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Wednesday, March 29
The Chuckle Bowl Spectacular at the Lincoln Square Lanes, 4874 N. Lincoln Ave., will feature open bowling, music by DJ "Bubbles Sanchez," stand-up comedy by Mike O’Connell, Allison Lieber and Steve O. Harvey, short films, free pizza and a cheap bar. Doors open at 9pm. Cover is just $25 -- tickets are available at Uncle Fun or chucklebowl.com.
Jon Brion, known for his stellar production work for the likes of Fiona Apple, Kanye West and Rufus Wainwright, plays two sets to ring in 2008. Brion's one-man show promises jaw-dropping compositions of originals and covers, as he spontaneously switches from guitar to keys to drums, and there's a better than average chance a few friends might drop by for the new year's festivities. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online at www.harristheaterchicago.org. Show is presented by Intonation.
Ring in this New Year in high style at Holy Roller's New Year's Eve '08. Doors open at 9:00 at a secret location - you must RSVP for the address. The evening's entertainers include Matt Roan + E, DJ Andrew Foster and DJ Coyote DG. Enjoy a midnight dance-a-long with Chicago's own Team Band. Party lasts 'til 3:00, drinks provided and BYOB is welcome. This event benefits West Town Bikes - rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Reggae artists Aswah Gregory and the Enforcers headline the Heartland's year-end party. For 25 bucks, you get admission to the Red Line Tap and Heartland Cafe, Champagne at midnight, Heartland Cafe's New Year's Eve Buffet, and registration to the Athletes United For Peace's Last Race of The Year 2007. Buy tickets online; the race starts at 7:45 sharp, and doors open at 8 at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood.
Welcome Baby New Year with a special benefit performance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, bringing you 30 plays for the final 60 minutes of 2007. Doors open at 9:30 for a pre-show party; the show starts precisely at 11, and when the darkroom timer buzzes, it's officially next year! Advance tickets ($40) are required. The whole shebang takes place at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.