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John Lamb, Published December 25 2013

Plenty of options to answer the question: 'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve'

FARGO - Christmas was so yesterday. Now you don’t have to worry about hearing “Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer” for 11 months.

But there’s one holiday tune that’s still begging for your response: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

Revelers have a number of options to choose from for ways to ring in 2014.

You won’t be able to be there at the stroke of midnight, but if you haven’t yet, you can take a look at some pretty snazzy light displays at Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park. Sponsored by F-M Sertoma Club, the lights are up from 5:30 to 10 p.m. nightly, through Tuesday. Entry is $6 per car, or $5 with a donation of canned goods for local food pantries. Entry is $10 per bus or limousine.

If you’re looking for more of a cultural experience, consider the New Year’s Eve Community Mini Pow Wow and Round Dance at the Robert D. Johnson Recreation Center, 1104 2nd Ave., S., Fargo. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a community potluck at 7, followed by powwow and round dance then a balloon drop at 10 p.m. (701) 478-1255.

See what 2014 has in store for you at Naughty & Nice NYE. Psychic Micara Link and psychic medium/ comic Laura Egland take questions from the crowd at Studio 222, 222 Broadway, Fargo. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $40, or $50 for a table. NaughtyNiceNYE.com.

Kathie Brekke and 42nd Street Jazz Band offer a different kind of dance when they play at Ramada Plaza & Suites, 1635 42nd St., S., Fargo. The singing pianist gets things swinging at 8 p.m. with dinner music, then moves on to the dance tunes, before ending with a balloon drop and toast to the New Year. (701) 277-9000. Music is free.

Laugh into the New Year at Courtney’s Comedy Club, 600 30th Ave., S.,

Moorhead. The house of humor features sets at 7 and 10 p.m., showcasing the wits of Shannon Thompson, Jason James, Bubba Bradley and El Arntson. Tickets are $25, or $45 for the VIP treatment.

Take a step toward finding Mr. or Mrs. Right at the Red River Singles New Year’s Dance at the West Fargo VFW, 308 Sheyenne St. The mingling starts at 8:30 p.m. and features music by Sideline. Admission ranges from $5 to $7.

Further up Sheyenne Street the tunes are supplied by 24-7, which takes the stage at Hooligans, 3330 Sheyenne St. S., West Fargo. Music starts at 9 with no cover charge.

Downtown Fargo is hopping with Diane Miller and friends playing Mezzaluna, 309 Roberts St., Fargo, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening also includes bottomless hors d’ouvres, a midnight champagne toast, cash bar, drawings and more. Tickets are $100 per person, tax-included. (701) 364-9479.

The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra takes a fresh swing on old tunes, picking out some gypsy jazz gems. They play the Hotel Donaldson Lounge, 101 Broadway, Fargo. $5 cover. (701) 478-1000.

Ring in the year with horns at Pickled Parrot, 505 3rd Ave. N., Fargo. Helena Handbasket kicks brass with a mix of rock ’n ska. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. with no cover.

Trailer Choir has lost a member (Crystal Hoyt) since they last played here in 2009. That’s not all they lost. “Big” Vinny Hickerson lost 184 pounds while on “The Biggest Loser” in 2011. After some down time, Hickerson and singing partner Marc “Butter” Fortney are back as Choir boys and celebrating New Year’s Eve with their tunes “Rockin’ the Beer Gut,” “Rollin’ Through the Sunshine” and “Off the Hillbilly Hook” at the Windbreak Saloon, 3150 39th St., S., Fargo. (701) 282-5507.

Auratone brings the rock to Rhombus Guys, 606 Main Ave., with a 10 p.m. set. No cover.

Secret Cities really isn’t much of a secret anymore. The psych-pop trio, featuring former Fargo-Moorhead residents Charlie Gokey and Marie Parker, has been making the indie rounds for the last few years and will release a new album soon. They offer a preview Tuesday at The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo, headlining a set that includes Jaw Knee Vee, Riesage, SuperCruiser and Tony the Butcher. Music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover, while O’ Fosho plays for free downstairs in Dempsey’s. (701) 235-5913.


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533