Upcoming nightlife events around Boston

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NERO Hurricane Sandy kept the English dubstep artists away in October. They’ve been rescheduled for this late December show, so you can still catch them in 2012. Dec. 27, 10 p.m. $20- $35. 21+. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 617-338-7699,

We know you’re going to party on the last night of the year, but what about the night before? Start celebrating early with
DJ Clinton Sparks, specialty cocktails, and giveaways.
Dec. 30, 9 p.m. No cover, reservations recommended. 21+.
Emerald Lounge, 200 Stuart
St., Boston. 617-457-2626,

DJ COSTA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE HOUSE PARTY The Boston Nightlife Awards bestowed DJ Costa with best DJ in Boston awards for two years in a row.
To usher in the new year, he presides over a bash with LED lighting, neon glow sticks, confetti, and lots of dancing. Dec. 31,
10 p.m.-3 a.m. $50. 21+. The
Estate, 1 Boylston Place, Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestate


NYE WITH SHANNEL Drag yourself over to Machine to party with the Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars finalist. The bash features Shannel in performance, drag shows, a midnight toast, late night continental breakfast, and DJs Darrin Friedman, Jay Ine, and Diver. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $15-$20. 21+. Machine, 1256 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-1950,



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COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Will Noonan hosts this benefit for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, a United Way-sponsored charity set up to help the families and communities affected by the Newtown shootings. Connecticut comedians Craig Taylor and Daniel Kalwhite join locals Donny Soares and Ryan Clausen, plus other guests. Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m. $12. Nick’s Comedy Stop. 617-438-1068, www.nicks

Cedric earned the “Entertainer” part of his name with stand-up, singing, and dancing, talents he shows off playing a former soul singer turned minister in “The Soul Man,” which was renewed for a second season on TV Land. Dec. 30, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $45-
$65. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre

100 FIRST JOKES One hundred comics will come to the ImprovBoston main stage to tell one joke each over the course of two shows. The catch is they have to be jokes they’ve never told before. Including Dana Jay Bein, Matt D., Tony V, Dan Boulger, Kelly MacFarland, and Bethany Van Delft. Jan. 1, 7 and 9 p.m. $14-$18. ImprovBoston,
40 Prospect St., Cambridge.
617-576-1253, www.improv

He’s back

ROB SCHNEIDER The former “Saturday Night Live” star has had a rough year, being left out of “Grown Ups 2” (which filmed locally), getting sued by investors in one of his movies, and having his show “Rob” canceled, but he can always come back to his roots in stand-up comedy. Dec. 29,
7 p.m. $27-$37. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,