LATE ADDITION added right up-top... Dec 31st, 3:35 pm PST...
STUCK HOME, OR IN A HOTEL, OR IN AN EXPEDITION TENT? We've gotcha covered!
Now, here's our full edition before the above late update...
UPDATED NEW YEAR'S EVE, DEC. 31st, 6:55 am.
Here ya go. It's the Guide's "Guide to New Year's Tunefulness & Assorted Adventures!" Things hereabouts have multiplied in scope, content, detail, and opportunities for everything from fun to tuneful immersion to things you'll remember the rest of your life. Sure, that's a mighty hefty claim. But we're here to prove it, having finally assembled, confirmed, organized, and now, published, all the additions to this edition.
Here are our best recommendations for stuff to do that you won't find in the big commercial sources.
That includes alternatives you won't elsewhere -- and this go 'round, that includes the best obscure ways to ring-in the New Year without the drunks, crowds, stupid hooting, or bowl game mania with teams you don't know a damn thing about, anyway.
Herein are sections for:
☆ 1) NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS
☆ 2) Laughing-in 2019 (without the insipid Ball-Dropping)
☆ 3) Escape Urbanity with a "First Day Hike"
We also tell you about a Jan. 4th Annual Outdoor Event
☆ 4) Americana Music Round Up, Year-End Edition
The best albums, singles, videos, collaborations, and news you might have missed.
Let's jump in!
ED BELL AND THE WHOOLIGANS host an Irish New Year Celebration at O'Malley's On Main, 140 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740; 562-430-0631; www.omalleysonmain.com; more on the band at: www.thewhooligans.com
CAN'T TAKE THE INSIPID TV BALL-DROPPING, BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO LAUGH-IN 2019? WELL, HERE YA GO...
"Redacted Tonight" went to Miami and filmed a new stand-up comedy special episode -- they reliably deliver the best sociopolitical comedy in these hopelessly tribal "Untied" States of America. They skewer, take no prisoners, let you know what corporate cable's sacred cows are really up to, and in finding the sheer absurdity in it, they'll have you laughing at the excruciating things you already knew and at what you just learned.
Every week, they do a show from their home base in Washington, D.C., "the belly of the beast." But now you can catch their road trip edition, FREE online. It's the whole cast -- Naomi, John, Natalie, and host Lee Camp. They all went down to Miami to film a special holiday episode packed full of stand-up comedy. If you need a half-hour of their FREE entertainment as much as we do,
THERE'S MORE... if you liked the "Redacted Tonight" stand-up special, then...
It's a safe bet that you would LOVE "Redacted" guru Lee Camp's full hour-long stand-up comedy special taped live in Los Angeles.
You can buy the full hour -- shockingly cheap --- and give it to your friends as a gift that's better than the combination knife-sharpener / sock stretcher you already got them. You can send Lee Camp's brilliantly hilarious commentary on our times to anyone you want.
Just click here.
# 3 news feature...
"Escaping Urbanity" department...
NEW YEAR'S OUTDOOR ADVENTURES THAT ESCAPE THE NOISE & TRAFFIC
Despite the Federal government shut-down over the stupid wall, your California State are there for you with a fine and fun assortment of structured and guided New Year's Day activities.
It's part of the nationwide "First Day Hikes" movement, established to offer everyone a way to kick-off the New Year by getting in touch with the natural world. You'll find something offered purt near everywhere, except this year in the National Parks, National Forests, National Monuments, and BLM public lands, due to the failure of Congress to do its job months ago and pass a Federal Budget, compounded by the intransigence of a Commander-in-Tweet and his penchant for Trumpertantrums.
As for the "First Day Hikes" that ARE open and offering guided experiences, their difficulty and length, and tips regarding proper clothing -- all can be found at www.naspd.org.
The experiences range from a simple lark to real workouts. America's State Parks are committed to promoting outdoor recreation in state parks as a way to address obesity, especially among children.
Getting kids outside and unplugged from video games and other electronic media creates a unique connection with nature that promotes physical and mental well-being and encourages creativity and stewardship of our shared resources.
Here are some Guide-recommended organized events in the great outdoors!