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Monday, Dec 30, 2013 - 111 days ago Canvassed | Art & culture

A Dance Mansion Masquerade, the ultimate Taco Tuesday and more last-minute New Year's Eve ideas

Our weekly Red List round-up

By CityBeat Staff
Digable circus

Dress up in your favorite costume, guzzle some booze and get crazy with the circus freaks this New Year’s Eve. The Technomania Circus is in town Tuesday Dec. 31, with a Dance Mansion Masquerade at the Victory Theater (2558 Imperial Ave.) in Logan Heights. The night promises live performances by the Technomania Circus and Chronos Theatre Group, as well as musical sets by ska band Lexicons, drifter musician Fox Colton and punk-rock accordionist, Duckmandu (pictured). There will also be three rooms for dancing and a full bar. Tickets are $20. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is for folks 21 and over.

Digable Drinks

cateyeYou have the right to be totally indulgent at least one day a year, right? We mean, like, eating really well, drinking something fancy and wearing your coolest duds. The Cat Eye Club (370 Seventh Ave., Downtown), one of our fave craft-cocktail spots, is having what looks to be the ultimate and eating-and-drinking affairs on New Year's Eve. The theme is masquerade (so grab one of those masks at Party City) and the menu of tray-passed yum-yums includes short-rib empanadas, smoked scallops, moroccan lentil cakes and five-spiced-duck spring rolls among other offerings. Dessert looks equally as decadent. Your $120 admission price includes some of the finest classic cocktails in town. Email to purchase tickets. 

Digable eats

digableeatsNo self-respecting San Diegan would allow the year to come to a close without one last Mexican feast—or, for that matter, one first plate of tacos to ring in 2014. Whether you’re in need of something substantial to soak up all the booze you’ve consumed on New Year’s Eve, or just looking to have one last nosh, Venga Venga Cantina in Chula Vista (2015 Birch Road, Suite 710) is holding the ultimate Taco Tuesday of 2013. The restaurant will be serving $2 tacos, tortas and sliders until 2 a.m., as well as serving from their tamale festival menu. A complimentary midnight champagne toast will be joined by a “12 Grapes of Luck” ceremony—a Mexican tradition in which the eating of a grape at each ring of the bell at midnightpromises a prosperous new year. Patrons will also be treated to live music and a DJ spinning Latin jams throughout the evening. Reservations recommended. 

Digable kids

digablekidsThe possibility of having an exciting nightlife doesn’t end when you have kids. OK, that’s pretty much a lie— which is why the occasional night out is so damned important. Rather than throwing gobs of money at a babysitter and worrying about coming home unacceptably tipsy and having to then wake up early with said kids the next day, make this year’s celebration a family affair and check out Legoland’s pretty epic Kid’s New Year’s Eve, happening from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. The event includes two stages of bands that don’t suck. Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Nap Time Players and The Pop Ups are kid bands, but adults can absolutely enjoy their catchy, quirky original tunes, too. The rest of the park’s rides and entertainment aren’t bad either. Free with park admission.

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