Although there are many potential opportunities for entertainment on New Year’s Eve, the funniest — and the only event in West Windsor that night — may be Joe DeVito’s show at Catch a Rising Star at the Hyatt in Carnegie Center. DeVito, born in Manhattan, was raised in the Bronx until his family moved to the suburbs. “Along the way, they instilled in him a love of good food and storytelling, values that have made him an emerging comic who frankly could stand to lose a few pounds,” says a blurb on his website.
A regular at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club, he was a featured performer on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He has written for MTV, FUSE, Stuff Magazine, and the film “Super Size Me.” In 2007 DeVito appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 5,” making it all the way to the semi-finals. A recurring character on “Red Eye,” he has been seen on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Chelsea Lately,” and as a panelist on Animal Planet’s “Wild 100: Top 10” and “The A-List.”
Joe DeVito, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. $35 to $50 (late show). 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Salute to Vienna, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Musicians, singers, and dancers from the Strauss Symphony of America, Vienna Dance Project, and soloists Akiki Nakajima, soprano; and Karl Michael Ebner, tenor. $47 to $97. Optional New Year’s Eve party at the Heldrich Hotel across the street, $175. 6 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Concert, Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-396-5522. www.trentonsymphony.org. $25 to $65. 8 p.m.
Jolson & Company, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com. Musical featuring Robert Thick as Al Jolson and Peter Wright on keyboard. $35 includes dessert, a split of champagne, and show. Dinner package available. 7 p.m.
Addams Family Murder, Without a Cue Productions, Fisher’s Tudor House, Peddlers Village, Pennsylvania, 215-244-9777. Dinner, show, cocktails, and champagne. Register. $90. 8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve, Princeton Country Dancers, Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, 609-924-6763. www.princetoncountrydancers.org. English country dance and contra.Introuction to basics at 7:30 p.m. Pot luck buffet at 11:30 p.m. Welcome to 2010. Dancing to 12:30 a.m. No partner required. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in. $20. 7 p.m.
Ballroom Blitz, Central Jersey Dance Society, Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Basic swing lesson with Janie Zitomer at 8:30 p.m. Party hats, favors, dance mixers, non-alcoholic beverages, and refreshments. Music by DJ Phil Chan. Semi-formal dress. $10. 8 p.m.
Lawrence Historical Society, Brearley House, Meadow Lane, Lawrenceville, 609-895-1728. www.thelhs.org. Revelers of all ages gather in the Maidenhead Great Meadow to light up the night with a traditional Scottish New Year’s Eve bonfire. The ancient tradition celebrates a clean break from all that had been bad in the old year. Hot cocoa, cake, and music follow indoors at the Brearley House. Free. 6 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Party, State Theater, Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Food, dancing, open bar, live band, champagne toast, live and silent auctions, and fireworks at midnight. Register. $175. 6 p.m.
Grand Cocktail Reception, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Open bar, food stations, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and live music by 3D. Register. $99. 9 p.m.
Food & Dining
New Year’s Eve, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. www.groundsforsculpture.org. The grounds are open exclusively to Rat’s Restaurant’s dinner guests. Four-course tasting menu and live jazz. 6 p.m.
Tre Piani, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-452-1515. www.trepiani.com. One-hour open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres, four-course dinner with cash bar, dancing all night, $95. Tre Bar offers open bar and tapas, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $95.
Health & Wellness
Blue Moon New Year’s Eve, Onsen For All, 4451 Route 27, Princeton, 609-924-4800. www.onsenforall.com. Yoga, kirtan, meditation, art making, trance drumming, teas, snacks, hot tubs and saunas. Suzin Green leads chanting and meditation accompanied by Daniel Johnson on tabla. Register. $55. 9 p.m.
Bob Egan, Bowman’s Tavern, 1600 River Road, New Hope, PA, 215-862-2972. www.bowmanstavernrestaurant.com. Open mic and piano. 8 p.m.
Winter Wonderland, KatManDu, Waterfront Park, Route 29, Trenton, 609-393-7300. www.katmandutrenton.com. Dinner buffet, open bar, DJ Joel Furness, and party favors. Register. $60. 8:30 p.m.
Johnny Pompadour and the Full Grown Men, Cafe Madison, Riverside, 856-764-4444. Register. 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Bash, Mug & Muffin, 210 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-372-4081. Music and dancing with DJ Randy Now. Special menu with breakfast available at 1 a.m. Party hats, noisemakers, and television to watch Times Square. $5. 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Bash, Sotto 128 Restaurant and Lounge, 128 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-7555. www.sotto128.com. Dance music from the 1980s with DJ Darius. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Scott Rednor Band, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. www.johnandpeters.com. 9:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve, Princeton Singles, Princeton Elks, Route 518, Blawenberg, 908-874-6539. Party. For ages 55-plus. Register. 7 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Dance Party, Professional and Business Singles Network, Holiday Inn, 100 Independence Way, Monmouth Junction, 888-348-5544. www.PBSNinfo.com. DJ with music from the 1960s to the present. Noisemakers, hats, and tiaras. Dressy attire. Cash bar. Ages 35 to 65. $35. 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Bash, Steppin’ Out Singles, Days Hotel, 195 Route 18, East Brunswick, 732-656-1801. www.steppinoutsingles.com. Dance, mix, and mingle. Hats, noisemakers, cake. Ages 40 plus. $35. 9 p.m.