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

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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:

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+.

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.

Ring in the New Year withIdina 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.

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Actor and musician Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, Jurassic Park) performs tonight at Crustaceanwith 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 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

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