And tonight, of course, is New Year s Eve. There s a lot going on, and here are just a few things. There s a New Year s Eve Gala in the lobby of The Peabody with Blind Mississippi Morris, Nation, and Gabby Johnson. There s a big bash on Beale Street, with a show in the W.C. Handy Performing Arts Park with live music by my men Ingram Hill, along with Slick Ballinger, Kavious, Poizon, Free Sol, and Chosen View. Among the club shows on Beale Street are Burnside Exploration at Beale Street Tap Room; James Govan & The Boogie Blues Band at Rum Boogie CafÇ (can t go wrong with Govan); and The North Mississippi Allstars and Lucero are at the New Daisy. Elsewhere around town, there s a special New Year s Eve Dinner at Melange. There s a New Year s Eve Party with The Sallymacs back at the Blue Monkey Midtown. NRGLuv presents Funkin In Da New Year featuring DJs Ben Armstrong, Danny Rockwell, Mary Jane, Singularity, Muse, and Truss at the Full Moon Club. Jim Duckworth s Action Figures are at the Glass Onion. Back at the Hi-Tone, there s the 2nd Annual Greatest Rock n Roll New Year s Eve Party featuring The Reigning Sound and The Cool Jerks. There s a New Year s Eve Party with Carol Plunk at the P&H. At Newby s there s a Zarr Records New Year s Eve Bash featuring Stout, Thingamajig, and The Subteens. And the future of heavy metal rock-and roll, Hopes Like the Hindenberg, is at The Riot along with a lot of other bands. And, well, there you have it. As always, I really don t care what you do this week, because I don t even know you, and unless you can get Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie to come film a few episodes of The Simple Life in Frayser, I feel certain that I don t want to meet you. Besides, it s time for me to go find out why the Creature is really having and MRI on his knees. Probably has something to do with him servicing the bigwigs at Halliburton when he was running for office. -- T.S.