Winter Night's Scene

Aspirin? Check. Killer threads? Solid. Bail money? Sho'nuff.

Sounds like you're fully locked and loaded to get your New Year's Eve freak on, except you need some off-the-chain parties and places to peep. Fear not, funky Phoenicians, because we've got the lowdown on all the hoedowns going down around the M.C. (that's Maricopa County, fool) on Sunday, December 31.

It's fitting that '007 is nearly upon us, since we're making like Q and equipping you with the 411 on some swanky soirees and posh parties. You may not be as debonair as Sean Connery or as stacked as Pussy Galore, but you can still kick it like James Bond did in Casino Royale, whether it's slinging poker chips or wooing hotties. But if you imbibe one too many vodka martinis (natch) while on Her Majesty's secret service, forgo the Aston Martin for a cab, 'cause we'd rather you die another day.


Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Celebrity New Year's Bash with performances by R&B superstars 112, singer Bobby Valentino, BET comedian Pierre, and locals Dony Adair & Jet, as well as DJs JX3, M2, Puppy Luv, and Dyna-Mixx. An open bar, appetizers, party favors, three VIP rooms, and a midnight balloon drop are also planned. Black and red attire suggested. 8 p.m. $175. Call 602-677-1213 or see

Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria
Cast members of Kiss Me, Kate and South Pacific will sing selections from both musicals, a jazz combo performs, and patrons can drink and sup during a lobby reception with hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. Deluxe parting gifts and party favors, dancing, a midnight countdown and toast are also planned. Cocktail or contemporary formalwear required. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $135 per person. Call 623-776-8400.

Carefree Resort & Villas
37220 Mule Train Rd., Carefree
EastonAshe New Year's Bash featuring a performance by the local rockers, party favors, complimentary valet parking, champagne toast, balloon drop, midnight countdown, and more. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. All ages. $50 general admission (with a variety of dining, drinking, and lodging packages available). Call 888-488-9034 or see for full details.

Casino Arizona at Salt River
524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale
All you'll need is love (and a C-note) as BeatleMania Live provides a special New Year's Eve performance, which also includes dinner, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, and an after-party with music from Harry Luge & Haywire. 6 p.m. $100. Call 480-850-7734.

Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party
Mill Avenue District, Tempe
More than 150,000 people will jam into downtown Tempe for the Valley's quintessential New Year's Eve event. This year's edition offers up motocross stunts, two fireworks shows at 10 p.m. and midnight, five beer gardens, family fun activities, carnival rides, KISS-FM's all-ages dance club, a street jam, a parade from Tempe Beach Park down Mill Avenue, a midnight countdown drop, numerous food and drink vendors, and 11 stages of live music from more than 40 bands, including headliners Third Eye Blind and Vanessa Carlton. 4 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. $20 ($15 at Fry's Food Stores). Call 480-350-0911.

Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa

The Farnsworth Studio Theater hosts a special New Year’s Eve performance of Fully Committed, a farcical one-man comedy concerning the struggles of running a crowded fancy restaurant. The show includes dinner. 7:30 p.m. $125 per person. Call 480-644-6500.

The Paper Heart
750 Grand Ave.
Club Hell presents its "Hell's Bells" party with industrial music from Sang.Rael, as well as dance tracks from DJs Nfin8, Squalor, 5arah, and DJVIRGO. A free champagne toast occurs at midnight. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. $10 before 10:30 p.m., $15 afterward. Call 602-262-2020.

Rose Mofford Sports Complex
9833 N. 25th Ave.
"Midnight Madness" three-mile run and walk open to all ages. The top 50 finishers win awards, and all participants receive free tee shirts and chili after the race. 9 p.m. registration, 10:30 p.m. start. $23 to $25. Call 480-345-5752 or see

Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party
Craftsman Court between Third and Fifth avenues, Scottsdale
This annual Scottsdale fete benefiting Scottsdale Fire Fighters Charities mixes champagne, chefs, and bands aplenty, as well as the usual New Year's Eve staples, like a fireworks show at midnight. Local award-winning chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations while various bands — including Veruca Salt, Agent Sparks, Violet Wild, Fayuca, The Earps, Blue Jay, Dirty Heads, and The Love Me Nots — perform on two different stages. Various food, beverage, and street vendors will also be on hand. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $35 for general admission (which allows access to NEXT, Upper Deck Sports Cafe, ACME Bar & Grill, Dos Gringos, and the Venue of Scottsdale), and $100 for a VIP package (which includes a free buffet, 15 drink tickets, an exclusive lounge, champagne toast, and more). See

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.