Atlanta Instrumental Institutions Announcements

8th Annual Downtown Countdown Atlanta New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Atlanta
8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $129-$149 general admission; $175-$225 V.I.P. Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. http://downtowncountdownatlanta.missiontix.com.


WISH Masquerade Ball at Whiskey Park
9 p.m. Dec. 31. $125. Whiskey Park at W Atlanta-Midtown, 188 14th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-724-2560, www.wishnye.com.

Guadalcanal Diary, Dex Romweber Duo and Flamingo Royale at Earl Smith Strand Theatre
7 p.m. Dec. 31. $30; $45 includes after party. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080, www.earlsmithstrand.org.

News Table :
False hostage suspect due in court
The 19-year-old woman who claimed she was being held hostage in a home in Buckhead is due in court Friday.

New Tools for Peach Drop Security
Atlanta police say they're planning to monitor the massive crowds expected for the Peach Drop on New Year's Eve from a new video center that can access thousands of public and private security cameras in the city.

Watch Night Services at Southwest Atlanta Churches
A While many will ring in New Year's Eve with champagne, noisemakers and Auld Lang Syne, others have plans to celebrate the occasion in a different place: church.