Rub elbows with the Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and King Kong at the Houstonian's "Hooray for Hollywood" black tie optional benefit gala. The party features three bands and a DJ in four ballrooms, plus an open bar, a live auction, casino gambling, champagne, party favors and a breakfast buffet. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; $110 per person. Add a seated dinner at 7 p.m.; $150 per person. Overnight accommodations are $75 per person. Childcare overnight party for ages 3-12, $25 per child. Tickets are sold at the door. Benefits D.E.B.R.A. of America, call (281)565-3743. The Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa, 111 North Post Oak Lane.
Celebrate the coming of 1999 when the Spaniards do, at 5 p.m. Houston time. Early revelers at Mi Luna will feast on four courses and toast with champagne sangria. $40 per person. Later meals with half-hourly seatings from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. are $50 per person. Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant & Bar, 2441 University, 520-5025.
Diners at Tasca's last seating at 9:30 p.m. will enjoy three courses of luxury choices -- Gravad lox and caviar, lobster mushroom risotto, rack of lamb or Chilean sea bass, to name a few -- and will hear the giant Market Square clock outside ring in the New Year. Champagne toast at midnight. $75 per person; other beverages, tip and tax extra. Tasca Kitchen & Wine Bar, 908 Congress, 225-9100.
Most of the live music in the city will be concentrated in a few downtown blocks. New Year's Eve Houston (co-sponsored by the Houston Press) features Chuck Berry, Dishwalla, Fastball, The Reverend Horton Heat, Little Richard, Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts, Dr. John, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Joe "King" Carrasco, Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Suspects, TKoh! and El Vez. 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Call Ticketmaster at 629-3700. Tickets are $50 before Dec. 25 and $60 after.
The Downtown YMCA sponsors a lock-in party for kids ages 5-14, from 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31, to 8 a.m. Friday, January 1. $25 per child includes dinner, snacks and breakfast, plus crafts, sports, movies, video games, a DJ and a view of the midnight fireworks from the roof. Call Mike Brown, 758-9242. Downtown YMCA, 1600 Louisiana.
"Om" in the New Year at a mostly-in-English mantra chanting workshop sponsored by the First Unitarian Universalist Church from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Board games and rockabilly dancing follow, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. All ages welcome, $5 per person or $10 per family. Call Bill Wallauer, 661-9916. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.