Hype machine: Bid farewell to 2015 at this one-stop party on Film Row 

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Totally Overhyped New Year’s Eve Party, a one-stop gala hop, will have attendees dancing 8 p.m. till the sparkling wine toast at midnight at Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan Ave.

The event is organized by Kindt Steven Myers, owner and creative director of Kindt Events planning company, and Seth Lewis, chief operating officer of In the Raw and Knucks Wheelhouse.

Myers said he wanted to offer a single destination where partygoers could enjoy a variety of New Year’s Eve events.

A dance party stretches through IAO. Myers said the single-floor venue allows easy access inside and out.

“It’s a large, open space; it’s very modern,” Myers said. “And it has a ton of whitewashed walls, which allows us to throw up a lot of color.”

The night’s entertainment features dancing aerialists dangling from the ceiling, music from DJ MMC, an open bar, heavy hors dòeuvre and a sparkling wine toast at midnight.

“It’s less safe to be out on the roads and to go party-hopping from event to event,” Myers said. “So we decided to put together one large party with all the different aspects you would want to get if you were traveling around town.”

The theme came to Myers and Lewis as an idea to set the event apart from the array of local galas welcoming 2016.

“We thought it would be something fun and something catchy,” he said.

Myers expects 300-350 revelers at the event and said Lewis has a history of producing sold-out New Year’s Eve events.

Tickets are $75 each or $130 for two, and a standing bistro table for four is $400. Prices are all-inclusive. Proceeds benefit The Homeless Alliance, an Oklahoma City nonprofit that works with government, faith-based and other community nonprofit agencies to improve the network of homeless care with a goal to end long-term homelessness.

Myers said the alliance is near and dear to him and Lewis.

“They’re here in the neighborhood nearby, and we both have spent some volunteer hours with that organization and know the real work they do in the community,” Myers said. “There’s a number of events between Seth and myself that we work on that get involved and donate to charitable organizations.”

He said this is the first time in recent memory that the pair has worked with the alliance as an event beneficiary.

“We wanted to dedicate what we know we could to them this time around and be in partnership with them since they’re right here in the neighborhood and effecting real change right here where our businesses are,” he said.

Event dress is cocktail attire, Myers said.

(Cover illustration by Anna Shilling)

(Cover illustration by Anna Shilling)

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