New Year's Eve Party Picks

Sat - Music

Ring in the new year with vintage soul, as Wheedle's Groove, the reconstituted revue of Seattle's '60s and '70s R&B scene, co-headlines a New Year's Eve party hosted by local hip-hop faves Blue Scholars. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31. $15 adv./$20. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, MICHAELANGELO MATOS

Sat - Music

At the annual Heaven and Hell Ball, Hell features WD40, Circus Contraption, FCS North, and Atomic Bombshells burlesque; Heaven rages with class-A techno courtesy of the Decibel Festival. It's a little bit of a lot of great stuff—don't get stuck in purgatory. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31. $30–$35. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-381-3218, RACHEL SHIMP

Sat - Classical

The Sharks and Jets face off again as the Seattle Symphony presents highlights from West Side Story at its all-American New Year's gala. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker also joins Gerard Schwarz and the orchestra for Gershwin's Concerto in F. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31. $65–$350. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747, GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat - Party

Can't salsa? Then swing. Can't swing? Waltz. Can't waltz? Just sit and enjoy a formal dinner and champagne toast at the Black and White Ball. Formal dress encouraged. Dinner at 7 p.m., party at 9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 31. $95 dinner and party, $35 party only. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 206-325-6500, LYNN JACOBSON

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