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  • ICYMI: Forbes rates Detroit #9 on its “America’s Most Creative Cities” list

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New Year's Eve Party Guide 2010

How many ways are there to bid 2010 adieu? We have more than 100 suggestions.

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50 Amp Fuse. Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township, 248-960-3344.

8th Annual $10 New Year's Eve Party. The annual low-cost, no frills New Year's party with DJ Soulprovidah spinning rock, reggae, '80s and party jams. The Bosco, 22930 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-541-8818. $10 at (9 p.m.)

A Bass Fueled Mischief New Year's Eve. Featuring Antiserum, Hellfire Machina, Gin & Tronic, Errol, Matt Clarke, Bliss, Laceration Selekta and Calico. The Detroit Pub, 1326 Brush, Detroit, 313-963-3500. $15 before 11 p.m., $20 after. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

A New Year's Eve Celebration featuring Punisher. With Midnight Jackers, Harvyst, Pontoon Joe, Dalt-B tag set (Vinsanity & Diskreet), Tommy B., Jay Biggs and more. Free well drinks. 10 Critics, 1400 Porter St., Detroit. $10.

A Night to Remember. Andiamo's Detroit location offers a special New Year's package featuring a four-course dinner for two, party favors, live entertainment, Champagne toast and deluxe accommodations at the Detroit Marriott. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, 313-567-6700. $279 per couple.

Aaron Vaughn. Edison's, 220 Merrill St., Birmingham, 248-645-2150.

All-Star Showdown. Two very special All-Star Showdowns at 8 and 10 p.m. Both time slots feature prizes and hors d'oeuvres, the 10 p.m. show includes the traditional midnight toast. Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-327-0575. $25 & $35.

Amnesia's New Year's Eve Party. New Year's countdown, Champagne toast, party favors, giveaways and a continental breakfast. Party until 4 a.m., then come back on New Year's Day for the New Year's Eve Rewind Party and experience it all over again. MotorCity Casino Hotel - Amnesia, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 866-752-9622. $30 advance or at the door. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

An Elegant New Year's Eve. Featuring Alexander Zonjic and friends with special guest vocalist Athena Johnson. Includes dinner, dessert, party favors, midnight Champagne toast and cash bar. Deluxe room and brunch packages available. Hotel St. Regis, Detroit, 313-873-3000. $175 per couple, $89 per person. (7:30 p.m.)

Aphotic Segment New Year's Eve. This monthly exploration of the electronic sonic (it rhymes!) universe moves from the last Wednesday of the month to Friday to bid adieu to one year and say hello to another. The evening features sounds from guest DJ Trent Abbe and resident DJ Drew Pompa. No cover and free Champagne at midnight. Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit, 313-833-2701. (10 p.m.)

Atheneum New Year's Eve Celebration. An upscale soiree featuring 3 DJs, premium open bar 9 p.m.-3 a.m., complimentary hors d'oeuvres & buffet, Champagne fountains, valet service and VIP bottle service. Room packages available. Dress to impress, black-tie optional. Atheneum, 1000 Brush, Detroit, 313-963-1400. $99 female, $115 male; prices increase closer to event. (9 p.m.-3 a.m.)

Bacchanalia: An Interdimensional New Year's. Featuring Derek Plaslaiko, Traxx, Kooky Scientist, BMG, Erika, Carlos Souffront, Gay Marvine, Secrets, Vinnie and Inferno. The Works Detroit, 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313-961-1742. (9 p.m.)

Belmont New Year's Bash. Sounds by DJ Ant-1, complimentary snacks and Champagne toast, and no cover! Woo hoo! Belmont Bar, 10215 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, 313-871-1966.

Big Beaver Tavern NYE Party. Music, drink specials, food and more. Big Beaver Tavern, 645 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 248-680-0066.

Black & White New Year's Eve. Bar Louie, 44375 12 Mile Rd., Novi, 248-662-1100.

Bookies NYE 2011 Bash. DJs spinning on all three floors, four hour premium bar, late night Coney dog buffet, Champagne toast, balloon drop and door prize raffle entry. Reserved seating available. Bookies Bar & Grille, 2208 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-962-0319. $50.

Brew Year's Eve. Arbor Brewing Company's annual New Year's celebration is perfect for beer snobs and casual swillers alike. Every hour from 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., ABC will release a different keg of unique celebratory beer. The evening also features dinner specials, live music and no cover. The specialty beers will be three different IPAs and, to ring in 2011, the Terminator! Watch out! Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, 734-213-1393. (8 p.m.)

Bullfrog's NYE Party. Bullfrog Bar & Grill, 15414 Telegraph Rd., Redford, 313-533-4477.

Cafe D'Mongo's New Year's Eve Party. Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy, 1439 Griswold, Detroit.

Capodanno. Annual New Year's Eve dinner. Reservations required. Ristorante Cafe Cortina, 30715 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-474-3033. (4-10 p.m.)

Champagne Blast 2010. Experience the massive, midnight balloon drop and start popping! Prizes stashed away in the balloons include a trip to London, $100 bills, Pistons tickets, gift certificates, theater tickets and more! Champagne toast at midnight; hosted by Channel 95.5's Nick Craig. Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac, 248-333-2362. $10.

Champagne Explosion 2011. This annual sell-out New Year's Bash features seven themed rooms with bands and DJs, including DJs Godfather, Tom Keeling, Chuck D. and Dabura; a karaoke room; strolling entertainers, including illusionists, comics and sideshow performers; a late-night pool party; open premium bar; full buffet and hors d'oeuvres; Champagne fountains; a balloon drop over the pool (talk about slippery!) and more. Visit Radisson Hotel, 17123 Laurel Park Drive North, Livonia, 800-464-1300. $100-$229; room packages available, some price levels already sold out.

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