New Year's Eve is such an overwrought, over-thought-out hassle, you need a guide that provides you with the best, varied, most fascinating fare. Enjoy your night, Drink responsibly. Drive safely. You'll need your wits about you to figure out where the Mummers are this year.
Olde Bar Jose Garces hadn't said much about his purchase of the Old Original Bookbinder's since he signed its lease in October 2013. That is, until earlier this month, when he announced the spot's name, the Olde Bar; early design elements; and first event: New Year's Eve. Erich Weiss, grandson of former Bookbinder's owner John M. Taxin, will be on hand with cocktails celebrating the oyster saloon's past and future. York Street Hustle will provide big-band swing sounds.
Chris Tucker The comic known for acting roles in the Rush Hour series and the Philly-filmed Silver Linings Playbook returns to stand-up. Here's hoping he's funnier than the last film on that list.
Noord How many celebrations, no matter what time of year, exclusively feature the tastes of Northern Europe, such as champagne and prune-braised rabbit leg or braised lamb "Kapsalon" in chili vinegar? Noord chef/co-owner Joncarl Lachman prepares wintry food for three separate seatings at his East Passyunk Avenue BYOB.
The Geator's NYE Gala with Low Cut Connie Before releasing their still-unnamed major-label debut, Philly's wiggy rockabilly-soul outfit Low Cut Connie joins forces with local radio/sock hop icon Jerry Blavat for his annual soiree. "It's going to be weird, wild and cross-generational," says Connie's singing pianist, Adam Weiner. Plus, there's surf-and-turf dining.
9 p.m., Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia. Tickets: $125 a person. Information: 610-354-8118, www.vfcasino.com
CSz New Year's Improvin' Eve. ComedySportz - this city's longest-running improvisational troupe - offers fans of unpredictable comic sketches two shots at hilarity with a quizzical chuckle. Plus, says CSz Philadelphia executive director Don Montrey, the gang can bring out "secret games like Spit Take and the exciting Oxygen Deprivation, in which players their head underwater while their teammates do a scene" for the holiday.
Making Time It's funny to think this two-floor, electro-futurist, sample-heavy DJ soiree started off as the most forward-thinking dance party in the city, only to become the go-to grandfather event of the scene. It's still spinners such as Russ Alexander, Dave P, Sammy Slice, Dave Pak, Mike Z, Broadzilla and friends, and it's still great.