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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 beaten the streets in search of the biggest of the big-time bashes taking place on Thursday, December 31 (unless otherwise specified).
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.
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
The Stone Rose Lounge will feature 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Fort McDowell Casino
10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell
Free appetizers until midnight, party hats and beads, champagne toast, live music from Sensations Band in the Lucky 7 Saloon at 9 p.m., and more. 7 p.m. Call 800-843-3678.
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Party like it's 1959 in the Zuzu Lounge with cocktails, midnight countdown, DJ P-Body, and more. 9 p.m. Trader Vic's will offer a special dinner menu from 5-10 p.m. for $65 per person. Room packages also start at $199. Call 480-248-2000.
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 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.
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley
The resort's Cortijo Plaza and Mbar host live entertainment from DJ Senbad, Quetzal Guerro and the Warriors, and EPIC Dance Company. 5 p.m., $25. Call 480-627-3200.
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Do the "Time Warp" into 2010 as the local Come As You Are troupe performs the first Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast of the new year. 10:30 p.m. Friday, January 1. $10. Call 602-705-6685 or visit www.azrocky.com.
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.
930 E. University Dr., Tempe
Charlie Murphy will supply the laughs on New Year's Eve. $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, 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
Geordie's Lounge hosts music by Ivan Harshman, party favors, 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.
5202 N. Central Ave.
The regular à la carte menu will be available with a variety of special deals (as well as no forced prix fixe), including such appetizing choices as seafood cannelloni, Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, and veal chop Milanese. Reservations requested and menu prices vary. 4-11 p.m. Call 602-277-8700.
398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This Mill Avenue eatery will offer a five-course New Year's special menu, as well as champagne, party favors, and more. Prices vary. 5 p.m. Call 480-968-9112.
The Compound Grill
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Tea Leaf Green hosts a New Year's Bash featuring a champagne toast, drink specials, and more. 9 p.m. $45. Call 480-585-5483.
4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Enjoy a four-course dinner, with the option of a fifth fish course for an additional $15. Seatings available at 5:30 p.m. ($75 per person) and 8:15 p.m. ($95 per person), the latter of which includes live entertainment, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations requested. Call 480-883-3773.