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Aspirin? Check. Killer threads? Solid. Bail money? Sho'nuff.
Sounds like you're fully locked and loaded to get your New Year's Eve freak on, except you need some off-the-chain parties and places to peep. Fear not, funky Phoenicians, because we've got the lowdown on all the hoedowns going down around the M.C. (that's Maricopa County, fool) on Sunday, December 31.
It's fitting that '007 is nearly upon us, since we're making like Q and equipping you with the 411 on some swanky soirees and posh parties. You may not be as debonair as Sean Connery or as stacked as Pussy Galore, but you can still kick it like James Bond did in Casino Royale, whether it's slinging poker chips or wooing hotties. But if you imbibe one too many vodka martinis (natch) while on Her Majesty's secret service, forgo the Aston Martin for a cab, 'cause we'd rather you die another day.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Celebrity New Year's Bash with performances by R&B superstars 112, singer Bobby Valentino, BET comedian Pierre, and locals Dony Adair & Jet, as well as DJs JX3, M2, Puppy Luv, and Dyna-Mixx. An open bar, appetizers, party favors, three VIP rooms, and a midnight balloon drop are also planned. Black and red attire suggested. 8 p.m. $175. Call 602-677-1213 or see www.deibuz.com.
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria
Cast members of Kiss Me, Kate and South Pacific will sing selections from both musicals, a jazz combo performs, and patrons can drink and sup during a lobby reception with hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. Deluxe parting gifts and party favors, dancing, a midnight countdown and toast are also planned. Cocktail or contemporary formalwear required. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $135 per person. Call 623-776-8400.
Carefree Resort & Villas
37220 Mule Train Rd., Carefree
EastonAshe New Year's Bash featuring a performance by the local rockers, party favors, complimentary valet parking, champagne toast, balloon drop, midnight countdown, and more. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. All ages. $50 general admission (with a variety of dining, drinking, and lodging packages available). Call 888-488-9034 or see www.ticketleap.com for full details.
Casino Arizona at Salt River
524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale
All you'll need is love (and a C-note) as BeatleMania Live provides a special New Year's Eve performance, which also includes dinner, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, and an after-party with music from Harry Luge & Haywire. 6 p.m. $100. Call 480-850-7734.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
122 N. 2nd St.
New Year's Eve Dance with music by The Powerdrive Band, dancing, champagne, party favors, prizes, raffles, and more. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $45 per person (or $540 for a table of 12). Call 602-299-5953 or see www.latinosnow.com. There will also be a special dance party in the atrium, with music by The Groove Merchants, a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight, party favors, Ray the DJ, and a more semiformal dress code. 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Room packages also available. $89 advance, $99 at the door. Call 602-252-1234.
Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party
Mill Avenue District, Tempe
More than 150,000 people will jam into downtown Tempe for the Valley's quintessential New Year's Eve event. This year's edition offers up motocross stunts, two fireworks shows at 10 p.m. and midnight, five beer gardens, family fun activities, carnival rides, KISS-FM's all-ages dance club, a street jam, a parade from Tempe Beach Park down Mill Avenue, a midnight countdown drop, numerous food and drink vendors, and 11 stages of live music from more than 40 bands, including headliners Third Eye Blind and Vanessa Carlton. 4 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. $20 ($15 at Fry's Food Stores). Call 480-350-0911.
McQueen Park Activity Center
510 N. Horne St., Gilbert
Town of Gilbert Mayor's New Year's Eve Party with music by the Swingtips, activities, games, food and beverages, balloon drop, and more. 8 p.m. to midnight. $2 per person ($5 per family). Call 480-503-6200.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
The Farnsworth Studio Theater hosts a special New Year’s Eve performance of Fully Committed, a farcical one-man comedy concerning the struggles of running a crowded fancy restaurant. The show includes dinner. 7:30 p.m. $125 per person. Call 480-644-6500.
The Paper Heart
750 Grand Ave.
Club Hell presents its "Hell's Bells" party with industrial music from Sang.Rael, as well as dance tracks from DJs Nfin8, Squalor, 5arah, and DJVIRGO. A free champagne toast occurs at midnight. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. $10 before 10:30 p.m., $15 afterward. Call 602-262-2020.
Phoenix Convention Center
111 N. 3rd St.
Mega 104.3/99.3 New Years Eve Bash with DJ Perry spinning R&B, and music by '70s legends Sly, Slick & Wicked. 8 p.m. $28. See www.ticketmaster.com.
Phoenix Greyhound Park
3801 E. Washington St.
"Party With The Pups" featuring greyhound racing, door prizes, dancing, wild party favors, midnight champagne toast, and more. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free (with $3 admission to the clubhouse and a $23 prime rib buffet). Call 602-273-7181.
Rose Mofford Sports Complex
9833 N. 25th Ave.
"Midnight Madness" three-mile run and walk open to all ages. The top 50 finishers win awards, and all participants receive free tee shirts and chili after the race. 9 p.m. registration, 10:30 p.m. start. $23 to $25. Call 480-345-5752 or see www.runningmasters.net.