Southland events to ring in 2013
By Jessi Virtusio email@example.com December 26, 2012 2:36PM
The Second City Touring Company will present "Dysfunctional Holiday Revue" on Dec. 29 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. | Michael Brosilow photo
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:12AM
When it comes to ringing in the new year, one doesn’t have to go all out with an expensive celebration or a trip to downtown Chicago.
There are several Southland options that are close to home. Below are just a few ways to mark the new year.
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THE SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY’S “DYSFUNCTIONAL HOLIDAY REVUE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The newest version of the popular satire of classic holiday scenes and songs will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 29.
“Funny, fast-paced and completely original, the Second City’s ‘Dysfunctional Holiday Revue’ is a raucous blend of sketches, songs and improvisation with a healthy dose of seasonal satire — the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows,” officials said.
“Holiday film classics, family gatherings, improvised Christmas carols — nothing is too sacred for the Second City ensemble to leave unscathed. From uneven gift exchanges with your clueless boyfriend to couples therapy with Joseph and Mary, Second City has your ticket to all that’s ridiculous about this magical season.”
Tickets are $25, or $22 for center members.
CD&ME: 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-7315: The New Year’s Eve celebration will take place from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31. Entertainment will be provided by live band the Hat Guys.
Tickets are $75 per person and include a dinner buffet, premium bar and a champagne toast at midnight.
THE SABRE ROOM: 8900 W. 95th St., Hickory Hills: There are two celebrations booked on New Year’s Eve at this venue.
New Year’s Eve at Noon will take place Dec. 31, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and the show running until 3 p.m. “Want to avoid the midnight madness?” officials said. “Celebrate with your friends as we ring in the new year with a real nightclub show at noon, featuring some of the most popular nightclub performers in Chicago. This show is new every year.” Reservations are at (312) 666-2409. Tickets include party hats and favors.
The Gala New Year’s Eve Party, which will take place Dec. 31, will include a gourmet New York strip streak dinner, open bar, continuous entertainment featuring a musical variety show, music for dancing, hats, horns, favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75 per person. Reservations: (708) 598-1200.
HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR PARK DISTRICT’S NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY CELEBRATION: 2010 Chestnut Road, Homewood, (708) 206-3393. The Community Relations Commission will present this free family celebration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 31.
“The world may tune in to Times Square, New York City, at midnight, but in Homewood, families gather for a countdown and balloon drop at the stroke of noon on Dec. 31,” officials said.
“Bid farewell to the departing year and usher in the new together, as a family, during this daytime celebration.”
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with Mr. D’s Magic Show at 11 a.m. Seating is limited.
“Experience his mind-blowing magic and illusions,” officials said. “Many residents have experienced Mr. D at Fall Fest where he has mesmerized adults and children alike. Mr. D’s Magic Show is fast-paced with music, comedy, audience participation and lots of laughter.”
DASH INTO THE NEW YEAR 5K: Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., (708) 441-4500. Celebrate 2013 early by cheering on the participants at this event, which is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 29.
“One of my personal favorite events of the fall is our second annual Dash into the New Year 5K race,” said Anthony Burton, director of recreational services, in the Matteson Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide — Fall 2012.
“This annual 5K (3.1 miles) race that is held on the last Saturday of each year is run on a USA Track & Field-certified course that starts and ends at the Matteson Community Center.”
According to Active.com, awards will be given to the top-two runners in each age division and for overall male and female winner.
BLARNEY STONE PUB: 15400 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, (708) 535-4800: The 007 Casino Royale New Year’s Eve Party will take place Dec. 31 and feature NYE James Bond style. Attendees should arrive dressed as their favorite Bond villain or Bond girl.
“Play in our live casino with blackjack, roulette and craps,” officials said.
The party will feature a five-hour premium open bar from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dinner will be served from 8-9 p.m.
The festivities will include champagne, party favors and a disc jockey. There also will be prizes for the big winners in the casino and for best dressed.
Limited tickets are available and are $50 per person. A bus or limousine pickup and drop-off service for groups also will be available.
CHICAGO GAELIC PARK’S FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This event will take place from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Tara Room. “Celebrate Ireland’s midnight hour,” official said.
Tickets are $26 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and younger and free for ages 3 and younger. The price includes a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. a kids sparkling juice toast at 6 p.m., an adult’s champagne toast at 6 p.m., party favors and live music by Gerry Haughey. A cash bar also will be available.
GEORGIOS BANQUETS COMFORT INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE: 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Hills, (708) 403-1757: The New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31 will include hot hors d’oeuvres and unlimited cocktails from 8-9 p.m., a seven-course filet mignon dinner from 9-10 p.m., unlimited cocktails from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., champagne and party favors at midnight, and a continental breakfast with fresh fruit from 12:30-1:30 a.m. Jan. 1. There also will be continuous live entertainment.
The cost for dinner only is $95 per person, the cost for dinner and a standard hotel room is $345 per couple and the cost for dinner and a hotel whirlpool suite is $465 per couple. Proper attire is required for the event. Reservations can be made via phone, and nonrefundable payment is required at the time of reservation.
WOMANTALK BRUNCH: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, (708) 361-3650: A New Year’s Eve Womantalk brunch and discussion will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 31.
Ladies are invited to join the discussion of the readings of Sarah Ban Breathnach’s “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” (Grand Central Publishing) and “Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor” (Scribner) books.
A freewill offering will be collected, and reservations are required.
NEW YEAR’S EVE STEPPER’S EXTRAVAGANZA: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive (near 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue), (708) 342-5485: V.I.P. Productions & Majestic Gents will present what they bill as “the world’s largest New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” from 7 p.m. Dec. 31-2 a.m. Jan. 1.
Hosted by Bill “G” and Pete Frazier, the celebration will feature Marcel & The Truth with its newest song “Without You.” The master of ceremonies and musical hosts will be “Woodie” McNeal and Mellow Chris & DJ Darren.
Tickets are $55 in advance can be purchased via PayPal at vipproductionstinleypark.com, from Bill “G” at (630) 669-5034 or Pete Frazier at (773) 339-7880, or retail locations including Dress to Impress at 4451 W. Lincoln Highway, Matteson; 1005 E. Sibley Blvd., Dolton; and 9537 S. Western Ave., Chicago.
The event will include a free hors d’oeuvres buffet, free party favors and free parking. There also will be $7 martinis, a live countdown at midnight, and a confetti and balloon drop.
Tickets will be $65 at the door. Information: (773) 660-0300.
SAFE RIDE HOME: (855) 230-1637. Stretch Limousine Inc., of Mokena, offers this free service from 11 p.m. Dec. 31-4 a.m. Jan. 1 for residents of Mokena, New Lenox, Palos Heights, Orland Park and Tinley Park.
“The driver will take you home, not to another party or public establishment,” Mokena officials said, adding that no names will be taken and no questions will be asked.
Jessi Virtusio blogs about music, movies and much more on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment.