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New Year's Eve roundup

Partiers have their choice of many local events

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To quote a Death Cab for Cutie song, "So this is the new year. And I don't feel any different ... and I have no resolutions."

If that pretty much sums up your feelings at present, enliven your turn of the calendar with one of the more prominent New Year's Eve events of which we've been informed. (Note: This does not include what is surely a plethora of special menus available at local restaurants; call your favorite spot to explore that option.)

• The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) presents Cruising the Nightlife, a cruise-ship-themed party touring New York City, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Vienna between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Enjoy dining, dancing, gallery tours, karaoke and more; tickets range from $49 to $119.

• The ever-eccentric Major Mandolin will host his 2012 Gala New Year's Eve Ball from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott (5580 Tech Center Drive, majormandolin.tv), featuring Tron the Band and Faint Hearts and big-screen TVs set to Times Square and Las Vegas. Tickets run $18 to $70.

• Catch Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors at A Sterling & Sapphire Gala at the DoubleTree by Hilton (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., hilton.com) between 7:30 and 1. Tickets ($75) include a buffet dinner and Champagne toast at a midnight balloon drop.

• The Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents New Year's Eve: Three Rocky Mountain Tenors at 8 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), with Thomas Wilson conducting vocalists Matt McMahan, Joseph Mikolaj and Max Ferguson on recognized Broadway tunes. Seats run $19 to $57.

• The Pueblo Convention Center's New Year's Eve Party (320 Central Main St., Pueblo, puebloconventioncenter.com), from 6:30 to 12:30, gets you cocktails, dinner, dueling pianos and a live feed of Times Square, among other highlights, for $50.

• The Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) will host the BAC New Year's Eve Party from 9 to 12:30 with $32-to-$35 tickets earning appetizers, drinks and live music by Redraw the Farm.

• Dancers may do no better than Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness' (1220 Valley St., springssalsa.com) Glow and Rave Party from 10 to 1. Tickets to dance, dine and drink are $15 to $25.

• And for the contrarians who'd rather think than drink, for free: a World Peace Meditation Service from 5 to 5:45 a.m. (yes, in the morning on the 31st) at the Center for Spiritual Living Chapel (3685 Jeannine Drive, cslcs.org) ... or a mauna (silent meditation) followed by chanting at Pranava Yoga Center (718 N. Weber St., pranavayogacenter.com) from 9:30 to around 12:30.

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