Yes, you still have a week to make New Year’s Eve plans. But this year I’m making the resolution to make a resolution to start 2011 off in style.
If, like me, you are struck by sudden onset paralysis when it comes to choosing your New Year’s Eve activities, here are some suggestions to get you going:
Columbia City Theater
Celebrate New Year’s in CC Theater’s new digs with hip-hop act Dyme Def, Hounds of the Wild Hunt, and NightTraiN. 9pm; 21+. $10.
Seattle hip-hop hotshots Fresh Espresso are joined by electro-rock/pop bands Head Like a Kite and Concours d’Elegance. Doors open at 8; 21+; $18
A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Reverend Horton Heat, the Dwarves and Zeke. Doors open at 7; 21+. $26-$100 (VIP ticket).
Funk and soul dominate the night with Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, Haiku Chi, and Bucket of Honey for a touch of hip hop and comedy. Doors open at 9; 21+; $15
Members of the ’70s punk band X (not xx, just X) prove that they’ve still got it…33 years later. Doors open at 8; 21+; $43
Neurosis, Ludicra, YOB, and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth bring you nearly every shade of heavy metal you could possibly imagine. Doors open at 8; 21+; $25 SOLD OUT
Catch the last night of Seattle’s beloved holiday tradition: Dina Martina’s Christmas Show. 7–9:30pm; 21+; $20
Showbox at the Market
At-rock by Fall From Grace and Urban Collapse. SuPeRFeKtA, No Ground, and Blue Helix bring grunge back to its birthplace. Doors open at 8; 21+; $15–$17
Electro house DJ and remix man Morgan Page brings shades of Katy Perry and Madonna to SoDo, with Johnny Monsoon, Sean Majors, Westside Legacy, and Kryspin. Doors open at 8; 21+; $46–$60
Five-piece rock band Flowmotion shares the stage with the interactive Everyone Orchestra and indie Dept of Energy. Doors open at 9; 21+; $20–$25
The Parlor in Bellevue hosts two comedy shows with Alonzo Bodden, winner of Season 3 of Last Comic Standing, and some of your favorite Parlor Live comedians. Tickets include billiards and dancing in the Ultralounge. Doors open at 6pm, and the shows are at 7 & 9:30. 21+; $45–$50
Experience Music Project
Back for its ninth year, the Indulgence New Year’s Eve Bash features four live stages, three dance floors, two VIP levels, disco and retro music by CoolAde, and 80s Invasion, with the Movin’ 92.5 stage in the Club Room. (Phew.) Stand-up comedians rotate throughout the night, and don’t forget the free party favors…or the 25 bars. 8pm; 21+; $59–$350
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Be sure to catch one of two shows by the Grammy-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, playing Latin jazz, swing, salsa, and, of course, the Conga. Catch the first show (without dinner) for $52.50, the first show dinner package (including a four-course meal) for $105.50, the second show and dessert for $80.50, or an all-night package for $155.50. Doors open at 6:30 for the 8:45pm show and 10:30 for the 11pm show.
Jet City Improv’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Laugh your way into the new year with three hours of hilarious improv, starting at 9. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert are served from 8–9, and a champagne toast accompanies the Space Needle fireworks on the big screen. All ages welcome. $50–$65 single; $90–$100 couples.
A three-course meal by the chefs at Wolfgang Puck (tickets sold separately) precedes a performance of Bright Sheng’s Black Swan, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and Beethoven’s Ninth (complete with an “Ode to Joy” finale by the Seattle Symphony Chorale). After the show, count down to midnight with master trumpeter HB Radke and the Jet City Swingers.
Seattle Tango’s 13th Annual Tango Ball
Tony Fan and Ilana Rubin host a night of dancing—a 30-minute beginner’s lesson at 9 followed by a five-hour tango session and a performance at 11. Ticket price includes dessert bar and champagne toast at midnight. $30–$40; $20 table reservation.
Teatro ZinZanni’s Hearts on Fire
Voodoo mama Thelma Houston and El Vez “the Mexican Elvis” lead the cast of cirque and cabaret stars in this revival of the popular 2007 Teatro ZinZanni show. Multi-course Tom Douglas meal included. 7:30pm; $175-$275.
It’s an evening of honky tonk with the Dusty 45s. $100 for dinner and the 7pm show (all-ages); $70 for dessert, champagne toast, party favors, and 10:30 show (21+).
Bring the kids on a festive holiday cruise complete with a four-course meal, coffee, tea, live music, and plenty of champagne. Come fireworks time, you’ll have the best view in the city. 8:30–12:30; $139
Nothing will welcome 2011 quite like strapping on a pair of skates at Seattle Center’s Winterfest ice rink and falling flat on your face in front of your kids. Rink closes at 11:30pm on Dec 31; $2–$7.
Get thee to the Footloose Dance Your Ass Off New Year’s Eve Party where you’ll learn there’s really no better way to welcome in the new year than by shouting out, “I thought only pansies wore neckties!” The movie will be shown with subtitles so you can quote and sing along. Games, prizes, and a music video dance party will follow the screening. 9:30pm–1am; 21+; $10–$12.
Did we miss something? Let us know by commenting below.