New Year’s Eve Re-run

Hey, party people. We ran New Year’s Eve Best Bets in last week’s Wave for those fancy people who like to do that bizarro ritual of "planning. ahead." For those people who were too busy starting their Christmas shopping on Dec. 24th to even consider making plans for New Year’s Eve (cough, cough, me), here it is again. Go forth. Have fun.

It’s not quite the countdown in Times Square, but the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra gets close by bringing a mix of Broadway to the DECC Auditorium. “Broadway. Live. A New Year’s Toast to Broadway” features a medley of classic Broadway tunes, including bits from “Chicago,” “Jersey Boys” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Other songs in the lineup include: “Top Hat/Steppin’ Out,” “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Memory,” and “Music of the Night.” The performance includes soloists Debbie Gravitte, a Tony Award winner, and Doug LeBrecque, who was in Hal Prince’s production of “Showboat” and was part of the Oscar Hammerstein 100th Birthday Celebration, both on Broadway. Fun fact: Gravitte is one of the voices in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

What: Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s pops concert “Broadway. Live.”
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31
Where: DECC Auditorium
Tix: Start at $25; Call (218) 623-3776

It will be a very Newfie New Year at Sunset Bar & Grill, 4483 Martin Road. McKinnis’ Kitchen is packing the night with a bunch of Newfoundland holiday traditions, including Celtic music from Newfoundland, Ireland, Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, storytelling, special ceremonies, dancing, and maybe even a visit from the Mummers — an old tradition where people, disguised beyond recognition, go door to door and entertain. They are sometimes rewarded with drink. There will also be a bunch of New Year countdowns, starting at 9:30 p.m. when it becomes 2010 in Newfoundland. McKinnis’ Kitchen is Chuck Butler, Mark Monroe, Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun. They have toured around the U.S. and Canada. There is a $5 entry fee, and reservations can be made by calling (218)723-7855 or by going to

Rubber Chicken Theater shuts down another holiday season with the final performance of “Have Yourself an H1N1 Christmas, or Snufflin’ in a Swine Flu Wonderland,” at 7 p.m. at the Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St., on New Year’s Eve . All of the other holiday shows, by New Year’s Eve , will have been put to bed. The revue includes a mix of humor with local targets, reworked holiday songs, and what reviewer Paul Brissett determined was the fan favorite at the show he reviewed: a video creation of a game show called “What Would Jesus Do?” Brissett said of the show: “Clever, well-written, as polished as sketch comedy can be and chock full of allusions of current events, local and national. It also would be fair to call this more ‘amusing’ than ‘hilarious.’ ” Tickets are $15. Call (218) 213-2780 or go to

The big question is: How, exactly, do you want your Rock ’n’ and Roll New Year? Plenty of venues have multi-band lineups on the big night:

* Those Black Eyed Snakes, the Surfactants, and the Acceleratii. The show starts at 10 p.m. at RT Quinlan’s. $5 cover.

* Cars & Trucks and Hotel Coral Essex are playing at Pizza Luce, 11 E. Superior St. Show starts at 10 p.m.

* At the Rex, catch Coal Car Caboose, Big Tree Bonsai, and Mikey Talented. Show starts at 10 p.m.

* New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday, which means Thirsty Pagan Brewing Co., is going to stick with a tried-and-true show: rockabilly with the Fractals.

* And for rock ’n’ roll-like pyrotechnics, check out Illumination Fire Troupe, a group out of Minneapolis that will be performing at Dubh Linn Irish Pub. The night starts at 8 p.m. and includes a DJ, magic and prizes. Tix are $20.

* If you want to ring in a suds-free New Year, you can party with the Duluth Alano Club, which is hosting its traditional sober celebration. A recovery speaker opens the night at 6 p.m., followed by DJ and dance, and a range of activities. There is a $5 donation, and the party is at 3009 Restormel St. Call (218) 624-0501 for info.

If you like your sing-along piano music with a touch of comedy, and perhaps some adult banter, check out Deuces Wild in the Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods, 231 E. Superior St. These performances tend to include audience interaction, props and a contortionist’s approach to rhymes. The Minnesota musicians David Charles Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld bill their shows as “Vegas-style,” and the words “burlesque” and “bawdy” are also mentioned. This New Year’s Eve show includes appetizers from Black Woods when the doors open at 7 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75 for reserved seating and $50 for general admission. Reservations at (218) 722-7466.