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

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Cheers to the New Year. Featuring comedians John Wing and Billy Ray Bauer. $65 ticket includes dinner, show and party; $35 for show and party only. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300. (8 p.m.)

Christopher L. Wilson Quintet. Baker's Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois, Detroit, 313-345-6300. $20. (9:30 p.m.)

City Club NYE Masquerade Ball. DJs Void6, Pleasure Kitten, Elektrosonik, Aaron Hingst, Pulse State and Zachariah Messiah will be spinning your industrial/ebm/goth/retro/new wave requests until 6 a.m. Enjoy some very special NYE drink specials until 4 a.m. Includes Champagne toast and party favors. Suggested dress code is black & white masquerade apparel with prizes for the couples with the best masquerade attire. Stop into Showtime Clothing in Detroit and mention the City Club New Year's Eve Masquerade to receive 10 percent off all masks and clothing in the store. Leland City Club, 400 Bagley Ave., Detroit, 313-962-2300. $25 couples, $13 singles. (10 p.m.)

CK Diggs New Year's Eve. Featuring a specially-prepared dinner menu. CK Diggs, 2010 Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-853-6600.

Conor O'Neill's - New Year's Eve Party. Includes Champagne toasts at both 7 p.m. (Irish New Year) and midnight; four-course meal with choice of filet and lobster tail, salmon, rack of lamb or a vegetarian option; breakfast buffet at 1 a.m. and party favors. DJ at 10 p.m. Conor O'Neill's Pub, 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 734-665-2968. $60 per person, call for reservations.

Dan Grueter. With Ron Ferguson. Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, 269 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 248-542-9900. 7:30 p.m. show is $55 per couple; 10:30 p.m. show is $70 per couple.

Dancing on Woodward. Zazios first New Year's Eve celebration begins at 8:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Z Lounge (3 drink tickets per person) and continues at 9 p.m. with a four-course modern Italian dinner and premium bar. The afterparty features fresh baked pizzas, DJ XS George Guzman, dancing, party favors and a Champagne toast. Zazios Birmingham, 34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-530-6400. $150 per person.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders. The Wings spending New Year's Eve on ice is a tradition in Detroit; fans can get equally chilled at the Joe's new CC Olympia Club, a Canadian Club-branded upscale sports bar that now calls the arena home. Score! Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit, 313-983-6606.

Downtown Countdown. Billed as Detroit's only 18-and-older party, this shindig features three levels of entertainment, three DJs, a midnight balloon drop and confetti storm, and VIP tickets which include a buffet, Champagne fountain and private bars and entertainment. St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit, 313-961-6358. GA starting at $10, VIP starting at $50. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Dwele. Detroit's soul and R&B crooner wraps up a nationwide tour with this intimate performance. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Dwele released his fourth disc, W.ants W.orld W.omen, to critical acclaim this summer. He's known for his ability to bridge the genre divide, both in his own smooth tunes and in his work with the likes of Kanye and Pharoahe Monch. The show includes a Champagne toast at midnight. With DJ Whip. MGM Grand - Ignite Sushi Bar & Lounge, 1777 Third St., Detroit, 877-888-2121. (10 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Family Fun Run/Walk. One mile and 5K events. Registration begins at noon at the Belle Isle Casino. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics, Michigan chapter. Visit belleislefunrun.com. Belle Isle Park, Detroit, 313-393-4075. $25.

Fantasia. With Eric Benet, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kandi and comedian Melanie Comarcho. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-471-6611. $39.50-$88. (9 p.m.)

Flippin' Cheap New Year's Bash. Featuring Bat on Fire and Richy Nix with Battlecross, Avarice and the Fake Take. The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac, 248-858-9333. $5.

Funk Night New Year's Eve extravaganza. Featuring DJ Frank Raines and live funk from Will Sessions. Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-9700. $5/$10. (10 p.m.)

Gaelic League New Year's Celebration. A toast to the Irish New Year at 7 p.m., Larry Larson performs 8 p.m.-1 a.m. and a community potluck. Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313-964-8700. Free. (8 p.m.-1 a.m.)

Gator Jake's nye. Free dinner buffet, midnight snacks, Champagne toast and party favors. DJ entertainment and beer and shot specials all night. Gator Jake's, 36863 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights, 586-983-3700. Free.

Get Lucky This New Year's Eve! Live entertainment, DJ and dancing. Open till 4 a.m. Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St., Detroit, 313-964-0007. Call to reserve a table.

Girls Gone Wild New Year's Eve Blowout. Raise your shirt to the New Year with Girls Gone Wild. Drink specials all night. Call for tickets and info. Tiki Bob's Cantina, 25 S. Saginaw Rd., Pontiac, 248-335-6100.

Grape Expectations New Year's Dinner. Special four-course menu. Reservations accepted. Grape Expectations Wine Bar and Merchant, 555 Forest Ave., Plymouth, 734-455-9463. $30-$45. (5 p.m.)

Greek NYE in Detroit. Two levels of Greek music, food, mezethakia, open bar and more. Ernie's, 16655 19 Mile Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-8435. (8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.)

Hawthorne Valley New Year's Eve Bash. A Vegas-style tribute show featuring tributes to Neil Diamond, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and Rod Stewart. Includes dinner. Hawthorne Valley, 7300 Merriman Rd., Westland, 734-422-3440. $60. (6:30 p.m.)

ICE at LARGE: A Gay Masquerade Ball. Flavor of Love's New York hosts this fabulous masquerade featuring a balloon drop, massive confetti explosion, burlesque drag show and Ice bartenders and shot boys. Drink and dance until 4 a.m. at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 248-399-2980. $20 ages 21 and up, $25 18-20. (10 p.m.)

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