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Reasons to get out and celebrate on New Year’s Eve


Yes. That recliner looks comfy, beckoning to you as well as that new

DVD you got for Christmas. But hey, 2003 was a rough year, and you

deserve a night of celebration. Here are several reasons why you


shouldn’t stay home this New Year’s Eve.

* Genio’s Restaurant will greet 2004 with entertainment by the

three-piece combo Jimmy Jammers, playing from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in

the bar. There is no cover.


Dinner will be served until 10:30 p.m. and the holiday menu

features steaks, fresh scallops, lobster, shrimp, pork tenderloins

and pasta.

The restaurant is at 1420 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. For

reservations, call 848-6937.

* Smoke House Restaurant is featuring Marvin Robinson singing

rhythm-and-blues favorites from Marvin Gaye to Earth, Wind and Fire

from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the bar. There is a $20 cover charge


including a champagne toast at midnight.

The restaurant is at 4420 W. Lakeside Drive, Burbank. For

reservations, call 845-3731.

* Burbank Holiday Inn’s Casting Call Lounge is having an evening

of karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no cover charge.

The Carousel Restaurant is offering a special menu from 11 a.m.

to 10 p.m. ranging from $14.95 to $17.95. A special menu is also

available on New Year’s Day from noon to 10 p.m. ranging from $13.95


to $17.95.

The Holiday Inn is at 150 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. For more

information, call 841-4770.

* Jax Bar and Grill is another great place to celebrate the last

hours of 2003. The owners have spiced up the offerings by not

charging a cover or drink minimum, even on New Year’s Eve.

Under the spotlight at 9 p.m. will be Dead Ringer, featuring

husband and wife Kathleen Frasca and Ron Rennells of Burbank. They

breathe new life to the swingin’ big-band classics of 1930s and ‘40s

and revisit favorites from 1960s lounge music.

Jax Bar and Grill is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more

information, call 500-1604. Dinner is served until 1:30 a.m.

* Sardo’s will coax guests out of their seats to either sing

karaoke or dance to music by a karaoke jockey from 9 p.m. to 1:45

a.m. There is no cover charge. Free turkey and ham snacks will be

provided beginning at 10 p.m. For romantics, a special set of slow

music will be played from midnight to 12:30 a.m. There will be a free

champagne toast at midnight along with party hats and horns.

Sardo’s is at 259 N. Pass Ave., Burbank. For information, call


* Dimples begins its Karaoke Showcase at 6 p.m. Guests can choose

songs from the nightclub’s extensive library. They take home either a

cassette, CD or DVD copy of their performance. First-time performers

also receive a souvenir photograph of their performance.

The cover charge is $10, which includes a split of champagne at

midnight. Dinner is served until 1 a.m. and the menu is New York

steak, manicotti or chicken milanesa with choice of soup or salad and

dessert. All dinners are under $25.

Dimples is at 3413 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. For reservations, call


* Burbank Bar and Grill has two musical options for celebrating

the new year. The band Breaking Below will play high-energy disco for

dancing inside the restaurant. Acoustic guitar duo Frank and Todd

will perform on the patio. A VIP dinner package is $70 per person.

Cover charge is $10 for those who come between 8 and 10 p.m. and $20

after 10 p.m. There will be free champagne for the midnight toast.

The restaurant is at 112 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. For

reservations, call 848-9611.

* Glendale Centre Theatre still has seats available for its New

Year’s Eve production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” The first

show is at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $32.50. The second show begins

at 9:30 p.m. and the cost is $37.50. Prices include a trip through

the dessert bar and a souvenir mug.

The theater is at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. For reservations,

call 244-8481.

* JOYCE RUDOLPH’s column appears Wednesdays. For events happening

this weekend, read her 48 Hours column Saturdays. Reach her at