Goodbye 2008 and hello 2009. It's funny how a five-second countdown can turn into a five-day party just to ring in the new year. You'd think one late night would do it, but then again, this is Los Angeles and moderation has never been in vogue. Let's put it this way, I doubt I'm the only one that had to hitchhike across town to get home last Wednesday night (or Thursday morning) because all the cabs were taken. This New Year's Eve we danced with Moby, rocked with Stone Temple Pilots, masqueraded at Bar 107, drank beer in champagne flutes at On the Rox and had a run-in with Bud Bundy. Then, we spent the rest of the weekend mingling with cosplay characters at the Anime Los Angeles convention. Read on for details and check out the photos…

New Year's Eve Downtown Crawl: Bank Run, Stone Temple Pilots, Giant Maximus, Bar 107

Timothy Norris hit up the New Year's Eve Downtown crawl that included Giant Maximus with Moby and Mickey Avalon, Little Radio's Bank Run, Stone Temple Pilots at Club Nokia and Bar 107's masquerade party. Check out the entire slideshow of downtown debauchery.

Haunted Vogue Theater New Year's Eve

Aimee Candelaria attended Hollywood's haunted Vogue Theater for a glamorous 1920s-themed party. For the last ten years the theater was closed for use by the International Society for Paranormal Research. Check out the entire slideshow.

Art Core New Year's Eve Bash at On the Rox

The rockers and artists behind Art Core, Congregation of the Forgotten Saints and the Metal Awards Show invaded the Sunset Strip and bashed things up at On the Rox with band Black President and a special appearance by actor David Faustino, a.k.a. Bud Bundy. Check out the entire slideshow.

Anime Los Angeles Convention at LAX Marriott

Liz Ohanesian and Shannon Cottrell joined anime enthusiasts at the LAX Marriott hotel for the Anime Los Angeles (ALA) convention, January 2-4. Check out entire slideshow for photos of the best cosplay characters and read Ohanesian's “Otaku Art Stars: Anime Conventions Are Breeding a New Generation of Artists.”

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