2017, come on. You were supposed to be better than 2016. Sure, we had an inkling right around November that you were going to be a handful but, really, did you have to be so bad? We're sending you on your way and setting the tone for an awesome 2018. Here are a few fine options for end-of-year release and revelry.
Say hello to the new kid in town: Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge. The hip new spot in the Historic Eagle House is the scene for BurningLeaf and Fraktal Productions' Laidback Lounge special New Year's Eve at Phatsy Kline's party happening Sunday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. ($10). Dress in your sparkly cocktail best, grab some drinks in the lounge, and get down to funky beats by Zera, Bandon Wayne, Copperton3 and BOA.
In Arcata, ring in the New Year with a fantastic swing and blues New Year's Eve Party for all ages at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ($12). Show up at 8 p.m. for a free dance lesson followed by a dance party in two rooms featuring DJ music, Martinelli toasts (this is a non-alcoholic event), a balloon drop, photo booth and costume contest (vintage attire encouraged).