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Party Like It's 2012: Fun Ways to Bring the Curtain Down

The end of the world is on a Friday night. How's that for good timing?

Amidst the on-going discussion of how the world is going to end -- earthquakes? Nuclear terrorism? Zombie revolution? Polar shift? -- one very, very important fact is often overlooked.

December 21 is on a Friday. With a super-long weekend coming up, climaxing with Christmas Day the following Tuesday, it's a perfect time to have a party for the ages.

Of course, there's an app for that. Or at least a website: Partycheap.com has a full page of Party Ideas, Party Food, Party Playlist, and Party Favors for you own apocalyptic affair.

For instance, they riff on the Mayan theme in a couple ways - "Party Like There's No To-Maya" is the slogan, they suggest Mexican food for the table, and there are plenty of Mexican beers available to wash it down. Tequila too is a national drink, and mescal too - here's your last chance to eat the worm, and you don't have to worry about the hangover.

The Party Playlist will keep you on the dance floor until the clock strikes Nevermore, with expected hits from REM's "The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" to Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends." Surely you can add your own favorite end-of-the-world song to the Comments.

Here in Napa there are a couple concerts that provide a chance to boogie your cares away on Friday night. There's a Soul Train Christmas Dance Party at Silo's, where you can get your groove on 70s-style with Motown tunes from the Bay Area cover band Familiar Soul.

Or get down with the real Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band at the Uptown Theater that night, starting at 8. This bassist/composer's career stretches from from James Brown to Parliament and Funkadelic to Bootsy's Rubber Band to Deee-Lite. And to think he's ending it all up with a gig in Napa.

Not quite on the same wavelength, tenor Javier Gonzales will be performing a program of Christmas carols at Yountville’s Seventh Day Adventist Church. He's performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall as well as several international stages. The concerts are free, Friday, December 21 at 7 p. m. and, on the off-chance the world does not end, again on Saturday, Dec. 22  at 4 p.m.

Plenty of opportunity to have that party you'll never forget. Have you already made your plans for 12-21-12?  Tell us in the Comments.

Better hurry though. Time is running out.

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Rich Reader December 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Once the world is over and done with, where should we go for the after-party?
Scott Yeager December 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
You can check out my blog post for my personal music soundtrack for the end of the world. We are going to an end of the world party and I won't have a hangover even if the world doesn't somehow end on time.

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