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WED, 12/31

If you're looking for an alternative to Denver's drunken bar scene tonight, check out Brave New Year. The independent film screening/art show/ music showcase is a fundraiser for the upcoming production of 2004, which producer Doug Bohm describes as an updated take on the George Orwell classic 1984, with John Ashcroft as Big Brother. Brave New Year will feature three films: the full-length, pro-pot documentary Dr. Dro: Learn to Grow, by director Ominous One; and Shopping Cart or Big Dog? and Episode 38, two short films by Bohm.

"Dr. Dro is a really visually stunning, powerful film," Bohm says. "There are a lot of people around town who have been waiting to see this."

Additional entertainment will include DJs Mixtech, King 4Bid and Con, live sets by Perfection Is a Myth, Black Black Ocean and Scarlet Tied, a graffiti installation by Native American group the Freight Hunters, a video installation by Bohm, and a sassy burlesque show by Ooh La La.

"We're doing the whole nine yards," says Bohm, who will be spinning as DJ dBom. "There is going to be a lot to do and a lot to see, but what I'm really trying to do is get people to think."

Brave New Year will take place at Revoluciones Collective Art Space, 719 West Eighth Avenue. A VIP party, complete with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are $25. Doors open to the public at 8 p.m., when ticket prices drop to $15. Call 1-888-411-4235 or visit www.hackinghollywood.com or www.revoluciones.com for information and reservations. -- Julie Dunn

All Aboard
Enter 2004 on the Orient Express
WED, 12/31

Avalon, one of Denver's newest hot spots, is going all out for its first New Year's Eve. The club is hosting an Avalon on the Orient Express party, featuring Shinto drummers, Kabuki dancers, fire eaters and contortionists from the Red Dragon Circus, a juggling performance by Viktor Kee of Cirque du Soleil and live music by the Daddy Blue Swing Band. "The whole idea was to capitalize on the history of the Orient Express and offer people a really glamorous evening," says Avalon publicist T.C.

Avalon on the Orient Express will feature an open bar from 8 to 11 p.m., a gourmet dinner buffet, dessert bar, midnight champagne toast and late-night breakfast, plus dancing 'til 5 a.m. Tickets, $95 in advance and $115 at the door, are available at www.ticketmaster.com. Revelers must be 21 to attend.

But don't plan to show up unless you're your most glamorous self. "It's definitely Œdress to impress,'" T.C. says

Avalon is at 9535 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree. For reservations and information, call 303-790-0024 or visit www.avalonnights.com. -- Julie Dunn