Party like it’s 2010

By JIM MACNIE  |  January 6, 2010

MARK BINDER has been telling tales for years now. The author is also a performer, so the vivid stories he concocts usually get a vivid delivery when he addresses a crowd. He'll bring a Halloween vibe into the holiday week by waxing scary with his "Spooky Stories" sessions at the AS220 Café, 115 Empire Street, Providence, at 6 and 7:30 pm. Mentalist RORY RAVEN will put you on a psychic tip after each Binder presentation. Please don't lose your mind |

GREG ABATE is a longtime participant when it comes to New Year's Eve fun. One of the sharpest saxophonists around, he's been tickling local jazz fans for decades. Each year he seems to hit it a little harder, upping his music's thrust and eloquence. He has a duo date on tap for you at the Beneficent Church Sanctuary, 300 Weybosset Street, Providence, at 6 pm. The KNUFF SAID JAZZ QUARTET takes over from 8 to 10 pm |

Mathewson Street Hall is the headquarters for magic, juggling, hypnotism, clowning, and the presentation of some right-eous balloon animal sculptures. These are popular arts, are they not? Five bucks says that when audience members wander into the room, the work of CHRIS CARBONE, GREG FRISBEE, BRUCE KALVER, and BRUCE JAMES will keep them there for awhile. Each takes a shift from 2 to 8 pm |

BILL HARLEY didn't win those Grammys for nothing, you know. The area's most high-vis storyteller is a maestro of engagement, able to reel in everyone with ears while spinning one of his celebrated yarns. He often peppers a little music into his pres-entations, so don't be surprised if it's an artistic mix when you get to the First Baptist Church, 75 North Main Street, Providence, for the Bright Night Action at 6 and 8 pm. If you need a storytelling fix before that, an array of adepts will take over the Beneficent RoundUp Center, 300 Weybosset Street, starting at 3 pm. CAROLYN MARTINO, KEITH MUNSLOW, VALERIE TUTSON, and PHIL GOLDMAN will hold court for an hour apiece |

On Bright Night it all comes back to the WATERFIRE action. Yep, there's an oodle of entertainment to investigate, but traverse the artery that bends from the train station to India Street and you'll find it has its own, somewhat irresistible, charms. Strollers who amble the downcity sidewalks will be impressed. Make sure you see those pyres aglow before calling it an evening |

There's an opportunity to bring the terror of twang into your life this New Year's Eve. A double bill of SASQUATCH & THE SICK-A-BILLYS and the MIDNIGHT CREEPS blends the power of punk and the derangement of thrash. Jerky's, 71 Richmond Street, Providence, should be off the hook as it gets closer to the witching hour. Keep your head on straight | 401.621.2244 |

From Clapton to Claypool and from Lettuce to Phish — FUNGUS AMUNGUS lays out the influences on their MySpace page and, when you do the math, it all adds up to funk. The horns, keybs, and guitars will get their syncopation on at the Blackstone, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. Sauce and Kris Hansen's Kollective round out the bill | 401.726.2181 |

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