Who says that 13 should be an unlucky number? Help ensure the coming year starts off on the right foot with these celebration suggestions, from comedy clubs to Prohibition-style speakeasys.
10. Queen Mary's New Years Eve Party
Set sail into 2013 aboard Long Beach's famous vessel, with a disco tribute band, dueling pianos, jazz performances and DJs spinning. Everything culminates with a fireworks spectacle over the ocean.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets from $109. Dinner reservations are also available. More information here: www.queenmary.com.
9. New Year's Eve with Idina Menzel
Have a Wicked evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall as Broadway star Idina Menzel performs her new live show. Champagne bottle service is also available.
Shows start at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets from $65 to $195. More information here: www.laphil.com.
8. The Groundlings' New Year's Eve Spectacular
Sketchy New Year's Eve plans? Instead, try the Groundling's annual improv and sketch comedy show. This year, it's emceed and directed by Karen Maruyama (The Campaign) and stars Liz Brown (The Liz Brown Show), Matt Cook, (2 Broke Girls) and other members of The Groundlings Main Company and Sunday Company. Tickets include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne toast.
Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets $100. More information here: www.groundlings.com.
7. Magicopolis' 2012 New Year's Eve Party
Make the New Year magical with this Santa Monica shop and theater's annual party. The kid-friendly event includes a magic class, pizza, popcorn and a gift bag.
9 p.m. Tickets $60. More information here: www.magicopolis.com.
Up next: Comedy
Have a little Hart this holiday season and see the comedian and Think Like a Man actor's Let Me Explain show at the Staples Center. The opening sets feature comics Joey Wells, Will "Spank" Horton and Na'im Lynn.
Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets from $55. More information here: www.lalive.com.
5. Great Gatsby New Years Eve Ball at Wokcano Santa Monica
Make like Jay and Daisy and come in costume to this Westside sushi joint and lounge for prohibition-style cocktails, whiskey tastings and a live swing band. Party favors and a champagne toast are also included with admission.
Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets from $40 in advance; $50 the week of the event. More information here: www.wokcanonewyears2013.eventbrite.com.
4. Black Unicorn Fetish Fantasy at the Dragonfly
Sometimes you need to be a little bad on New Year's. And, if that's the case, there's this electrosex dance ball that includes male and female fantasy slave dancers, bondage exhibits and interactive fantasy sets.
Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets from $20. More information here: www.brownpapertickets.com.
Up next: Fireworks
3. Fireworks at Universal CityWalk
Universal continues its annual extravaganza of fireworks, music, dancers and raining confetti. Universal Studios Hollywood will also turn its Blues Brothers' stage into a DJ stand and dance space and will hold family-friendly entertainment at its WaterWorld attraction.
Doors at 9 p.m. More information here: www.citywalkhollywood.com.
2. New Year's Babble-Eve at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theater
Hollywood skewer-ers Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith move their usual Saturday routine to Monday for a special New Year's Eve version of Hollywood Babble-On. Tickets include champagne, but do not include the comedy club standard of a two-item minimum per person.
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Tickets from $75. More at www.thejonlovitzcomedyclub.com.
1. The Golden Stag at Park Plaza Hotel
Joe Fridays and femme fatales are welcome at this L.A. noir-themed bash that transforms this downtown art deco hotel into a den of dancing, drinks, sultry performers and an 18-piece orchestra.
Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets from $75. More information at www.goldenstagnye.com.
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