Destination: New Year's Eve! 

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Ummm... Let's party!

Biwa—Adored Portland eatery Biwa will keep you well fed with this lavish eight-course kaiseki-style Japanese spread, including oyster sashimi, grilled halibut cheeks, fried smelt with caviar, simmered duck, dessert, and optional sake pairings. Sayonara, 2010! 215 SE 9th, $55-85, 239-8830 for reservations

The Waterheater—The cool college crowd heats things up as Portland State's radio station celebrates the launch of their shiny new website (kpsu.org) and, of course, the new year, with performances by Apes Tapes bands Adventures with Might, Spesus Christ, XDS, and Prescription Pills, all with a backdrop of local art. Not to mention free swag and champagne for those of age! 750 N Fremont, 9 pm, $4-5, all ages

Ground Kontrol's "Warp Zone"—While they remodel their longtime home, Ground Kontrol's temporary location two doors down has the same great games and fun (and bar!), but with blacklights! Play free games all night with admission, while DJs Ghostdad, Capcom, and Epor keep the energy up. 10 NW 5th, 5 pm, $15, 21+

Bossanova BallroomShanghai Nights embraces Portland's reputation as "The Forbidden City," throwing a party so hot it should be illegal. Stephanie Schneiderman headlines; Scott Law, Materialized, McTuff Trio, Devin Phillips, and the String Cheese Incident Remix keep the electro-jams pumping. 722 E Burnside, 8 pm, $37.50-50, 21+

Curious Comedy Theater—Been sleeping all year? This entertainment extravaganza will get you up to speed with 2010's best sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy along with trapeze and dance acts! Hors d'oeuvres all evening, champagne at midnight, and then an all-out dance party 'til 2 am. 5225 NE MLK, 8 pm, $40-50

Alberta Rose TheatreStorm Large, mothereffers! She's one of our brightest, loudest, most outrageous local stars, and if you've ever seen her perform live, you will not be surprised to hear that both of her New Year's Eve shows are totally sold out. But if you got tickets, you're going to have a helluva party! w/Holcombe Waller; 3000 NE Alberta, 7:30 & 10:30 pm, sold out, 21+

Backspace—Grab a coffee (or a big-kid beer) and ride out the night with some local indie tunes: The Shaky Hands, Boy Eats Drum Machine, and Vanimal play at your favorite Old Town hangout. Champagne toast? Why, yes. 115 NW 5th, 9 pm, $10-12, all ages

Mission Theater—Bummed that you didn't win our auction to have Langhorne Slim play at your private party? Yeah, we know, but don't worry buddy, you can still catch him at this public show! w/Sassparilla, Jessi Adele; 1624 NW Glisan, 9 pm, $20-25, 21+

The Crown Room—Portland's own sexy, soulful songstress Reva DeVito heads up the funkiest event of the night, with the Doo Doo Funk Allstars, and DJ Zimmie. Feast on a sushi buffet, nab some giveaways, and of course, toast some bubbly. 205 NW 4th, 9 pm, $5-10, 21+

World Trade Center—Ring in a healthy 2011 with a 5K. The First Run & Walk begins at the stroke of midnight, but not before a couple hours of music, dancing, drinks, and snacks to warm you up. Entry fee includes a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt. 121 SW Salmon, 10 pm, $30-35, all ages

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