Criterion to host New Year’s Eve gala

BAR HARBOR — The Criterion Theatre will ring in 2016 with live performances and celebration on New Year’s Eve.

From 6-8:30 p.m., the Barn Arts Collective will be center stage with an interactive performance for all ages featuring juggling, music, magic and its own special style. This portion of the evening will conclude with a “mini countdown” and an apple juice toast.

At 9 p.m., local group Djar Djar will open for Bella’s Bartok, an energetic six piece klezmer-rock group. Bella’s Bartok, known for their stage presence, funky grooves and humorous blog posts, is a stylistic match for the theater. “This theater has a certain amount of ‘glam’ and ‘swing’”, said Director Heather Martin. “This band is a perfect match for that. It promises to be really fun!”

Participants are encouraged to come in evening wear, costume or fancy dress.

Tickets for the all-ages program (6-8:30 p.m.) cost $10. Tickets for the full evening (6 p.m. till 2016) cost $29. Kids 3 and under enter free.

Visit, email [email protected] or call 288-0829.

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