by Lenise Willis

If you’re looking for a unique way to bring in the New Year, Barn Dinner’s Groovin’ Christmas, a high-energy musical featuring the Barn Band, continues through Saturday. The show is family friendly, and the New Year’s Eve encore performance will feature a post-production hot breakfast bar and a champagne toast at midnight in addition to the pre-show dinner buffet. New Year’s tickets are $90 a seat, which includes buffets. For more information visit

If you’d like to literally ring in the New Year, check out the Winston-Salem Symphony’s New Year’s Eve performance Saturday at 8 p.m. at RJ Reynolds Memorial Auditorium, located at 301 N. Hawthorne Road. Spend a magical evening with conductor Robert Moody, the Symphony Jazz Octet and guest vocalist Lois Deloatch. Tickets are $15-$60. For tickets or more information visit http://

The Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s Odeon Theatre will host comedian Chris Wiles’ 8th Annual “Happy Wheeew Year” with two performances Saturday. In addition to Wiles’ hilarious stand-up routine, patrons will also be entertained by nationally touring comic Shane McConnaghy and up-and -coming local talent Ben Jones.

First show begins at 7:30 p.m. Following the performance, patrons can use their “Happy Wheeew Year” ticket stub for free admission to Arizona Pete’s (2900 Patterson St, Greensboro) New Year’s Eve bash.

Wiles will return to the stage at 10:15 p.m. for more laughs with a second performance. Following the second show, ticketholders can ring in the New Year with a midnight buffet and a DJ dance celebration complete with party favors, hats, horns and noise makers.

If “learn to dance” or “try new things” will be among your new year’s resolutions, why not check out free swing dance lessons? The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro will give free swing lessons on Jan. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Jan. 9, War Memorial Auditorium introduces the next show in its Triad Best of Broadway series, Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ hysterical musical about an esteemed New York brain surgeon who inherits a castle in Transylvania and with the help of his hot assistant, Inga, continues his grandfather’s crazy experiments.