There will be a punk show at the Rec Center in Dunkirk tonight, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5. It's a good way to burn off some of those extra pounds acquired from eating all that holiday food with a little slam dancing. Plus you can show off the new Christmas sweater or Volcom hoodie, whichever the case may be. The following bands are scheduled to play: Maero, Sounds of Goodbye, Fallen Union, Done Deal, Wake up Dead, Lucy. The Dunkirk Rec Center is located on the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds.
Kool & the Gang will put on a show at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Saturday and Sunday, with performances at 6 and 8 p.m. each night (Sunday's shows are sold out). They are, of course, famous for such hits as "Jungle Boogie," "Celebration" and "Get Down On It."
BJ's hosts their annual New Year's Eve Eve Party on Sunday, Dec. 30. This ever-popular fictional holiday is just like a regular New Year's Eve event, only a day earlier and free of the amateurs who will be stumbling around Fredonia Monday night. All the good stuff that goes with a party at BJ's will be there. Ages 21 and up only, please.
At 41 West this weekend, Side Effects performs Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring Bill Smith and Marshall Seddon. On Sunday, there's football game watching and a fund-raiser for the Infinity Dance & Cheer Team, starting at 12:30 p.m. For $5, it's all you can eat; there will also be drink specials, raffles and half-time giveaways.
41 West will also have a New Year's Eve Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with DJ Joe Gould, no cover charge, drink specials and a very good idea designated drivers available after midnight.
Of course, downtown Fredonia will be chock-full of New Year's Eve festivities many of which are still in the works as I'm writing this, but walk into a bar downtown on Monday night and I'm sure you'll find a party.
A New Year's Eve Ball will be held at the new Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center Dec. 31 in Mayville from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with live music by Frank Sinatra impersonator Nick Ballistella and the Babalou Band, with a cash bar, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 for a couple. Call 269-STAY.
The annual Torchlight Parade will be held at Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek at 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Skiers will ski a pattern down the slopes with lighted flares. For more information, call 287-3223.
THE BIG GAME
The Ice Bowl is only a few days away, with the Sabres playing the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 1 in the NHL's second-ever outdoor game, held 1 p.m. at Rich Stadium. For those Sabres fans who don't have tickets (i.e. most of us) it will also be televised on NBC. Will the weather cooperate? Will anyone be willing to pay $2,500 for two luxury box tickets, for sale on eBay? And, most importantly, will the Sabres do us proud? Only time will tell.
A big viewing party will also be held in HSBC arena (tickets are $5). Four lucky fans attending the festivities could win tickets to the game and will be taken to Rich Stadium in a limousine. Or, you could just stay home and watch the game.
I hope everyone's holidays were wonderful and that your New Year's Eve plans to have an awesome time will not be thwarted, as mine likely will be. Oh, and don't drink and drive.
April Diodato is an OBSERVER Staff Writer and can be reached at 366-3000 ext. 488 (leave a message if not there) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.