Your Guide to What's Going Down on the Last Night of 2009

Only a handful of days remain until the end of the Naughties, which means it's time to look back on this massively madcap decade. And, frankly, it's been something of a downer. While sci-fi flicks promised rocket-powered cars and orgasmatrons by now, the past 10 years have wrought the quagmire of foreign wars, inept leaders, and some pretty whiny music. You've got one last chance to create a couple of outstanding memories before we put 2009 in the rearview mirror: New Year's Eve. As always, Auld Lang Syne offers a slew of swanky soirées and outrageous antics to engage in, especially here in the Valley. We've scoured the Internets and beat the streets in search of the biggest of the big-time bashes, as well as a few all-night parties and underground affairs taking place on Thursday, December 31 (unless otherwise specified).

SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St.
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers welcome 2010 with a special New Year's Eve concert. 9 p.m. $40-$50. Call 602-267-1600.

Dodge Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Joel McHale, host of The Soup, brings his stand-up comedy act to the Valley. 8 p.m. $27.50-$47.50. Visit www.livenation.com.

Fairmont Scottsdale
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
The Stone Rose Lounge hosts the "Karma: It's Your Choice" soiree featuring beats by DJ Exclusive, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, and more. Special room rates are also available for $199 (which include two tickets to the party). 9 p.m. $50. E-mail stoneroseazevents@gerberbars.com to RSVP.

Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party
Mill Avenue District, Tempe
The 2009 version of the event features performances by The Doobie Brothers and more than 30 local bands and acts, including Tramps and Thieves, Strange Family Circus, The Preserve, Surf Guitar Villains, 60 Degrees North, and Duct Tape Repairman. There's also freestyle motocross jumping, dueling pianos, magic shows, air guitar competitions, parades, pep rallies, food and drink vendors, the midnight countdown drop, a "Legends of Rock Lane" and a fireworks show. 4 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. $20. Call 480-350-0911.

Mondrian Scottsdale
7353 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale
This high-style New Year's fete offers live music by Rebel Jack, lingerie-clad models, DJ Design in the Red Bar, DJ Tricky T in the Midnight Room, Martini & Rossi champagne toast at midnight, $5 holiday martinis, a Viennese dessert bar with tempting cupcakes by Sprinkles, and more. Special room rates and packages are also available. 9 p.m., $45. Call 480-308-1100 or visit newyearseve.morganshotelgroup.com.

Sun Devil Stadium
500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will face off against the Iowa State Cyclones during the annual Insight Bowl. 4 p.m. kick-off. $20-$80. Call 480-350-0900 or visit www.insightbowl.org.

Symphony Hall
225 E. Adams St.
Phoenix Symphony presents its annual New Year's Eve concert. 7 p.m. $26-$76. Call 602-495-1999.

Tempe Improv
930 E. University Dr., Tempe

Charlie Murphy will supply the laughs during a pair of New Year's Eve shows. $60 for the 7 p.m. show, and $65 for the 10 p.m. show. Call 480-921-9877.

Westgate City Center
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale

Westgate Rocks New Year's Eve with live music from Metalhead and Rock Lobster, 2010 countdown, midnight weddings, and more. 7 p.m.; $10 in advance, $20 at the door, $30 for VIP access. Call 623-772-4000.

The Wrigley Mansion
2501 E. Telawa Trail
New Year's Eve party in Geordie's Lounge with music by Ivan Harshman, party favors, complimentary champagne toast at midnight. A regular dinner menu will also be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. $50 per person ($25 for dinner patrons). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-955-4079.


RESTAURANTS

Aiello's
5202 N. Central Ave.
Regular à la carte menu will be available with a variety of specials and no forced prix fixe. Reservations requested. 4-11 p.m. Call 602-277-8700.

The Compound Grill
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Tea Leaf Green hosts a New Year's Bash featuring a champagne toast, drink specials, and hourly ticket and merchandise giveaways. 9 p.m. $45. Call 480-585-5483.

D'Arcy McGee's
2000 E. Rio Salado Prkwy., Tempe
New Year's Eve Dinner featuring a "Party Chef" menu from 5 to 10 p.m. (prices vary). A raucous celebration will also be offered, promising an appetizer buffet, champagne toast, and music by Modrockers. 9 p.m. $20 (or free for dinner guests). Call 480-557-9087.

Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant
3841 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Music by The Biffos, party favors, and a midnight toast. 9 p.m., $5. Call 602-867-0984.

Fuego Bistro
713 E. Palo Verde Dr.
Buffet, music by DJ Chazbill, and more. Reservations required. $29.95 per person. Call 602-277-1151.

Iguana Mack's Arizona Roadhouse
1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Playmate Mansion Party featuring DJs, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast. 4 p.m., $10 cover after 9 p.m. Call 480-899-6735.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
In addition to a special New Year's Eve fixed-price menu, surf-and-turf dinners will be available for $39.95. 4 p.m. Call 480-419-7772.

Petite Maison
7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
This Old Town eatery offers a five-course classic French dinner with paired wines and all of the trimmings. 5 p.m. $85 per person ($25 extra for paired wine flights). Call 480-991-6887.


BARS & CLUBS

Axis/Radius
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
Space Odyssey 2010 party featuring laser light shows, breakdancers, go-go girls, and DJs. 9 p.m.; $28 for singles, $48 for couples (or $38 for a three-club pass providing access to Myst and Suede). Call 480-970-1112.

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