A little cognitive dissonance can get you to focus more clearly on what’s important. So whether you want to put 2013 behind you or hit 2014 running, an out-of-the-ordinary New Year’s Eve is just the ticket. Therefore, don’t head for an existing bar or a friend’s house. Go to Peoria (and we’re not even done) and visit a roaring ’20s Chicago speakeasy (wait, there’s more) in a dinner theater!
Chicago: The Speakeasy is Arizona Broadway Theatre’s NYE gala, but just think of it as a party that calls for “creative black-tie” attire. You’ll be admitted through a secret entrance for cocktails and “passed” hors d’oeuvres (i.e., no hovering over a buffet table like a Gatsbyesque vulture), a swingin’ live band, sumptuous dinner and show, "friendly" gambling, dancing . . . You’re still reading this? Book this hummer at 623-776-8400 or www.tickets.azbroadwaytheatre.com. It’s priced at $150 or $175 depending on seating, with special deals for parties of four or more. Your whereabouts on Tuesday, December 31? 7701 West Paradise Lane, from 6:30 p.m. until sometime next year.
Tue., Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m., 2013