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It's here, folks. Time to start making plans. Whether you want to do it up with flashy style or with the family in mind, we've got your Dec. 31 happenings here. Stay tuned as this listing will be continuously updated and subject to change. ... Happy New Year!
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Bellini's New Year's Eve Usher in 2011 in style with music by a three-piece dance band, a five-course dinner by Chef Henry, free late-night snack and Champagne toast at midnight. Bellini's Mediterranean Grill, Beach Boulevard South and 29th Avenue South, Gulfport. No cover charge; dinner is $49.95, 727-327-4222, bellinisonline.com.
Black Sheep and Count Zero at Orbit 19 Lounge See the underground hip-hop sensation and up-and-coming indie pop band with DJ D-Volv spinning old school hip-hop and mash-ups between sets. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 21 and older admitted. $25. Two-person limit on ticket purchases. Champagne & party favors included. 1542 U.S. 19, Holiday, 1-727 937-8330.
Busch Gardens Count down to 2011 with the theme parks annual huge New Years Eve party. Performing will be 60s pop sensation The Guess Who (These Eyes, American Woman) at 10:30 p.m For more information, call 1-888-800-5447 or visit buschgardens.com.
Cheap Celebration The popular Hyde Park restaurant ushers in 2011 with chic style byconverting into a full-fledged lounge with black-and-white decorations, VIP Tables, a dance floor and extended outdoor area with heaters. Highlights include a red carpet-paparazzi entrance, midnight celebration and Champagne toast. Plus, therell be live coverage of the New York Ball drop, DJ Gravity and special guest, drink specials, door gifts and party favors. Open to women 18 and older and men 21 and older. Cheap is at 309 S. Howard Ave. S., Tampa. Advance tickets are $10, $15; $20, $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit House of Hope. For information and tickets, visit TheTucciFoundation.com. For VIP and bottle service, call 813-541-1940.
Comedy Bash with Tommy Blaze The annual New Year's Eve Gala includes an open bar, performance, party favors and Champagne toast at midnight; plus, music and dancing after the show, and a continental breakfast buffet. Fri., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $11, $58. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-960-1197, sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Crowbar Free New Year's Eve Bash Three of the Bay area's best bands perform for no cover charge -- the artsy folk-poppy band the Marksmen, the high-energy, rocking Her Name Is Victory and the gritty hillbilly garage rock group Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander. 8 p.m. 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City, 813-241-8600, crowbarlive.com.
Dead Kennedys at the State Theatre Attention aging punk rockers: You can ring in the New Year with heroes of your youth. The legendary, spastic, bombastic, controversial and socially-conscious forefathers of punk bands great and small appears, sans Jello, of course, with local opener The Spears, a hyperkinetic and truly punk rock band in its own right, bearing some respectable resembles to DK and featuring members of Pseudo Heroes, Down By Law, Hated Youth and Pink Lincolns. 8 p.m. 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, $25, 813-897-3045.
Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe NYE N.C. rock-folk act the Dex Romweber Duo and local fave Roppongi's Ace perform at what's become a pleasant annual tradition in Seminole Heights -- a neighborhood party known for its easygoing atmosphere and tasty home-style-fresh buffet. The Brokenmold event features Dex Romweber, former frontman for the psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets and partner/sister, Sara Romweber, who has pounded skins for Mitch Easter, Lets Active and Snatches of Pink. Roppongi's Ace is a young, energetic act with resemblances to the Black Keys, but earthier. Owner Ernie Locke (of Nervous Turkey fame) performs a solo set before the bands start. $25, includes dinner and Champagne. Party starts at 8 p.m. Ella's is at 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-234-1000, ellasfolkartcafe.com.
Florida Aquarium Aqua Eve Make a splash NYE with entertainment, complimentary food, beer and wine and a Champagne toast. In addition, revelers can gaze from the terrace at one of the best views in town and see the fireworks display over the channel at midnight. To order tickets, call 813-273-4030. You Must be 21 or older to attend. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $90 Dec. 6-19; $100 after Dec. 19; members, $75 through Dec. 19. Creative Loafing readers save $10. To order tickets, visit cltampa.com/newyears. FloridaAquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 813-273-4000.
Greek New Year's Eve Opa! Ellada, a popular Greek band, performs at New Year's Eve gala at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Event includes hors d'oeuvres, prime rib dinner, Vasilopeta, Champagne toast and continental breakfast. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey, 727-844-0260. Fri., Dec. 31. Adults $50, children $25. Tickets available in advance only and won't be sold at the door.
Hard Rock NYE Pool Party DJ Joey Jam spins and go-go dancers entertain. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at the Hard Rock Store, $30 at the door. To reserve a pool chickee (Seminole-style cabana with TVs broadcasting Time Square ball drop) in advance, call the Body Rock Spa at 813-627-7650. $100 per chickee. Chickee reservation does not include entry fee. Fri., Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, 813-627-7625.
Into the Groove NYE Party at Hyde Park Cafe Probably the most stylin' DJ event for the New Year's, with danceable house, acid, soul and electronica courtesy of some of the best spin doctors in the area and beyond, the likes of Brian Busto, Joe Morgan, Jay Marley, Mike E., Saik, VJ/DJ Santana and Tony Faline. Ladies get in free all night and drink for free from 10 to 11 p.m. Guys pay $10. VIP table reservations available, 18 and older admitted. 10 p.m., Hyde Park, 1806 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-254-3059, thehydeparkcafe.com.
Journey Around the World on a Magic Carpet Say Nostrovia to a five-course Russian banquet-style dinner and international variety of entertainment. $150 per person includes more than 20 dishes, all-you-can-drink alcohol (wine, beer, vodka, mixed drinks, Armenian cognac) and entertainment provided by a wide range of musicians and performers -- from Burlesque numbers to a Polynesian act to fancy footwork from Russian, Ukrainian, Italian and belly dancers. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach, 727-644-4839, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kennedy New Year's Eve One of Tampa's state-of-the-art nightclubs hosts a party with traditional party favors and countdown at midnight. Free admission for ladies 21 and older; men 21 and older get in for $10, and ladies 18-21 pay $15 (no admittance for men 18-21). 10 p.m. 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, thekennedysoho.com. To reserve your table today, Call 813-254-3059.
Living Room on Main New Year's Eve Ring in the new year with panache at a chic Dunedin venue. Chef Tony Bruno has prepared a decadent prix fixe menu boasting a five-course dinner. Dance off the calories and put them back on by way of hand-crafted cocktails, eclectic beers and lots of the bubbly. 5 p.m., 487 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-5202, $75, thelivingroomonmain.com.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827.
New Year's Eve in Gulfport Celebrate at one of Pinellas' most scenic and historic landmarks with a full cash bar, live music by Identity Crisis, party favors, prizes, silent auctions and light food. Proceeds benefit the Gulfport Arts Center and City of Imagination. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $20; advance tickets at the Casino. Call 727-893-1070. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, 727-893-1070.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball by Eyz Wide Shut The purveyor of adult entertainment is planning a weekend-long "hotel takeover" at its on-premise "licensed lodging facility" from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Buffet included. Rates vary according to night and length of stay. Eyz Wide Shut is at 6504 Adamo Drive, Tampa, 813-620-1234, eyzwideshut.com.
Noon Year's Eve New Year's isn't just a grown-up occasion. The kids party happens each year at Lowry Park Zoo, at the annual Noon Years Eve daytime celebration hosted by the Zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380. The party begins when the Zoo opens and includes games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch a giant clock strike 12 p.m. Activities are included with admission ($15.95-$20.95). Fri., Dec. 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, lowryparkzoo.com.
New Years at The Sertoma Youth Ranch Features music by Chubby Carrier and the Blues Swamp Band and the Randy McAllister Band at an overnight New Year's Event in Pasco County's scenic campsite with amenities. Includes food from Outback Kate's, party favors and the requisite campfires. Stay Saturday for acoustic music all day. For information, call 863-984-8445. Dec. 31-Jan. 1. $55, $35 without water and electric hookup. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, sertomayouthranch.com.
Push Ultra Lounge NYE One of St. Pete's most visually enticing hangouts, in the old McNulty station, offers rooftop views of the fireworks and dancing to DJs Rev Kev, Beniot and Kristijan. The party also includes a prize drawing for a Las Vegas get-away. 9 p.m. 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-895-7874, pushlounge.com.
Salute to Vienna The Strauss Symphony of America performs with Christian Schulz, conductor (Vienna); Beatrix Lázin, soprano (Budapest); Joachim Moser, tenor (Vienna); dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Ballroom Dance Champions. Pre-show buffet available. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $42-$68. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-791-7400, floridaorchestra.org.
Shawn Brown Cancer Survivors Benefit and New Year's Eve Gala Local Blues, R&B and gospel performer Shawn Brown and guy-in-charge at Shawn Brown Entertainment says he is putting on one of the biggest New Year's celebrations in Tampa on Dec. 31. "For those in the Tampa Bay area that may be caucasianally challenged, let me suggest to you an alternative to the usual milquetoast New Year's Eve stuff Tampa Bay has to offer," Brown said. The black tie-gala sponsored by J.J. Taylor and the American Cancer Society, includes dinner and performances by Theo Valentin, Brown himself, Dre Lewis and Nate Najar. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. and honors Darryl Rouson and Dr. Thomas Taylor. Brown is a cancer survivor is donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Jo Mama Johnson of 95.7 The Beat emcees with additional entertainment by Lonza Bartlett, Pat Barbara, Merv CMore, Francine Jones, and a Michael Jackson impersonator. 7 p.m. Embassy Suites, USF Tampa, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., 813-977-7066, $85, VIP tickets $100. For reservations, visit shawnbrownentertaiment.com or call 813-924-8943.
Swingin' the New Year Shake, rattle and roll amid the retro grandeur of the Coliseum at an all-ages, smoke-free shindig. Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band performs, and the party includes full cash bar with Champagne, party favors, chocolate treats and prize giveaways. Vintage attire encouraged. Lesson: 8-9 p.m. (no partner needed); doors open 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $24 in advance, $29 at the door. Call 813-579-4645 or 727-669-7830. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, tampabayswing.com.
Timpano Rooftop Eve Party Here's a celebration for the couples out there seeking a romantic and posh night out on the last night of the year. Timpano's offers an evening of dancing, Champagne, star-gazing and fireworks presented in a custom-designed ballroom with a translucent roof overlooking Hyde Park Village. Music provided by Tampa favorite jazz lady Belinda Womack and DJ Papi. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $85 for General Admission, $150 with inclusion of a 5-course dinner. Proceeds go to Gasparilla International Film Festival. Timpano, 1610 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-299-0636, therooftopeve.com.
Venue Masquerade Ball Live music by the Untouchables, vids and spins by Kid Leow, party favors, balloon drop and Champagne toast. Masks available at the door. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. $25 advance, $30 at the door; $75 per person dinner reservations; tables and skyboxes from $125-$2,000, 727-571-2222, thevenueclub.com.