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Goodnight's Comedy Club—After this year, we could all use a few laughs. That's why Goodnight's is offering three shows from the comedian who's sold more tickets than any other act at the venue: Bobby Collins. Like the fans of a rock band who know all the lyrics to their songs, Collins' followers quote his routines with him. According to Collins' Web site, he trucks in the observational humor that Seinfeld perfected. He may not reinvent the wheel, but hopefully it'll get your mind off your troubles for a precious few hours before the acorn drops to usher in 2010. Special guest John Kirby opens. The night's performances begin at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30. For more information, visit www.goodnightscomedy.com or call 828-5233. —Sarah Ewald



Trianglewide
New Year's Eve Festivities

Various Venues—Mark Twain once said, "New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions." Well put, Mr. Twain! Let's see if the Triangle's New Year's Eve offers more promise.

Let's start with Chapel Hill: We recommend checking out Nightlight and the return engagement of the Labyrinth Rock Opera, which is, in fact, a full-blown live musical version of the celebrated David Bowie-Jim Henson film. Tickets are expected to sell out in advance of the 8 p.m. show, so visit Nightlight during the day to snag your admission. Afterward, ring in the New Year with the Astral Planes Production Dance Party. Find more info at Nightlight Bar & Club's Facebook page.

Again dominating the New Year's Eve festivities for the Triangle is the 19th annual First Night Raleigh, sponsored by Artsplosure. With more than 100 local artists performing in at least 25 venues throughout downtown Raleigh, First Night commences at 2 p.m. with Animal Hour at the Museum of Natural Sciences. The evening's revelry includes ballroom and Latin dancing, karaoke, tram rides and sleigh rides, as well as performances by the Annuals, Transactors Improv Company and many more. Don't miss the 6 p.m. People's Procession that starts at the State Capitol Grounds and ends at the City Plaza's main stage for the early countdown. The $12 admission vouchers are available at Harris Teeter, Rite Aid and other stores. Visit www.firstnightraleigh.com.

For those who'd rather not brave the cold, the N.C. Symphony, which boasts "jaw-dropping feats of virtuosity," will host its annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza! in Meymandi Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. There will be a preconcert reception with hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine at the Raleigh Marriott City Center and a postconcert dinner with an open bar and champagne toast at midnight. The package price, including concert tickets, is $225. Tickets for just the concert are $40-$70. Visit www.progressenergycenter.com or www.ncsymphony.org. The Flanders Gallery will host a night of sophistication with its Midnight Menagerie, hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Art's Contemporaries. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine and a cash bar. as well as a DJ to help dance the night away. Cocktail attire required. Tickets range from $40-$60. and you must be over 21 years of age. Visit www.ncartmuseum.org or www.flandersartgallery.com for tickets.

No cocktail attire is required, however, for A Rooster for the Masses at Slim's. —Belem Destefani

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