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So many parties, so little time. With 2008 a few days away, we here at


thought we’d help you sort out some of your New Year’s Eve club partying options. (

See our NYE concert picks.

) Everybody’s doing something around town but these top few stuck out to us with ratings of course (out of 10).

'80s Dance Party with DJ Baby Ruthless (6) (The Meridian Room, 3611 Parry Ave., Exposition Park.)

For those inclined to grooving up to the midnight hour at the pace of The Go-Gos, Duran Duran and Culture Club, The Meridian Room is the one-stop for you as Baby Ruthless takes patrons back to the '80s while heading toward 2008. Ironic, huh? What’s better is their flyer for the night uses the words “free” and “half-price” to appeal to the financially-challenged. Free champagne and party favors will be on hand while drafts will be going for half. But the more curious part of their party will be the advertised smoke machine, hot chicks and “lots of dirty dancing.” The latter parts I get, but that bar might get smoked out pretty quick and that midnight kiss won’t be much fun out on the sidewalk.

Ricki Derek’s Fifth Annual New Year’s Ring-A-Ding (8) (9 p.m., $50, Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth.)

Ricki Derek and the Vegas Five take their annual show to Derek’s new club in the Sundance Square. Sure we’re going to miss him doing his jazz and comedy on this side of the Trinity for New Year’s, but his new club offers up swank that we may just not find this way. At least without a hotel attached to it. To party it up old school Vegas style, spend a little cash, dust off the tux (OK, some kind of dressy digs) and go west. $50 doesn’t just get you in, but it gets you a table. Does anybody remember those in clubs? Champagne and favors also will be handed out at midnight. And if it ends up being a truly hammered night, there are several hotels in stumbling distance.

New Year’s Party Event with DJ RPM (7) ($1000 table, $50 person, Obar Ultralounge, 160 2B Main St.)

We don’t do the Ultralounge scene too much, and you know how we feel about the douchebags who live there. This downtown underground bar, however, is the exception. RPM spins tunes that you can sing along to as opposed to boring techno beats, and distracts from the fact that this sliver of a bar gets crowded fast. If 10 of you pool together a grand for a table, you get the total VIP treatment with two bottles of Grey Goose vodka and a bottle of champagne. And everybody gets to toast at midnight with the bubbly.

New Years 2008 Pearl Gayla (5) (9 p.m., $15 to $25, Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs.)

S4 lets the kiddies come out and play, too, with admission for 18 and up. On top of counting down to 2008 with the top 10 songs of 2007, the club is also giving away $500 spa gift certificates and a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. And once the confetti is over with, S4 stays open late with dancing till 4 a.m. Is there any better way to start the year off? Count it as cardio for your weight loss resolution. Oh, and being that it’s the Pearl Gayla, white attire is suggested.

Big D NYE (10) (6:30 p.m., Free, American Airlines Center/Victory Park.)

Without a doubt this has to be one of the best bets for partying it up on the last day of the year. With Victory Park intact, Dallas has the chance to get all Times Square-like and they are sparing no expenses in having lots of people out to have lots of fun. The party starts of with the Dallas Stars pre-game festivities followed by a lineup of bands throughout various stages including Superstring, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Petty Theft and more and then topped off by fireworks at midnight. Did we mention that it’s free? This would definitely be for those willing to brave the cold and crowded.

Full Moon Murders (8) (9 p.m., $75, Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance, Richardson.)

If you’re not the party hardy type, Pegasus Theater always offers its classic annual black and white show with Kurt Kleinmann in a new Harry Hunsacker mystery. The private eye wannabe actor and his detecting shenanigans is some of the finest comedy in the local theater scene, but watching the show in literal television black and white is a surreal experience to get lost in. And every year, the show wraps up with a startling visual that just stuns the eyes. With this holiday performance, Pegasus will also be serving champagne and dessert. Just don’t spill any.

New Year's Eve Spectacular (9) (9 p.m., $150, Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway.)

This is the kind of celebration we only see in old movies where everyone is fabulous having a fabulous time and downing drinks with nary a slur. This event is also a benefit for Communities in Schools, a local nonprofit providing services to at-risk students. Partiers will partake in casino action while dancing it up to Hunter Sullivan, Johnny Reno and the Lounge Kings and the Cary Richards Orchestra all before the balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. The famished shouldn’t worry as there will also be a late buffet on hand. But most exciting could be the fortune teller present. Could there be a more perfect time than the New Year to find out how it’s going to go for you? Besides, you know it will all be good news which will only make the night, well, spectacular.

So there you have it. Our picks for your New Year’s celebrating. Ranging from free to $1,000 bucks. We figure, there’s something for everybody here. Or if you’re a stay at home kind of partier, well, that’s OK, too. We just wish you a happy 2008. -- Rich Lopez

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