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New Year’s Dancing

A guide to some of D.C.'s nightlife best bets for ringing in 2015

2015 mirror ball

Some people like to stay home and keep things low-key and quiet on New Year’s Eve. Fortunately, D.C. has plenty of options for the rest of us who would rather tie one on — or three — and usher in 2015 with a bubbly toast among many of our closest, or at least newest, friends.

If you want to dance in the new year next Wednesday, Dec. 31, there are a number of great options. Town Danceboutique gets the ball rolling downstairs with a countdown of the top music videos of 2014 by VJs BacK2bACk and a drag show hosted by Lena Lett and featuring Ba’naka, Shi-queeta Lee and Epiphany, plus special guest Team Peaches. Once midnight rolls around, both floors will be stocked with glow sticks and confetti cannons, and DJ Nikno closes out the night by pumping the jams upstairs. Cover is $25.

Cobalt welcomes dance/soul singer Debby Holiday for a performance hosted by Miss Cyon Flare from Chicago, plus music all night from DJs MadScience and Kennan Orr on the main dance floor and DJ Sean Morris in the lounge. Regular cover is $20 including a free midnight champagne toast plus $6 Stoli drinks, while an $85 VIP ticket gets you a Veuve Clicquot midnight toast and open bar all night.

At the Ziegfeld’s/Secrets complex, everyone gets their own split of champagne for the midnight toast and there will be cash balloon drops on both floors. Ella Fitzgerald leads her Ladies of Illusion in two shows downstairs with music by VJ Tre, and the Men of Secrets offer dancing delights upstairs, with music by DJ Don T.

The Ladies of LURe & Scandal have joined forces at Phase 1 of Dupont (the space formerly known as Apex) for an inaugural dance party called Scene, with beats by DJ Rosie, eye candy by the DystRucXion Dancers and a performance by the DC Kings drag troupe, plus a midnight champagne toast with party favors and other fun treats. Cover is $15. Meanwhile the original Phase 1 in Capitol Hill is going for gold by offering a free bottle of champagne to those dressed in “the sexiest in gold NYE apparel.” The cover of $10 gets you a champagne split, noisemakers and party favors, and all night you can chug $3 PBR Pounders.

Green Lantern offers a special edition of the monthly Bears Can Dance party presented by 495 Bears, with free champagne, party favors for $5 after 10 p.m. — and with coffee and donuts at 1 a.m. Kamille Leal hosts a party and balloon drop at Mova with music by DJs Honey, adotnet and Jai Syncere, all for $15 in advance with complimentary champagne and $5 Mova punch drinks.

Across the river at Arlington’s Freddie’s Beach Bar, Steven Andrade performs as Cher on a night featuring music spun by DJ Nat, special New Year’s Eve cocktails as well as an hors d’oeuvre buffet, champagne toast and favors, all for $35. (And of course the venue known for its brunches offers a special New Year’s Day Brunch for only $19.99, minus $5 with NYE ticket stub.)

Meanwhile, DC9 throws a party called “NYE Chocolate Factory,” offering one hundred $2 chocolate bars in a contest granting one winner a ticket to every show at the venue in 2015 with everyone else getting a ticket to one show of their choice. DJs Steve Lemmerman and Bill Spieler spin for the party also featuring appearances by Oompa Loompas and a 4-hour premium open bar starting at 10 p.m. — plus complimentary champagne at midnight, of course. Cover is $60, or $70 after Dec. 28.

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For free options, head down the block to Nellie’s Sports Bar, where DJs Lemz and Vodkatrina tag-team a party with $15 buckets of beer, $3 Nellie beer and $3 house vodka until 10 p.m., and free champagne at midnight. Or you could head several blocks southwest to Number Nine for complimentary champagne, noisemakers and party favors plus tunes by DJ Chord, or another few blocks further west for JR.’s Bar & Grill, where they will feature a champagne toast and their traditional balloon drop at midnight, featuring $500 in cash and prizes.

For something more cultural, you can’t do much better than the Kennedy Center‘s Grand Foyer Party starting at 10:30 p.m. and featuring music by the 13-piece D.C. swing ensemble Craig Gildner Big Band and the 11-piece New York group the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. The party is free for anyone with a ticket stub from a show on site beforehand, whether Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or Shear Madness, the National Symphony Orchestra with the multicultural Latin rock band Ozomatli, or saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his jazz quartet.

For more info on these and other area gay bars, visit metroweekly.com/nightlife.


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"Much Ado About Nothing"

Sidney Harman Hall, Washington
Tuesday, December 06 - Sunday, December 11
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Holiday
  • Hot

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when the ON AIR sign is lit. Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy lands in a cable newsroom, where sparring co-anchors Benedick and Beatri... Read more

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

The Kennedy Center - Theater Lab, Washington
Tuesday, December 06 - Sunday, December 18
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Holiday
  • Comedy

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the play... Read more

Tenor Daniel McGrew, Presented by Young Concert Artists

The Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater, Washington
Tuesday, December 06
  • Classical Music
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“These songs by Brahms, Beamish, Debussy, Britten and others—songs from across cultures, time and space—are windows onto a very present experience: we hear in them a probing voice, an 'I' in sea... Read more

"Which Way to the Stage?"

Signature Theatre, Arlington
Tuesday, December 06 - Sunday, January 22
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Theatre
  • Holiday

A playful yet profound comedy about friendship, ambition, and what happens when dreams fall just out of reach. Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy eagerly await their idol Idina Menzel after her performa... Read more

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, Olney
Wednesday, December 07 - Sunday, January 01
  • Theatre
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  • Holiday
  • Hot
  • Top Rated

The animated classic that kicked off the "Disney Renaissance" in 1991 is even more magical when you experience it live. This Olney Theatre Center production is a sumptuous way to share the fun of live... Read more

"People, Places, and Things"

Victor Shargai Theatre - Studio Theatre, Washington
Wednesday, December 07 - Sunday, December 11
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Theatre
  • Holiday

Emma is an actress. She also has an addiction, and it’s trying to kill her. In rehab, but not ready for recovery, Emma just wants to escape—through drugs, through performing, through anything that... Read more

Found Footage Festival: Where Are They Now?

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, Arlington
Wednesday, December 07
  • Movies & TV
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Joe Pickett ("The Onion") and Nick Prueher ("Late Show") take audiences on a guided tour of their greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these vi... Read more

Into the Woods

Signature Theatre, Arlington
Wednesday, December 07 - Sunday, January 29
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
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Escape into a fantastical fairytale adventure where dreams come true, but not free. A trove of storybook characters’ paths intertwine as they chase their deepest desires through an enchanted forest.... Read more

Scena Theatre: "Playing Burton"

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
Wednesday, December 07 - Sunday, December 18
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
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"Playing Burton" is a fascinating one-man show about the storied life of international star of stage and screen, Richard Burton. This play offers a penetrating look at the notorious actor’s life—f... Read more

"A Christmas Carol"

Classic Theatre of Maryland’s Main Stage, Annapolis
Thursday, December 08 - Saturday, December 24
  • Theatre
  • Holiday
  • Theatre & Performing Arts

Charles Dickens’ story was created to inspire a spirit of charity toward those less fortunate. Our Helen Hayes Awards–recommended original production of this classic holiday story has become an an... Read more

Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

Washington Stage Guild at the Undercroft Theatre, Washington
Thursday, December 08 - Sunday, December 11
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Holiday
  • Top Rated

The arms trade and The Salvation Army collide in Shaw’s great play about faith, morality, and family battles. Last seen at WSG in our 2001 Helen Hayes-nominated production, our 2022 production will ... Read more

"Wicked"

The Kennedy Center - Opera House, Washington
Thursday, December 08 - Sunday, January 22
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
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  • Holiday
  • Hot

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. "Wicked", the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz.but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, b... Read more

"Drunk Shakespeare" Washington DC

The Sage Theatre, Washington
Thursday, December 08 - Saturday, January 14
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  • Comedy
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You are cordially invited to a meeting of The Drunk Shakespeare Society. In a hidden speakeasy, five classically-trained actors assemble for their sacred ritual. One actor takes five shots of whiskey ... Read more

"The Christmas Angel"

Creative Cauldron, Falls Church
Thursday, December 08 - Friday, December 16
  • Theatre
  • Holiday
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This original musical has now become a holiday classic! Based on a little-known 1910 novel by Abbie Farwell Brown, this tale about a spinster and her heartwarming transformation into the Christmas spi... Read more

"Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins"

Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo
Thursday, December 08 - Sunday, January 01
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  • Theatre
  • Family

Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shte... Read more

"A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas"

Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney
Thursday, December 08 - Saturday, December 31
  • Theatre
  • Holiday
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Hot

Adapted and Performed by Paul Morella In a season stuffed with varied versions of the classic yuletide tale, Paul Morella’s solo performance stands apart for its devotion to Dickens’ original lang... Read more

"The 34th Annual Nutcracker"

Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo
Thursday, December 08 - Sunday, January 01
  • Holiday
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Theatre
  • Family
  • Nutcrackers

Join the Puppet Co. for our 34th annual "The Nutcracker"! This time honored seasonal celebration includes Tchaikovsky's familiar story of Clara and her prince, with some Puppet Co. nursery rhyme spin.... Read more

"1341 Frames of Love and War"

Cafritz Hall, Washington
Thursday, December 08
  • Movies & TV

For a year and a half, the acclaimed photo-journalist Micha Bar-Am allowed director Ran Tal to enter his vast archive of negatives. Composed entirely of images that Bar-Am took over more than fifty ye... Read more

"A Country Christmas" - Dinner & Show!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, Hagerstown
Thursday, December 08
  • Holiday
  • Music

Playhouse+ Concert From the producers of American Country... a dynamic concert featuring the great songbook of American Country Music and Holiday Classics perfomed by talented singers and live musicia... Read more

"Sly's Magic"

StageCoach Theatre Company, Ashburn
Friday, December 09
  • Theatre

Don’t miss "Sly’s Magic", a full show of comedy and magic featuring our headliner Sly and a troupe of professional magicians! Be prepared to be amazed by the magic and entertained by the jokes, on... Read more

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