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.
More Entertainment News
Last Update on December 22, 2014 08:06 GMT
SONY HACK - ADMINISTRATION RESPONSE
HONOLULU (AP) -- Is the hacking of Sony an act of terrorism? It's a decision the White House has to make as it tries to figure out what to do in response to the attack, which it has blamed on North Korea. President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The president calls the hacking of the movie studio an "act of cybervandalism" -- as opposed to an act of war. Meanwhile, Sony is promising to release "The Interview" -- the movie that launched the entire international incident. The comedy involves a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.
SONY HACK - CELEB REAX
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roselyn Sanchez says she understands how some people feel Sony's cancellation of the release of "The Interview" makes it look like the company and the country is "giving in" to a cyberattack. But the actress feels the most important thing is "safety first." As for those who feel that "The Interview" should be released no matter what to defy demands by the hackers, she says people should remember "this is just a movie, guys." Ryan Guzman says the invasion of privacy the Sony hacking caused "is a little bit crazy." But he says he doesn't have much to say on the subject except that he wishes "the hackers wouldn't do what they are doing."
SONY HACK - GOP REACTION
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP says the best way to respond to the Sony hack -- is to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview." The Republican party says supporters should buy a ticket to the movie -- if theater owners decide to show the film. In a letter to theater chain executives, GOP chief Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says he's worried that a foreign government like North Korea is being allowed to decide which movies Americans can and can't watch. Priebus says while Hollywood and the Republican party have had their differences, the situation over "The Interview" is a matter of freedom and free enterprise.
SONY HACK - OTHER PLOTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It isn't just Kim Jong Un. The North Korean leader is not the only world figure who has been targeted for being bumped off in some kind of crazy Hollywood plot. Others who have been targeted by Hollywood films include Queen Elizabeth II, Saddam Hussein and Pope Pius XIII. But unlike "The Interview," those other movies actually made it to the big screen. Sony has pulled "The Interview" in the face of threats by hackers. The White House has blamed the attack on North Korea.
SONY HACK - TOO SOON?
UNDATED (AP) -- It was a comedy that led to the whole Sony hacking to begin with. So is it poor taste to be cracking wise about the situation? So far, the answer seems to be "no." One of the first to mine the situation for comedy is Chris Rock. In promoting his movie "Top Five," Rock noted his movie was "very Korean-friendly" -- and that "there are no jokes about North Korea." It was Rock who, during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this fall, took pokes at making jokes about the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing. And this past weekend, SNL did a bit on "The Interview" controversy. One expert on the way the entertainment industry works suggests that some comedians are shying away from the issue because they don't want to become targets themselves.
Bobby Moynihan portrayed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a Saturday Night Live skit. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..006 (12/22/14)>> 00:14 "out of here"
Bobby Moynihan portrayed Kim Jong-un on a Saturday Night Live skit, saying he wasn't going to bow to North Korean threats, as fake lazer targets trained on his chest. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..007 (12/22/14)>> 00:12 "it to January"
Mike Myers reprised the role of "Austin Powers" villain Dr. Evil, joking that the leader of North Korea should have something better to do than try to kill a movie that poked fun at him. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))
NEW YORK (AP) -- With Sony putting "The Interview" on the shelf for now, the attention turns to the movies that are actually being released. The top one this past weekend -- "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." It took in $56.2 million over the weekend. It has pulled in $90 million plus opening on Wednesday. Number two is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." It took in just $17.3 million, well off the debut pace of previous versions of the movie franchise. Last week's top movie, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" was bumped all the way down to fourth, with just $8.1 million. The Fox release saw 67 percent of its week-one take burn off during week two.
There's no North Korea in Middle Earth. The AP's Jamie Friar reports movie-goers aren't staying home in the wake of terrorist threats against movie theaters.
<<CUT ..003 (12/22/14)>> 00:10 "no they won't"
Sound of Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan
Sound of Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the number-one movie at the box office this weekend.
BILL COSBY - RADIO SILENCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He portrayed a person revered as America's dad. But these days, for Bill Cosby -- mum's the word. He has gone silent in the face of numerous allegations of sexual assault. And legal experts suggest that may be the best he can do at this point. While the public may be clamoring for Cosby to defend himself, Eugene Volokh of UCLA says speaking out may be the only thing to keep him from saying something that might be libelous. If that happens, Cosby could open himself up to new legal problems .
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