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A New Year's Eve fireworks display at The Forks.


A New Year's Eve fireworks display at The Forks. Photo Store

Comedian Jon Ljungberg snatched up the last Buddy the Elf suit available to wear for his family's Christmas Day -- and Palm Springs comedian Bruce Clark (also Winnipeg-based) has offered him $5,000 to wear it all year! Ljungberg, who is a special event co-ordinator for the Riverview Health Centre Foundation by day, is actually pondering the offer. "It could get me on Ellen, that's for sure! Add another zero, and I'll do it!"

Ljungberg and his new love -- beauty-supply queen Lori Tresoor -- hosted a toys-giving Christmas for their families, including the adults, who exchanged collectibles such as the 1966 Batmobile with Adam West, and sexy Kiss merchandise. "I asked for Superman this year!" says Ljungberg. "I got all kinds of stuff like mugs and tin signs." He also got a "Silly String facial" plastered on his face by the 20-something kids!

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THE UNTOUCHABLES: For New Year's Eve, Ljungberg has just joined Big Daddy Tazz as a second major comedy act for the Untouchables comedy/dinner/1930s big-band dance in Danny's BBQ & Smokehouse, 1747 Ellice Ave. Gangsters like schmaltzy joints, and the new renovation is cool. The theme is Prohibition Days for rum-boss gangsters and flapper dolls. Costumes are encouraged but not required. You do have to wear SOMETHING!

The Big Jay Harrison Band plays and Winnipeg Free Press humour columnist Doug Speirs is the night's MC. You should see his fedora! Former Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce plays Al Capone with BBQ owner Danny Kleinsasser as Bugsy Malone. The four-course dinner, comedy and dance, champagne, party favours and silent auction for charity are a $100 a ticket. Without the din-din, tickets are $65. Check out tickets online at or dash over to Danny's BBQ and pick them up. Call 204-779-7041.

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SHAKEN AND STIRRED: While the Fame nightclub is well-known as a gay club, many straight types love to go, especially at New Year's Eve, because the parties are fantasy-like -- with great costumes and primo dance music well into the night. Skyball 007, with a James Bond movie theme, is inspiring this crowd to dress up in Bond clothing or in costumes depicting female characters from James Bond movies -- definitely a drag queen's delight. Entertainment includes "the vocal stylings of Chantel Emond," DJ Roy and DJ Ryan G. The cocktail party is 8:30-10:30 p.m., with dancing until 3 a.m. Tickets are only $10 online, or $15 at the door.

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RITZ AND GLITZ: If you're single and you know it, clap your hands! More than 300 singles are hitting the Adventures for Successful Singles dinner and dance party at the Viscount Gort ballroom, 1670 Portage Ave. And for this special night, you can come "on spec" -- without a membership.

"Lots of newly single people join us for New Year's Eve to check us out!" said Ray Antymis, owner of Adventures for Successful Singles. "Perhaps they didn't get the engagement ring they were hoping for. Christmas is an emotional time, and many wait and break up right after Christmas. Then we get a surge of new singles -- because they're pre-planning for Valentine's Day."

The look is dressy and you can wear all the bling you want! Men wear suits and ties. Ladies should know there's lots of affordable costume jewelry at Great Finds in Southdale Square, retro stores and party stores. Tickets for the cocktail mix-and-mingle, gourmet buffet with meat carvers and additional vegan dishes, plus dancing with a DJ, are $75. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails and din-din. Dancing-only folks come at 9 p.m. for $40.

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Manitoba Public Insurance is sponsoring a Kids Crafts area inside The Forks (south aisle) to decorate your own New Year's hat. Outside, the big horses in their warm winter coats will be stomping in front of Explore Manitoba in the Johnston Terminal as they load up adults and kids for a trip around the site to see it all lit up with holiday lights from 5 p.m. sunset to 9 p.m. Live music's going from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Red Moon Road, the Brothers Landreth, the Retro Rhythm Review and Jason Kirkness.

Then it's the pre-fireworks Party in the Port at 9:30 p.m. with dance party and DJ Hunnicutt & DJ Co-op and the big fireworks show starting at 10 p.m. with Archangel Fireworks. Happy New Year, everybody!


Got tips, events, sightings, unusual things going on? Call Maureen's tip line at 204-474-1116, email, or send letters to Maureen Scurfield c/o The Insider, 1355 Mountain Ave., R2X 3B6.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 27, 2013 B4

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