Off-Mic at Gallery 263 from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.
This neighborhood art gallery is so intimate that amplification is often totally unnecessary – and without a microphone, a barrier between performer and audience is knocked down, helping to give audience members a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of performing. This month’s showcase of comedians, musicians and poets offers Katie Qué; Terence Pennington (above); Pamela Ross; Allison Dick; Brett Johnson; and Ben Keefe. Information is here.
Burlesque performer Mx Macabre and queer geek author Jade Sylvan host this fifth evening of music, dance, circus and art dedicated to the beloved ’90s Japanese cartoon “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon.” This show is 18-plus. Information is here.
Can’t party on New Year’s Eve itself – maybe because you have to serve others on their New Year’s? Or maybe you just want extra servings of holiday blow-out? This is a good answer, since it comes with everything you’d expect of the night, just 24 hours earlier. There’s dancing, glitter drops and a midnight countdown, as well as DJs and drag. Information is here.
Low-Key New Year’s Eve of Dessert + Bubbly With Ruby Rose Fox from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. Tickets are $12 (or $17.89 with an online service fee); $45 (or $49.56 with fee); or $112 (or $120.29 with fee).
Ruby Rose Fox, winner for album of the year at the 2017 New England Music Awards, best singer-songwriter at last year’s Boston Music Awards and 2015’s best in arts and entertainment from the Improper Bostonian, does a solo set for a jeans-to-tuxes “come as you are” crowd looking for something to do between dinner and midnight or a festive-but-early New Year’s Eve. The price of admission – people are invited to buy according to their financial means – includes dessert, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic bubbly will be available for purchase. Information is here.
New Year’s Eve Artist Lounge Party from 8 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday at Studio at 550, 550 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There is a suggested donation of $7 to $15 (or, online, a straight $12).
Bring art or ideas for art making and claim a slot at this chill BYOB art space, which will have projectors, music – the space has a sound board and portable PA for DJ’ing playlists (maybe while watching an old black and white flick) or improv games – as well as snacks and a dance floor. Bring a few friends and shape your own entry to the New Year. Look for the signup sheet at the door. Information is here.