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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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Jeff Daniels' Onstage & Unplugged. Daniels performs solo, a holiday tradition now in its tenth year. Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea, 734-433-7673. $70-$85. (3 & 8 p.m.)

John Anton & Rodney Campbell's New Year's Eve Party. Featuring the Twistin' Tarantulas, the Blues Airmen, LIXX and the Mod. Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Rd., Westland, 734-513-5030. $10. (8 p.m.)

Josh Sneed. This rising young comic recently finished second out of 100 in Comedy Central's annual Stand-up Showdown, earning him a deal to record a new album on Comedy Central Records. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 314 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-996-9080. $25 early show, $30 late show includes Champagne toast and party favors. (8 & 10:30 p.m.)

Kenneth Thomas. Hometown champion of trance along with John Marius, Shawn Michaels, Yos and more. Bleu Detroit, 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Konrad Lee. Vegas lounge singer extraordinaire returns by popular demand to serenade you into 2011. A show not to be missed. Garden Bowl, 4120 Woodward, Detroit, 313-833-9700. Free.

Larry Lee & Back in the Day. With the Sun Messengers. MotorCity Casino Hotel - Chromatics Lounge, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 866-782-9622.

Laurel Manor's Annual New Year's Eve Gala. Music by the Mass Transit Band. Hors d'oeuvres, premium open bar, filet mignon and chicken entrée (vegetarian options available upon request), specialty dessert table and afterglow pizza. Overnight stay with free shuttle available at Courtyard Marriott. Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft, Livonia, 734-462-0770. $85, call for reservations. (7 p.m.-1 a.m.)

Liquor Store New Years 2011. Featuring resident DJ Donovan Tate and complimentary party favors. Liquor Store, 44325 12 Mile Rd., Novi, 248-380-3101. $10 at neptix.com; dress code strictly enforced.

Lucky Brown. Rock and reggae. Blarney Stone Pub, 27253 Woodward Ave., Berkley, 248-541-1881.

Lucky Strike New Year's Eve. Performance by Boogie Dynamite, access to the arcade, balloon drop and party favors. Reservations for Lucky Strike Lanes are $20 and include shoe rental and unlimited bowling for the entire evening (min. four per lane). Lucky Strike Lanes, 44325 W. 12 Mile Rd., Novi, 248-380-3101. $5, dress code strictly enforced. (9 p.m.)

Make It Rain New Year's Eve Cash Bash. Lucky's Pub & Grill West Side, 24200 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 313-535-6771. $20. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Make It Rain New Year's Eve Cash Bash. Hosted by Bushman with DJs Scratch and Fingers. Featuring chocolate fountains, ice sculptures, gogo dancers and more. Lucky's Pub & Grill, 2690 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, 313-638-2483. $20. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

MBarGo New Years 2011. Featuring DJ Chris B, party favors and a midnight Champagne toast. Bottle service reservations are $100 for ten tickets and one booth. Complimentary bottle of Champagne with every bottle service reservation with a minimum two bottle purchase. MBarGo, 44325 12 Mile Rd., Novi, 248-380-3101. $15 at neptix.com; dress code strictly enforced.

Motor City New Year's Eve. Experience the birth of a tradition at the first annual dropping of the D in the heart of downtown at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Compuware atrium. Party includes strolling hors d'oeuvres, open bar until 2 a.m., cash bar until 4 a.m., party favors and a midnight Champagne toast. Sounds courtesy of DJ Tom T and A.D. Cruze. Compuware World Headquarters' Atrium, One Campus Martius, Detroit, 313-355-0413. $85 at neptix.com. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Mount Clemens Downtown New Year's Eve Gala. Several hours of activities and performances, including crowd karaoke and an Elvis tribute artist, that culminate in midnight fireworks. Downtown Mount Clemens. Free. (10:30 p.m.)

Nashville New Year's Party. Shot specials all night, party favors, pizza, balloon droop and more. Coyote Joe's, 49440 Ryan Rd., Shelby Township, 586-254-4666. $10. (8 p.m.)

Neil Diamond, Elvis and the Blues Brothers. Seven-course dinner and tribute show. Genitti's Hole in the Wall, 108 E. Main St., Northville, 248-349-0522. $49.95. (6:30 p.m.)

New Year's Eve - Andiamo Sterling Heights. Live band, dancing, appetizer party in the bar, special menu and Champagne toast. Reservations available 3 p.m.-midnight. Andiamo Italian Bistro, 14425 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, 586-532-8800.

New Year's Eve - Andiamo Grosse Pointe Woods. Dean DePierro tinkles the piano keys from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. while you enjoy a special menu, party favors, a Champagne toast (9/9:30 seating only) and a complimentary limo ride home upon request from 12:30 until 4 a.m. Seatings at 5/5:30, 7/7:30 and 9/9:30 p.m. Trattoria Andiamo, 20930 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-886-9933.

New Year's Eve - Andiamo Livonia. Special menu, live entertainment from Ken Short and La Dolce Vita, and Champagne toast. Andiamo of Livonia, 38703 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, 734-953-3200.

New Year's Eve - Andiamo Novi. Three packages available to ring in 2011: Package one - 5 p.m. dinner and a 7 p.m. comedy show for $69.99; package two - 7 p.m. dinner and 9 p.m. comedy show, followed by dancing and a Champagne toast at midnight for $89.99; package three - celebrate the New Year at the Dirty Martini with a DJ, dancing and Champagne toast for $20. Andiamo Novi, 42705 Grand River Ave., Novi, 248-348-3838.

New Year's Eve - Andiamo Royal Oak. Reservations on the hour; last seating at 9:30 p.m. Special menu and live entertainment. Party favors and Champagne toast at midnight for last seating, as well as the chance to witness the ball drop in downtown Royal Oak. Andiamo Osteria, 129 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-582-9300.

New Year's Eve - Andiamo St. Clair Shores. Live entertainment from Affair, special menu and a midnight Champagne toast. Seatings every half hour, beginning at 5 p.m. Andiamo Lakefront Bistro, 24026 E. Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, 586-773-7770.

New Year's Eve - Andiamo Warren. Enjoy a special menu, live entertainment and a Champagne toast. Andiamo Italia, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren, 586-268-3200.

New Year's Eve - Make It Funky! Beer bash featuring Third Coast Kings and a series of special Rat Pads that will be tapped at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. (8 p.m.-1 a.m.)

New Year's Eve 2010. Celebrate the New Year with the titans of fondue with a five-course Mardi Gras-style prix fixe menu. Includes a Champagne toast and a Mardi Gras gift bag for each couple. The Melting Pot, 26425 Novi Rd., Novi, 248-347-6358. $120 per couple, $60 per person, $30 children 12 and under.

New Year's Eve 2011 at Fuse. Complimentary appetizers, Champagne toast at midnight, sounds by DJ William Novah. Fuse Lounge & Bar, 227 S. Main St., Rochester, 248-652-2585. $20 advance, $25 doors; $75 includes open bar.

New Year's Eve 2011 Gala. Featuring the salsa sounds of La Inspiracion alternating with Universal Expression and Roots Rock. Dinner served at 8:30 p.m. Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, 311 E. Grand River, Detroit, 313-965-8430.

New Year's Eve 2011. DJ, dancing and billiards (of course!), along with free hot and cold appetizers from 8 to 11 p.m., party favors and pizza and a Champagne toast at midnight. Main Street Billiards, 215 S. Main St., Rochester, 248-652-8441. $20. (8 p.m.)

New Year's Eve 2011. Welcome 2011 in swanky style at this annual shindig. DJs spin in three distinct rooms, premium bar 9 p.m.-3 a.m., complimentary appetizers and buffet, VIP areas and more. Dress to impress - black tie optional; hotel packages available. Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham, 248-566-4499. $119 female, $149 male. (9 p.m.-3 a.m.)

New Year's Eve 2011. With international rocker and guitarist, Sy Sylver. The native Toronto rocker comes to the Motor City to ring in the New Year with DJs DJ Captn20 and DJ Prevu. VIP table and hotel packages available. MGM Grand - V, 1777 Third St., Detroit, 877-888-2121. $50. (10 p.m.-4 a.m.)

New Year's Eve at Mon Jin Lau. Enjoy a delish dinner, open menu or prix fixe; a Champagne toast package is available. DJ begins at 10 p.m., party favors optional. Guests attending the NYE party at the Atheneum receive 15 percent off dinner. Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple, Troy, 248-689-2332.

New Year's Eve at the Ballroom. Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens, 586-913-1920. $17.

New Year's Eve at the Met. This premier sell-out event, previously held at the Novi Crowne Plaza, features premium open bar 9 p.m.-3 a.m., special martini bar 9 p.m.-11 p.m., gourmet hors d'oeuvres, Champagne fountains, balloon drop, party favors, midnight buffet, late night breakfast and sounds by DJ Chrome and DJ Surab Deb. Attire is NYE chic. Hotel rooms start at $139. The Met Hotel, 5500 Crooks Rd., Troy, 248-879-2100. $85, prices will increase. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

New Year's Eve at the Rep. The Rep's thirty-third New Year's Eve celebration features unlimited Champagne, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, a performance of A Strange Disappearance of Bees and a buffet supper. Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, 313-868-1347. $70 per person. (8 p.m.)

New Year's Eve Bash 2010. Sounds courtesy of DJ Jerry Curtis, a free buffet from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., shot & bomb specials all night, a cash balloon drop and a complimentary Champagne toast. Rosie O'Grady's, 30400 23 Mile Rd., Chesterfield, 586-421-1962. (9 p.m.)

New Year's Eve Bash 2011. Party till 4 a.m. with a DJ, dancing, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and beer, party favors and a Champagne toast. 17th Street Bar & Grill, 3905 17 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, 586-264-8644. $50 advance only.

New Year's Eve Bash. Complimentary food, Champagne and party favors. DJs Paul, Bethany and Rikki. Party until 4 a.m. at Luna, 1815 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-589-3344. $5 advance, $8 doors.

New Year's Eve Blow Out with the Sax Maniacs. Includes food, party favors and Champagne toast. Rusty Nail, 35703 Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Township, 586-790-4311.

New Year's Eve Blues Masquerade. With Lady X & the Sunshine Band. Guy Hollerin's Sports Bar, 3600 Plymouth, Ann Arbor, 734-769-4323.

New Year's Eve Celebration. Featuring DJ Neighbor Dan, Champagne, party favors and more. All ages until 9 p.m. Your Mother's, 61 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens, 586-468-4444.

New Year's Eve Dinner. Special prix fixe dinner. Call for details and reservations. Majestic Cafe, 4124 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-9700.

New Year's Eve Dino's Style. Live entertainment and dancing featuring the Mix, special menu, free late night Coney bar, party favors and a complimentary Champagne toast at the witching hour. Dino's Lounge, 22740 Woodward, Ferndale, 248-591-3466. Free.

New Year's Eve Party Two ticket options: Dinner ticket is $55 per person and includes: prime rib dinner buffet, open premium bar from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., music from Mike Staff Productions, Champagne toast and late night breakfast buffet. Open premium bar ticket is $35 per person and includes: open premium bar 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Champagne toast at midnight, late night breakfast buffet. Special rates and shuttle service from partnering hotels. For info and tickets, visit lafayettegrande.com. Lafayette Grande, 1 Lafayette, Pontiac, 248-334-6999. $35 & $55. (8 p.m.)

New Year's Eve Party. Complimentary party favors, pizza buffet and Champagne toast. Tickets available in advance. Boogie Fever, 22901 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-541-1600. $25.

New Year's Eve Party. Three floors and two different dance clubs in one venue. VIP packages include party favors, midnight toast and complimentary breakfast. Hotel packages, group discounts and VIP booths available. The Boom Boom Room, 315 Ouellette, Windsor, 519-971-0000.

New Year's Eve with ABK. With AMB, Mr. Y.U.G., Ajax and more. The Hayloft, 140 N. Main St., Mount Clemens, 586-468-1010. $10.

New York New York: A Big Apple New Year's Eve. Includes complimentary passed appetizers 9-11 p.m., breakfast specialties 12:30-1:30 a.m., and a $10 promo card good through Jan. 31. Call for dinner and VIP reservations. Black Finn, 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-582-9460.

Northville Nite. A Luau-themed, family-friendly party featuring carnival games, crafts, face painting and an early countdown. Northville Recreation Center at Hillside, 700 W. Baseline Rd., Northville, 248-349-0203. $2-$10. (4:30-8 p.m.)

NYE 2010 featuring DJ Mensa. A New Years Eve disco dance party - cash prize for best disco costume! Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, 519-258-7878. $25. (9:30 p.m.)

NYE 2011 Black Tie Event. OK, the black tie is optional, but sexy chic cocktail attire is strongly suggested. Includes live entertainment, Champagne toast, re-entry all night long, party favors, strolling appetizers, swag bags and a photo booth. After midnight, the party combines with the afterparty for the Royal Oak ball drop taking place on the first floor and lasts until 4 a.m. Fifth Avenue Billiards, 215 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-9922. $75. (7 p.m.)

NYE 2011 No Tie Event. The official afterparty for the Royal Oak ball drop. Takes place on the first floor from 5 p.m.-4 a.m., second floor opens up after midnight. Fifth Avenue Billiards, 215 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-9922.

NYE with the Detroit Party Marching Band. Detroit's guerrilla marching band kicks off the festivities with their raucous marching band tunes, followed by performances by hip-hop duo the Anonymous, the Summer Pledge, the State Lottery and Noman. DJ Erno the Inferno spins all night. TrumbullPlex, 4210 Trumbull Ave., Detroit, 313-832-7952. $6. (9 p.m.)

NYE: exit 2010. Featuring Aki Bergen aka Neuroxyde, Sherif, Aboudi Issa and Ben Scott. $40 ticket includes open bar until 11:30 p.m.; $200 includes two tickets, open bar until 11:30 a.m. and one king room at the Westin Book Cadillac. Vain Ultra Lounge, 1500 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-963-9797. (10 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Open Bar Music Detroit. Hosted by [Something Clever] and Sin-de-kat featuring John Johr, Hugh Cleal, Midnite Jackers, Eric Sutter and opening selections by Tim Nobody & Lindsay Yeager. Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W. Baltimore, Detroit, 313-873-1739. $10 at wantickets.com. (9 p.m.)

Party with the Irish. Live music from Image, drink specials and more. Gus O'Connor's, 324 Main St., Rochester, 248-608-2537.

Passion: New Years Eve 2011. Tonic, 29 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac, 248-334-7411. $20. (10 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Pistol Day Parade. Party features balloon drop, Champagne toast, continental breakfast and rawk! With HIghwater, Down for Now, 34 Bliss, Grand Circus, Gypsy and Black Aces. The Ritz, 24300 Hoover, Warren, 586-756-6140. $10. (7 p.m.)

PJ's Lager House nye. An explosive, freak-out of a show featuring Lee Marvin Computer Arm, Johnny Ill Band, the Kickstand Band and Everybody's In. PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313-961-4668. $7. (10 p.m.)

Precious Little Diamonds NYE. Celebrate with sweat, glitter and glam at the ultimate New Year's Eve dance party featuring the superlative DJs of Haute to Death and Macho City. $40 tickets include coat check and open bar. $15 tickets at the door also available, cash bar. Late night hors d'oeuvres for everyone. Hot damn! Park Bar, 2040 Park Ave., Detroit, 313-962-2933. (10 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Pride presents New Years Eve 2011. Winter garden party New Years Eve bash. DJ Jace spins high energy dance in main room and DVJ Mark plays retro, pop and hot in the red room. Necto, 516 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, 734-994-5436. $10-$25. (7 p.m.)

Pulse New Years Eve Party. Two packages: $80 per person includes premium open bar, food, party favors and Champagne toast; $25 cash bar, food, party favors and toast. Pulse Detroit, 156 Monroe, Detroit, 313-420-0313.

Ring in the New Year with Cliff Bell's. Celebrate the New Year in style at Detroit's only art-deco supper club. The night includes a 4-course dinner, a Champagne toast and live entertainment from the Randy Napoleon Sextet. The dinner features a selection of entrées including your choice of a 6 oz. C.A.B. filet, maple-cured chicken breast or pan-roasted turbot. Reservations are limited. Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit, 313-961-2543. $100 per person. (8 p.m.)

Robusto's New Year's Eve. Music by the Dave Edwards & the Look. Includes party favors, Champagne toast and pizza at midnight. Robusto's Martini Lounge, 19271 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-881-0100. $20 advance, $25 door. (8 p.m.)

Rock on 3rd NYE Bash. Hot and cold appetizer buffet from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., party favors and a Champagne toast. Advance ticket sales guarantee entry. Rock on 3rd, 112 E. Third St., Royal Oak, 248-542-7625. $15, parties of 6 or more $10 per person.

Rock the boat VI New Year's Eve Cruise. Includes a fabulous dinner buffet with main entrées of prime rib, chicken piccata, crab stuffed salmon and vegetarian lasagna. Champagne toast at midnight, party favors. DJs, bands, dancing & cash bar available. Gates open at 8 p.m. with cruising from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Detroit Princess Riverboat, 201 Atwater St., Detroit, 877-338 -262. $75.

Rockin' The Eve. Free outdoor concert featuring headliners Romantics and the Gin Blossoms with a ball drop to countdown to midnight. Locals the Wall Clocks open. Takes place at Washington Ave. at 6th St. in downtown Royal Oak. Visit rockintheeve.com for info. Sixth St. and S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak.

Rocking Blues New Year's Eve. Hosted by Mark Pasman and featuring Johnnie Bassett. Includes seated dinner, dancing, entertainment, party favors and Champagne toast. Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills, 248-858-9508.

Salsa Explosion. Two floors of music with DJ Cisco and special guests. Party favors and continental breakfast provided. Special dinner packages available, call for reservations. Open until 4 a.m. Sangria, 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, 248-543-1964. $15 advance, $25 door, $15 with dinner purchase.

Scandinavian Pleather. This annual cheap and sleazy New Year's bash features Detroit's premier (and only?) Turbonegro tribute band. With Snake Oil Slick and more, plus a Pabst toast at midnight. Party till 4 a.m. at Small's, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck, 313-873-1117. $5.

Soldiers of Scrape. I-Rock, 16350 Harper, Detroit, 313-881-7625. Free.

Splash Bash & Family Fun Fest. Indoor water park, accommodations, party favors, continental breakfast, bounce house, non-alcoholic Champagne toast and family-friendly shows in the ballroom from 7 p.m. to midnight. Best Western Inn & Conference Center, 34911 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights, 586-979-1400. From $179.99, based on 4 person occupancy.

Suzy's New Year's Eve Party. Get your midnight kiss from the type of zany characters only to be found in Hamtramck, and a Champagne toast to boot. Suzy's Bar, 2942 Evaline, Hamtramck, 313-872-9016.

T.H.E. Modfather and More. Food, Champagne toast, party favors and more. Paycheck's Lounge, 2932 Caniff, Hamtramck, 313-874-0909.

Tallulah New Year's Eve Party. Exclusive prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing, live music and Champagne toast. Seatings at 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tallulah, 155 S. Bates St., Birmingham, 248-731-7066. Call for reservations.

The Bang! Blacklight to the Future. Ann Arbor's best dance party goes neon! Boogie on the glowing dance floor to the sounds of guest DJs Charles Trees and Ayron Michael Nelson. The Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor, 734-996-8555. $15. (9:30 p.m.-3 a.m.)

The Bone Daddys. O'Mara's, 2555 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 248-399-6750.

The Drowsy Chaperone New Year's Eve Gala. A special 9 p.m. performance of the play, includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, Champagne and a post-show dessert reception. Performance Network, 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, 734-663-0681. $75.

The End of '10. The Hype Syndicate performs party tunes in the front bar, while DJ iMix spins in the nightclub. Heavy hors d'oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m., cash bar, party favors and a candy & dessert bar with a Champagne toast. South Bar, 210 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-593-8133. $35. (8 p.m.-3 a.m.)

the Gem & Century New Year's Eve. Enjoy a performance of either Plaid Tidings (3 or 9 p.m. shows) or Sister's Christmas Catechism (3:30 or 9:30 p.m. shows) along with dinner and an afterparty featuring live entertainment, dancing, cash bar, Champagne toast and party favors. Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-9800. $37.50 show only, $60 show & dinner, $100 show, dinner & party.

The Mega 80's Ultimate New Years Eve Bash. Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-544-3030. $25. (8 p.m.)

The Pat Prouty Quartet. Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-882-5299. $20.

The Phantom Shakers. With Kenny Kens & Cash Creek Band. Painted Lady, 2930 Jacob St., Hamtramck, 313-874-2991. (9 p.m.)

The Resolution Ball. The 10th annual Resolution Ball features nine bars, a Korbel Champagne countdown, party favors, balloon drop, confetti storm and a midnight buffet of sliders, Coneys, pizza and more. DJ Tommy Holiday spins the tunes and the Detroit Fly House provides a high-flying show of aerialists, acrobats, fire performers and strolling illusionists. Three ticket levels are available; VIP includes mezzanine access, hors d'oeuvres and a 7-hour premium bar. Room packages and shuttle service available from the Marriott Renaissance Center and the Holiday Inn Express. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-961-5450. $30, $65, $100. (9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

The Thornetta Davis Band. A performance by Detroit's blues diva, dinner, Champagne toast and party favors. Harbor House, 440 Clinton St., Detroit, 313-967-9900. $50.

The Ultimate Countdown 2011: Welcome to Wonderland. Experience sensory overload at this swanky gala that features confetti blasts, CO2 blasts, light shows, jumbo projection screens and a huge balloon drop. Includes gourmet food, breakfast buffet, 3 DJS on 3 levels and a Champagne toast. Dress to impress - dress code is strictly enforced. Reliv/Elysium Lounge, 625 Shelby Ave., Detroit, 313-962-2244. Limited $40 advance at neptix.com.

The Whitney's New Year's Eve 2011. Class it up with a four-course dinner with wine pairings, accompanied by live jazz from the Coachmen. The exclusive afterparty takes place in the third floor Ghost Bar and features premium bar, Champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres. Seatings at 6:30 & 9 p.m., afterparty 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-5700. $135 dinner & afterparty, $75 dinner only, $65 afterparty only.

Tom Segura. With Warren B. Hall. Joey's Comedy Club at the Kickers Complex, 36071 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, 734-261-0555.

Vicente's New Year's Party. Special menu, dancing, Champagne toast and a prize balloon drop. Vicente's Cuban Cuisine, 1250 Library St., Detroit, 313-962-8800.

VIP New Years Eve EXTRAVAGANZA. Comedy jam at 8 p.m. hosted by Martini Harris featuring Coolaide, Bobo Lamb and Heather Jay. Party starts at 10 p.m. with DJ ZAP. Midnight Champagne toast, buffet and party favors. West Bar Ultra Lounge, 22023 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 734-560-5233. $25 per person, $40 per couple advance.

Welcome to 2011. Includes deluxe accommodations, dinner buffet, evening-long entertainment, dancing in two ballrooms, Champagne toast, pizza service, party favors and $20 credit per couple toward breakfast on Jan. 1. Entertainment courtesy of the Jerry Ross Band and DJ Mechial E. White the Groovematist. Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-769-2500. $339 per couple, $219 without hotel room.

x24, New Year's Eve. Void Tactical Media presents a night of heavy bass at an underground Detroit location. The full-scale transformed space event features RMS, Additiv, Split Horizon, Vasculator, Xanopticon, KillX8 and Redrot. BYOB; visit voidtacticalmedia.org for info. Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St., Detroit. $10, $8 with RSVP to x24@voidtacticalmedia.org.

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