When: Wed., Dec. 31, 2 p.m.-12 a.m. 2014
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31
There will be concerts, dance parties and costumed balls galore in the Triangle on New Year's Eve. But the vortex of events composing First Night Raleigh makes the City of Oaks the place to be. Founded in 1990 by arts nonprofit Artsplosure, the family-friendly blowout regularly draws more than 40,000 people downtown. Love music? We recommend POPUP CHORUS (Long View Center, 5:30 and 8 p.m.) if you'd like something participatory. Or, if you prefer to watch, there are performances by THE LOVE LANGUAGE (CAM Raleigh, 8 p.m.) and the NORTH CAROLINA OPERA (Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 8 and 10 p.m.). Thank goodness for that second show so that lovers of indie rock and opera don't have to choose.
On the theater and dance front, you can count on PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION (Bicentennial Plaza, 3:30p.m.; Edenton Street, 6 p.m.) for a spectacular good time, while RENAY AUMILLER DANCES performs It's a RAD RAD Revolution, an anarchic modern dance piece governed by the video game Dance Dance Revolution, in oversized splendor (IMAX Building at Marbles; 8 p.m.). If you're feeling mirthful, check out shows by two local improv and sketch comedy troupes, TRANSACTORS (Fletcher Opera Theater, 7, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.) and COMEDYWORX (Highway Building, 7:30, 8:45 and 10:15 p.m.). Finally, passionate Brooklyn indie rockers AUGUSTINES close out the night—and the year—with a show in City Plaza from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Watch out for falling acorns. 2 p.m.–midnight, 919-832-8699, www.firstnightraleigh.com. —Brian Howe
Price: $10 adv. / $14 day of