Pianist Allen James Teague Performing solo piano pieces from his CDs “A Poet’s Heart” and “Falling Leaf and Sparrow,” along with new music from “Winter Rain.” Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m., Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. $10. (509) 671-3389.
First Night Spokane The 13th annual event. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Night, Art Comes Alive.” Celebrate the new year with a family-friendly festival of arts and entertainment. More than 150 performances at 40 venues. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and ends with fireworks at midnight. Buttons available at Cenex Zip Trip stores, River Park Square concierge, Auntie’s Bookstore and Auntie’s Annex, and TicketsWest locations. Kids Night Out event with crafts, live performances and more takes place from 3-6 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center with extended hours from 7-9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service every 10 minutes from Riverpoint Campus. Tuesday, downtown Spokane. $15/advance; $18/day of the event; free/children age 10 and younger. (509) 456-0580, ext. 101.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Beethoven’s Ninth The Spokane Symphony and Chorale will perform Beethoven’s famous symphony. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $23-$28/adults; $16/children. (800) 325-SEAT.
Bling in the New Year More than $25,000 in prizes will be given away, and everyone is guaranteed a prize. Live music with 6 Foot Swing in one room and the latest club hits in the other. Champagne toast, laser light show, giveaways all night long. Dinner service at 7 p.m.; party starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $50; $100/including five-course, wine-paired dinner. (509) 327-8000.
New Year’s Eve Bash Dinner from 6-8:30 p.m.; music with Big Mumbo Blues Band and Peter Rivera at 9 p.m. For reservations, visit www.redlion.com/nyeblues. Tuesday, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $199/includes overnight accommodations for two, dinner buffet, midnight snack and beverage toast, party favors and parking. (509) 326-8000.
Puttin’ on the Ritz New Year’s Eve benefit for the Spokane Symphony. An evening of dancing to the sounds of the Master Class Jazz Orchestra and a Champagne toast at midnight. Hosted by the Spokane Symphony Associates. Tuesday, 9 p.m., The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $75. (509) 624-1200.
“Season’s Greetings” The Blue Door Theatre Players will perform a show spinning holiday tales. All ages welcome. Friday, 8 p.m. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $9/general; $7/students, seniors or military. (509) 747-7045.
Gabe Rutledge Stand-up comedy. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. $12. (509) 483-7300.
Michael Glatzamier Live: Unwanted Presents A night of stand-up comedy, improv and live original music. Known for his ability to make up a song based on a single word suggestion. This show is not suitable for all ages. Reservations recommended. Friday, 10 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $10/door; $7/advance. (509) 747-7045.
“Safari” Shows feature short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. For information or reservations, call (509) 747-7045 or visit www.bluedoortheatre.com. Tickets can also be purchased night of show. Saturday nights at 9 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7.
Uncle D’s Comedy Underground Stand-up comedy every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. No cover. (509) 483-7300.