Gilded Rager

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 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
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson