New Year's Eve Party Roundup
by Sean Phipps, Nooga. com
There may not be a whiskey barrel dropping in Chattanooga this year, but you still have plenty of options to ring in the new year.
Nooga.com takes a look at some of the parties, celebrations and extravagancy around town Dec. 31.
Your options are many. Choose wisely.
That '90s New Year's Bash at Rhythm & Brews
Ever popular and always exciting, That '90s Show featuring The Communicators will highlight grunge, pop, R&B and more. Chattanooga’s funky The Power Players will bring the class and keep you dancing well into 2014. Rhythm & Brews should be rocking this New Year’s Eve.
Click here for tickets.
When: 10 p.m.
Where: 221 Market St.
How much: $20
Strung Like a Horse, Glamouflage, etc. at The Honest Pint
High-fashion or hillbilly? Maybe a little of both? Chattanooga’s premier string band Strung Like a Horse will perform with guests Lacy Jo, Okinawa and Shark Week. Mammal Factory will show a film called "Psycho Santa," which is the best name for a film we’ve heard all year. Wear sequins, camouflage or whatever you want for this party at The Honest Pint. Click here for information. Click here for tickets.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 35 Patten Parkway
How much: $15
Baby Baby, Behold the Brave, soCro etc. at JJ’s Bohemia
This one will be weird in the best possible definition of the word. Baby Baby, soCro and Behold the Brave will melt your faces into 2014 with rocking good tunes. Dress to impress and spend the evening with Chattanooga’s oddballs in what promises to be the best bang for your buck in terms of entertainment and revelry. Click here for info.
When: 10 p.m.
Where: 231 E. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $10
New Year’s Eve Party on the Bluff
It was so much fun last year, organizers with the Bluff View Arts District have decided to do it again. A little class and a whole lot of fun can be expected, along with amazing food, an open bar and music by Sound Force Entertainment—all with a backdrop overlooking the beautiful Tennessee River. Click here for tickets. Hotel deals are also available.
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: 10 Bluff View Ave.
How much: $100 on the day of, $95 in advance for nonmembers and $85 in advance for members
Kitchen at Union Square Roaring '20s New Year’s Eve Party
A completely FREE party with a roaring '20s theme (read: dress like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein) will take place at Kitchen at Union Square. You can’t beat the downtown location, and the drink menu is intense, to say the least, with a ton of specialty drinks and fine beverages. A Cat May Look at a King will also perform.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 200 W. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: No cover (reservations suggested)
Knock the Blocks Off! at The Flying Squirrel
OK, so there are blocks at The Flying Squirrel, and part of this New Year’s celebration is about knocking them off. Details are still forthcoming, but we do know that DJ Flux 308 will be spinning tunes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the bar will offer a special dinner in addition to the regular menu. Exclusive draft releases and specialty cocktails will also be available. This is the sleeper party of the night. Click here for tickets.
When: 10 p.m.
Where: 55 Johnson St.
How much: No cover
New Year’s Evening at The Social
If you prefer your New Year’s celebrations with pinkies-extended class and more swank than skank, New Year’s Evening at The Social is your ticket. Free midnight bubbly (champagne) and a buffet from Public House extend into an evening of dancing with DJs Cutlass Cult, Tone Harm and FreshBreadDailey. Click here for tickets.
When: 10 p.m.
Where: 1110 Market St.
How much: $10
New Year’s Eve at Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, potluck, party and moon landing
If low-key is your thing, you might want to consider hanging out with the folks at Moccasin Bend Brewing Company in St. Elmo. They offer a stress-free evening of quality beer, friendship and good food (potluck style). There’s also something about a "moon landing," which probably doesn’t have anything to do with NASA or astronauts. Or does it?
When: 6 p.m.
Where: 4015 Tennessee Ave.
How much: No cover, bring a dish
New Year’s Rocking Eve at the Choo-Choo
Arguably, the most extravagant of New Year’s celebrations, The Beaters will perform at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo with packages that include dinner, drinks and a cozy bed. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a warm-up party (you read that right) at the Victorian Lounge, followed by a prime rib dinner at the Gardens Restaurant. Dancing begins post-dinner with the best hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s as you say goodbye to 2013. It’s pricey but all-inclusive, and you don’t have to worry about anything.
When: 4 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: Click here for package 1 and here for package 2
Updated @ 10:23 a.m. on 12/27/13 to correct a factual error: Ticket prices for the event at the Hunter Museum are $100 on the day of the event, not $85, as originally reported.
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"DOWNTON ABBEY" - SIX AND OUT
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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that it looks like once Downton Abbey is gone, it will be gone forever.
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Sound of the theme from "Downton Abbey." Producers announced the upcoming 6th season of the show will be its last.
DOWNTON ABBEY - WHO SURVIVES?
NEW YORK (AP) -- When "Downton Abbey" dies -- who ends up dying off with it? It's anybody's guess. Producers say they already have ideas about the fate of various characters as the final season continues production. But producers also haven't been shy about offing a character or two along the way. Among those bumped off during the show's run so far: Kemal Pamuk in season 1; Lady Sybil -- who died giving birth in Season 3 -- and Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens. He also died in season 3 -- perishing in a car wreck just after his son was born.
"FIFTY SHADES" - DIRECTOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The director of the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is calling "cut." Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back for any of the sequels. In a statement, she says doing "Grey" was an "intense and incredible journey" and that she's "hugely grateful" for the opportunity. But she's also confirming insider talk that she won't return for any re-do's. The movie based on E L James' erotic novel has grossed $558 million worldwide so far in its theatrical run. So far, it appears Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be back for sequels -- though a reboot for the movie hasn't officially been announced.
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY - FEE
HOUSTON (AP) -- So, how much will Matthew McConaughey get for speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Houston? We may never know. A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it shouldn't have to reveal how much the actor will be getting. The university is also declining to say -- because it says it signed a confidentiality deal with the talent agency that booked McConaughey. His agency's Web site says the minimum fee to book the actor in the U.S. ranges from $150,000 to $499,000.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER - NEW "TERMINATOR"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He vowed he'd be back -- and he is. Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking another shot at the "Terminator" movie franchise. The new version will be called "Terminator: Genisys" -- and Paramount has served up a few minutes worth of an "appetizer" for the main course, which is due in theaters July 1. So far, the Terminator series has pulled in more than $1 billion in box office receipts.
"THE WIRE" - PRESIDENT OBAMA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is down with "The Wire." Not only does he say he's a big fan of the HBO series -- but he also says he thinks the show is one of the greatest pieces of art in the past couple of decades. Obama has met with David Simon -- who created the series -- at the White House. The two chatted for 12 minutes about how to reduce the number of people jailed for nonviolent drug offenses. They also discussed how to make cites safer. The video was shown yesterday at the Bipartisan Criminal Justice Summit in Washington.
JULIE ANDREWS - MARIA THE PUPPET?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Her take on Maria in "The Sound of Music" is considered by many fans to be the ultimate version of the character. But Julie Andrews says she has no problem with actors trying to interpret the role differently. She says she wouldn't even mind if someone tried it with puppets. She says since the role is a classic, it can be interpreted any way an actress wants. As for those who don't want to see anyone else play Maria, Andrews says while that's "very flattering" -- there are many who have played the role and brought great pleasure to audiences in the 50 years since "The Sound of Music" hit theaters.
Julie Andrews says he doesn't pay much attention to fans who insist her take on Maria is the ultimate version.
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Julie Andrews says although it's unlikely she'll perform in another Broadway play, she's not ruling out being involved in other ways.
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Julie Andrews says she may get back into musicals -- as a writer in books she and her daughter have written.
JAMES BOND - MEXICO CITY
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JASON ALEXANDER - BROADWAY
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Alexander will be pinch-hitting for an old "Seinfeld" pal. He'll take over for Larry David in the starring role in the Broadway play, "Fish in the Dark." Alexander will play Norman Drexel in the production, which was written by David and is at the Cort Theater. Alexander took a break from a successful theater career to play George Constanza in "Seinfeld" -- also written by David.
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