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930 E. University Dr., Tempe
Saturday Night Live alum (and Mr. Subliminal himself) Kevin Nealon will unleash plenty of laughs during two performances. 7 and 10 p.m., $35. Call 480-921-9877.
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St.
The King of Pop will be feted in grand fashion when Cirque du Soleil stages Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour to downtown Phoenix. 8 p.m., $50-$175. Call 480-784-4444 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
The Ovations Live! Showroom hosts an evening of rock 'n' roll action from Powerdrive. 8 p.m., $25-$250. Call 800-946-4452.
W Scottsdale Hotel
7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Patrons at the W's "New Year's Eve Cirque Nouveau" will be transported back to the era of vintage circuses as they witness sideshow performers in action, stroll through a hall of mirrors, try their hand at carnival games, or listen to music laid down by DJ Soulman. Registered guests can get in on such perks as a hosted bar until 9:30 p.m. and will receive either top hats or a feathered headpiece. 8 p.m.; $75 for gals, $100 for guys. Call 480-970-2100.
Bonfire Grill & Bar
7210 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
The cats from Relentless Beats will fly in renowned house music superstars Sydney Blu and Scooter & Lavelle for their "Once In a Blu Moon" party, which also features spin sessions by Thomas Turner, Timothy Heit, Sean Essex, and DJ Lujan. Prizes, giveaways, and a midnight champagne toast are also planned. 6 p.m.-4 a.m.; $35-$50 general admission, $70 per person for dinner service (which is available until 9 p.m.); and $400-$500 for VIP table/bottle service. Call 480-772-7613.
The Compound Grill
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Texas roots rockers Uncle Lucius will serve up an enticing sonic stew combining country twang with R&B grooves for the Compound's patrons during its New Year's Eve celebration. The Sugar Thieves will open the show. 8:30 p.m., $20-$25. Call 480-585-5483.
El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
DJ Diesel will be in the mix all evening at what's sure to be a packed party, which will feature penny drinks all night. A wealth of table service and seating options are available, ranging from $800 for the personal tap booths to $1,000 for the stage above the bar. 8 p.m., $50 and up. El Hefe will also reopen at 6 a.m. on January 1 for the "New Year's Day Wake & Bake," which offers a complimentary buffet, bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar, and house music from DJ Thomas James. Call 480-241-2682.
430 N. Power Rd., Mesa
This East Valley eatery will offer a special $24.99 dinner for two featuring a shared appetizer and dessert, champagne toast at midnight, two entrees, and more. Live music will also be offered throughout the night. 5 p.m. Call 480-924-8778.
Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
6991 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Dine on selections from the à la carte menu and enjoy live entertainment by The Nate Willams Band before partaking in the midnight champagne toast. Private dining rooms are also available for parties. 5 p.m. Call 602-264-2655.
Mastro's Ocean Club
15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale
Mastro's private dining rooms will be available on New Year's Eve, an à la carte menu will be served, The Joey and Link Band offers live entertainment, and a champagne toast takes place at midnight. 5 p.m., $50-$100. Call 602-264-2655.
9425 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale
Think that whole Mayan calendar thing about the world ending next year is legit? The folks at McFadden's do, which is why their party's been dubbed the "Last New Year's Eve Ever." Gift bags will be given to the first 200 through the door and $1,000 in cash and prizes will also be handed out. Various admission packages are available ranging from the silver level (which includes a buffet dinner and champagne toast) to the platinum level (which features the buffet, champagne toast, five free drinks, $1 top-shelf cocktails, and more). 8 p.m., $15-$80. Call 623-872-0022.
7373 E. Camelback Rd.
Chef Johnny Chu will provide a five-course repast featuring orange chicken puffs, wasabi shu mai, asian mint shrimp, black dragon fish, and sweet wontons during The Mint's "Vintage" celebration. 7 p.m.; $50 for guys, $20 for gals, $35 for dinner. Call 602-264-2655.
9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Partake in a three-course dinner during two seatings (from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and 7:45 to 8:15 p.m.), each of which includes music by singer-songwriter Alan Dequina and a glass of champagne for each adult. $65 per person. Call 480-614-9400.
Roka Akor Steak & Sushi
7299 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
A special Omisoka menu will be prepared by executive chef Jason Alford. Seatings are at 6 and 8:30 p.m., $98 per person. Call 480-306-8800.
4232 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
New Year's Eve dinner with two seatings available. Reservations requested. 5:30-11 p.m. Call 480-706-2200.
The Vig Uptown
6015 N. 16th St.
Jonny Rogers will drop funky house, indie dance tracks, and hip-hop during New Year's Eve. The joint's Vig Rig will also offer complimentary transportation all night. 9 p.m. Call 602-633-1187.
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
A special dinner menu featuring rock salt prime rib, crab-stuffed Atlantic salmon, grilled sirloin and scampi prawns and other delights will be served. A video DJ kicks off the New Year's countdown starting at 9:30 p.m., leading up to the midnight champagne toast. 5 p.m. Call 480-968-2920.