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Volume 2, Issue 2                                    University of Houston
With so many millennium celebrations, even the Y2K bug will want to get up and dance

By Jesse Lauritz
Staff Writer

Christmas is almost upon us, and after everyone opens their presents (and then decides to return them next day), the biggest party of the millennium is only a week away.

Though the next millennium doesn't officially start until Jan. 1, 2001, the party starts on January 1, 2000.

So, you can't bring in the new millennium the same way you've celebrated all the other New Year's Eves. Here are some ideas to help you as you search for the perfect New Year's Eve destination.

Although it's in New York, Times Square is host to the largest and best known New Year's Eve celebration in the world. It's where the giant ball is lowered from atop One Times Square.

Officially called Times Square 2000, the event will have giant television screens placed throughout the square to broadcast the New Year observance in all 24 time zones.

Dick Clark will once again host the show as millions of people will fill Times Square and the surrounding area throughout the day. A billion more will watch the event on television.

Downtown Houston will once again feature a New Year's celebration, the Third annual New Year's Eve Bash presented by KTBZ 107.5 FM.

Local talent highlights this event, with 10 bands performing at Bayou Place. The bands include Blue October, The Hunger and national recording artist Chlorine.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available for $10 at all TicketMaster outlets (Foley's, Fiesta and Kroger).

ZZ Top will also be in town as it brings its XXX Tour to Houston with opening band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the classic rock bands will give the Compaq Center a smooth ride into the new year. Tickets are still available and range from $35 to $100.

No matter what you do to celebrate the coming of the new millennium, remember not to drink and drive.

The new millennium should be very exciting -- unless the Y2K bug kills us all.

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