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By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Katrina Montgomery
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By Benjamin Leatherman
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440 N. 32nd St.
UrbanAZ will present A Grown & Sexy New Year's Eve Concert featuring R&B, slow jams, and pop hits from El Debarge, Guy, and Johnny Gill. 9 p.m., $55-$75. Call 602-267-1600.
Circle K New Year's Eve Block Party
Mill Avenue District, Tempe
After a one-year absence, one of the biggest Auld Lang Syne events in the Valley will make its return to Tempe's main drag to help celebrate the end of 2013 and welcome 2014. The block party will encompass a good portion of Mill Avenue from Third Street to University Drive and feature beer and champagne gardens, live music, video dance clubs, food trucks, interactive games, activities, family fun zones, and — of course — the midnight countdown with fireworks and confetti blasts. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 and admission for children 12 and under is free.
401 W. Clarendon Ave.
Dress to the nines and celebrate the coming of 2014 in dapper fashion during A Modern Gatsby Affair NYE Party, which will feature DJ sessions by Michael Hooker, a performance by CONDER/dance, midnight champagne toast, and more. Cocktail and evening attire recommended. 8 p.m., $25. Call 602-252-7363.
815 N. 2nd St.
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St.
Torn jeans, Chuck Taylors, and grunge band T-shirts might be the outfit to wear if you're planning to attend the '90s-themed New Year's Eve Flannel Ball and Art Show, which will offer music from Andy Warpigs, Bacchus, Sister Lip, and Wolvves. A slew of local artists will also show off their works, including Sierra Joy, Morgan McNally, Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, Casebeer, J.J. Horner, Brandon Huigens, Tara Logsdon, and others. 8 p.m., $10. Call 602-682-5825.
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Authority Zero presents its annual New Year's Eve gig at the Marquee. Fellow local acts Fayuca, Inept Hero, and Moovalya will also appear, and Kristopher Roe of The Ataris will also provide a special acoustic performance. 7 p.m., $25. Call 480-829-0707.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
The golden voices of legendary a cappella group Straight No Chaser will ring in the new year during a concert in the MAC's Ikeda Theater. 8 p.m., $75. A VIP package that includes entry to the show and a gourmet dinner buffet served at 6:15 p.m. is $150. Call 480-644-6500.
Scottsdale's Ultimate New Year's Eve
4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
Country music star Jon Pardi headlines this year's block party, which also will feature performances by A Boy Named Sioux, Tony Martinez Band, and Laura Walsh, as well as beer vendors, access to Dos Gringos and Rockbar, and fireworks at midnight. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15-$25.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
The resort will boast two different Auld Lang Syne events, each with its own distinct vibe and entertainment. The Salt River Grand Ballroom will host Studio TSR Strikes Back, featuring performances by Loveshack and Buster Poindexter, as well as dancing, party favors, and a balloon drop at midnight. Tickets are $150 per person for a show and dinner, which is served at 6:30 p.m., and $99 per person for the show only, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Raven's Annual New Year's Eve Gala will take place in the showroom and will feature a complimentary appetizer buffet until 11 p.m., two bars, cocktail and drink specials, a midnight toast, and music from SmashT and DJ Kilo. Semi-formal to black tie attire is required. General admission is $50. Call 866-877-9897.
930 E. University Dr., Tempe
Bobby Lee from MAD TV will bring the funny to Tempe Improv on New Year's Eve during shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25-$53.36. Call 480-921-9877.
16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa
A pair of parties will take place inside this massive entertainment complex. First, the 10 Pins Down Bowling Alley will host a celebration of New Year's Eve on the east coast at 9 p.m. for those who have kids or can't stay up too late, which will offer a balloon drop and other revelry. Over in the Luxe Lounge, however, they'll be partying in 21-and-over fashion until midnight with drink specials, party favors, dancing, and a champagne toast. Both events start at 7 p.m. Call 520-233-2431.
W Scottsdale Hotel
7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
The world's your oyster during the W's One Night In Bangkok New Year's Eve Party, which will include dance music spun by DJ Soulman, specialty cocktails, and fireworks at midnight. 8 p.m.; $75 for ladies, $100 for guys. Various ticket, premium bottle service, and room packages are available. Call 480-970-2100 or see www.wscotts dalehotel.com/newyears for full details.