Monday, December 30
GAMES: Most people will be taking tonight off in preparation for a rowdy New Year’s Eve, but if you still want to hit the town, you can do so at Black Cat, which will be hosting what it’s calling “Super Happy Fun Time,” featuring free games of pool, pinball, that weird bowling game, and free jukebox plays. Order a $5 hot drink (cider, hot toddies, etc.), and you’ll get a dollar in quarters back to either stash in your piggy bank or blow on a game. The special runs all night. Free. 8 PM.
Tuesday, December 31
NEW YEAR’S: You probably should have locked down your New Year’s Eve plans weeks ago, and if you’re still looking for something, check out our NYE guide here. There’s still a couple free or cheap options left, namely the TNT! TNT! TNT! TNT! night at Mount Pleasant’s Haydees, featuring funk, old school R&B, Motown, Latin, rocksteady, and reggae music all night. Beer and tequila shot combos are $8, and it’s free to get in between 10 and 11 PM and $5 afterwards, including a Champagne toast. Best of all, no RSVP necessary. Free. 10 PM.
SKATE: If you get the hankering to ice skate in the middle of the night, the Georgetown Waterfront rink is staying open til 1 AM, with regular rates. Just bring some extra coats. $9 (skate rental $5). 12 PM to 1 AM.
Wednesday, January 1
ZOO LIGHTS: It’s been a good month, but it’s time to let the animals get some sleep. It’s the last night of Zoo Lights, which means it’s your last chance to pretend it’s still the holiday season and your last chance for a while to hang out with the nocturnal animals in the small mammal house while they’re actually up and rowdy. All indoor houses will be open, and you can still spy some outside animals if you peek really closely. There’s also the lights, of course. Free. 5 PM.
Thursday, January 2
COMEDY: Science Club has recently ramped up its events offerings, so make it your New Year’s resolution to get out to more of them. Start out with After Class, a standup comedy night hosted by David Coulter and Max Rosenblum and featuring local comedians who have appeared all over the city. It’s also an open mic night, so if you’ve got some jokes, get over there a half hour early and sign up. Free. 8:30 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter.