The work week's almost over, but it's no time to rest. Check in every Thursday for No Days Off, your guide to the best live shows, art openings, movie screenings, and cool events for the weekend ahead.
Musical: The Addams Family Musical, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, tonight, 8 p.m. ($59+). Yes, this is a theatre recommendation, and no, not the kind that Pee-wee Herman got caught in. Don't front, you loved Barry Sonnenfeld's interpretation of the "creepy and kooky" family, and the series has always had dope intros, so don't front on the musical. And yes, the chick who plays Morticia is hot, so worse comes to worst, they've got that right.
NYE Restaurant event: New Years Eve Dinner at Apiary, Friday, First Seating (5:30p.m.-8p.m.) Second Seating (8:30p.m.-10:45p.m.) ($55, $80). The swanky Village diner has a 3-course menu on deck for both the first and second seating that's $55 and $80, respectively. The later seating option, with dining and a champagne toast still leaves time to go about your evening, so that sounds like the move.
Live show: Lauryn Hill Concert at The Bowery Ballroom, Saturday, 8 p.m-1a.m. ($75). We hear performances from the talented soulstress/emcee can range from amazing to
cracked outoutright wacky. But see her while you can, because her concerts are rarer than a new Andre 3000 verse.
Keep reading to see what you should be doing in Chicago and L.A. this weekend...
Drinking/Holiday event: Holiday Cocktails at John Barleycorn Wrigleyville, 3524 N. Clark Street, tonight, 5p.m. You're still drunk with holiday spirit, right? Well, come get drunk with special holiday-themed drinks. The Silent Night, First Noel, and Candy Cane Martinis will hold it down nicely. Hold all your liquor down before that holiday sweater turns ugly.
NYE Restaurant event: New Years Eve Dinner at Big Jones, Friday, 5 p.m.-12p.m., (Regular menu, $65 5-Course Menu). Bring in the New Year with some fine Southern-styled dining; just make sure you don't catch the itis before the ball drops. It's open 'til midnight, so make it a pit stop during your New Years Eve
Film screening: Bonnie and Clyde at Cole's, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Sunday, 8p.m. Definitely check this DVD projection of Arthur Penn's take on the infamous bank robbing couple, while downing some drinks at Cole's. If the chick you bagged on NYE is down to check this with you, she's a keeper.
NYE dining/cooking class: End of the Year Soba Workshop in Santa Montica, today, 2p.m.-5p.m. ($85, Call chef Sonoko Sakai at 310-600-4263 for location). Eating soba on New Years Eve is a Japanese tradition that's said to bring a healthy and long life. So, being your last minute-self, go learn how to make it with noodle chef Sonoko Sakai, the day before. It'll be the best cooking class you've ever taken.
Live show: Together As One New Year's Eve 2011 at L.A. Sports Arena, Friday, 6p.m.-2:00a.m. (Tickets $80+, available here). The world's largest New Year's Eve dance festival, 'nuff said. Not to mention it features Wolfgang Gartner, Major Lazer, Jack Beats, Kill The Noise, and loads more. We're sure the ladies won't be looking too bad either.
Film: Indiana Jones Triology Egyptian Theatre, Sunday, 3:00p.m, ($11, $9 w/ student ID). Yes we'll be in 2011 by then, but a throwback to this epic '80s classic (the whole f*cking trilogy!) cannot be missed.