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WEDNESDAY

NEW YEAR'S EVE

RICARDO LEMVO

There's no shortage of places in Seattle where you can stand around, feet planted, beer in hand, affectless expression on face, staring at whatever band is onstage. Not at the Century Ballroom. This is where people come who like to move, who don't mind showing off a little flair, who like to participate. That makes it the perfect destination for New Year's. Tonight the Century offers both swing and salsa: Kinshasa-born Ricardo Lemvo (above) and his L.A.-based band Makina Loca, whose members hail from all parts of the globe, fuse soukous, son, and salsa into a sweet Afro-Latin groove that's plenty danceable, while DJs Hep Jen and Brenda Starr will spin lindy and such for the swing contingent. Formal attire encouraged. 7 p.m. $45, $95 includes dinner. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St. (second floor), 206-324-7263. MARK D. FEFER

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ABSOLUT NEW YEAR'S PARTY

If it's an intimate New Year's you're after, stay away. The vodka giant's floating megasoiree is expected to draw upward of 2,500 revelers. On the long, multifloor musical lineup: Local blues brothers Left Hand Smoke play shoulder to shoulder with British Columbia's Clumsy Lovers, Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band, the much-loved cover band Dudley Manlove Quartet, and salsa from Cambalache. Plus club hits from KISS FM DJs. For those who crave a little solitude, there'll be two heated decks looking out on Elliott Bay. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $45 and up. Pier 66 (Bell Harbor International CC), 2211 Alaskan Way, 866-468-3399. NEAL SCHINDLER

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DJ MOSES/RICHARD SEGOVIA

The Baltic Room is a pretty ideal place to spend a New Year's Eve, especially if you arrive early enough to grab an always-scarce table. (Man and woman cannot subsist on dancing alone, especially with alcohol involved.) This year's Latin- flavored bash features DJ Moses of Uniting Souls, who'll be joined live on timbales by Richard Segovia, leader of San Francisco "border rock" band Puro Bandido. Jon Lemmon, a Seattle native whose Viva Recordings label has released some notable house tracks, and Jeromy Nail round out the lineup. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $12. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., 206-625-4444. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

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CHRISTY MCWILSON AND SCOTT MCCAUGHEY

Feeling cozy, convivial, and warm as you face the New Year? Do you wish you were feeling cozy, convivial, and warm as you face the New Year? Either way, there's probably no better way for fans of fun, rootsy pop and peace, love, and understanding to welcome '04 than with Seattle's own Sonny and Cher (pre-breakup, of course). Husband-and-wife collaborators McWilson (above) and McCaughey will lead the party with her Linda Ronstadt-esque folk/pop and his eternally sophomoric (in a good way) garage pop. Expect excellent stage banter. Expect ribbing, poking, joking, and an occasional well-placed sentimental journey. Expect a very fine time. 9 p.m. $10. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-4880. LAURA CASSIDY

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THE TRIPLE DOOR ORCHESTRA

It's hard to beat the swank elegance of this new haven under Wild Ginger. For its inaugural New Year's bash, the club has assembled a large band specializing in R&B, soul, and swing. Vocalist Kelly Harland (below) will sling the standards, along with Portland's Lloyd Jones. They're backed by a crack outfit that includes excellent saxophonists Hans Teuber and Rick Mandyck, onetime Tower of Power guitarist Danny Hoefer and drummer John Bishop. 7:30 p.m. show (with dinner): $50; 10:30 p.m. show (with appetizers, dessert, etc.): $40. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333. MARK D. FEFER

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