It’s New Year’s Eve 2012 — here is a look at some of the events taking place tonight across Santa Monica.
The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Ball 2013 will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Wokano, 1413 5th Street. Ring in this New Year 1920’s style at the Westside’s biggest NYE party. The Great Gatsby New Years Eve Ball will include prohibition-style cocktails, whiskey tastings, passed hors d’oeuvres, a live swing band and DJ Frankie spinning Top 40 mashed with 1920’s electro. $40 in advance, $50 week of, $60 VIP. wokcanonewyears2013.eventbrite.com.
The Annual New Year’s Eve Musical Revue at the Santa Monica Playhouse will be held at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 1211 4th Street. A scrumptious and sumptuous complimentary buffet supper starts off the evening. Then, it’s “on with the show!” as internationally acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre brings you a highly entertaining, family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo musical revue, with prizes, sing-a-long songs, dancing in the aisles, humor and other delights culled from five decades of audience favorite Santa Monica Playhouse productions. Admission: 6 p.m. show is $39.50 general admission; $34 students, teachers, senior citizens, military; $30 groups of 8+; $25 kids under 12.; 9:30 p.m. show is $49.50 general admission; $44 students, teachers, senior citizens, military; $40 groups of 8+; $35 kids under 12. 310.394.9779 ext.1, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Javon Jackson with Les McCann at Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South 2nd Floor. Saxophonist Javon Jackson and his band will be joined by the legendary Les McCann at Typhoon on New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to midnight! Known as one of the godfathers of soul jazz, the iconic jazz pianist, vocalist and composer is recognized as a founding force for the genre known as funky jazz established in the mid 1960’s. This collaboration of the young and upcoming Jackson, along side the legend is not to be missed! Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Admission: $30 cover charge. 310.390.6565, typhoon.biz.
Those striving for a unique and unforgettable New Years Eve need look no further than the Hotel Shangrila and its unparalleled luxury end of year experience. The crafted experience begins with a Shangrila town car arriving at the recipients’ Santa Monica, Venice, or Brentwood front steps and delivering them to a private table for two in the Dining Room at Hotel Shangrila. A carefully curated prix fixe dinner, chef’s choice bottle of wine, and stunning vista overlooking the Pacific Ocean & Palisades Park awaits the fortunate couple. After dessert, visit Suite 700, Santa Monica’s only open-air rooftop bar for a glass of champagne or have the night’s personal driver chauffeur the classy couple to their next Santa Monica, Venice, or Brentwood location. $400 (based on three hours pick-up/drop-off window). $75 entrance fee to Suite 700. For reservations, email John@shangrila-hotel.com.
Black Tie Dance Party at The Bungalow at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. DJ Kelly Cole will be the star of this event at Brent Bolthouse’s new “beachfront hideaway.” The party will also feature an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be dancing in two rooms. $150. 101 Wilshire Boulevard. showclix.com/event/NewYearsEveatTheBungalow.
Viceroy Santa Monica has teamed up with California’s leading National Public Radio, KCRW to throw The Black & White Ball. It promises to be a New Year’s Eve bash to remember, where guests ages 21 plus can dance through the night to the beats of some of Southern California’s favorite radio DJ’s. Tickets for the ball are $150 and can be purchased by visiting viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/newyearseve or by calling 310.260.7511. The event sells out every year so guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.