December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve celebrations in Portland and southern Maine

Ring it in your way on New Year's Eve with music, comedy, dance parties and more.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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WHEN: 9 p.m.

WHERE: Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: TBA

INFO: 221-2382

COMEDY

• BOB MARLEY HOLIDAY SHOW

Laugh your way into the new year with Maine's favorite comedian, who will be joined on stage by Krazy Jake.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $47.50

INFO: porttix.com

DANCE PARTIES

• NEW YEAR'S EVE AT ASYLUM

Two parties in one. Upstairs, you can dance to Dirty White Hats and Cam Groves, and sing karaoke with DJ Johnny Red. Downstairs, party to '80s music all night with Rob from WCYY.

WHEN: Doors at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $7; 21-plus

INFO: portlandasylum.com

• MARTYPARTY WITH OF THE TREES

Electronic dance music fans can groove into the new year with the musically diverse tunes of South African-born Brooklyn native MartyParty.

WHEN: 9 p.m.

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20; $35 VIP; 18-plus

INFO: portcitymusichall.com

• 15TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EXTRAVAGANZA CONTRA DANCE

Dance the night away with callers Maggie Robinson, Richard Green and Kim Roberts, and musicians Baron Collins-Hill, Jessie Boardman and Greg Boardman.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. potluck; 8:30 p.m. dance

WHERE: Wescustogo Grange Hall, Route 115, North Yarmouth

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 for seniors

INFO: 712-2837

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

• NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH SUPER LUCHA EXPLOSIVA

Few New Year's Eve throw-downs offer the chance to wear party dresses while watching Mexican wrestling and dancing to DJs, but Space heads for new heights with this bash.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20; 21-plus

INFO: space538.org

• NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE PLANETARIUM

Watch skydome shows introduced in 2012, including "The Little Star That Could" and "Eight Planets and Counting," plus three more shows, a Night Sky Tour and the Times Square countdown.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to midnight

WHERE: University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $7 to $10/donation

INFO: usm.maine.edu/planet

• NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL OF MAINE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE AND 5K RACE

Work up a sweat in the 5K run/walk, then cool way down with an icy plunge into Casco Bay. All your sweating and shivering supports NRCM's work to reduce global warming pollution.

WHEN: 11 a.m. 5K; noon plunge

WHERE: East End Beach, Portland

HOW MUCH: $30

INFO: nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash

• PHYZGIG VAUDEVILLE SHOW

Jugglers, magicians, illusionists and storytellers provide a thrilling, all-ages way to celebrate the new year in this annual production.

WHEN: 2 and 7 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.

HOW MUCH: $10 to $20

INFO: www.phyzgig.org

• NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH THE PIRATES

Celebrate the new year by watching the Portland Pirates, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, face off against the Worcester Sharks. Stick around after the game for an indoor fireworks display.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Free St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $16 to $20

INFO: portlandpirates.com

TOWN FESTIVALS

• LAST BLAST AT OOB

Ring in the new year at the ultimate beach party, with marshmallow toasting pits, bonfires, hot cocoa and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. Bars and restaurants offer discounts to those who purchase buttons.

WHEN: Begins at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Throughout Old Orchard Beach

HOW MUCH: Free; buttons cost $10

INFO: oob365.com

• NEW YEAR'S EVE GORHAM

Celebrate 2013 with other families at a variety of community events and performances, including a snow-sculpting contest, concerts, puppet shows, drum circles and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Throughout Gorham

HOW MUCH: $5 buttons provide admission to all events

INFO: newyeargorham.org

• NEW YEAR'S EVE FREEPORT

Join a family festival featuring children's crafts and performances by Elizabeth Mitchell, Norman Ng and Rick Charette, capped off by a fireworks show and hot cocoa toast at 6 p.m.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: L.L. Bean campus, Freeport

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: freeportusa.com/events

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:

akamila@pressherald.com

Twitter: AveryYaleKamila

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Fireworks color the night sky in Old Orchard Beach on New Year’s Eve.

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The Super Lucha Explosiva wrestling league helps welcome the new year at Space Gallery.

 


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