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Talk of the Town - Pucker up December 18 2002

It's getting nigh time to figure out where you want to be kissed on New Year's Eve. Well, at least the setting for that expected kiss. Here's a select list of events around town that might spark some spit swapping. (All events take place Dec. 31, unless otherwise noted).

003 NYE Abstract Rhythms presents an event with four distinctive environments of entertainment including music by Aerial, DJ Rhythm, DJ Starboy, Jeff Myers and DJ CSX. All-inclusive event includes food, drinks and entertainment. $80-$100. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. SciTrek, 395 Piedmont Ave. www.003nye.com.

ELEVEN50 2003 begins at 11:50 p.m. with 10 minutes of chaos featuring dancing midgets, drag queens, fire breathers, belly dancers, snake dancers and more. DJs in the main room and outdoors in ACQUA. $40-$150. Starts at 8 p.m. eleven50, 1150 Peachtree St. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com.

PEACH DROP 2003 The 16-hour celebration includes a performance by Little Richard, other entertainment and activities culminating in the 800-pound "Big Peach" drop and fireworks downtown. Free. Noon-4 a.m. Underground Atlanta. 404-523-2311. www.peachdrop.com.

PUSHPUSH THEATER Start with a performance of Holiday on Thin Ice II, followed by cocktails, music and dancing in the Floataway Event Hall. $35. 8 p.m. curtain. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. party. PushPush Theater, 404-892-7876. pushpushtheater@mindspring.com.

TRADER VIC'S Polynesian-style feast and festive entertainment including a four-course luau dinner, live tropical band and a complimentary glass of champagne. $49. 6-11 p.m. Trader Vic's, Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland St. 404-221-6339.

TURNING OF THE YEAR Five bands including Janah, Emerald Rose, Spiral Rhythm, Moonstruck and Skypilot along with food, drink, drumming, dancing, an art show and more. Portion of proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. $30-$40. Dec. 28, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. the Forum at DeFoor, 1710 DeFoor Ave. 770-270-5007. www.spiralrhythm.net/toy.html.

WIDESPREAD PANIC The jam band plays their "Cookin' New Year's" concert. Two days of half-baked fun. $48.50. Dec. 30-31. Philips Arena. 404-249-6400.??