Parties at the End of the World

JAHNA PELOQUIN | Updated 12/27/2012

If the Mayan calendar would be believed, Dec. 21, 2012, marks the last day before the apocalypse. In the unlikely event that prediction proves correct, you may as well drink, dance and be merry on Friday before being engulfed in fiery doom. Here are your best bets to go out big.

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'WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD'

The latest exhibition from darkly whimsical artists Cheryl Wilgren Clyne and Alex Kuno features an apocalyptic theme, with scenes of abandon, destruction and transcendence. Fittingly, the show's closing party lands on Dec. 21. Kuno's latest pieces depart slightly from previous work, trading in his cast of disturbed children for quietly chilling images of ships crashing into icebergs and M.C. Escher-like structures that suggest a world free of humankind. (6-9 p.m. Fri. Air Sweet Air Gallery, 262 E. 4th St., No. 203, St. Paul. www.airsweetair.org.)

HELL'S KITCHEN'S END OF THE WORLD LAST SUPPER

Delve into the depths of hell -- Hell's Kitchen, that is. Dine to live music by Erin Schwab and get in touch with the metaphysical via psychics, palm readers, astrologers and a swami, and enjoy a free glass of champagne with dinner. Reservations encouraged. (6-9 p.m. Fri. Free. All ages. 80 S. 9th St., Mpls. www.hellskitcheninc.com.)

THE END OF THE WORLD WITH GRANT CUTLER

Cutler made an ambient, apocalyptic album titled "2012" last year, so it was only fitting he follow it up with an epic, three-part composition commissioned by the Minnesota State Arts Board to be premiered on 12/21/12. Described as a "big, new age jam" with projected visuals and electro-acoustic instrumentation, Cutler's work will be performed by a live band, with opening sets from Zoo Animal and Anonymous Choir. (8 p.m. Fri. $10. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. www.thecedar.org.)

NOMAD'S APOCALYPSE PROM

Go out in style at the Apocalypse Prom, where you can drink and dance your way into the End Times with a night of loud-and-heavy rock 'n' roll. With a lineup that includes the Japhies, Turn Back Now!, Fuzzy Machete and Time Destroyer and the sure-to-be beer-soaked dance floor, opt to hit the thrift store first for a tacky bridesmaid dress. (9 p.m. Fri. $5. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. www.nomadpub.com.)

BOMP: GET RICH OR DIE MAYAN

What better place to ring in the end of it all than gothy Ground Zero? The beat-dropping DJs of Bomp -- Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, Shannon Blowtorch, Jonathan Ackerman, Wzz Wnshp and Slamdunkapher -- will make full use of the club's stellar sound system and huge dance floor with their mix of hip-hop bangers and classic dance jams. (10 p.m. Fri. $5-$10. 18-plus. Ground Zero, 15 NE. 4th St., Mpls. www.themoongoons.com/bomp.)

THE END OF THE WORLD: THE OFFICIAL PARTY OF THE APOCALYPSE

This party is sure to shake the walls of First Avenue's Mainroom and its formidable sound system. The lineup of local hip-hop up-and-comers includes R&B-laced, all-girl trio the Chalice, MC/producer party-rap duo The Tribe and Big Cats and rapid-fire rapper Sean Anonymous. With DJ Name. (9 p.m. Fri. $8-$10. 18-plus. 701 1st Av. N., Mpls. www.first-avenue.com.)

HITMIX: TIMEWAVE ZERO

The latest dance night from party-throwing professionals DJ Bach and Anthem Heart optimistically takes inspiration from the future and time travel. Expect a mix of futuristic, bass-heavy rap, R&B, pop, remixes and dance music, with a heavy dose of novelty. (10 p.m. Fri. $5. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. www.honeympls.com.)

331 CLUB END OF THE WORLD WEEKEND

The 331 is betting that life will go on after the apocalypse, hosting shows both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday's lineup includes the Iggy Pop-copping Goondas, desert rockers Red Daughters and one-man glam band Tickle Torture, with two-piece punk outfit Gay Witch Abortion, the shoegazey Gospel Gossip and lo-fi folk singer Jim and the French Vanilla on Saturday. (10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free. 331 13th Av. NE., Mpls. www.331.mn.)