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Party Like It's Not 2003! 

With more reasons to party like it's 1999 than ever before -- while 1999 wasn't a great year, it did have that certain pre-9/11 je ne sais quoi -- it's only fitting that, being in a capitalist society as we are, you have as many choices as possible when figuring out where you'd like to engage in said pre-millennial-style partying. So here's a selection New Year's Eve happenings:

Blues

Fat City Blues (inside Rum Bay at 20 N. Tejon) will be hosting Brenda Miles at 8 p.m.

Jack Quinn's (21 S. Tejon) also has a local all-star line-up with The Texas Seven upstairs (Anton Chico opening), and Johnny and the Jukes downstairs starting at 9 p.m. (21+).

Jr.'s Bar & Grill will be bringing you Junior Watson, Lynwood Slim and Magic Dave (see Playing Around, page 27).

John-Alex Mason will be at Shuga's, (702 S. Cascade Ave.) with his steel guitar beginning at 9 p.m. All ages. Free.

Rock

Industrial Nation (2106 E. Platte) is throwing an all-ages masquerade ball with Fail-yerz and Eyes Caught Fire for a mere $5.

Mother Lode and Positively Negative will be at Paradise City, (2454 Montebello Sq. Dr.). $5 - $7 all ages.

32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.) presents local indie faves Against Tomorrow's Sky (see Bang und Strum, pg. 28) along with Idiolectic Conception, 34 Sattelite, and Dirty Day.

Ritz Grill, (15 S. Tejon) brings you Love 45 at 9 p.m.

Southside Johnny's (528 S. Tejon) hosts Radio London at 9 p.m.

Laura Belle's (734 N. 19th St. at Uintah) will feature Velvet Jesi.

Classical

The Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra presents a New Year's Eve concert beginning at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Call 520-SHOW for ticket prices.

Other

The Blue Star restaurant at 1645 S. Tejon St. offers a four-course prix fixe dinner menu at $55 per person. Call 632-1086 for reservations. New Year's party with DJ and raffle starts at 11 p.m. Free valet parking and free shuttle home if you're loaded!

Speaking of being loaded, if you've got $339, you and a date can spend the night at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and party hard with the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and Klite 106.3 as you dance to the swinging big-band beats of Wallace Cotton and the Royals from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The price includes dinner, dancing, a bottle of champagne, accommodations and brunch the next morning. For only $255 per couple you can just stay for the dinner, dancing and champagne and then pass out in someone's room or go home with the band! There will also be a silent "chair-ity" auction for one-of-a-kind chairs by local artists. Call 538-4000 to make reservations, or go to

www.imaginationcelebration.org or

www.cheyennemountain.com.

If you're like me and can't stand New Year's Eve, why not stay home and cook a nice pot of collard greens, black-eyed peas (for good luck) and cornbread and watch a double feature of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Mariah Carey's Glitter just so the New Year can't possibly seem any more absurd than your life will seem when you've watched those movies back to back. Just to top it off, go ahead and read a few cantos of the Comte de Lautrmont's Maldoror, and have a totally sweet n' cool new year.

* Please note that the non-alcoholic "First Night" event will not be held this year.

-- Noel Black

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