Observations for better partying
o Do not drink on an empty stomach.
o Wait at least 48 hours between food binges and heavy drinking to avoid diarrhea and digestive system back up.
o Chew your food, eat slowly for better digestion.
o Be aware that the mixing of diverse kinds of foods, and the ingestion of the fatty foods that make up Dominican Christmas menus, can result in a digestive overload.
o Wait two hours after a heavy meal before going to sleep.
o After a food and drink binge, eat light meals the next day, with lots of fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water.
Where the action is taking place:
People are hanging out these Christmas evenings at the Boulevard de la 27, Avenida del Puerto, Malecón and the Parque Colón in the Colonial City where several live artistic presentations are taking place. Leading Dominican hotels are offering big shows in the main halls, especially on 31 December. Following is a selection of some of the partying that will be going on that is open to the general public.
Every Sunday, through 2 January, the headquarters of the Banco Popular Dominicano (La Torre, Av. Máximo Gómez corner John F. Kennedy Avenue) stages a living nativity scene and presentation of the story of Christmas, "El Milagro de la Navidad." 43 actors and 30 singers delight all audiences at 7 pm on Sundays. Fireworks show at the end.
The Banco de Reservas along the Av. Winston Churchill also offers a recreation of the story of Christmas, with choral presentations from 7 pm.
Jubilee Disco at the Hotel Jaragua. 24 December, as of 11 pm. Music of the 80s and 90s. RD$350 per person. Drinks included.
Neon Disco at the Hotel Hispaniola. Drinks included as of midnight. RD$450 per person.
Kokomos Café (Avenida Tiradentes corner Fantino Falco). Presentation of the Familia Andrés, Pachy Carrasco and Son Panama. 9 pm. 25 December.
Masters & Friends. For those that like rock, this Dominican rock group presents "Botando el Golpe de Nochebuena", at the Bar Café The House of Rock, Av. 27 de Febrero corner Calle Don Bosco. 10 pm, 25 December. RD$75.
Christmas in the Colonial City
"Navidad 99" is the celebration of Christmas organized by the Ayuntamiento de Santo Domingo (city municipality), Secretaría de Turismo (ministry of tourism), Comisión de Monumentos (historic monuments commission), Oficina de Patrimonio Cultural (office of cultural heritage), and the Patronato de la Ciudad Colonial (board of the colonial city).
Most of the events take place at the Parque Colón (Isabel la Católica corner Conde), the Patronato de la Ciudad Colonial-Palacio Borgellá (Isabel la Católica 103) or the Palacio Consistorial (Arz. Meriño corner Conde), Cathedral of Santo Domingo (Arz. Meriño corner Arz. Nouel), Capilla de los Remedios (Calle Las Damas corner Mercedes).
The weekend schedule of events is:
Friday, 24 December
Christmas Eve. 11 pm. Christmas Eve Mass. Santo Domingo Cathedral.
Saturday, 25 December
4 pm. Mass opening the Jubilee Year, ending with the Nativity Concert. Performed by the Choir of the Cathedral. Directed by Prof. José Delmonte. Santo Domingo Cathedral.
Sunday, 26 December
12 noon. Mass. Cathedral of Santo Domingo.
4 pm. Christmas caroling along streets of the Colonial City by students of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. Directed by Juan Radhamés Cruz, and sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. 5:30 pm. Puppet show: "The Spirit of Christmas and the Wolf-Donkey-Dragon" by the Teatro Papalote. Parque Colón.
8 pm. Sonia Silvestre in Concert, accompanied by Maestro Tito Delgado. Parque Colón.
Casino Hotel V Centenario Inter Continental. First International Magicians Festival. 27 Dec- 3 January as of 9 pm. Six leading Spanish magicians will interact with those visiting the casino as of 9 pm every evening. Card reading, and other astrology plays. Presentations of orchestras -Los Hijos de Puerto Rico, Grupo Mio, Rokabanda, Miriam Cruz, Michelle y su orquesta Pericombo, Anthony Rios. Humorist Jochy Santos, belly dance presentations. Adults only.
Frank Ceara stars in "Donde Manda el Amor" at the National theater. 27-28 December at 8:30 pm. With him, leading female vocalists Adalgisa Pantaleon, Audrey Campos, Maridalia Leon. Tickets for sale at the National Theater.
Los Hermanos Rosario are slated to perform Monday, 27 December at the Jet Set Discoteca of Avenida Independencia.
"Roncierto Brugal" is the name of the mega merengue music concert prepared by Brugal rum company for 31 December in Santo Domingo. Marco Antonio Solis, Elvis Crespo, Milly Quezada, Toño Rosario, Tribu del Sol and Raulin Rodríguez have been contracted to perform during the Roncierto Brugal 2000. The event, the main event planned for the start of the millennium celebration in the capital city, will take place at the Plaza de la Bandera. Organizers expect an attendance of 100,000 persons.
The leading attraction of the millennium concert, Elvis Crespo will perform in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 31 December from 12 midnight to 1 am in Puerto Rico and then take a private flight to Santo Domingo in time to perform from 3 to 4 am at the Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza de la Bandera). Crespo's "Suavemente" has sold three million copies. Roncierto is sponsored by Brugal rum.
Reset. La Bolera, Sebelen Bowling Center, Abraham Lincoln corner Roberto Pastoriza. 31 December, starting at midnight. Tickets RD$600 available at the Bolera.
Av. Mirador del Sur. 31 December from 10 pm to 12 noon of 1 January. Tickets: RD$600 at the door. Tels. 537-1264 and 533-1051. Spanish stew served in the morning. 20 hours of music. Open bar of national and international drinks, including a champagne toast.
X-Mas 2000. Teatro Agua y Luz, La Feria. 5 dance floors. 10 international bars. Continental breakfast. Maximum of 350 persons. 31 diciembre. 10 pm. RD$700 men and RD$600 women. Tel. 544-3320, 542-5000..
Worldwide New Year's Eve.
Metro Dance Club, Avenida Tiradentes, Centro Comercial Naco II, locale C-5. 31 December, as of 9 pm. RD$1,500 VIP and RD$1,000. Tel. 562-9162 and 540-4075.
Millenium Party. Jubilee. Open bar internacional with champagne toast as of midnight. Cover RD$1,000. Tel 533-2151.
Schizo Disco (Plaza Andalucia, Av. Abraham Lincoln) offers open bar international with champagne. 12 midnight. RD$1,200 per couple, RD$700 per person.
Jet Set. 9 pm. New Year's party with Fernando Villalona. Toast of champagne and Dominican stew at 5 am. RD$1,000. Tel. 535-4145.
Other New Year parties at Kantabar (Tel. 565-0585), Hollywood Café, Barly's, Beer House, Steak House Café.
For the Christmas holidays catch the following on TV:
Telecentro will transmit the Roncierto Brugal from 9 pm from the Plaza de las Banderas (31 December).
Channel 7, Antela Latina is announcing the Show de Oprah on 24 December, and a marathon of cartoons for Christmas day from 9 to 7 pm. On Christmas day, also show with Chucho Valdez from New York. For 1 January, the channel is announcing the presentation of Andy García, Pavarotti and friends with Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Boyzone and Laura Pausini concert. On 2 January, they will retransmit the show of Oprah, Madona and Miss Universe from Venezuela.
Telemicro, Canal 5 is announcing for 26 December different musicals, including "Christmas in Viena" with Placido Domingo, and "Mañanitas de la Virgen de Guadalupe" from Mexico. On 31 December, as of 8 pm, they will tune in with Univisión to transmit the New Year celebrations from around the world, including the Times Square spectacle.
Channel 4 has programmed for 24 December at 8 pm, "Sueño de Navidad," and for 25 December at 7 pm, the presentation of the choir of Mormons from Utah.
Movies showing in Santo Domingo
Showing this weekend in theaters in Santo Domingo:
Ana and the King (Ana y el Rey) with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat.
Random Hearts (Capricho del Destino) with Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The World is not Enough (El Mundo no Basta), a James Bond film, starring Pierre Brosnan.
Studio 54 with Salma Hayek, Ryan Phillippe.
End of Days (El Dia Final) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Inspector Gadget, a Walt Disney film starring Matthew Broderick.
Sixth Sense (El Sexto Sentido) with Bruce Willis.
Mickey Blue Eyes (Mickey Ojos Azules) with Hugh Grant and James Caan.
Loco en Alabama (Crazy in Alabama) with Melanie Griffith.
Toy Story 2, a Walt Disney film.
La Romana Christmas events
Year's end concert. The Altos de Chavón Amphitheater will be presenting an encounter of classical and popular music on 29 December. The event is directed by Maestro Carlos Piantini (http://www.fiu.edu/~music/piantini.html). Leading Dominican merengue music star Milly Quezada (http://www.lamusica.com/millyquezadaeng.htm) will go on stage as of 9 pm together with internationally acclaimed violin soloist Eugene Fodor and pianist Susan Starr from the United States. With them, the Dominican Philarmonic Orchestra. They will present Dominican classics such as, "Mi Quisqueya," by Mercedes Sagredo, "La Billirrubina", by Juan Luis Guerra. Tickets are already for sale at Casa de Campo for RD$350 and RD$600.
Fodor has performed for more than three decades as a soloist with appearances in more than 35 countries on five continents. His solos have been heard by two presidents and he has appeared on a number of television shows, including 20/20, Sunday Morning, the Tonight Show and others. H also has performed on television in Italy, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Japan and Korea.
Fodor made his solo debut at the age of 10 with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He began touring after that, winning his first national competition at the age of 12. At 15, he performed with the Detroit Symphony and within three years won first prizes in six national competitions. In 1972 he won first prize in the International Paganini Competition in Italy and in 1974 won the highest prize awarded that year in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
He attended the Juilliard School in New York, the Vienna Academy, Indiana University and the University of Southern California. His violin instructors have included Harold Wippler, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, and Jascha Heifetz.
Susan Starr is regarded as one of America's most celebrated pianists. Since her triumph in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition, she has played to standing ovations in recital and with the world's most distinguished orchestras and conductors. Audiences throughout the world have be en enthralled by her artistry and her active international career has taken her on extensive tours of the Soviet Union, Far East, South America and Europe. Well-known for her recordings for RCA and Orion Master, Ms. Starr has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a star of the first magnitude."
Movies showing this weekend in La Romana
Deep Blue Sea (Alerta en lo Profundo) with Samuel Jackson.
Studio 54 with Salma Yayek.
End of Days (El Dia Final) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Matirzx with Keanu Reeves.
Inspector Gadget with mathew Broderick.
Crazy in Alabama (Loco en Alabama) with Melanie Griffith.
Blue Streak (Un Robo al Imposible) with Martin Lawrence.
Party #2000. 31 December. Includes dinner and open bar. DJ music. Big Sur, Bayahibe, La Romana.
1 January. Djs. Breakfast and open bar.
2 January, Barbecue. Tickets RD$2,000. Tickets available in Santo Domingo at 542-0252, 567-1481
For information on cabañas, 248-2462.
New Year Partying in Puerto Plata
Playa Dorada Association is planning to break the world record for the largest Dominican stew ever cooked in the world. The chefs of the Playa Dorada hotel will gather together to prepare a sancocho for 10,000 people. The rcipe calls for 2,000 lbs. of beef and pork. The Association has contacted the Guiness Book of World Records and filled the requisites to apply for the new record.
A special pot was ordered in which to cook the sancocho. Metaldom manufactured it 10 feet wide by four feet high. A wooded oar will be used to mix the stew. The stew will be served on January 1, as of noon.
The Association has also organized a series of special events for the millennium last weekend.
29 December: exhibition of water sports, and horseback riding parade.
30 December: Motorized parade with cartoon characters.
31 December (midnight): Two orchestras playing at the parking lots of Plaza Playa Dorada and the Golf Club. Beach party with bonfires and fireworks. Presentation also of rock groups and multiple disc jokeys.
2-6 January. Art and handicraft exhibition. Merengue bands playing from 7 to 9:30 pm at the parking lots of the Plaza Playa Dorada and the golf club.
5 January: 11 pm-3 am party with Eddy Herrera and Orchestra.
6 January: Party with Huascar Banks and orchestra from 9:30 pm to 11 pm.
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