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Ushering In 2009 With Sights And Sounds

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We’re pulling out the party hats, tuning up the toot-horns, chilling the champagne and double-checking the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne.”

New Year’s Eve is upon us in five days, and while chilling and cocooning is perfectly acceptable, there’s a wealth of opportunities for those who want to step out and have a good time. Some of the night’s best parties and shows include:

Clutch Cargo’s in Pontiac will usher 2009 in with a bang via New Year’s Eve-Olution, a seven-hour party that includes aerial performances, strolling musicians, pyrotechnics and fireworks, as well as an open bar, food and prize raffles. DJ’s Ryan Richards and Braz D will spin tunes. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40. Clutch Cargo’s is at 64 E. Huron St. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

WhyYouJam.com rolls into Pontiac at 8 p.m. with a night of music that will include performances into the wee hours by Brando and Friends, FlopHouse and Covert Operations. The $30 cover includes “light” food and drink, and $3 per ticket will be donated to the HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center in Pontiac. The party will be at Magnetic Recordings, 17 W. Lawrence St. Visit www.whyyoujam.com for information and tickets.

Pontiac’s Crofoot complex features a couple of ways to celebrate 2009’s arrival. The Calling All Alumni party starting at 10 p.m. in the Crofoot Ballroom is targeted at grads from Pontiac Northern and Pontiac Central high schools and will celebrate DJ Joe’s birthday. No gym shoes allowed. Tickets are $20 general admission, $50 VIP. Up in the Pike Room, meanwhile, Chiodos guitarist Jason Hale introduces his new band, King, with a 6 p.m. show. Tickets for that are $10. The Crofoot is at 1 S. Saginaw St. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

WCSX “Motor City Blues Project” host Mark Pasman brings in the new year with a Super Session at Callahan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Auburn Hills. Pasman will be joined by a variety of blues artists from around the metro area as well as special guest Donald Kinsey from the Kinsey Report. The dinner and show package, which includes a champagne toast, party favors and a late-night pizza buffett, runs $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Callahan’s is at 2105 South Blvd. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

The Magic Bag in Ferndale holds it’s annual New Year’s Eve Bash with the Mega 80’s, who are touting and new video show and expanded repertoire. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

The Seventh Annual Tryst New Year’s Eve Gala takes over the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham, starting at 8 p.m. with DJ music, appetizers, champagne, a midnight buffet, a martini bar, party favors and a balloon drop. Tickets are $150. Call (248) 642-7900 or visit www.townsendhotel.com.

“Change: A Defining Moment in History 2008-2009” will celebrate the incoming Obama administration at the Plaza Hotel of Southfield, 16400 JL Hudson Drive. Four separate party rooms will feature performances by Thornetta Davis, bluesman Al Lindsey, the Flex Band and comedy by the Def Jam Comic View AllStars. The party runs 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Admission is $40 per person, $75 per couple. Call (877) 526-4732 for tickets and information.

Jazz and R&B singer Phil Perry performs twice, at 9 and 11 p.m., at Arturo’s Jazz Theatre & Restaurant, 25333 W. 12 Mile Road in the Star Theatre Complex. Tickets are $100, $150 for booth seating. Call (248) 357-6009 or visit www.arturosjazz.com.

Barenaked Ladies play their first Detroit area concert in a year and a half with a New Year’s celebration at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Steel Train opens. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Revelers can roll into the new year laughing at the 2008 Championship of Comedy with Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, 9 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $150, $85 and $65. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

The New Year’s Eve Rock N Roll Ball returns to the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn with a two-room bash that features performances by Blind Melon, SSM and the Delivery as well as DJ Gabe Real. Things get under way with a pre-party at 5 p.m., with the main party rolling at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $80 VIP. Room packages are also available. The Hyatt Regency is at 600 Town Center Drive. Call (313) 593-1234 or visit www.hyatt.com.

V and Ignite, the nightclubs inside the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel & Casino, 1777 Third St., will both be going strong with special parties and top-name DJs spinning tunes for dancers. A variety of packages are available by calling (313) 465-1661 or visit www.mgmgranddetroit. com.

Tower of Power and David Sanborn will make it an R&B celebration at 9 p.m. at the Sound Board in the Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $55 and $45. Call (866) 752-9622 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

Dave Edwards & the Look will be rocking at Robusto’s Martini Lounge, 19271 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. The party runs from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. and includes a champagne toast, party favors, midnight pizza and more. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (313) 881-0100 or visit www.clubrobustos.com.

You can ring in 2009 with Frank, Sammy, Dean — or the reasonable facsimiles that are part of “The Rat Pack is Back!” at the Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. The Gem and the adjacent Century Grille Restaurant have created special New Year’s Eve packages for both shows that night, both with and without dinners, that range from $45-$130. The Rat Pack Orchestra, meanwhile, will play in the new year at midnight in the Century Grille. Call (313) 963-9800 or visit www.gemdetroit.com.

The Elements Gallery, 2125 Michigan Ave. in Detroit’s Corktown section will offer both sights and sounds for it’s New Year’s Eve Party, and the unveiling of its new exhibit, MOTLEY. Works by local artists Robert Sestok, Julian Wilson, Brandon Strong, Lynn Spanke and Izabela Steciuk will be on display, while Monica Blaire, DJ Dez, DJ Sicari and milieu perform starting at 8 p.m. The reception includes hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a midnight toast. E-mail detroitrevivalsociety @gmail.com for information and to R.S.V.P.

The Detroit Hard Rock Cafe hosts the Rock Party 10 p.m.-4 a.m. with comedian Michael McDaniel and DJ Emmet. Tickets are $100 general, $200 VIP — including open bar and food. The Hard Rock is at 45 Monroe St. in the Compuware World Headquarters. Call (313) 964-7625 or visit www.hardrockcafe.com.

The Fillmore Detroit’s Resolution Ball will feature performances from That ’80s Band and an assortment of DJs, along with a balloon drop, a confetti storm, a laser show, champagne, food and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-100. The Fillmore is at 2115 Woodward Ave. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Detroit’s famed Whitney restaurant is hosting its first-ever New Year’s party, offering a four-course meal and tunes by DJs Matt A and Roc Boy, who will spin until $4 a.m. Dinner only is $75, the party only is $100 and the combination is $150. The Whitney is at 4421 Woodward Ave. Call (313) 832-5700 or visit www.thewhitney.com.

Greektown Casino uses New Year’s Eve to kick off a series of guest DJ’s at its Eclipz Lounge, staring with DJ RC. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free, with party favors and appetizers provided. The casino is at 555 E. Lafayette Ave., Detroit. Call (877) 424-5554 or visit www.greektowncasino.com.

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