The Final Countdown

Don’t force New Year’s Eve. That’s a rookie move. If you apply too much pressure to an evening’s plans, you’ll smother the thing and it’ll die on the vine. Here’s how you do New Year’s like a champ: Get a cab with your favorite people, then drink in excess. Make out with someone (doesn’t matter who) at midnight — then high five said someone and never revisit the experience. That’s adulthood, and it’s great. We’ve looked ahead at the city’s best parties and picked out some favorites. Here are three. Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) shatters 2014’s glitter glass ceiling with its Year of the Woman party, a gussy-up affair featuring sets by Zhora, BOAN and Jenny Robinson. The night’s exotic dark matter gets plumped by DJs Wild in the Streets and Ruthie of Blackstone Rangers, plus a surprise guest. Non-woman, Observer coverboy and cultural shapeshifter George Quartz hosts the night. It’s $15 to $20, but shell out the extra five for VIP. There’s Champagne — or something resembling it — handed out at midnight. Visit Dallas’ cleanest comedy venue with the dirtiest name, Backdoor Comedy (8250 N. Central Expressway), shored up a mighty New Year’s lineup for the evening with Aaron Aryanpur and Paul Varghese. There’s an 8 p.m. show ($28) and a 10:30 p.m. set ($48); the latter includes party favors, tickets to a future show, a midnight toast and bragging rights for laughing your way through the calendar flip. Visit Here’s a loose-cannon suggestion: Try spending New Year’s in Addison. Huh? Really? Well, I don’t know. But Lebanese restaurant Al-Amir (3885 Belt Line Road) offers two DJs, belly dancing, a circus spectacle and a “fire show.” You love fire. It’s $20 with a resie and $30 at the door, so plan ahead. Yes, yes, there’s a midnight toast to boot. Visit
Tue., Dec. 31, 2013

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