Welcome to 2012. Now that you've recovered from your hangover, check out some of the First Night craziness and more around the Valley.
Selecting the right spot to welcome the New Year can be a challenge since most bars are loud, packed, and charge cover. Wading your way to the bar to order drinks and/or scope out attractive folk is time consuming, and if you're not careful, you may spend the countdown waiting in line. Fortunately, this was not the case at the Crescent Ballroom. Although this local music hot spot was busy, the bar offered drink specials, no cover, and its usual quirky and aesthetically pleasing clientele. We enjoyed ringing in the New Year at Crescent Ballroom, and we have the pictures to prove it. See the full New Years Eve Pahtay slideshow.
Club-goers sent 2011 out in style during fashionable New Year's Eve fetes that took place at numerous nightspots in Old Town Scottsdale. As bottles were popped and kisses were exchanged, our cameras captured all the Auld Lange Syne action at several chic soirees over the course of the evening, including the parties at The Mint, El Hefe, Pussycat Lounge, Axis/Radius, and The Firehouse. See the full Scottsdale New Year's Eve slideshow.
Elaborate masks and gorgeous costumes were in abundance inside the FilmBar on New Year's Eve during the Goblin King Masquerade Ball, a fantastical affair that was like a fairy tale flick mixed with an John Hughes-style high school prom. Participants danced the night away to 1980s pop hits while celebrating such sword-and-sorcery flicks as Labyrinth, Willow, The Dark Crystal, Legend, and The Princess Bride. Meanwhile, a potent party also took place in the FilmBar's lounge. See the full Goblin King New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball slideshow.
Hundreds of artists and party-goers rang in the new year at The Compound in Tempe. The residence was once again transformed into a live music and art show space by JJ Horner, Colton Brock, and Charles Darr, who throw the party annually and installed work by more than 50 local artists. Bonfires, rogue fireworks, and more than a few drunken fumbles aside, maybe 2012 will indeed be better. See the full Compound slideshow.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a lot like Christmas itself: The pretty lights are a good distraction from how over-the-top and annoying it can be. Both have some classy elements and are good for family fun, but after a couple hours, New Year's can't come soon enough. Read the full Trans-Siberian Orchestra review.