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Friday, December 29, 2006

(Updated) Countdown to the New Year

Still scrambling to find the perfect New Year's Eve plan? Here's a sampling of some of the exciting options our neighborhood (and closeby neighbors) has to offer:

1. Celebrate the New Year at Vegetate. With a special event liquor license, great music, and a special vegan and vegetarian menu, Vegetate will be offering a unique New Year's Eve event on Sunday, December 31, 2006, a reservations only dinner served from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Last year, Vegetate's New Year's Eve Dinner filled up quickly, so reserve now by leaving a message at 202-232-4585 or sending an email to Due to limited seating, a credit card number is required for all reservations. All reservations will be confirmed. The New Years Eve Dinner menu is available here and sounds delicious.

2. Celebrate New Year's Eve at Be Bar, which will be transformed into a Central Park snowy wonderland. The night will feature Detroit's DJ Jace. Get in the door for $5, or upgrade to one of several premium packages (including various drink, service, and party favor features). For more information check out their website.

3. Celebrate New Year's Eve at DC9. Hosted by The Liberation Dance Party, dance and party to the best new music and music videos. There's no cover to get in the first floor juke box bar, and $25 gets you in the upstairs party, one free drink, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors/hats/noisemakers, and a "brake old cd pit." Intriguiging, eh?

4. Celebrate New Year's Eve at Acadiana. Ring in the New Year at Acadiana with a special 4 course meal prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Chris Clime. The 4 course price will range from $56-$64 per person depending on choice of entree (price does not include tax, gratuity or beverages). Selections will be made from the full dinner menu. For reservations, please call 202.408.8848 or make a free reservation online by clicking here.

5. Celebrate the New Year at Avenue . The Buzzlife crew celebrates with Scott Henry and 17 local DJs at Avenue from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. Buzzlife's Electric Avenue features Buzz founder DJ Scott Henry spinning house and dance classics. He's joined by 17 local DJs selected by members of the Buzzlife message board. With Avenue's three floors, there should be plenty of room for everyone. Tickets are $20* and include an open bar from 8 to 10, a champagne toast and party favors. For more information, call 202-347-8100.

*A limited number of discounted $15 tickets are available here.

6. Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Carnegie Library. The Mad, Mad Masquerade at the Carnegie Library sounds like quite a bash. Music-wise, the event will feature celtic rock band Scythian and friends (local indie rock band Monopoli, New Orleans jazz by Yamomanem, Southern rockers Christopher Robin Band and DJ Beat Tactics). Movies will be shown in a theatre on the basement level and two magicians will entertain the crowds. The ticket price includes a top-shelf open bar, and hors d'oeuvres and buffet stations catered by Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle. More information and ticket reservations ($119) are available from 202-631-6336 and here. If you're really non-committal, you can buy tickets at the door for $149.

7. Celebrate the New Year at the Warehouse Arts Complex. Several things to note at Warehouse this Sunday night:

+ ART ROMP - 7pm-2am and FREE! ArtRomp, which is basically a big art opening, with 40 established and emerging artists showing paintings, sculpture, video, photography and other works. There's a free picnic in the parking lot (get there about 7:30 for the hot dogs, burgers and vegan burgers they're cooking up on a grill).

+ LOBSTER BOY'S NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH - 10pm-??? and $20. Get bent with the Lobster Boy and his outlandish variety show as they ring in the New Year at the Warehouse Theater with Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey!? Trapeze swinging!? Baby New Year tossing! Sing-alongs! Champagne Toast! DJ Music! Only $20! You can't beat it!
For more information, call (202) 462-6331.

+SON OF A BUSH - Performances at 8pm and 10 pm, $30. Son of Bush is a comedic revue by two, featuring GNP's comedy couple John Simmons and Christine Thompson. Hailed by the Washington Post as "always funny. . . turning the headlines into punch lines from year to year," GNP will turn its satirical sights on the hot issues and people of the day. These include not only the Prez, but Mr. and Mrs. Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, the esteemed senator from the state of New York City, plus North Korea's Kim El Jung going nuclear in "The one and only official North Korean musical." Info & reservations - 202 783 7212

Know of any others I'm leaving off? Let me know!

And, I should add, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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