New Years Eve 2006
East siders can head on over to Ernie Kings Mill (16555 19 Mile Rd., Clinton Township; 586-286-8435). The ticket price of $125 includes a chef-prepared dinner buffet and a premium open bar. Its open to 21+ and will run 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Top 40 dance tunes will be provided by a DJ in the main ballroom, while the second ballroom has been slated for all-night karaoke. Complimentary rides home also provided.
Angela Hospice Charity Event
Laurel Manor (39000 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia; 734-953-6018) will host a Roaring 20s-themed New Years Eve party to raise money for Angela Hospice. Tickets are $125 per person ($55 of it is tax-deductible) and includes a sit-down dinner, hors doeuvres, a nine-piece orchestra, an authentic 1920s auto exhibit and a Champagne toast at midnight. Ladies will receive a feather boas, and gentlemen, a boutonniere. A shuttle service will be provided to the nearby Courtyard by Marriott in Livonia (734-462-2000 for hotel reservations).
New Years Eve with Second City
The new Second City (42705 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-3838) is offering three separate packages for New Years Eve: For $89.95, theres the dinner and show package, which includes a 5 p.m. dinner and a 7 p.m. performance of Second Citys long-running In iPod We Trust; for $149.95 you can get the dinner show and dirty martini package, which includes a 7 p.m. dinner, 9 p.m. show and admittance to the Dirty Martini Lounge; and for $99.95 theres the dinner and dancing package, which includes a meal at Andiamo and dancing in the dining room. All packages include a Champagne toast and party favors.
Detroit Repertorys New Years Eve Celebration
Last chance to see R.W. Burdas comedy Heart Attack at the Detroit Repertory Theatre (13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347). The $75 ticket price includes an intimate pre-show cocktail party of Champagne and appetizers, followed by a 9 p.m. performance. Buffet dinner and dessert after the show.
The Palace of Auburn Hills (4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100) welcomes decadent metal rockers Mötley Crüe for an evening of crunchy guitar and crunchier hair. Tickets ($55-$125) were still available at press time.
Spencer Barefield Quartet
Jazzheads can settle in at the cozy Harlequin Café (8047 Agnes St., Detroit; 313-331-0922) with the Spencer Barefield Quartet. Barefield will be joined by Dave McMurray on saxophone, Torontos David Young on bass and Djallo Djakate Keita on drums. The $40 cover charge includes a dinner buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight.
New Years Eve at the Historic White Horse Inn
The White Horse Inn (1 E. High St., Metamora; 810-678-2150) offers a romantic alternative to the usual heady fare. For $40 guests can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the quaint town of Metamora, a delicious dinner and live acoustic guitar music from Jason Waggoner. Visit historicwhitehorseinn.com for more info.
New Years Eve Bleu-Out 2006
For those who take their boogie very seriously, Detroits popular dance club, Bleu (1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-222-1900) is the place to be. This year, they welcome Los Angeles DJs Richard Humpty Vission (System Recordings/Thrive Music) and Static Revenger (Systen Recordings). Detroits Shawn Michaels will DJ as well. Cover charge is $30.
Slum Village at the Majestic
The Majestic Theatre (4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700) brings hometown rappers Slum Village for a bumpin evening of dance and rhyme. Tickets are $30. Bar will be open until 4 a.m.
Red Wings Hockey
Its at Joe Louis Arena (600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606; detroitredwings.com), tickets are $27-$85. Wings face the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. What more do you need to know?
New Years Eve 2006 Spree
Mall rats will love this one: Tonic Nightclub (29 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-334-7411) will raffle off a $1,000 shopping spree at the Somerset Collection. For $20, partygoers can enjoy an all-night dance party as well as a complimentary buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight. Proper club attire required.
25th Anniversary Party at Clutch Cargos
My how times flies Clutch Cargos (65 E. Huron St., Pontiac; 248-333-2362) commemorates anniversary No. 25 this year. In celebration, the legendary club is putting on quite a bash. Music will be provided by Tortured Soul and DJ Powdrblu. There will also be a prize-filled balloon drop that includes such fabulous prizes as two round-trip tickets to Acapulco, free teeth-whitening, Lovers Lane coupon books, six hours of limo service and more. Cover is $15, 18+ only. This is a Metro Times-sponsored event.
This soul-stomp dance party at the Blind Pig (208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555) is one of the few rock n roll events that actually gets the kids away from the bar and onto the dance floor. Past performers have included Esquire, the Hard Lessons, the Avatars and the Hentchmen, and this years dance extravaganza welcomes Saturday Looks Good to Me and sex-positive electro-clashers Johnny Headband. This is where the rock kids go to sweat. Cover is $15. 18+ welcome.
New Years Eve Odyssey
Radioheads might dig the 89X New Years bash at the Emerald Theatre (31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens; 586-913-1920). DJ Mike Fresh and 89Xs own DJ Holly will spin. Tickets are $10 advance/$15 door. VIP tickets are available and include no waiting in line, reserved areas within the club and catering. 21+ only.
Clone Defects Reunion Show
The Painted Lady (2930 Jacob St., Hamtramck; 313-874-2991) brings back one of Detroits most popular punk bands, the Clone Defects. And though several of the Defects have moved on to form other outfits (Human Eye, the Valentinos, Alex White), they will ring in 2006 retro-style. Theyll be joined by Izquieardo, an experimental Latin-rock outfit featuring Andi F.M. of His Name is Alive and former members of the Piranhas. Cover charge is $10.
Smalls (10339 Conant St., Hamtramck; 313-873-1117) brings a bit of the bizarre to New Years. For $6, theres music from A.K.A. Mabus (former Bump-N-Uglies), alien surf punk from the Amino Acids, cow punk courtesy of Country Bob & the Bloodfarmers, hardcore from the Bill Bondsmen and a performance from the hilarious one-man band Scotty Karate. 21+
The Ninth Show
For those who would like to avoid the wilder side of New Years, the 101up Gallery in Cass Corridor (4470 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-415-6364) presents The Ninth Show: Figure and Field, an opening reception for artists Brian Barr, Leman Lambert, Bryant Tillman and Jeremy Mann. This free event will feature figurative portraits from Barr and Lambert and abstract field paintings from Tillman and Mann. Live music will be provided and there will be a Champagne toast at midnight. Runs 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
B-Movie Marathon on TCM
Who says you even need to leave the house on New Years Eve? Theres plenty of entertainment right there on the boob tube. Take TCMs all-night B-movie marathon for example, the kitsch-filled lineup is as follows:
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Quatermass Experiment (1956)
The Thing That Came From Another World (1951)
It Came From Outer Space (1953)
The Blob (1958)
Village of the Damned (1960)