& DANCE NIGHTS
THE CANDY FACTORY Satisfy your sweet tooth at this Willa Wonka-themed party at the Greatest Bar, where DJ Breeazy and DJ Tao are in charge of keeping the music sweet. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Tickets: $50-$125. 21+. The Greatest Bar. 262 Friend St., Boston. 617-335-5582, www.thegreatestbar.com.
RESOLUTION BALL Get spiffed up and say “so long’’ to 2011 in style. The 14th annual Resolution Ball is black tie optional and includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and music from DJ Samuel L and the Felix Brown Band. If you’d like to kick off the night early, there are also dinner reservations available starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $75, $125, or $185. 21+. The Seaport Hotel. 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. 781-444-7771, www.bostoneventguide.com.
ON TOP OF THE LIBERTY The Liberty Hotel will host a multi-floor party of drinks and dancing, with entertainment by DJs Kevin James, Frank White, and Michael Savant. There will also be aerial performances featuring dancers wrapped up in cloth ribbons hanging from the ceiling. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $75. 21+. The Liberty Hotel. 215 Charles St., Boston. 866-507-5245, www.libertyhotel.com
GREAT GATSBY GALA Boston Swing Central will be channeling all things F. Scott Fitzgerald for this 1920s-themed swing dance party. The event will be held at the Crosby Whistle Stop in Charlestown, a whistle mill that has been converted into a dance hall. The Baby Soda Jazz Band will perform and a one-hour swing lesson is included with admission. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30. 21+. The Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland St., Charlestown. www.bostonswingcentral.org
THE GAS! SO LONG 2011, YA PIECE OF GARBAGE The folks at The Gas wish 2011 a not-so-fond farewell with Alex Grubard, Gary Petersen, Niraj Shah, Reedo Brown, Ryan Shea, James Griffin, and Mike Abramson, hosted by Rob Crean. Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com
THE DRESS UP SHOW Erin Judge and Bethany Van Delft used to host this show, where the comics and audience alike are encouraged to sport their best duds, on a monthly basis. It’s back for one night Friday, with Mehran, Maria Ciampa, and Dan Boulger. Dec. 30, 8 p.m. $20. Mottley’s Comedy Club. 877-548-3237, www.mottleyscomedy.com
100 FIRST JOKES Can’t decide which local comic you want to see first in the New Year? How about 100 different comics over two shows getting two minutes each to tell jokes they have never told before? Jan. 1, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $5-$10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com
NICK A. ZAINO III