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Welcome 2010

Posted by novoscene on December 31, 2009

We’ll leave the decade in review articles to others. Nor will we make any predictions about the decade to come. This is Oakland after all; the town that’s always shocking and never surprising. We’re living in the moment, and there are plenty of options for ringing in the Blue Moon New Year Thursday night. Here are our selections.

Balloon Drop

If you have small kids, and you’re likely to be asleep before 11 p.m. anyway, consider taking them to the Chabot Space and Science Center for the 10th annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop. “Kids will have a blast ringing in 2010 without staying up past their bedtime!”

Thursday, December 31, 10:45 a.m. for kids 6 and under, 12:45 and 3:45 for 6 and up
Chabot Space and Science Center 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$4 plus Chabot Admission

Cedric the Entertainer

This one’s not for kids. Sure, some of his act is predictable “women do this, men do that” standup schtick, but Cedric the Entertainer can still whip off a joke that’s funny as hell. When he warms up and has the audience roaring, he earns his name. He’ll be at the Paramount Thursday night starting at 11 p.m.

Thursday, December 31, 11 p.m.
Paramount Theatre 2025 Broadway
Tickets from $45.75 to $85.75

Dance Extravaganza

If you’re looking for a women-only event, and one that’s smoke-, drug-, booze- ,and perfume-free, try the New Year’s Eve Rejuvenation Ceremony & Dance Extravaganza at the Humanist Hall.
“Under the blue moon, in a magical forest the soul and spirit muses celebrate, the dawn of a new decade with songs, dances, rituals, games and spells that invoke the sensuous, the spiritual and the surreal.
Rejuvenation Ceremony: Experiential extravaganza through interactive rituals, games, dance, music, art and worship of the sensual, the spiritual and the surreal – A Rejuvenation Ceremony on the Night of the Blue Moon. A truly magical journey to a fantastical world of joy & hope.”

Thursday, December 31 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Humanist Hall 390 27th Street

Eclectic Fever 2010

The New Parish, one of Oakland’s newest and finest venues, hosts a New Year’s Eve bash that promises to deliver a jambalaya of sound. The line up includes Aphrodesia, the Kev Choice Ensemble, Boca Do Rio, DJ Santero, DJ Jermiah, The People & Energia Do Samba. This is from Kev Choice’s publicist: “Forget all the same old same old NEW Year’s Eve parties…COME NEW FOR 2010!!!! Come celebrate The New Year, at one of Oakland’s freshest NEW venues, The NEW Parrish, with Oakland’s own Kev Choice as he brings NEW music, a NEW band, and a NEW direction. This event, “Eclectic Fever” feature’s a diverse lineup with an array of musical treats for those who want to bring in the NEW Year with a good vibe, good music, and good times. COME NEW for 2010!”

Thursday December 31 8 p.m.
New Parish 579 18th Street
$40 in advance, $50 at the door

Taoist Meditation

And then there’s the complete opposite of entering the New Year with noise and revelry. The Taoist Meditation Center is hosting meditation with with Dr. Alex Feng Thursday evening. A potluck diinner starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s free and ends at 11 p.m., so you can still go crazy after getting your mindfullness on.

Thursday December 31, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Taoist Meditation Center 3824 MacArthur Boulevard

Open Mic Party

The Eastside Arts Alliance’s Holla Back Thursday falls on NYE, so they’re turning it into a party. A short open-mic session will be followed by a performance by 7Daize. And a DJ will spin past the midnight hour. The event is a fundraiser for Holla Back.

Thursday December 31 8:30 p.m.
EastSide Arts Allliance 2277 International Boulevard
$15

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