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Top picks for getting out Dec. 27 – Jan. 2 including Miesha & the Spanks, Donald Ray Johnson and New Year’s Eve events galore

It’s here! The last week of the year and whether it was the greatest year of your life or it blew super hard, we’re all in this together, so let’s just make the most of it all and get out there and be entertained. There’s more to life than just sitting around eating chips and dip, people (although for three days straight there that was my life, full disclosure). Onward! Bring on 2019!

Thursday: The Mike Clark Band will be at the Blues Can, and Miesha & the Spanks with Gone Cosmic, Free the Cynics & Sweet Grass Band will be over at Broken City.

Friday: It’s No Problem F**k Everything with Class Action and Nothing Kid at Broken City, and The Wandering Vs and Friends at the Ironwood.

Saturday: Windigo with Natural Twenty and Yvette will be at the Palomino, and Donald Ray Johnson will be performing his second straight night at the Blues Can.

Monday: New Year’s Eve! OK, get ready for this list, it’s a good’er: The Central Library Dance Party will happen from 6-9 p.m. with dancing, storytelling, crafts, activities and more with a 9 p.m. countdown with Mayor Naheed Nenshi; the Broken Soul Shaker New Year’s Eve Dance Party with DJs Jairus and EVR happens at Broken City; Boogie Patrol ft. Rott’n Dan Shinnan over at the Blues Can; Luc Belair will be at the Marquee; DJ Sabo Forte will make you dance your ass off at the Ship & Anchor (trust me, I’ve lived it); Melted Mirror, Tommy Grimes, Sunglaciers, Uncanny Valley, Amy Nelson and more will be at the Palomino; there will be outdoor skating and music at Olympic Plaza; Luminous Voices’ A Luminous New Year’s Eve takes place at the Bella Concert Hall; A Very Terry New Years with Terry Cahill (FUBAR) over at Pinbar; Toad Lang Syne: A New Year’s Eve Party at the King Eddy with The Wheel, the Alex Ginella Band and Vescarelli/Rozitis/Gignoux; Comedy Monday Night with the Fabulous Kenny Robinson & Friends from 8-10 p.m. at Broken City (before the dancing extravaganza); and Sub Rosa Unmasked 2019 at Sub Rosa. Wowza.

Wednesday: It’s Toni Vere and Carla Olive over at the Blues Can, starting the year off right. There. Go, have fun, be safe, report back.

There is so much more going on in this city than you can imagine. Check out all of the listings to plan your week ahead!

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Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring The Culture Cycle event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE. Contact her at