At The Fillmore (8656 Colesville Rd.) in Silver Spring, local rock station DC 101 will count down the seconds to midnight, then release a torrent of black balloons. Station manager James Howard said the night will be “like New Years, but in reverse.”
The End of the World Party features performances by alternative rockers Beware of Darkness and the folk-infused group Churchill. Paying homage to the doomsday theme, melodic pop rock band Go Radio will perform their piano-driven ballad “Go to Hell.”
Though the event is for all ages, revelers 21 and older will be treated to drink specials at a shelter-themed bar, including El Diablo cocktails and plenty of dark beer. When the sentimental mood strikes, attendees can record 15-second video confessionals and goodbyes to their loved ones. Tickets are $10 in advance, with special guests elevated to “R.I.P.” status. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Beyond the Beltway, Baltimore’s Rams Head Live is hosting an end-of-the-world edition of its monthly showcase of Maryland-based music makers. Headlining the night is the appropriately named art-rock group The Mayan Factor. The band has been dormant since the death of lead singer Ray Schuler in February 2011. The group’s final album, “Yesterday’s Son,” will be released at the show. Eight other bands are on tap for the evening, and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12.
Finally, for those who decide to go out at home, you can bid the world adieu on your own in proper Mayan style with recipes from “Flavors of Belize: The Cookbook.” Concoctions of Mayan origin include kack’ick soup of turkey and roasted vegetables, sweet corn tamale ducunu and cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.