Swap Parties

It’s just about the middle of the month; have you kept your New Year’s resolutions? Or have you decided that it just wasn’t worth it. Send me an email telling me about your resolution progress. I’d love to know how you’re doing or if you decided that you didn’t want to do it after all. Who knows, you might find your email printed here.

Now that the last of the holiday gifts have trickled in, and we’re all back in our daily schedules, have you looked around your place and realized that you just have a bit too much? If you have, you might want to throw a swap party.

Swap parties are a great city tradition. A group of friends get together and bring one bag of items they don’t want any more. You sit, drink, eat and laugh and trade goodies. Swap parties can vary in themes; unused and unwanted children’s toys, books, CDs, clothing, cosmetics or what ever the host or hostess decides the theme will be. They can be co-ed or single sex parties. They’re a great way to catch up with your friends and trade goodies. Try it; it’s a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun, we’ve got lots of great live music to look forward to this weekend.

[b]Diamond Nights[/b] is continuing their residency at the Delancey tonight.

What: Diamond Nights
When: Tonight
Where: The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street
Contact: 212-254-9920
Cost $7.00

The [b]Kaiser Chiefs[/b] have opened for Franz Ferdinand and is one of the UK’s latest and very hot imports.

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Catch them this Saturday, January 15th at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

What: Kaiser Chiefs
When: Saturday, January 15th
Where: Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas
Contact: 212-519-6600
Cost: Free

[b]Willy Mason[/b] is back in town on January 19th. If you missed his show the last time he was here, you have another chance. This teen writes soulful, catchy heart stirring songs. He’s played with the Grateful Dead and other musical luminaries and his songs are making them crazy in the UK.

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What: Willy Mason:
When: Wednesday, January 19th
Where: Bowery Ballroom

You can catch him at the Bowery Ballroom.

[b]Spottiswoode[/b] & His Enemies cleverly combine rock, cabaret and jazz into a rollicking hysterically catching show. They’re playing The Living Room Friday, January 14th 11PM. Two sets and it’s free!

What: Spottiswoode & His Enemies
When: Fiday, January 14th, 11 PM
Where: The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street (between Stanton & Rivington)
Contact: 212-533-7235
Website: [url=http://www.livingroomnyc.com]http://www.livingroomnyc.com[/url], [url=http://www.spottiswoode.com]http://www.spottiswoode.com[/url]

The Luna Lounge is known for breaking new bands. Here’s their schedule for the weekend: [b]Thursday January 13th[/b] – 8:30pm Eli & The Indoor Boys 9:30pm New Age Creeps, [b]Friday January 14th[/b] – 8:30pm Lancaster 9:30pm VPN 10:30pm Arbor Day 11:30pm Mesmer, [b]Saturday January 15th[/b] – 8:30pm The Boroughs 9:30pm Slow Learner 10:30pm [b]Stupid (For fans of Missing Persons, X, and The Walkmen. http://www.stupidband.com)[/b] 11:30pm JUN, [b]Sunday January 16th[/b] 7:30pm Heroes In The Seaweed 8:30pm Pucker 9:30pm Numun

Where: The Luna Lounge, 171 Ludlow Street
Contact: 212-260-2323
Cost: Free!

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly buy anything new, here are some great sales that’s proof you can never have enough!

[b]Henri Bendel Lingerie Sale[/b] What: Up to 60 percent off sexy underpinnings from Roberto Cavalli, Fleur T., Leah Bantivoglio, and Miss Ruby.
When: 1/5 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 1/16. noon-7 p.m.
Where: 712 Fifth Ave., b/t 55th and 56th Sts. (212-247-1100).

[b]Judith Ripka’s[/b] signature 18-karat gold and TWO collections (features sterling silver and 18-karat gold) are 50 to 70 percent off.
When: 1/13 and 1/14 (10am-6pm).
Where: HàƒÆ’à†’àƒâ€šà‚´tel Plaza Athénée, 37 E. 64th St., near Park Ave., 212-244-1230.

[b]Cantaloup[/b] has Alvin Valley, Alice Roi, Anna Sui, and others for up to 75 percent off; Leigh Bantivoglio camis are now $99 (normally $170).
When: Through 1/31 (Mon.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 1036 Lexington Ave., at 74th St., 212-249-3566.

Chic Brooklyn hideaway [b]Diane T.[/b] has clothes and accessories from Rebecca Taylor, Sigerson Morrison, and Marc by Marc Jacobs at up to half off.
When: 1/12-2/12 (Tues.-Fri. 11:30am; Sat. 11am-6:30pm; Sun. 1pm-5pm).
Where: 174 Court St., nr. Bergen St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, 718-923-5777.

[b]The Bridal Garden[/b] has Vera Wang, Anne Barge, Ulla Maija, and other gown designers for up to 75 percent off By appointment only.
When: 1/18-2/12.
Where: 54 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 907, 212-252-0661.

[b]Terra Cotta[/b] has half off handcrafted pottery, necklaces, scarves, and more.
When: 1/15-2/28 (Tues.-Sat. 1pm-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 259 W. 4th St., nr Perry St., 212-243-1952.

[b]Burlington Coat Factory’s[/b] “Road Show” sale features designer men’s and women’s clothes and accessories at 40 to 75 percent off. There’s alos $5 million dollars worth of fur coats on sale.
When: 1/14 (9am-9pm); 1/15 (10am-9pm); 1/16 (11am-7pm); 1/17 (8am-7pm).
Where: Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. at 31st St., Tower B, 5th fl., 212-465-6741.

[b]Hollywould’s[/b] flirty shoes and boots are reduced by 60 to 80 percent.
When: 1/12-1/15 (11:30am-7pm).
Where: 198 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St., 212-343-8344, ext. 2.

[b]Anne Dee Goldin[/b] is slashing prices on fur coats, ponchos, stoles, and more by 30 to 75 percent.
When: 1/14-1/29 (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5:30pm; Sun. noon-4pm).
Where: 214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 12th fl., 212-239-0512.

[b]A. Cheng[/b] is taking up to 60 percent off downtown chic sweaters, coats, and blouses.
When: 1/15-2/15 (Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-8pm; Sat. and Sun. 11:30am-7pm).
Where: 443 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A, 212-979-7324.

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