Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: NYE Shows by The Henry Clay People, Idina Menzel, Jeff Goldblum and LBC Street Parties

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

It seems that every bar/restaurant/venue is having some sort of New Year's Eve party tonight, enticing customers to come in and splurge a lot before the New Year begins. We tried to find affordable entertainment options for tonight (house parties notwithstanding) and came up with a really short list, so we added a few celeb-headlining events that also caught our eye. Read on for the details:

MUSIC*
Playing New Year’s Eve at The Satellite tonight are: The Henry Clay People, The Lonely Wild, Torches and Kissing Cousins with music beginning at 9 pm. There’s a complimentary champagne toast at midnight AND $2 PBR/Well Drinks + $5 cocktails from 6-9 pm. Tickets to the show are a bargain price at $10. The show is 21+.

LBC FOR NYE
Downtown Long Beach holds two New Year’s Celebrations tonight beginning at 5 pm with a family-friendly event with magicians, balloon art, face paintings and music in the Waterfront amphitheatre at Rainbow Harbor, followed by a ticketed Pine Avenue street party. The Pine Avenue party features an evening of live music with headliners The Spazmatics. Tickets at the door: $20.

MENZEL MUSIC
Ring in the New Year with Idina Menzel, the Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter who starred in Broadway’s Wicked and the original stage production of Rent. She's also Mrs. Taye Diggs and got a bump in popularity after appearing as Rachel’s mom on Glee, Menzel has two shows at Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight at 7 and 10:30 pm as part of the LA Phil’s Deck the Hall music series. Tickets: $65-$200.

Support for LAist comes from

JEFF GOLDBLUM JAZZ
Actor and musician Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, Jurassic Park) performs tonight at Crustacean with his Mildred Snitzer Orchestra jazz band. The New Year’s Eve bash starts at 5 pm and closes out the year. The price for hearing Goldblum’s music ain’t cheap, with prices starting at $75 for the bar package (dessert, cocktail, wine) to $250+ for other options.

ANGELS FLIGHT FUN
Angels Flight railway celebrates the 111th Anniversary of its 1901 opening today with the one-way fare reduced from 50 cents to 1 cent per ride. The funicular operates 16 hours every day, seven days a week, including Christmas and New Year’s Day from 6:45 am to 10 pm. It's something you gotta do at least once in LA!

For other (food-related) NYE options, check out Krista Simmons' 7 Fabulous Food-Focused New Year's Eve Parties in L.A.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).