Spotlights: New Year’s Eve with Alchemy Comedy, New Year’s Eve with 13 Stripes Brewery, and more


DEC. 31
New Year’s Eve with Alchemy Comedy


Laugh your way into 2018 with three special performances from Alchemy Comedy Theater. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve Improv All-Stars show, which will include a combination of classic improv games as well as originals from veteran Alchemy improvisers. King of the Mountain, a comedy battle, begins at 9 p.m. Comedians compete for points via laughs from the audience, and the show is in tournament form, where players are eliminated until one lucky performer is named 2017’s King of Comedy. The final show, beginning at 10:30 p.m., features fast-paced improv games from Alchemy’s all-star Local Legends cast, along with improv based on the events of this year. Finally, there will be champagne and a countdown to midnight. –Sara Pearce


When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
Where: Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.
Admission: $14/each (New Year’s Eve with Improv All-Stars and King of the Year) and $20 (New Year’s Eve Countdown)


DEC. 31
New Year’s Eve with 13 Stripes Brewery


13 Stripes Brewery is hosting a private party to celebrate the kickoff to 2018. Tickets are $20 and include food, celebratory champagne, and live music. The evening will be catered by Chef Michael Marut, with a menu including shrimp and grits, stuffed mushrooms, smoked trout dip, bacon-wrapped dates, cranberry Brie bites, and baklava. Marut will be opening a restaurant in 2018, and Michael Robinson, founder and brewer of 13 Stripes explains, “This will be an awesome opportunity for people to get a sneak peek at the new restaurant.” The Carousers will provide live entertainment, and there will be a projector playing the ball drop. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. The event is cocktail attire, and there will be no pets allowed. This event has limited space, so purchase your tickets in advance. The party will feature 13 Stripes beers, guest ciders, wines, and kombucha for drinking. –Sara Pearce


When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Where: 13 Stripes Brewery, 250 Mill St., Taylors
Admission: $20, ages 21+


Furman University Art Contest


Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP will host the third annual Furman University Juried Art Competition, ending on Jan. 11, 2018. Furman University art students will display their work in the lobby of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greenville office, which will be open to the public on weekdays during business hours. There will be pieces, available for purchase, in two- and three-dimensional media, which include fabric, painting, drawing, electronic media, photography, and sculpture.


On Jan. 11, there will be a reception to conclude the event, and a winner, chosen by a panel of judges, will be announced. That artist will have their art purchased by the firm, where it will remain on display as part of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s permanent collection.


“We are thrilled to sponsor this event for the third consecutive year,” said Natalma M. McKnew, Smith Moore Leatherwood partner. “This program is a wonderful opportunity to support Furman and emerging young artists while at the same time engaging with the community.”


When: Through Jan. 11, 2018; open weekdays 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, 2 W. Washington St. #1100
Admission: Free


DEC. 31
“Dancing with the Stars LIVE”


“Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night” is coming to Greenville on New Year’s Eve. This is a special event for any “Dancing with the Stars” fans, as well as anyone who loves a good show. The show will primarily feature the professional dancers —some who have been with the show for many years — and for the first time it will also feature two previous celebrity contestants: actor Frankie Muniz and Broadway star Jordan Fisher. Fans who voted Muniz and Fisher into the finals will have a chance to see them perform live, along with the standout season 25 competitors.


“We do a pretty good job of taking the fan favorites to the live tour show, but we make sure to have fun and fresh dancing. A lot of the professionals don’t get to dance together very often on the show, so it’s fun for us to do what we do best,” says Lindsay Arnold, a dancer and choreographer who has been with the show since 2013.


When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Admission: $65.50–$86.50



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