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Get me out of this jungle. By Tanya Pai
The First Husband shows a new side in this week's State of Affairs. Image via NBC.

After last week’s brief briefing shake-up, things mostly return to the status quo: Mo resigns as POTUS’s briefer and Charlie works her way back into the fold, while presumably still working Bellerophon, as well. The team also manages—almost—to rescue Jack Dawkins from the Panamanian jungle, until the mysterious Krieg Group gets to him first. Meanwhile, the Ar Rissalah threat continues to loom, the First Husband gets some character development, and we find out just how far David is willing to go for his job. Let’s recap.

THE GOOD

Between Mo telling Kurt in no uncertain terms to butt out of her business and admitting to Charlie that trying to fill her role was like “wearing your sister’s bra,” she continues to be impressively—and refreshingly—candid.

I enjoyed Adam Arkin as the smarmy Victor Gantry, even more so if him being on the show means we get fewer scenes of Syd feeding pigeons.

State of Affairs: surprisingly educational about piranhas.

THE BAD

David took a dive into a moral gray area, butting heads with Marshall and (presumably) trading sex with Senator Green’s press secretary for information. I like him as mercenary, but he is really terrible at flirting. Speaking of bad game, I’m pretty sure Lucas claiming that quick and dirty was his “specialty” made everyone in a five-mile radius of my television cringe.

Controlled Outcomes: Still a silly name for something that’s supposed to sound intimidating.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

Has the CIA sprung a serious leak, or is Kyle Green secretly a magical leprechaun? One of those has got to be true for her to have information before POTUS does. And what could she be up to with POTUS’s husband?

Apparently the Greek community can be a great place to recruit for your nascent American terrorist network—especially if you throw in complimentary backpacks.

Where do we think Nick learned so much about gems?

Still watching State of Affairs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Posted at 11:42 AM/ET, 01/13/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
In-laws and Stockholm Syndrome. By Tanya Pai
Bess and her old friend the Crown Prince of Bahrain. Image via CBS.

Good news if you’ve enjoyed watching Tea Leoni dole out diplomacy over the past few months: Madam Secretary has officially been renewed for a second season. Unfortunately that does mean another year of Stevie, who’s officially back in the McCord household after this week’s episode. Let’s recap.

The ripped-from-the-headlines plot of the week involves a Bahraini diplomat named Hassani who’s been keeping a maid basically enslaved in his home. As in, she lives in the basement in a tiny room he locks her into at night, and has such a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome that when she’s finally discovered by police her main concern is how the diplomat is feeling about it all. Bess, on the other hand, wants him to pay, and ends up going head to head with her old boarding-school friend the Crown Prince of Bahrain—whom she calls Joey—over letting Hassani and his wife have diplomatic immunity.

Bess is also getting pressure from the Department of Defense to not prosecute Hassani, as screwing up relations with Bahrain means a key US military base doesn’t get the supplies it needs. She eventually has to concede, but Joey decides they will be tried in Bahrain after all. As he’s making the announcement, he gets shot on live television, leaving the country without an heir and Bess with the complicated decision of whether to attend his funeral. Ultimately she decides to skip the funeral and pay her respects to the king individually, so she can honor her friend’s memory without appearing to acquiesce to the country’s gender politics. (This episode was pretty light on conflict, in case it hasn’t become apparent yet.) In the end, the military base gets its supplies, and Hassani’s former slave chooses to go to Bahrain to work for his brother, which is actually very sad. Hopefully she won’t be forced to live in the basement again.

Meanwhile, Henry’s irascible dad, played by Tom Skerritt, is in town to tell charming stories about eating shoe leather and ask Bess to use her connections to get him a business meeting. He also tells Stevie he can get her a job at the union board of which he’s a member, but when she goes to inquire, she finds out he hasn’t held that position for five years. Disappointed to find out her grandpa is not only a liar but a terrible one at that, Stevie begins to think maybe her mom isn’t such a bad character after all. Eventually she apologizes and asks to move back in, so I guess we’ll be seeing more of her going forward.

A few thoughts:
Nadine is still dating Glen the NASA guy, and it looks like they’re ready to go public. Also, don’t ever mess with her pen selection.
The Crown Prince is very ticklish, and calls Bess “Lizzie,” which just seems wrong somehow.
There was some nice, believable bickering among the kids during the dinner table scene. Allie and Jason don’t usually get much to do, but somehow they’ve solidified their family dynamic pretty well.
This episode felt simultaneously overstuffed and like it was spinning its wheels. It’s disappointing to set up so many stories with long-running potential—the Henry/Klaus plot, Marsh’s death—and then not mention them for weeks at a time. It really kills the forward momentum.
On a similar note: Bring back Russell Jackson already! I miss his snarky asides.

Posted at 01:04 PM/ET, 01/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Check out Nerds in NoMa's food truck talk and an "angry hour" at Thomas Foolery. By Jason Koebler
Thomas Foolery hosts an "angry hour" on Thursday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, January 12

THEATER: Where Did We Sit on the Bus? starts with exactly that question—a young Latino boy asks his teacher, while studying the Civil Rights movement, where Latinos fell in that whole equation. It’s a poignant question, and Brian Quijada has turned sit into an entire one-man show that explores what it means to be Latino in the United States. He performs it for free at the Kennedy Center today. 6 PM.

Tuesday, January 13

TALK: Nerds in NoMa, a discussion/lecture/happy hour series, is back for a second year after a nice run a the Lobby Project last winter. This week’s topic is food and fashion trucks in DC, which after a couple years of being all the rage and the subject of various legal battles, seem to have become a normal part of Washington life. Reps from TaKorean, the Lizzy Mobile Boutique, and Tabisola will be on hand to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about how mobile business gets done. Free. 6 PM.

Wednesday, January 14

COMEDY: Flashpoint is hosting a new type of improv night—it’s basically a live interview, but by an entire troupe of comedians that's then turned into a 45-minute comedy show. It’s called Separate Beds, and this week, the troupe interviews Ebony Qualis, a bellydancer. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, January 15

DRINK: Cupid’s Undie Run, if you don’t know about it, is a run you do in your underwear, to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. To help raise money in the lead-up to the event, Thomas Foolery is hosting Angry Undie Hour—the bartenders will be partially clothed, and if you show some anger by yelling or being otherwise mean or rude, you’ll get a buck off your drink. Sounds like a nice way to blow off some steam. Free. 6 PM.


Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

Posted at 09:36 AM/ET, 01/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Naked Girls Reading, the Washington Winter Show, and the grand opening of DC’s One Eight distillery. By Jason Koebler
Try DC-made vodka and other spirits at One Eight Distilling this weekend. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, January 8

FRANCE: Gigi is coming to the Kennedy Center, and to celebrate, Chez Billy is hosting a Gigi-themed happy hour, complete with fancy French cocktails, a style photo booth, a French-braid bar, and a makeup station. There’ll also be raffles to win tickets to see the show, which stars Vanessa Hudgens. Free. 6 PM.

DANCE: One way to stay warm in this absurdly cold weather is to dance it away—British deejay and producer Alex Metric is spinning at U Street Music Hall. The stuff he’s released has been remixed by La Roux, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, and others. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

DISTILLERIES: DC’s brand-new distillery, One Eight, has its grand opening in Northeast. It’s a welcome addition to Green Hat and proof that there’s demand for something other than locally made beer around these parts. You’ll get a distillery tour, food from Dirty South Deli, and the chance to try and buy District Made Vodka and Rock Creek White Whiskey. Free. 7 PM.

Friday, January 9

DANCE: The Knocks come to U Hall for their every-couple-month deejay set. If you haven’t caught them yet—or even if you have—this is worth a visit: The Brooklyn-based duo makes some of the best dance music out there (meaning it actually sounds like music, not aliens shooting lasers at each other). Tickets ($15) are available online. 10 PM.

FILM: DC Shorts is back with “Laughs,” which features a couple of funny short films along with live performances by standup comedians. Each showing will have seven short films (there are two different programs to choose from) and three comedians. If you don’t leave with your sides hurting at least a little, there’s probably something wrong with your funny bone. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7:30 and 9:30 PM.

LITERATURE: Naked Girls Reading, which is exactly what it sounds like, is back for its first show of 2015. This one is called “Come Into My Parlor,” and it’s all about staying warm in this freezing weather. Things may get slightly scandalous, but overall, the night is more about art, literature, and celebrating the human form. Tickets ($20) are available online. 10 PM.

Saturday, January 10

ELVIS: The King would have been 80 this year, so you should celebrate with... a wrestling-style grudge match between various Elvis impersonators? That’s what happens at Elvis’s Birthday Fight Club, hosted at Gala Theatre. There’ll be outrageous announcing, entertaining fighting, burlesque, and comedy in between (and probably during) the bout. Tickets ($18) are available online. 8 PM.

LIQUOR: If you couldn’t make it to One Eight’s grand-opening party on Thursday, it’s hosting tours this weekend. Tours are every half hour and feature tastings, food from Red Hook Lobster, and a chance to buy some branded swag. Free. 1 PM.

MARDI GRAS: The Gallery on O is hosting its 12th Night Mardi Gras bash, featuring king cake, live music, fire dancers, bellydancers, fortune tellers, booze, etc. It’s partially outdoors (probably because of the whole fire dancer thing), but if you get too chilly there’ll be plenty of space inside. Tickets ($10) are available online. 8 PM.

Sunday, January 11

COMEDY: Local comedian Russ Green hosts Grand Central’s Sunday Night Funnies, a weekly open-mike comedy night that’s the perfect way to wind down your weekend before the rude wakeup call of Monday morning. Free. 8 PM.

ANTIQUES: Katzen Arts Center hosts the Washington Winter Show, which it calls “DC’s answer to Antiques Roadshow.” If you have some old stuff that you want to get rid of—or at least learn the value of—bring it with yo. There’ll be appraisers, lectures, exhibitors, cocktails, and other fun stuff. Tickets ($20) are available online. 11 AM to 8 PM (also Friday and Saturday).

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

Posted at 10:32 AM/ET, 01/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The team closes in on Fattah. By Tanya Pai
Charlie and Nick spend some quality time abroad. Image via NBC.

The fun abroad continues on State of Affairs this week—after Charlie finally spills the beans about Omar Fattah being a CIA asset, POTUS tells her to hang out in Yemen and make contact with him. Turns out Nick has also been in Yemen, and they return to their old partner dynamic to find out how to get in touch with Fattah, complete with fake Australian accents, a mad dash through the city, and—of course—a little sexytime action. Let’s recap.

THE GOOD

While I could not care less about Charlie and Nick’s physical relationship, I enjoyed their spy high jinks. Also: “It’s like terrorist Whack-a-Mole.”

The briefing team is now on full-time Charlie duty, so they’ll be integrated into the action. Also Mo is staying on as POTUS’s briefer—does that mean she’s officially no longer the sidekick?

“Loose Cannon Lucas,” as I’ll now officially refer to him, is certainly more interesting as a moderately unhinged struggling alcoholic than as a mere lackey for the CIA director. Still, come on, Mo, don’t be so predictable!

“Her voice is like an ice pick in the ears.” Senator Green continues to be a pain for POTUS, but at least Constance doesn’t feel the need to hide her distaste.

The symbol for Ar Rissalah becomes a meme. I’ll give it points for realism.

“Now I know why you’re in Yemen.” Snotty Charlie is fun Charlie, at least in my opinion.

THE BAD

The ripped-from-the-headlines approach took a sharp left into ridiculous this week thanks to an extended sequence in which an American Ar Rissalah recruit manages to hop the White House fence, walk straight into the Oval Office, and vandalize a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Even if the Secret Service hasn’t learned its lesson by now, we know Hurricane and Jordan wouldn’t stand for it.

The almost-killing of Alik Al-Moussari, a.k.a. Bullwinkle, lacked tension because the outcome was so obvious. It made sense for POTUS to call off the raid, but the decision could have been set up to be more difficult.

Would a government agency really risk arresting a college professor in front of a class full of kids with cellphone cameras?

QUESTIONS/THOUGHTS

Two questions about Nick: Who orchestrated his meet-up with Charlie in Yemen? And why did he not have a few seconds to button his shirt before he made his escape from the shipping container he was tortured in but found plenty of time to stand around outside, blinking in confusion?

Charlie’s headed to Egypt, and Nick ends up with a bloody lip and another hood over his head. Where’s he going to land this time?

“Read the book.” Don’t mess with Dashiell when it comes to Greek mythology.

We must be headed for another twist with Fattah—so what’s his end game?

Next week: Looks like the action centers on finding Jack Dawkins, who was taken from the prison he’s been languishing in since episode four. Share your thoughts about State of Affairs in the comments.

Posted at 11:27 AM/ET, 01/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Second-tier justice for all. By Tanya Pai
This week, we find out Henry would make a terrible poker player. Image via CBS.

Welcome back from hiatus, Madam Secretary fans! This episode really could have been called “Mexican Standoff,” but I suppose the title could also refer to Bess and Stevie’s ongoing cold war. Plenty of characters were “out of town” this time around, including the aforementioned wayward McCord child and both POTUS and Russell Jackson, but the folks who were around had their hands full. Let’s recap.

At the episode’s beginning, Bess is attempting to comfort the family of a Texas state trooper killed during a gunfight with members of a Mexican drug cartel. In order to get the killer, named Ochoa, extradited to the US, Bess has to get the widow to agree to not ask for the death penalty, which the woman eventually agrees to. Once she’s checked that off the list, Blake shows up to shoo her out the door: Bess and Henry are attempting to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a weekend in New York that revisits spots from their past. Bess is nervous about leaving both her staffers and her two youngest children to their own devices, but finally gets on the plane anyway, leaving Nadine in charge of the kids at the office and Blake in charge of her kids at home.

It’s not long before all hell breaks loose, though: The governor of Texas, who happens to be Jay’s former boss, decides to publicly condone a little Lone Star State vigilante justice, which leads to Ochoa getting smuggled from a Mexican jail to a Texan one and some serious violations of Mexican sovereignty. Things in New York aren’t going much better, as Bess and Henry clash over how to handle Stevie’s rejection of both her mother’s CIA past and her college education. They also run into Klaus, the man Henry was tasked by the NSA with spying on, while at dinner, and an unwitting Bess invites him to join. Though Henry’s handler says Klaus was clean, the coincidental meeting is a red flag for Henry, whose suspicions are confirmed when Klaus’s story about attending a conference turns out to be bogus. At dinner, Klaus reaches for his briefcase and Henry, alarmed he might have a weapon, totally blows his cover and alerts Bess’s security detail that Klaus might be a threat. It turns out Klaus was not armed, but he does know that Henry planted a bug in his house, and confesses he knows where the gas for the chemical attack is being stored. In return, he wants protection for his 14-year-old son—and he wants Henry to make it happen.

Bess’s problem is resolved with much less drama—she flies to Texas and, armed with a tip from Jay about the governor planning a future presidential run, pushes exactly the right buttons to convince him to release his ill-gotten prisoner. It doesn’t take long before he’s spinning the situation in his favor, but justice—even “second-tier justice,” as Jay calls it—is served, after all.

A few thoughts:

This week in What Are the McCord Kids Up To?: Jason and Allie play football in the house, leading to a sprained ankle for Jason and some serious anxiety for Blake. Also Jason thinks Italy is run by a “Masonic shadow government.”

You can tell when Blake is rattled because his messages have typos.

Tea Leoni and Tim Daly have developed a pretty believable married-couple dynamic, on display during their argument about Stevie. Luckily, most of their problems can be fixed by greasy Chinese food—but between Henry’s Klaus issues, Bess’s government conspiracy, and their kids, looks like they won’t be getting an anniversary do-over for quite some time.

“It’s a real live Mexican standoff.” This show has some really great little moments of dry humor sometimes, mostly dependent on its cast members’ excellent delivery.

Next week: Bess’s father-in-law comes to visit, and she takes on a Bahraini diplomat caught holding a maid hostage in his home.

Posted at 12:43 PM/ET, 01/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The National Symphony Orchestra at Union Market and Graffiato’s Industry Takeover Night. By Jason Koebler
Union Market's Dock 5 hosts the National Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday. Photograph by Flickr user Angela N.

Monday, January 5

FOOD: Welcome back to real life, everyone. The holidays seemed longer this year, didn’t they? Mike Isabella’s very popular Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato is coming to an end, but not without one last blowout party featuring chefs from around DC, including some of Isabella’s other restaurants. This time we get Elliot Drew from G, Jonah Kim from Yona, George Pagonis from Kapnos, and several others. You pay $10 at the door and eat free late night snacks and enjoy some very fancy specialty cocktails stirred up just for the occasion. $10. 10 PM.

Tuesday, January 6

MUSIC: Jammin’ Java hosts its annual Mid-Atlantic Battle of the Bands, in which dozens of bands will compete for recording studio time, cash, and recognition. Tuesday is the first night of the prelims, meaning you’re going to see some bands who probably need a bit more seasoning, but you also might find a diamond in the rough before anyone else does. $10. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, January 7

CONCERT: The National Symphony Orchestra breaks out of the Kennedy Center for a performance at Union Market’s Dock 5. It gives you the excuse to hit the market on a day when it’s unlikely to be super-crowded (especially after a very busy holiday season), and you’ll get to see the NSO mix things up with rock-and-roll and pop favorites. Free. 7 PM.

Thursday, January 8

MUSIC: Justin Trawick’s 9 Songwriter series is back for the new year at 9:30 Club. If you’ve never checked it out, here’s the deal: Nine local singers and songwriters—this time including Margot MacDonald, the Sweater Set, and Jason Masi, among others—will perform back to back for a few minutes each. It’s a great way to figure out who’s who around here, because most everyone worth knowing plays it at some point. Tickets ($15) are available online. 7 PM.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

Posted at 09:44 AM/ET, 01/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The galleries are the first Smithsonian museums to put their entire inventories online. By Tanya Pai
Photograph courtesy of Smithsonian.

One of the big positives of living in Washington is the wealth of world-class art available to see—for free—364 days a year. Beginning January 1, anyone with internet access will get a taste of what that’s like when the Freer and Sackler galleries unveil their entire collections as completely digitized archives. This means the more than 40,000 objects that make up the galleries’ collections will be catalogued online with high-resolution images, more than 90 percent of which will be available to download for non-commercial use.

With the January launch of the “Open F|S” initiative, the Freer and Sackler will become the first Smithsonian facilities and the only Asian art museums in the United States to have fully digitized collections. Currently, only about 14,000 objects have images available online, and not all of them are high-res, says Courtney O’Callaghan, the museums’ director of digital media and technology. The new collection will more than double the number of images and will include everything from large-scale works such as the Peacock Room, which the Freer Gallery was built around, to “tiny unnamed ceramic shards that mean a lot to archaeologists but aren’t exactly fan favorites,” O’Callaghan says.

But why is this digital collection necessary? Can’t you just see most of this stuff by going to the galleries in person? Actually, no, explains O’Callaghan. Only a fraction of the collected objects is viewable to visitors at any given time, and “78 percent of the collection has never been publicly displayed.”

As you might guess, photographing and scanning such a large trove of objects is no small feat; O’Callaghan estimates the project took some 4,000 hours in 2014 alone. But the results, she says, will be worth it: “The primary aim is to democratize the museum experience. Not everybody can visit the Smithsonian to see the objects; not everybody will have the level of knowledge or scholarly credentials to go into the archives; and some of the objects will never be displayed because of their sensitive nature. This removes those barriers.”

The number of museums that have opted to digitize their collections is still small, both because of the scope of undertaking and because some are concerned about the possible drawbacks of releasing their full inventory—that it will discourage people from actually visiting the museum, for instance, or that it will hurt sales in museum gift shops. But O’Callaghan has a rosier outlook: “This is not going to limit who comes to our museum—it may grow the audience, because people will be able to see the details of the amazing objects we have on screen and want to come experience that in person.”

Posted at 01:54 PM/ET, 12/31/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Ring in the new year with burlesque shows, educational comedy, and more. By Jason Koebler
Bluejacket hosts a Winter Classic watch party on January 1. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Wednesday, December 31

FAMILY FUN: Lots of stuff going on tonight, as you might expect. Check out most of it in our official New Year’s Eve guide. If you and your family want to get the party started early, try Noon Yards Eve, which runs until early afternoon and features moon bounces, games, face-painting, magicians, a countdown at noon, and that sort of thing. Free. 10 AM to 1 PM.

BARBECUE: Also pre-midnight entertainment: Jack Rose is hosting a New Year’s Eve pregame cookout, featuring all-you-can-drink beer and bourbon, all-you-can-eat barbecue, and, well, there is no third thing because that’s probably all you can handle. Tickets ($45) are available online. 5 to 8 PM.

Thursday, January 1

HOCKEY: The Winter Classic is in DC this year, which is awesome if you like outdoor hockey. The bad news is that tickets sold out long ago, and you’re looking at paying $200 just to get in the door at Nationals Park. The good news is that BlueJacket is having a watch party featuring delicious house-brewed beer to help you get over your hangover. Free. 10 AM.

COMEDY: Another year, another series of After Class, Science Club’s “educational” comedy night. The performances are presented as class lessons or seminars, and you’ll learn about wacky and/or fake things that are sure to make you laugh. Free. 8:30 PM.

NYE PART II: Black Cat knows what’s up for those of you in the service industry. You spent all night New Year’s Eve dealing with amateurs who drank too much—now it’s your turn to party. The Workers’ Party is New Year’s Eve for everyone who couldn’t do it on Wednesday, featuring $4 whiskey shots and other people to commiserate with. Free. 8 PM.

Friday, January 2

BURLESQUE: Many venues are taking the weekend off before restarting their programming in earnest next week—I guess they figure you’ve had enough after a ten-day stretch of holidays and debauchery. If you haven’t, though, check out Black Cat’s New Year’s burlesque show, which ditches the gimmicks and characters that we often see and goes for your standard elegant dancing. Tickets ($12) are available online. 9 PM.

Saturday, January 3

FILM: And, again with the Black Cat, which has clearly decided to be people’s go-to events bar when no one else wants to throw anything. The bar is screening the classic punk documentary Positive Force: More Than a Witness, featuring archival footage of Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Rites of Spring, and more, plus interviews with Positive Force activists and other punk legends. Tickets ($10) are available online. 8:30 PM.

Sunday, January 4

THEATER: The American Poetry Museum hosts #txtshow, an interactive performance in which the audience texts and tweets to the performer, Brian Feldman, who will then make a story out of the material. The show runs every Sunday in 2015, so if you can’t make it this week, don’t worry—but it’s one of those things people will be talking about for a while, so you might want to be an early adopter. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

Posted at 10:39 AM/ET, 12/31/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Trivia night at Bier Baron and plenty of New Year's Eve fun. By Jason Koebler
Bier Baron hosts District Trivia on Monday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 29

TRIVIA: Another pretty slow week here, as most bars are getting ready for New Year's Eve. That said, you can still check out Bier Baron for District Trivia, one of the city's better trivia nights. You get five rounds of four questions, with four worksheet rounds in between, some wagering going on, and the option of sipping one (or more) of hundreds of beers. Free. 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, December 30

MUSIC: Holy Ghost is one of the more exciting electrodance bands out there right now. They're not overly jarring and actually sound like, well, music, instead of robots or aliens. Catch them at 9:30 Club for a surprisingly not-sold-out-yet show. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

Wednesday, December 31

PARTY: It's New Year's Eve, duh—check out our roundup of parties for every type of celebration, whether you want no-cover and low-key or all-you-can-drink debauchery.

EAT: If you're planning on a meal at a restaurant, Best Bites Blog has some great advice for how to dine like a pro and make the most of the experience, plus a roundup of places serving their usual (delicious) menus on NYE.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

Posted at 09:57 AM/ET, 12/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()