NYE with old friends

You could bring a few friendly voices into your home via the cutely titled "Pants Optional NYE Jam," a concert live from the Hook and Ladder Theater in Minneapolis. The lineup includes Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles and Dead Man Winter, Lady Lark, Drag Queen Lip Sync Battle, The Mall (which has members of Solid Gold, Cecil Otter of Doomtree and Jacob Mullis of Fort Wilson Riot) and Your Smith (DJ set).

It ends with a countdown to 2021.

Dave Simonett of Dead Man Winter (submitted photo)
Dave Simonett of Dead Man Winter (submitted photo)

This is a benefit for Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Du Nord Foundation and the National Independent Venue Association.

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The Hive presents "Pants Optional NYE Jam" at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets: $20 at thehookmpls.com/event/pants-optional-nye-jam.

Lucinda Williams (Photo courtesy of lucindawilliams.com)
Lucinda Williams (Photo courtesy of lucindawilliams.com)

Ring it in with Lu

Ring in the (highly anticipated) new year with a Lu livestream, and meanwhile throw some cash at First Avenue and The Dakota. The Minneapolis spots are among the indie venues Lucinda Williams is supporting with “Lu’s Jukebox — It’s Only Rock And Roll: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones.”

This is the finale of a series, and it's on NYE. It include her take on Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and more. Part of ticket sales go to supporting the venues.

Williams said in a statement earlier this year that she and her bandmates have wanted to do a covers series for a long time, but that she hasn’t had the space with her tour schedule.

“I guess the silver lining in all of this has been to be able to really get inside the songs of some of my favorite artists — see what makes them tick,” she said.

Lucinda Williams’ “Lu’s Jukebox — It’s Only Rock and Roll: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones” is at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets start at $20 at boxoffice.mandolin.com.

Charlie Parr (File / News Tribune)
Charlie Parr (File / News Tribune)

Sundays with Parr

Speaking of First Avenue, Charlie Parr + Friends is a month-long virtual residency — five shows, each on Sunday nights — hosted live from the venue. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

Parr will have a new setlist for each performance, naturally, and he might add in special guests and song debuts.

These concerts will be available in multiple place: Parr’s Facebook page and First Avenue’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Donations can be dropped at GoFundMe.

"Behind the Mask" (Image courtesy of CASDA)
"Behind the Mask" (Image courtesy of CASDA)

Mask it up

The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse’s annual fundraising event is always an arty swirl of festive masks — and this was before masks were de rigueur.

With this year’s virtual event, the party started early with offerings of various NYE party kits (the window on these offerings has closed) and other weekly videos showcasing the work the organization does and vintage hair tutorials, music, cocktail making demos.

Meanwhile you can still check in on New Year’s Eve, when there will be a mask contest (the kind that goes over your eyes) and a silent auction.

Go to CASDA’s Facebook page for details.

Rubber Chicken Theater's 2020 holiday show will be available via YouTube. (Photo courtesy of Rubber Chicken Theater)
Rubber Chicken Theater's 2020 holiday show will be available via YouTube. (Photo courtesy of Rubber Chicken Theater)

Carols gone wild

Rubber Chicken Theater’s annual holiday revue is, like all holiday anythings, virtual this year. “Here We Come A-Quarantining, or, We’ll Be Home For Christmas” is billed as a short production of original Christmas carol parodies on timely topics: COVID-19 testing, Minnesota Republicans and more. The show’s writers and performers include Anna Vogt, Minden and Anders Hultstrom, Quentin Roth, Nathan Payne, Chris Nollet and more. The show originally aired on Dec. 24, and shifts to YouTube on Jan. 1. Donations accepted.

2020, out with a fire

If New Year’s Eve, to you, means making literal eye contact with another human being, Earth Rider Festival Ground is opening up 10 fire pits (first come, first served) complete with firewood so you can take in fresh air while doing out with the old.

Earth Rider Festival Ground is open noon-9 p.m. Dec. 31, noon-8 p.m. Jan.1-2.