Think beyond the turkey: It's time to book New Year's Eve.
Many of us are still thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, but watch out - New Year's Eve is a little more than a month away. If you haven't started thinking about where you're ringing in 2011, it's time to get planning. Here's a selection of events that we're sure will sell out, so if you snooze, you'll lose.
- Fritz Hahn
A Hot Jazz New Year's Eve
"Hot Jazz Saturday Night" host Rob Bamberger marks 30 years of playing swinging hits of the '20s, '30s and '40s at this festive affair, which features period music of Barbara Rosene and Her New Yorkers. Tickets include a dinner buffet, open bar, swing dance lessons and chances to mingle with Diane Rehm and other WAMU personalities.
8 p.m.-1 a.m. Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. 202-885-2846. www.wamu.org. $250.
Big Night D.C.
The Gaylord National Hotel becomes party central on New Year's Eve, with five ballrooms, 10 bands and DJs, mock casino gambling and other themed areas, numerous open bars, dinner buffets, the Redskins Cheerleaders - basically, the works. The performers should be familiar - Kristin and the Noise, Burnt Sienna and other Dewey-friendly acts - but it's a great example of an all-in-one black-tie hotel affair.
9 p.m.-3 a.m. 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. www.bignightdc.com. 877-772-5425. $119.99, rising to $159.99 as the date gets closer. VIP packages available. Hotel rooms $149 extra.
We're curious to see who gets the bigger reaction at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 31: the gypsy-punk sensation that is Gogol Bordello or go-go pioneers Trouble Funk, who will pump-pump-pump the crowd up to open the show. Tickets include a midnight champagne toast.