In retrospect, 2012 was a pretty monumental year. Just within the past few months, we grappled with Superstorm Sandy, witnessed the reelection of the nation's first African-American president, learned how to work it "gangnam style," and managed to survive the Mayans' predicted end of the world. For those of us still standing, I'd say we accomplished quite the feat.
Going into 2013 you probably have a variety of resolutions to pursue. Lose weight, study more diligently, make time for family, volunteer, resist texting during a conversation, save the world one reusable bag at a time, etc. Sounds like a work-out to me, and we'll get back to that topic next issue. But before you tackle another beastly year, give yourself a break and check out the events in our 2013 New Year's Eve Guide. Whether you're looking for a rager at which to let loose all that holiday stress, a chill place with good food and music, or somewhere to take the kids, there's a lot going down on Monday, December 31, and you'll find the highlights below.
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Out with the Old, Ring in the New with the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Start a new tradition preparing a New Year's Eve feast with chef instructors, family and friends. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m. $75. 394-7070. nywcc.com.
Party to Go! Class at New York Wine and Culinary Center. Learn how to make myriad hors d'oeuvres for your New Year's Eve party. Students will go home with two-dozen hors d'oeuvres, a bag of fresh-made nut mix, a pint of marinated olives, and a bottle of sparkling wine. 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua.. 1-3 p.m. $50. 394-7070. nywcc.com.
First Night of Funny at Auditorium Theatre. Talent from Comedy Central, NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and "The Tonight Show." 885 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $35.60. 222-5000. ticketmaster.com.
Geva Comedy Improv's New Year's Eve Comedy Spectacular! Live music, actors, comedy, champagne toast at midnight, and dance party after the 10:30 p.m. performance. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Ave. Shows at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. $25. 232-4382. gevacomedyimprov.org.
Kevin Meaney The Comedy Club, 2235 Empire Blvd. $15 for show at 7:30 p.m., $20 for show at 10 p.m., including champagne toast at midnight. 671-9080. thecomedyclub.us.
The Capitol Steps present "Desperate House Members: Sometimes the Opposite of Progress is Congress." Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave. Shows at 6:30 & 10 p.m. $45-$75. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu.
Unleashed! Improv Presents: New Year's LOL. Music, laughs, and the year in review, improvised from audience suggestions. Appropriate for ages 12+. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 8 p.m. $15-$20. 461-2000 ext. 236. jccrochester.org.
Village Idiots Comedy Improv New Year's Eve Explosion. Village Idiots Pillar Theater, 274 N. Goodman St. Shows at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., & 10:30 p.m. $10-$20. 797-9086. improvvip.com.
Village Squares' New Year's Eve Square Dance with the Hip Boot Boyz. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave. 9 p.m. $10-$12.50. 381-5049. squaredancingrochester.org.
New Year's Eve Double Feature/Dinner. Featuring "To Catch a Thief" and "Desire." 900 East Ave. Dinner 5:30 p.m., shows 7 p.m. $25/includes dinner. 271-3361 x300. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org.
New Year's Eve Movie: "Brave" at the Central Library. Bring your own snacks. Children's Center, Central Library, 114 South Ave. 2 p.m. Free. 428-8150.
Dance Lab E. 80s Music, New Wave, and Ska. Carey Lake Party House & Restaurant. 959 Penfield Road, Macedon. 7 p.m. $.99 early entry, $3 after 11 p.m. (315) 986-1936. careylake.com.
Joe Beard with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters on New Year's Eve at Dinosaur BBQ. Mississippi blues at 10 p.m., then stay for free champagne and red beans and rice at midnight. 99 Court St. 325-9127. dinosaurbarbque.com.
Karaoke Monday with Walt O'Brien at The Flipside Bar and Grill. 2001 E. Main St. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 288-3930. flipsidebargrill.com.
Live Jazz on New Year's Eve at Bistro 135. 135 W. Commercial St. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 662-5555. bistro135.net.
Live Music at The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar. Open blues jam with The King Bees at South Ave. location (689 South Ave.), and The Cellar Dwellers at Webster location (1930 Empire Blvd.). 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Visit The Beale's Facebook page for more information.
New Year's Eve at McGraw's Irish Pub. Enjoy live music on New Year's Eve with a slower session at 6 p.m., then Pat Kane at 7 p.m. leading up to midnight toast. 146 W. Commercial St. 348-9091. mcgrawsirishpub.com.
New Year's Eve Retro Karaoke Disco Party with DJ T.N.A. Richmond’s Tavern. 21 Richmond Street. 9 p.m. $5, include free munchies and champagne at midnight. 270-8570, richmondstavern.com.
New Year's Eve at Sticky Lips BBQ. Featuring headliner Tommy Brunett Band, with Public Market Band. 830 Jefferson Road. Doors at 9 p.m. 292-5544. stickylipsbbq.com.
New Year's Show: The 23 Psaegez Bring in the New Year. 21+ show. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. Doors at 8 p.m., $5. bugjar.com.
NYE With DJ Too Chill. Bring in the New Year with DJ Too Chill at Dub Land Underground. 315 Alexander St. 11 p.m. 232-7550. See Facebook event for details.
Belgian New Year Celebration at Victoire. Entrée and beer pairing specials. Celebration starts at 6 p.m. to coordinate with the Belgian New Year, and continues until 10 p.m. 120 East Ave. Call 325-3663 for menu and price details. victoirebar.com.
Bristol Mountain's New Year's Eve Celebration. Fireworks, torchlight parade, music, bounce house, and arts and crafts. Ski and ride until 10 p.m., then enjoy the parade and fireworks to follow until 11 p.m. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. $20-$62, depending on lift ticket. 374-6000. bristolmountain.com.
Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack's New Year's Eve Celebration. Live music by Double Shot 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Hot seats 1-5 p.m. & 7-11p.m. Fireworks at midnight. State Route 96, Farmington. 924-3232. fingerlakesracetrack.com.
Fun Family New Year's Eve Party at Glacier Ridge. Buffet 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., snow tubing 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m., inflatable/bouncy fun all night, temporary tattoos for kids, photo booth, hats and noise makers, cookie toast at midnight, live music and DJ. Glacier Ridge Snow Tubing, 4618 W. Ridge Road, Spencerport. $35 per person, 2 and under free. 420-8823. glacierridgesnowtubing.com.
Golden Ponds' New Year's Eve Buffet. Dinner buffet, five hours of premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres at 10 p.m., champagne toast at midnight, and continental breakfast. 500 Long Pond Road. 6 p.m. $49.95. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com.
Latin Night New Year's Eve Bash at Heat Night Club. 336 East Ave. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. See Heat's Facebook page for more information.
Lux Lounge's New Year's Eve Party. Tell 2012 to "Beat it!" with fancy hats and noisy things at Lux Lounge, 666 South Ave. 5 p.m.-4 a.m. 232-9030. lux666.com.
New Year's Celebration at One Nightclub and Ultra Lounge. Watch the Times Square ball drop live from the 40-foot screen and enjoy One's own balloon drop at midnight. Free hors d'oeuvres at 9 p.m. 1 Ryan Alley. $10 cover, free before 10 p.m. Alcohol will be served until 4 a.m., and the club will stay open until 4:30 a.m. VIP tickets available. 546-1010. oneclublife.com.
New Year's Eve 2012 at The Diplomat Banquet Center featuring Ruby Shooz. Hors d'oeuvres, deluxe buffet, beverages, hats and noisemakers, champagne toast at midnight, and continental breakfast. 1 Diplomat Way. 8 p.m. $51.95 plus tax. 647-1566. diplomatbanquetctr.com.
New Year's Eve 2013 at Amaya. DJ with Bollywood music and dance floor. Open seating 5-6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and complimentary glass of wine, 8 p.m. dinner seating, 10 p.m. desserts, DJ, and dancing, midnight champagne toast. Amaya Bar & Grill, Tops Brighton Plaza, 1900 S. Clinton Ave. $35 dinner only, $25 party only (starting at 10 p.m.), $55/both. Amayabarandgrill.com.
New Year's Eve 2013 Dinner at Nikko Restaurant. Dinner featuring the new winter menu, complimentary champagne toast, and complimentary valet service. 1 Capron St. Seatings at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Call 454-2908 for reservations, restaurantnikko.com.
New Year's Eve at Blu. Dinner package, which starts at 5 p.m., includes four-course meal at $75 per person. $35 premium open bar 9 p.m.-midnight ($25 with dinner package). 250 Pixley Road. 247-0079, jerid@blurochester.
New Year's Eve at Shea's. Special menu including specialty seafood dishes like lobster mac 'n cheese, steaks, etc. 6361 Knickerbocker Road, Ontario. 315-524-8367. sheasfoodwinetap.com.
New Year's Eve at Tilt Nightclub. Free party favors, confetti prize blast at champagne toasts at midnight, and continental breakfast. Performances by DeeDee Dubois, Samantha Vega, and Miss Delicious. Mighty Mike in the Dance Club and DJ Flex in the Courtyard. 444 Central Ave. Doors open at 10 p.m., bar serves until 4 a.m. $10 cover for 21 and over, $20 cover for under 21. See Tilt's Facebook page for details.
New Year's Eve Bash at the Lovin' Cup feat. Buddhahood & Subsoil. 300 Park Point Drive. Doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., party until 4 a.m. $10. 292-9940. lovincup.com.
New Year's Eve Celebration at the Old Toad. Four-course beer and food pairing. Champagne toast at 7 p.m. for the British New Year, and at midnight for the American New Year. 277 Alexander St. 6:30 p.m. $50-$65. 232-2626. theoldtoad.com.
New Year's Eve Celebration at the Pultneyville Grill. Special menu; live music from The White Hots and other bands. 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville. Bookings at 4, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 9 & 9:30 p.m. 315-589-4512. pultneyvillegrill.com.
New Year's Eve Celebratory Menu at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. The evening's theme will be "The Big Apple," with menus representing five New York neighborhoods: Tribeca, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea, and Harlem. Pre-dinner class with food and wine pairing, five-course dinner with wines, music by The Four on the Floor jazz band, and countdown to 2013. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. First seating at 5:30 p.m., second seating at 7:30 p.m. $150 per couple. For reservations, call 394-7070 or visit nywcc.com.
New Year's Eve Downtown Celebration. Free family open skate at Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-11 p.m. free adult open skate. At 7 p.m. free DJ dance party with Jimmy C's Music Machine, giant bounce houses, obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, magician, clowns at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. 10 p.m. fireworks finale. Free parking at South Avenue, Court Street, Sister Cities, and Washington Sqquare garages. 428-5990. cityofrochester.gov.
New Year's Eve Overnight at YMCA-Bay View. Overnight event with swimming, late-night movie, snacks, and breakfast. YMCA-Bay View, 1209 Bay Road. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. $30-$45, $20-$35 for half night (6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.). 671-8414. rochesterymca.org/locations/bay-view.
New Year's Eve Party 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. Live performance from Cherry Bomb and DJs spinning all night. Hors d'oeuvres start at 8 p.m. followed by dinner buffet and desserts. Five-hour open bar, party hats and noisemakers, and midnight champagne toast. 120 E. Main St. Party-only packages $125-$250, overnight packages $190-$335. 546-6400. rochesternewyearseve.com.
New Year's Eve Revolution at Grotto Lounge. Champagne toast, balloon drop, and live feed of New York City's ball drop. 7 Lawrence St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 cover for 21 and over, and $10 for under 21 until 11 p.m. After 11 p.m. $10 and $20 respectively. See Grotto's Facebook page for more information.
New Year's Eve with Tim Tones & Fresh Fingaz at Dragonfly Tavern. Shot specials, champagne toast at midnight, clothing giveaways. 725 Park Ave. Music at 9 p.m., extended bar hours. 563-6333. See Facebook event for more information.
New Year's MMXIII at Vinyl Nightclub. All-inclusive VIP package for $45-$50, includes five-hour open bar, champagne toast, and full hors d'oeuvres. 291 Alexander St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. See Vinyl's Facebook page for more information.
New Year's Party at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes. Five two-hour bowling sessions available at 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Pizza, pop, prizes, and surprises. 1560 Jefferson Road. $7-$11. Reservations/deposits required. bowl-a-roll.com.
New Year's Party at Skylark Lounge. Featuring DJ Stingray, DJ Emily Wolf, and DJ Ian; free champagne toast at midnight. 40 S. Union St. DJs start at 9 p.m. 270-8106. theskylarklounge.com.
New Year's Party at The Daily Refresher. No cover charge, drink specials. 293 Alexander St. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 360-4627. See Facebook event for details.
Noon Year's Eve Party with Charley and Checkers. Countdown to noon, crafts, and food. Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library, 115 South Ave. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 428-7300. www3.libraryweb.org.
Prepps' New Year's Eve Party. Private party on New Year's Eve 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Open bar, food, champagne, live DJ, and more. All-inclusive tickets for $50 at the bar in advance. 655 Monroe Ave. See Facebook for details.
Quaker Steak and Lube New Year's Eve Kids' Party. Kids 10 and under eat free with each adult entrée purchased, bowling and prizes courtesy of AMF Gates Lanes, and "Color a Coop" coloring contest, all occurring all day. Face painting 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., arts and crafts 6 p.m.-8 p.m., kids' karaoke at 6 p.m., sparkling juice toast at 8 p.m. Bring canned goods to be donated to a local shelter. 2205 Buffalo Road. quakersteakandlube.com.
Rocking New Year's Eve Vintage Beer Social/Free Countdown Bash with Krypton 88. Beer social begins at 8 p.m., free music at 10:30 p.m. Tap & Mallet, 381 Gregory St. $18 for beer social. 473-0503. tapandmallet.com.
Tandoor of India's Special New Year's Eve Buffet. Belly dancing 5:30-9:30 p.m. 376 Jefferson Rd. $24.99/person. 427-7080. tandoorofindia.com.
Tapas 177 New Year's Eve Party. Four-course menu with choice of appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert. Seating times at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. $70 per person plus tax and tip (excludes drinks). DJ dance party for 21 and over, no cover. Both bars serving until 4 a.m. 177 St. Paul St. 262-2090. tapas177.com.
Town of Henrietta Family New Year's Eve Party. Doors open at 6 p.m., fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Dome Arena and Minett Hall, 2695 E. Henrietta Road. 334-4000. fairandexpocenter.org.
Ukrainian Cultural Center's New Year's 2013. Live music by Ravlyk, buffet dinner, open bar 9-10 p.m., and champagne toast at midnight. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Ukrainian Cultural Center of Rochester, 1040 Jackson Road. 872-0240. uccofrochester.org.
Woodcliff Hotel and Spa's New Year's Eve. Midnight fireworks, champagne toast, live music from Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band and the Orient Express Band, dinner in Horizons Restaurant, and more. 199 Woodcliff Drive. Varying couples packages ranging from $279 to $390. 381-4000. woodcliffhotelspa.com.
Basketball: Rochester Razor Sharks vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Blue Cross Arena, 1 Memorial Square. 7:05 p.m. $5-$25. ticketmaster.com.
"Big Wigs" Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune perform a Las Vegas-style show. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 9 p.m. $18-$26. 461-2000. jccrochester.org.
"An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Weber" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $17-$27. 454-1260. bftix.org.
"Handle With Care" Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 6 p.m. $18-$24. 461-2000, jccrochester.org.
New Year's Eve at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Performances of Cindy Miller's "I've Got the Music in Me" (20 Windsor St., 5 p.m., $30); "My Gal Patsy" (540 E. Main St., 6 & 10:15 p.m., $40-$45); and "Motherhood: The Musical" (3450 Winton Place, 7 & 10:15 p.m., $40-$50). Later shows include desserts, prize drawings, toasts, etc. 325-4370. downstairscabaret.org.
ShakeCo Presents "The Land that Time Forgot" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Multi-use Community Culture Center, 142 Atlantic Ave. 7 p.m. Suggested donation $6. muccc.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: Enjoy the winter solstice by playing bingo at the Solstice Bingo Party. Fun prizes and snacks with friends. Free. East Rochester Public Library, 111 W. Elm St. 586-8302. www.libraryweb.org/erochester.