Brave New Year

2001 sans robots and flying cars

We can't believe it's about to be 2001, the year immortalized in this and previous generations by Stanley Kubrick's space odyssey. It's disheartening to think that Kubrick's, and Isaac Asimov's and Frank Herbert's, for that matter, visions of our enlightened, space-traveling, robot-enslaving, high-tech-infused 21st century haven't come to pass. Sure, we've got that Poo-Chi dog machine, but, otherwise, we're a bunch of barely-beyond-backward quasi-techies with slipshod Internet Service Providers and the same old tired sociological, ideological, and political problems. And we've got a freakin' buffoon for a president.

But still don't kill yourself until after New Year's. It's the last hurrah of the holiday season, and Dallas is rife with gala events, rowdy romps, and, for those of you who typically spend the evening with Rotel cheese dip and a video rental, some quiet, solemn introspection. The latter comes in the form of an Interfaith Gathering including religious leaders from the big three faiths--a Jewish rabbi, a Christian minister, and a Muslim imam--speaking on the importance of giving. Songs and a smattering of unprecedented unity will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Lane, (214) 361-2809.

Theater groups are offering after-performance New Year's Eve parties that hold the promise of wackiness, at least. Attack of the Killer Mutant Leeches at Pocket Sandwich Theatre followed by a buffet dinner, drinks, and Village Idiots show gets you a lot of bang for $75. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. at 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, (214) 821-1660. In Fort Worth, Stage West presents Cowgirls followed by a party with the music of Big Daddy and the Butter Biscuits, champagne, and black-eyed peas. Theatre Three is turning loose its cast members from I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! to perform skits and songs from the musical, followed by a champagne reception. Stage West is at 3058 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, (817) 784-9378; Theatre Three is at the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St., (214) 871-3300.

For the ethnicity-embracing among you, Dallas night spots and restaurants go all out. There's the Slovak-flavored sounds of the Sutac Brothers Band at the Czech Club, 4930 Military Parkway, with a New Year's Eve dance from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with low, low ticket prices from $7 to $11. Italians can manga plenty and party at Lombardi's, 311 Market St., (214) 747-0322. A Greek New Year's Eve is planned at Goldfinger's, 2905 Webb Chapel Road, (214) 350-6983. For Mexican and/or gender confusion, try Monica's, 2914 Main St., (214) 748-7140.

Only Firehouse seems to be on the Kubrick track with 2001: A Spice Odyssey, with a "futuristic" dinner menu beginning with the 9:30 p.m. seating, champagne, balloons, and favors at midnight, at 1928 Greenville, (214) 826-2HOT. We hope they don't take the film fare too literally; but, at least they're not serving up Soylent Green.

 
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