New Year’s Eve is frequently called “Amateur’s Night” by many grizzled veterans of the party scene. The following New Year’s events are sure to make a professional out of any would-be reveler.

MARINA FIREWORKS — Beginning at the 30-second countdown to 2009, this annual display from the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will be “our biggest show ever for New Year’s Eve,” according to department marketing analyst Debbie Talbot.

The ten-minute display will be launched from the south jetty over the main channel in Marina del Rey, weather permitting. Hot spots for viewing include Burton Chace Park at the water end of Mindanao Way.

Information, (310) 305-9545 or www.marinadelrey.lacounty .gov/.

CHRISTOPHER HAWLEY ROLLERS — Revelers can rock-‘n’-roll at the Cock ‘n Bull with golden-throated Venetian Christopher Hawley and his band, the Rollers. According to Hawley, the show will be “good times rolling in the New Year with the Rollers and rocking out at the Cock ‘n Bull.” Festivities include a champange toast at midnight. Show starts at 9 p.m. $7 at the door. 2947 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 399-9696.

THE PAUL CHESNE BAND — O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant will be filled with “baby-making music to dance to,” according to front man Paul Chesne. Tickets are $10 in advance and available in person or $15 at the door. 2941 Main St., Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 396-4725.

ACME TRIBUTE BAND — Prince ‘O Whales in Playa del Rey introduces the novel idea of a no-cover New Year’s celebration with the unconventional power trio the Acme Tribute Band. The band features two double-neck guitars and a drum machine. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.

Information, (310) 823-9826 or www.princeowhales.com/.

TOM NOLAN BAND — Rusty’s Surf Ranch invites guests for dinner and dancing on the Santa Monica Pier. The band is an R&B jump Blues ensemble featuring Nolan on the spirited harp. $35 advance cover. 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 393-7437.

BEACH BLANKET CHINESE NEW YEAR’S — Canal Club owner Daniel Samakow says festivities include “a crazy Chinese New Year, but Canal Club is all beach, so it’s just a crazy party. At midnight, a Chinese dragon comes out and we bang a gong to get rid of the evil spirits in the new year.” A DJ spinning dance tunes, drink specials and a Sushi Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. are all part of the fun. Party seating from 8 p.m. $25 minimum, no cover. $10 Cover after 10 p.m. 2025 N. Venice Blvd., Venice.

Information, (310) 823-3878, www.canalclubvenice.com/.

SHANGRI-LA-LA ñ One of Samakow’s other restaurants, James Beach, hosts this annual

“New Years Eve Spectacular!” where attendees are invited to dance under the stars on the patio while experiencing secret “Pagan Island rites.” “Every Year we build an eight foot volcano out of papier-m’chÈ, then we take a blow-up doll dressed up as Old Man New Year, who we human sacrifice into the volcano,” he says. “Then at midnight the volcano blows up and all kinds of silly string, streamers, and confetti comes out.” Non-dinner cover is $20. 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice.

Information, (310) 823-5396, www.jamesbeach.com/.

VENICE PENGUIN CLUB ñ In case the night before proves to leave a wicked hangover, the cure may very well be a New Year’s Day plunge in the ocean. According to Penguin, Julian Myers, “Nothing the whole new year could bring, would be as challenging as jumping in that cold water. The rest of the year is an easy go.” Plunging starts at noon on January 1st. Sign up for the event is at 11 a.m.

Information, (310) 821-8136.

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