We’re inclined to agree with John Oliver when he says New Year’s Eve is the worst. Especially if you pay a ridiculous cover charge to get into a bar so you can fight through the crowds to order drinks and enjoy a “complimentary” champagne toast at midnight. But it doesn’t have to be that way — maybe you scored tickets to see Oliver himself at a sold-out Wilbur Theatre show, or if not, here’s a few interesting options for New Year’s and the rest of this week.

Monday, December 29 – National Poetry Series Reading and Discussion
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get some more arts in your life in 2015? Shouldn’t be too hard considering your current favorite Boston artist is whoever draws the wolf tits graffiti all over town. Trident Booksellers & Cafe hosts a night of readings with selected poets from the National Poetry Series, recognizing and promoting excellence in contemporary American poetry. Tonight’s reading and discussion features three of the five poets selected for the 2013 Series, Thomas Dooley, Sara Eliza Johnson, and Simeon Berry. If your resolution is to break your addiction to poetry readings, this is a good way to go out like a boss. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, December 31 – Social Boston Sports New Year’s Eve 2015
Or maybe you made New Year’s resolutions to be more social and more active in 2015. You can do both at the same time with Social Boston Sports. SBS brings together people like you to be social and play sports in Boston, where you live. I mean, you saw the name, you could have done the math on that. Sometimes the sports are the kind you can do when you’re drunk, like bowling at the SBS New Year’s Eve party at King’s Boston. Admission includes two drink tickets and free bowling, pool, and skee ball all night long. (9 p.m., $95, 21+)

Wednesday, December 31 – Aeronaut New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Nothing against Miller High Life, it’s cheap and refreshing and it’s fun to hold those 7 ounce ponies and feel like a giant, but the true champagne of beers is probably more like Aeronaut Brewing Company’s single-barrel Belgian pilot brew. Which is perfect because the Somerville brewery will celebrate its bubbly release by pouring a midnight toast at their New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, also featuring live music from HONK! bands, a big balloon drop, a projector-bombing-insta-printing photo booth, limited release glassware, free catered food from Pennypacker’s Truck and Munch Mobile Bistro Bar, craft spritzers, and a gluten free mocktail bar. It’s sold out, but enter code BOSCAL on the Eventbrite page to get tickets. (7 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Wednesday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve at the Museum of Science
Drinking at art museums seems hip and cultured, but the science museum? Weird and inappropriate and oops you just stepped on a child. That’s why it’s so special when the Museum of Science goes 21+, like at A Night at the Museum: New Year’s Eve at the Museum of Science with food from Wolfgang Puck, multiple bars and dance floors, and fun exhibits that remain open for the night. The place is full of kids every day though, so just watch out for boogers, guys. And if you do stick your hand in boogers or get a booger in your hair and someone says “hey is that a booger” you can say, “I thought it was a booger, but it’s snot.” And it’ll almost be worth it. (10 p.m., $65+, 21+)

Thursday, January 1 – Flag Raising on Prospect Hill
Ever wonder how Somerville’s Union Square got its name? And what that weird castle thing on top of Prospect Hill is good for except a discrete makeout spot for high school kids? on On January 1, 1776, George Washington raised the first American flag, known as the Grand Union Flag, atop the hill. Four thousand Continental Army troops celebrated with a gun salute, and the sight of the flag kept them going through the British siege of Boston (and significant casualties sustained in the aforementioned gun salute). They drove the redcoats out by March. Somerville celebrates the flag raising with a fife and drum parade and historic reenactment on New Year’s Day. (11:30 a.m., FREE, all ages)

Friday, January 2 – “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Opening in previews Friday, Huntington Theatre Company’s ”Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” from master of comedy Christopher Durang (“Betty’s Summer Vacation”) pays loving homage to Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing. In the Tony-award winning play, Vanya and Sonia’s quiet, bucolic life is hilariously upended when their glamorous movie star sister arrives for the weekend with her brawny boy toy in tow. It’s like that old Chekhov adage: If a brawny boy toy shows up in act one, he needs to take his shirt off by act three. (8 p.m., $15-99, all ages)

Friday to Sunday, January 2-4 – Fire & Ice Festival
Originally scheduled for last weekend, the Fire & Ice Festival at outdoor interactive space and male public hair euphemism The Lawn on D made news as the first winter event in Boston ever to be rescheduled because the weather was too nice — ice doesn’t hold up too well in 50-degree weather. The festival features some of the city’s best fire art performers, a carved ice bar with hot cocoa/cider/grown-up drinks, and one of America’s largest ice labyrinths, because what’s the point of trying to find your way out of an endless terrifying labyrinth without the very real possibility of freezing to death. There’s also live music and food trucks. (11 a.m., FREE, all ages)

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