Local events to ring in 2013

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Now that the world has survived fears about an apocalypse, it’s time to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Here are some events in Durham and Chapel Hill that mark this annual milestone.

New Year’s Eve:
-- DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro will present two shows New Year’s Eve. The first will be at 7 p.m. with a family-friendly celebration featuring DSI’s Improv Slam. Then, starting at 10 p.m. the theater will ring in 2013 with the annual Best Countdown Ever. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $12, $10 for students with a valid student ID and $7 for children under 12. Tickets to the 10 p.m. show are $20 and include party favors and a toast. The 10 p.m. show is for patrons 21 and up. DSI Comedy Theater is located at 200 N. Greensboro St., in Carr Mill Mall between Elmo’s and Southern Rail. More information and tickets are available at www.DSIcomedy.com. Advanced purchases for tickets to either show are recommended.

-- The Cotton Room at Golden Belt will present New Year’s Jazzin’ Eve with The Art of Cool Project at 8 p.m.
The Foreign Exchange will headline this evening of performances. Other performers will be the Al Strong Quintet, Marcus Anderson and Yolanda Rabun. Guest DJ Apple Juice Kid, Toon and The Real Laww will be spinning music for dance.
This celebration will include a cash bar and a chicken-and-waffles breakfast buffet.
For tickets, visit theartofcoolproject.com, or call the Cotton Room at 919-530-8380. Golden Belt is at 807 E. Main St. in Durham.

-- The Scrap Exchange will host its first “A Night at The Scrap Exchange,” a New Year’s Eve sleepover for children.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., The Scrap Exchange will open its doors for this event for kids 8 to 12 years old. Activities will include group games, art projects, and a New Year’s Treasure Map for participants to plan a creative journey in 2013.  At midnight, participants will welcome 2013 with noisemakers and hats they have made using The Scrap Exchange’s materials.
The Scrap Exchange’s new space is in The Cordoba Center for the Arts at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. Admission to this overnight event is $90 and there is a 10 percent discount for friends and siblings registering together. An evening snack and breakfast are included in admission, along with all materials for the activities. Kids will have the opportunity to explore the store as they participate in activities and will spend the night in The Scrap Exchange’s Design Center.
Drop-off begins at 6:30 p.m. and activities start at 7. Pick-up is at 9 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013. Interested parents should call The Scrap Exchange’s program office at 919-213-2178  or email community@scrapexchange.org for more information and to register.

-- Local band Peter Lamb and the Wolves and vocalist Kate McGarry will perform New Year’s Eve at Casbah Durham, 1007 W. Main St. Admission to this show and celebration is $15. For information, visit casbahdurham.com or call 919-687-6969.

-- Motorco Music Hall in Durham will have a motorboat-theme New Year’s Eve party. The Wusses, a self-styled “yacht-rock” band, will be among the musical guests. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. Yachting and boating attire is encouraged. Motorco is at 723 Rigsbee Ave. For tickets, visit motorcomusic.com or all 919-901-0875.

-- JKutchma, Spiralfire, Hog and B Side Project will be the musical guests for The Broad Street Café’s New Year’s Eve party. The party and music begin at 8:30 p.m. The Broad Street Café is at 1116 Broad St. in Durham. For ticket information, call 919-416-9707 or visit www.thebroadstreetcafe.com.

-- The Pinhook in Durham will present “This is Illegal,” a New Year’s Eve Party. Durty Durham Arts Collective is teaming up with the venue to present local bands and guest DJs, photographers, and other activities. Guest artists will be DJs Shahzad, Treee City, Trademark, Queen Plz with appearances by Toon and the Real Laww. Festivities start at 10 pm. Pinhook is at 117 W. Main St. For information, call 919-667-1100 or visit thepinhook.com. 

-- Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro will present a New Year’s Eve Salsa Party with local band Orquesta GarDel, along with DJ Keith Ward. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. and will include fare from Old Havana Sandwich Shop of Durham. For tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com. Cat’s Cradle is at 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro.

-- Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse will present a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos will perform, along with guitarist Mark Holland. Papa Mojo’s is at 5410-Y N.C. 55 in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center. For tickets, call 919-361-2222 or visit www.papamojosroadhouse.com.

-- The Cave, 145 1/2 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, will present Blood Red River, along with Melissa and The Swinglers, and Phatlynx for its New Year’s Eve bash. For tickets, visit www.caverntavern.com.

-- Bull City Burger and Brewery, 107 E. Parrish St., will present a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve. Adult price is $30 plus tax and tip; under 12 price is $15 inclusive.
Seating is from 6 to 7 p.m. For information, call 919-680-2333.

-- Beyú Caffé, 335 W. Main St., will present New Year’s Eve with Jo Gore & The Alternative. This event includes a three-course tapas meal, specialty dessert and champagne toast. For ticket information, call 919-683-1058.

New Year’s Day:
-- The Eno River Association will hold its annual New Year’s Day Hike beginning at 2 p.m.  Each year on Jan. 1 the Eno River Association sponsors an afternoon of guided hikes, refreshments and merriment. This year’s activities will include a longer 5- to 6-mile hike as well as a shorter, approximately 3-mile route.

The New Year’s Day hike starts from the Eno River State Park Headquarters (Few’s Ford Access area, 6101 Cole Mill Road) at the very end of Cole Mill Road northwest of Durham.
Hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn will be served around the fire at the end of the hike.
For more information, call 919-620-9099 or email association@enoriver.org. For maps and more information, visit www.enoriver.org.