By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
Where were you in ’94? One of your louder New Year’s options is the first show in seven years by The Bomboras. Don’t know if they still have those black-light-skeleton outfits, but betcha they still deliver some of the wildest garage-surf-fuzz rippage in the land. Vine Street Lounge, Hollywood Blvd. & Vine St., Hlywd.; Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.; $20. (323) 493-3988.
2007 New Year’s Masquerade Ball invites you to “come dressed in your favorite royal attire” — finally a chance for you to wear your powdered wig! It’s a fancy-schmancy affair at the Noble Castle Hollywood in the hills featuring a red-carpet reception, musicians, jugglers, fire dancers, three-course buffet, open bar .?.?. wow! I’m so there. Now, where’s my tiara? The Noble Castle Hollywood (park & shuttle at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, 1760 N. Gower St., Hlywd.); Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.; $300, extra-fancy tickets for $500 & $850; resv. required. (310) 963-9688. (See Dance Clubs for louder, even more crowded New Year’s Eve options.)
MONDAY, January 1
Great hangover cure: The 55th Annual First Swim of the New Year, presented by the Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears: Cabrillo Beach Boathouse, 3800 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro; Mon., Jan. 1, noon. (310) 548-7554. You also have The Seventh Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim: Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, 11798 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. (818) 899-3779. You’re welcome. There’s a Twilight Zone marathon all day, but that won’t help your head. And the parade certainly won’t either.
TUESDAY, January 2
It’s Tuesday after New Year’s Day. There is literally nothing happening today, not even at American Cinematheque. Most of us suckers have to go back to work. Nightlife has ground to a short-lived halt. You can dance in the middle of the Sunset Strip. Here’s the best we can do: Go see the floats from that parade that happened yesterday in Pasadena. They’re lined up and waiting to be gawked over. Post-Parade: A Showcase of Floats: Located at the end of the route, along Sierra Madre & Washington blvds., Pasadena; Tues., Jan. 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 7 a.m.-9 a.m. reserved for seniors & mobility-impaired; $7. Park & Ride shuttle info at www.tournamentofroses.com.
WEDNESDAY, January 3
Maybe it’s not getting as much hype as that other new movie musical, but here’s Colma: The Musical, Richard Wong’s fun romp (probably) about three friends who’ve just graduated from high school dealing with life in a small town. Part of Outfest Wednesdays at the American Cinemathque. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 466-FILM.
THURSDAY, January 4
You: “What should we do tonight?” Your hip friend: “Let’s take a burlesque-dancing class.” You: “Not again. Margaret Cho scratched me last time, and I’m still sore.” YHF: “How about that bar where you can knit and make crafts?” You: “But what if Margaret Cho’s there, with knitting needles?” You: “Karaoke?” YHF: “It’s not due for another ironic comeback for years.” YHF: “We could go to that Silver Lake boutique that rips up old T-shirts and sells them back to us.” You: “Yeah, but I’d rather get a little bit of exercise while enjoying hipnescenti-approved indie bands. Maybe outside, where we can sneak in a flask of Grey Goose and pretend we’re in a real city.” That’s it! Spaceland on Ice, with Bodies of Water and the Parson Red Heads — think Polyphonic Spree meets Fifth Dimension. Plus the Chapin Sisters. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., dwntwn.; Thurs., Jan. 4, 8 p.m.; $6 per skating session, $2 skate rental. (213) 847-4970.