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An evening in with good friends and free-flowing Krug is our idea of an ideal NY New Years — not venturing out to face the crowds and the jacked-up tabs. But if you're more adventurous, we'll turn you over to the folks at New York Mag for this one, and their excellent roundup.

indie rockOh My Rockness Best of 2006New Year's Eve Show Guide…Just Announced…1/21: Lightning Bolt 3/4: The Thermals

carols… Time for one more round of Dahoo Dorays when Calvary St. George's does their annual caroling singalong in Gramercy Park on Christmas eve, 6pm. Free.

stories… "The Moth believes everyone has a story and the MothSLAM aims to be the vehicle upon which those stories ride." Hop in on Tuesday, December 26th when the great series has its monthly story slam. The theme is gifts, the cost is $6, the location is the Bitter End, the details are here.

book… Looking for something to transport you out of the season, out of the here and now? Try the slim volume first published in 1971 called Living Well is the Best Revenge by New Yorker art critic Calvin Tomkins. It's the story of Gerald and Sara Murphy, who were at the center of the ex-pat circles in the 20s. Major roles: The Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, Picasso, and Cole Porter, but it's the Murphy's spirit of living well that lingers.

jazz… Here's a warm breeze: Susan Pereira and her group Sabor Brasil have a CD just out called "Tudo Azul." Ms. Pereira wears many hats well — singer, pianist, percussionist, and she's penned five tunes on the album. Have a listen here and see if Ms. Pereira and the gang don't sound like a great find.

out of town… When you're ones port-hopping from a cruise ship, it's one thing (fun). When you're on the island and a ship comes in, it's quite another (not so fun). Here's an article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about cruise-ship free islands in the Caribbean. [Via Gadling]

show… "A trashy little show" is how the creators of At Least It's Pink describe it. And those creators are worth noting: it's directed and co-written by Michael Patrick King, who was an Executive Producer on "Sex and the City." Kenny Mellman has written music and lyrics (he's the Herb part of Kiki and Herb) along with songwriter Bridget Everett. It's about the thoroughly raunchy, erm, hijinx Ms. Everett has gotten into growing up in Manhattan, Kansas and then striking out into the New York version. Starts January 17th at Ars Nova. Tickets.

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