New Years Evenings
Giant Maximus in downtown L.A.
The Giant peeps always go big, and this year it’s a tented big-top-style bash featuring Sasha & John Digweed, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren and Sander Kleinenberg and more, plus their usual attractions (ferris wheel, concessions, libations). 8 p.m.-4 a.m.; $80 in advance; VIP $150; between Eighth and Figueroa sts., dwntwn. (323) 464-7373. www.giantclub.com.
The Greatest Show on Earth at Avalon
Avalon offers dance-music kings Richard Vision, Eddie Halliwell and Donald Glaude at this “space-age circus” lasting well into New Year’s morning. Mesmerizing light shows, stilt walkers and trapeze artists are just a few of the amusements. 9 p.m.-10 a.m.; over 21; $50; 1735 Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 462-8900.
Gridlock at Paramount Studios
Times Square, Times Schmare... Fake New York should be just as fun, what with the Killers playing, Carmen Electra hosting and DJs galore spinnin’ on Paramount Studios’ outdoor NYC-lookalike sets. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain like it did last year. 9 p.m.-4 a.m.; over 21; $100-$225 (VIP); 5555 Melrose Ave., Hlywd. (323) 571-4000.
Time Machine at Highlands
Go back or go forward... whatever ya like music-wise, this party will have it. DJs spin sounds from the ’70s to the ’00s and retro cover bands, including Disco Inferno and the M-80’s, get their freak on throughout the night. 9 p.m.- 3 a.m.; over 21; $50-$85; 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (4th & 5th floors). www.onenightentertainment.biz.
Together as One at the L.A. Sports Arena
Rave in the new year with Paul Van Dyk, Danny Howells, Christopher Lawrence and many others at this annual glow-stick-fueled electronic-music extravaganza from Go Ventures and Insomniac. $40-$50 advance, $60 at the door; 3939 S. Figueroa Blvd., dwntwn. (323) 960-5155.
Wicked Wonderland at Club 7969
The heathens behind Miss Kitty’s Parlour serve up “live electro cabaret stage shows and voyeuristic performances” plus DJs Paul V (Dragstrip 66/Bootie LA), Amanda Jones and Henry Self spinning electro, mashups and industrial sounds. Winter-themed costumes are encouraged, but with this crowd the atmosphere is sure to be anything but frigid. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; over 21; $25 at the door; 7969 Santa Monica Blvd. www.misskittysparlour.com.
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