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The year is finally coming to a close, and it's a close a lot of people are more than happy to embrace. With the recession technically "over," we're all eager to kick 2009 to the curb and launch ourselves into a slightly more secure future. So we've compiled a list of events that should help you end the year in magnificent fashion. Whether or not you remember anything the next morning is entirely up to you.
New Year's Eve Party
1204 Caroline, 713-652-5837
The Houston Press and DJ Wyatt Magnum are taking over the House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room for a night you won't soon forget. You can get in free, but you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ticket includes access to the members-only Foundation Room. Doors open at 7 p.m. Next door at the Music Hall, Cross Canadian Ragweed will be playing; tickets are $55. And at the HOB Dining Hall, it's Thunderpants' Totally '80s New Year's Eve Bash; tickets are $30.
Alexander the Great Fine Greek Cuisine
3055 Sage Rd., 713-622-2778
The first seating for this year's New Year's Eve meal will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with the regular menu at $50 per person. The second seating is from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $75 per person will get you a four-course meal, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and entertainment throughout the night with belly dancers and live music.
7326 Southwest Fwy., 713-772-5900
Arena Theatre presents Earthquake, Tony Rock and Huggy Lowdown on New Year's Eve. Show time is 8 p.m. Prepare yourself, Houston, for side-splitting laughter.
17754 Katy Fwy., 281-398-4070
Azzarelli's will be celebrating New Year's with a prix-fixe menu of its signature dishes at four seatings, 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., with five price options, from $35 per person to $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. From options such as tomatoes Camilla and seafood gumbo for the first course to a main course of potato-crusted chicken or lobster tail on a bed of pasta, you'd better make your reservation early.
6134 Richmond, 832-251-0505
This event is $100 per person and includes appetizers, dinner and dessert, as well as
live entertainment by Jabbour, belly dancing and party favors. VIP tables are available.
25911 I-45 North, 281-367-3774
Going from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Dosey Doe Motown Review costs $64 to $74 and includes dinner and a show. Celebrate New Year's Eve with a three-course meal from award-winning chef Dan McEachern. The Level One Band is onstage with a special tribute show to the Supremes and the Temptations. Dancing definitely allowed.
410 Bagby, 713-223-3474
For the younger crowd, Sharkey's New Year's Eve Party is just the thing. Starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m., this party includes a balloon drop and a buffet.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
705 Main, 713-228-9472
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium hosts its annual New Year's Eve party featuring live music from The Four Wisemen beginning at 9 p.m., plus party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Admission is free for U.F.O. Club members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are available beginning at $40 per table or for $10 per seat, and get customers party favors and a bottle of champagne for their table. At 11 p.m., Flying Saucer will host a drawing for a bottle of Samuel Adams Utopias.
GrumBar and Grill
306 Main, 713-224-6448
Enjoy the countdown to 2010 at GrumBar and Grill with all premium drafts for $4, starburst shots for $5, and bullblasters and Irish carbomb shots all night. Dynamite Amber is playing live, with no cover.
800 Bagby, 713-315-2400
Houston's premier early music ensemble, Ars Lyrica Houston, plans a New Year's Eve performance that will include an American premiere of J. A. Hasse's early masterpiece Marc Antonio e Cleopatra. Composed in Naples in 1725 about the famous tale of Anthony and Cleopatra, the piece showcases two brilliant young singers, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and soprano Ava Pine. Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst will be leading the ensemble from his customary seat at the harpsichord. The concert will be followed by a New Year's Eve Gala and Silent Auction with champagne, delectable hors d'oeuvres and donated prizes that will take place at the Founder's Club in the Hobby Center. Guests will have the chance to bid on items such as Continental Airlines tickets, private house concerts and a catered dinner for 12. Tickets for the performance and the gala can be purchased through the Ars Lyrica Web site.
Home Plate Bar & Grill
1800 Texas, 713-222-9977
From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, Home Plate will throw a $10-per-person party complete with complimentary appetizers, free raffle prizes, free hats, tiaras, and party favors as well as a free champagne toast at midnight. Live DJs will be spinning all night, and domestic drafts, house wells, frozen margaritas, Washington Apples, kamikazes and lemon drops will all go for $3. Parking is free.