Monday, December 23, 2013


If your plans aren't set in ice and snow for New Year's Eve and the weekend leading up to it, here are a few choice activities to consider.

The Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus is always good for a laugh or ten.  They've just finished their "Red Suits and Kinky Boots" tribute to the holidays and now they want to invite you to "Pop Your Cork Bingomania" with that glam hostess with the mostest Joan Crawford.  On Saturday, December 28, you should don your craziest Christmas sweater or your most elegant evening attire to play bingo with the boys.  Doors open at 6 p.m and the games begin at 7 p.m.  $20 admission will provide games galore and money prizes up to $2500 are up for grabs.  The Annex Club at 554 Woodward Avenue, New Haven (exit 50 off I-95) is the place.  Snacks, desserts and drinks are available on site, including the bubbly.

Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury is rolling out the laughter for two shows on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with "Standup, Count Down New Year's Eve Comedy Night."  A quartet of New York City comedians-Pat McCool, Rob Ryan, Stacey Kendro and Angel Salazar- will help you ring in the New Year.  Call for tickets ($50, for the 6:30 p.m. show and $60 for the 9:30 p.m. show), to the Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at

For an experience way outside the box or in this case outside a can of blue paint, look to the Shubert Theater in New Haven starting Thursday, December 26 and culminating on New Year's Eve.  Be mesmerized, excited and visually amazed.  Blue Man's Group, without saying a word, uses humor, props, lights and lots and lots of paint to create its extraordinary antics.  Shows are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, New Year's Eve, at 8 p.m.  For tickets ($15-125), go to the Shubert box office, 247 College Street, New Haven or call Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000.

Celebrate the New Year with song, as the band Night Fever pays tribute to the iconic 70'2 band the Bee Gees at Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret.  This all Canadian band  has toured for ten years recreating the sound and the feel of the Bee Gees, with songs like "To Love Somebody," "More Than a Woman" and "Stayin' Alive."  For tickets ($79), call the Downtown Cabaret, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport at 203-576-1636 or online at  The Dance Party starts at 8:30 p.m and includes the Bee Gees performance, after-show party, party favors, ice and soda and coffee and danish after midnight.  Remember to bring your own table snacks and drinks to share.

Wooster Street's great family Italian restaurant Consiglio's is hosting a delicious dinner and a mystery show in honor of the New Year.  Michael Sayers' favorite detective Chester Hadlyme is on the loose again tracking down "That Kills That Year" as a fitting end to 2013.  Four not-so-much friends are forced into an impromptu reunion and murder might be their solution of choice.  Doors will open at 9 p.m. and A Chester Hadlyme Holiday Mystery Party will begin at 9:30 p.m.  Call for tickets ($65, tax, tip and beverages not included), to Consiglio's, 165 Wooster Street, New Haven at 203-865-4489 or online at  Check out the updated menu.

Don't let 2013 end without a proper send-off and attend one of these fun parties!

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