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Bushwick bar to host ‘anti-SantaCon’ show

Chicken run: Performer Chicken B------ poses with the only Santa allowed at Kings County Saloon.
Annie Spaulding Hawthorn

No-no-no! Merry Christmas!

Bushwick’s Kings County Saloon is hosting a Christmas show from drag-queen and comedian Chicken B—— on Dec. 13, but don’t expect Santa Claus to make an appearance. The bar is advertising the event as an “anti-SantaCon” for locals seeking refuge from the hundreds of belligerent Saint Nicks expected to roam the streets, according to the establishment’s owner.

“I really don’t like what SantaCon has come to represent and what it brings to the neighborhood,” said Jesse Levitt, co-owner of the Kings County Saloon.

Levitt found himself involved in an effort to boycott SantaCon in Bushwick, after news broke in November that the holiday bar crawl would be heading over the East River from Manhattan for the first time. He called the event “debauchery tourism” and “disgusting,” amongst other unflattering superlatives.

So on Dec. 13, Santa costumes will be strictly forbidden from Kings County Saloon, according to Levitt.

“This is for people in the neighborhood who want to come out, drink, and not wear a Santa costume or sexually harass anyone,” he said.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Chicken B——, a Williamsburg resident whose show “The Chicken Saves Christmas” promises music and comedy.

The show is about forgetting SantaCon and embracing the fun and joy of the holiday spirit, she said.

“This is a Christmas show,” said B——. “It has nothing to do with SantaCon except that it’s an amazing alternative to SantaCon. It’s about comedy, song, and dance, and it’s a reprieve from the craziness of the holidays.”

“The Chicken Saves Christmas” at Kings County Saloon [1 Knickerbocker Ave. between Johnson Avenue and Ingraham Street in Bushwick, (347) 987–3751, www.kings‌count‌ysalo‌on.com] Dec. 13 at 8:30 pm. $10.

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