Jane Monheit Since being named runner-up in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition at just 20 years old in 1998, Monheit has been a favorite on the jazz vocal scene on par with Diana Krall. Armed with her 2010 album, “Home,” which marked a return to more traditional jazz vocal arrangements, Monheit returns to L.A. for a festive run of shows that includes a New Year’s Eve performance. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25-75. (323) 466-2210, https://www.catalinajazzclub.com.
Kreayshawn The former UC Berkeley film student has directed videos for Lil B and Soulja Boy, but she’s since found her true calling on the other side of the camera. The rapper, DJ, director and self-described swag assassin recently signed to Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment on the strength of her mega-hit video for “Gucci Gucci.” The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. Fri. 8 p.m. $22.50. (714) 957-0600. https://www.observatoryoc.com.
Kinky The Mexican electro band plays its signature Latin-rock-funk-techno blend for this pre-New Year’s Eve celebration. The quintet has earned an international following touring with Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips and De La Soul and playing festivals including Mexico City’s Vive Latino and Austin City Limits. The Conga Room, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35-$65. (213) 745-0162. https://www.congaroom.com
“New Year’s Evil” What do you get when you cross punk rock, New Year’s Eve and slasher movies? You get this 1980 horror flick about a new wave TV show host (Roz Kelly of “Happy Days” fame) stalked by a psycho killer during a live New Year’s Eve broadcast. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. midnight Fri. $10. (323) 655-2510. https://www.cinefamily.org.