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December 27, 2006

NEW YEAR'S EVE: Your guide to what's happening

Paint the town red or stay close to bed? Holiday options plentiful either way.

The age-old debate comes up around about this time every year.

Millions of people start calling up either crystal-clear or extremely hazy memories of what they were doing last Dec. 31, and, after wincing a bit, formulate a new plan.

Well, maybe a slightly modified plan, depending on their level of parental responsibility and/or general New Year’s Eve apathy. But it can seem like everybody is telling their friends this year that “after last year,” they’re going to either “have a quiet night with friends” or “make a plan to get out.”

And those intentions usually end up lasting as long as a champagne toast.

Luckily, for those planning either kind of night, there are plenty of options for both care-free abandon and relaxed evenings with friends or family.

Find your diversion, plan to get there and back responsibly, and have fun. Oh, and think about bringing a notepad — you might be able to use it next year.



If you’re staying in




ABC

Time: 10 to 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. to 2:05 a.m.

Hosts: Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, with Fergie.

Performers: Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Meat Loaf, RBD, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, the cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.”

Fox

Time: 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Host: Cat Deeley.

Performers: Chris Daughtry of “American Idol,” Toni Braxton.

MTV

Time: 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (streaming on mtv.com).

Performers: Gwen Stefani, Nas, Ciara, Three 6 Mafia.

NBC

Time: 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (simulcast on Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC and nbc.com).

Performers: Panic! at the Disco.

PBS

Time: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Performers: Audra McDonald at Lincoln Center, Gerrison Keillor at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.



If you’re going out




Buffalo (First Night Buffalo)

Hosts: Independent Health Foundation and First Niagara.

Location: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 5 to 9 p.m.

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