With so many options to memorably end 2008, why not usher in the new year with music? For better or worse, other Seattleites had the same idea -- but try on one of these suggestions from our writers for size:
New Year's Eve at the Paramount:
With all the clubs and events competing for your champagne dollars this New Year's Eve, there's a veritable buffet of enticing venues where you, the discerning partygoer, may choose to spend your evening. But there's no question the Paramount's put together the best, most eclectic crowd-pleaser of a New Year's Eve lineup in the city; aside from the Presidents (whose performance at Sasquatch! last year proved these '90s favorites can still rock a crowd with energy to spare), Seattle's favorite hip-hop hybrid, the Saturday Knights, Ben Kweller-esque pop group Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, DJ Cherry Canoe, metal acrobats Monotonix and country music prodigy Vince Mira (accompanied by the Roy Kay Trio) will also take the stage.
-- Sara Brickner
New Year's Eve With Seattle Symphony:
Used to be that programming New Year's Eve orchestra concerts was a no-brainer: Just blow the dust off the Strauss family scores and oom-pah-pah your way through an evening of champagne music. But Gerard Schwarz likes to give the Seattle Symphony something meatier (though still Viennese) on these gala occasions--like Beethoven's Ninth. If the turn of the year is a stock-taking, resolution-making time for you, Friedrich Schiller's paean to universal brotherhood, the "Ode to Joy," which Beethoven set as the symphony's choral finale, will make an inspiring message. After the concert, stay for champagne, dancing, dessert (non-metaphorical), and cheering and kissing at midnight, if you like.
-- Gavin Borchert