinner tonight and tomorrow

— David Chen

Tonight for New Year’s at Sappho de Base, South African expat Dawid Vorster performs a farewell show with his trio and guest musicians from Taipei’s live jazz scene.

■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1), tel: (02) 2700-5411. On the Net:

■ Starts at 10:30pm

■ Entrance is NT$800 (includes one drink).

— David Chen

One sky-high option for viewing the fireworks in Taipei is the Miramar (美麗華) ferris wheel in Neihu District near Jiannan Road MRT Station (劍南路捷運站), but be prepared for long lines. Even if you don’t get a spot, there will be fireworks and a concert celebration at the Miramar Entertainment Park (美麗華百樂園) featuring a roster of Mando-pop performers, as well as indie-pop band 13 (拾參).

■ 20 Jingye 3rd Rd, Neihu Dist, Taipei City (台北市內湖區敬業三路20號), tel: (02) 2175-3456. On the Net:

■ Starts at 8pm

■ Entrance is free

— David Chen

The Brass Monkey holds a New Year’s eve “masquerade party” tonight, with free masks for women.

■ 166 Fuxing N Rd, Taipei City (台北市復興北路166號), tel: (02) 2547-5050

■ Starts at 9pm

■ Entrance is NT$450 for men, NT$300 for women

— David Chen

Underworld (地下社會), a regular basement haunt for local indie rock fans, celebrates New Year’s Eve tonight with psychedelic indie rockers Macbeth (馬克白) and post-rock group Lily et Coco (哩扣), followed by DJs Floaty, Dizzy, Chema, Randy and Fish. Tomorrow it’s garage rockers The White Eyes (白目樂隊) and veteran blues/garage rockers Celluloid (賽璐璐).

■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1), tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the Net:

■ Starts at 9:30pm tonight and tomorrow

■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight, which includes one drink, and NT$300 tomorrow

— David Chen

Tomorrow indie rock band Echo (回聲樂團) performs in support of its new album Virgin Air (處女空氣) at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區), which holds shows run by The Wall (這牆).

■ 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號). On the Net:,

■ Starts at 7:30pm

■ Entrance is NT$400

— David Chen

Party organizers Lezsmeeting and Woman Empire are joining forces to throw a New Year’s Eve party for lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and anyone else in the mood for a seven-hour party at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館). All-women rock outfit Gonzo, singing combo CastAway, VJ Dolcevita as well as all-women groups All L and Miss Mr will perform. The dress code is military.

■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號)

■ Tonight from 10pm to 5am

■ NT$1,000 in advance and NT$1,200 at the door for women; NT$1,500 for men. For ticketing information, go to

— Ho Yi

The Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, celebrates New Year’s tonight with drink specials, prize raffles and free sparkling wine for the countdown.

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