Things to Do on NYE if You Want to Be Weird
Spend New Year's Even being obscure with these guys at Pluto's First Party.
Courtesy Lauren Dukoff
For lots of people, New Year's Eve will unfold thus: Arrive at crowded place, where extremely loud musiclike sounds are being made by DJ or band; lament the length of bar line while physically standing in said bar line (repeat liberally throughout evening); receive one free glass of champagne; spill most of free champagne when drunk man bumps into elbow (whyyyyy couldn't it have been the other elbow?); count backward from 10 with a bunch of screaming strangers; leave early to complain about lame evening on Facebook from comfort of own bed. Or, you know, you could do something kind of different. Here's a list of things to do if you feel like starting the New Year by being weirder than everyone else.
Pluto's First Party at Ace Hotel
As a planet, Pluto was the cosmological equivalent of the girl in the corner at a party whom no one would talk to. But now that people have seen her up close and rhapsodized about how “amazing” and “stunning” her features are, everyone wants to party with her. Pluto’s First Party is the “hypnagogic New Year odyssey” hosted by actress and gadfly Mel Shimkovitz, and it boasts a plethora of psychonauts for your partying pleasure: DJ Devendra Banhart; Awesome Tapes From Africa blog selectors; glitch-worshiping tarot designer Amy von Harrington; interstellar light installations by animator Galen Pehrson; “alien sightseeing” led by Jasmine Albuquerque Croissant; and more. Be there or be oblong! The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; 8 p.m.; free. (213) 623-3233, acehotel.com/losangeles. —David Cotner
The Edwards Twins at Vitello's
If there's anywhere you'd rather be on New Year's Eve than watching a pair of middle-aged men who once shared a womb masterfully impersonate celebrities, male and female alike, then I don't know what to think about the kind of person you are. Eddie and Anthony Edwards bring their costumes, wigs and impeccable contouring skills to the E Spot Lounge above Vitello's in Studio City, a 125-seat venue, which means there will be sitting (because sitting rules) and also not very many other people sitting around you. Bette! Barbara! Cher! Oh my. Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City; 8 p.m.; $40-$85. (818) 769-0905, vitellosrestaurant.com. —Gwynedd Stuart
Talk Salad & Scrambled Eggs: Frasier Reconsidered With Matt Mira & Kevin Smith
“If you don’t fuckin’ like Frasier, fuck the fuck off.” That was director Kevin Smith’s introduction to his and co-host Matt Mira’s new podcast, Talk Salad & Scrambled Eggs: Frasier Reconsidered With Matt Mira & Kevin Smith, about the NBC comedy that ran from 1993-2004 “during the golden age of sitcom paychecks.” In it, Smith and Mira — both of whom are behind several other podcasts on the SModcast and Nerdist networks — profess their late-blooming love for the sitcom about a persnickety Seattle radio host and his family, and provide commentary on episodes. They’ve even had guests including Frasier actress Peri Gilpin (aka Roz) and screenwriter Ken Levine. For tonight’s live taping, Mira and Smith will dissect season-two episode “The Candidate” and do a live reading of another. And since it’s New Year’s Eve, your ticket price includes a glass of champagne. The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove; 8 p.m.; $30. (323) 651-2583. improv.com. —Siran Babayan
Photo by Lina Lecaro
Free NYE at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood
OK, this only qualifies because it's weird that kids are allowed and it's free. So, yes, if the life decisions you've made in recent years have included procreation, you now have an option that isn't just staying home and playing Boggle Jr. And there's live band karaoke. Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 8:30 p.m.; free. (323) 464-7625, hardrock.com/cafes/hollywood-on-hollywood-blvd. —Gwynedd Stuart
Spiritual New Year's Eve at Naam Yoga
According to the folks at Naam Yoga in Santa Monica, "Every year is determined by the way in which we begin our first day." So greet the new year with your buns pointing skyward at this annual Spiritual New Year's Eve and subsequent Naamathon, a meditation marathon hosted by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, which is streamed live all over the world. Naam Yoga, 1231 Fifth St., Santa Monica; 10 p.m.-6 a.m.; $65 in advance, $75 day of. naamyoga.com. —Gwynedd Stuart
Tomorrow! New Year's Eve
Comedian and host Ron Lynch’s long-running comedy and variety show, which turned 10 last month, is ending 2015 with a bang. Past guests of the Saturday midnight tradition have included Chuck McCann, Eddie Pepitone, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Karen Kilgariff, Dino Stamatopoulos and Craig Anton. Tonight’s lineup features comedians Blaine Capatch, Davey Johnson, Chris Walsh, Katie Crown, Brian Barlow, Wesley Doloris and Amit Itelman, as well as music by surf guitarist Laramie Dean, garage band The Square Knots and Lucha Vavoom DJ Señor Amor. And since it’s New Year’s Eve, the theater will have a free champagne toast and noise makers while you sing "Auld Lang Syne." Trepany House at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz; 10 p.m.; $20. (323) 666-4268, trepanyhouse.org. —Siran Babayan
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