There will be laser maze and a new outdoor light show. There will be jazz and ballet. There will be puppets and power wheels. And there will be people: thousands are expected for the 11th annual edition of First Night Buffalo, the city's biggest New Year's Eve Party.
For a preview of the future, visit the Psychic Show at the YWCA auditorium where Millenium Messages will be delivered. And the newest attraction on the street will be the outdoor moving light show with music at Main and Mohawk streets.
At 9:30 p.m. it's indoor fireworks for those too young or too old to stay up later. And at midnight, it's the big ball drop and a display of fireworks in Roosevelt Plaza to hail in the New Year.
One admission button lets you pop in and out of any of the sites. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
-- There's roller skating (skate rental is 50 cents) and miniature golf at the Buffalo Christian Center, along with Simon's Angels playing contemporary Christian music.
-- At the Buffalo Convention Center, children can toss footballs, slap at hockey pucks, kick soccer balls, make their way through a laser maze and challenge an obstacle course. In another spot, there are amusement rides, a giant slide, a play corral, the Enchanted Theatre Puppets, a Power Wheels Grand Prix and arts and crafts.
For some quieter fare, sit still for Storytelling from Around the World with Lynn Kratz Ryan, Merri Lee Debany and Lorna Czarnota, who will present four shows accompanied by harp, dulcimer, recorder and pennywhistle.
-- "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" will be presented at St. Joseph Cathedral with a chance to meet the characters from this storybook classic.
-- And Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet presents "Three Wishes," a holiday fable with dancers, acrobats and magic, to life in the YWCA Ballroom.
OLDIES AND GOODIES:
-- The Towne Players of Kenmore and Tonawanda will perform nostalgic skits along with screwball comedy and radio parodies at the Buffalo and Erie County Library.
-- And the Queen City Chordsmen will harmonize with music from the 1940s at the Clarkson Institute.
COMEDY and QUIZZES:
-- Comedysportz, an improv troupe that relies on a competitive format and audience participation, will entertain in the Convention Center banquet hall.
-- While Eclectic Company, a comedy show and improv theater, will be in the YWCA auditorium.
-- Trivia buffs can see Bud Murray "The Quizzmaster" lead a fast paced, high energy evening of quizzes; winners will go home with prizes.
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC
-- The Sattalites, a Canadian reggae/ska group, promise two "hot, exciting shows" in the Allright Parking Tent.
-- Savor the flavor of the '70s with Disco Duck playing retro (disco clothing encouraged). It's at Walgreens -- how retro!
-- Gospel music that's hand clappin', pew rattlin', traditional and inspirational will go on at the Durham Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church on Eagle Street.
-- Harmonica Dean and the Blue Light Rhythm and Blues Band will play at Fleet Bank early in the evening, followed by Gunslinger with its country sound.
-- The Trio, featuring Emile Latimer and Friends, features creative and traditional jazz at the Key Center, followed by Pappy Martin's Love Supreme Jazz Ensemble.
-- Gamalon, a jazz/rock fusion group, will be at the Market Arcade, before Bread Gone Wry goes on with its light alternative rock sound.
-- The Los Angeles cast of Beatlemania will celebrate the British invasion of the Fab Four, with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Shea's Performing Arts Center.
-- At Theater Place, Eric Endres and Greg Klyma, vocalists, will present continuous alternating sets.
A First Night Button admits partiers to all these sites. Admission buttons may be purchased at Tops markets, Walgreens, Wegmans and Wilson Farms stores for $6 in advance. At the site, the cost is $10. Children under 2 are admitted free.
For information, call the First Night Hotline at 635-4959 or visit the Web site at firstnight.buffnet.net.