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December 27, 2006-January 2, 2007

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Out with the Old!

Our highly selective guide to ringing in the new

By Amber Catford-Robinson and Gretchen "Long Beard" Giles

Sonoma County

Ace-in-the-Hole Pub New Year's Eve buffet and Champagne with Free Peoples and Jug Dealers. Watch the ball drop on TV live from New York. The party begins at 5pm and ends by 10pm, making this a perfect start to the night. $20-$25. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.829.1223.
Berlin to Broadway The Cinnabar Theater enjoys 20 years of Kurt Weill's genius in a cabaret revue repertoire that includes selections from The Threepenny Opera and other riveting works. Champagne, desserts, noisemakers and party favors are part of the fun. From 9pm. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $55-$60. 707.763.8920
Black & White Celebration Dance to Swing Street, dinner with wine and Champagne toast. Dress as a James Bond character and you might win some bubbly! Geyserville Oriental Hall, 1000 Hwy. 128, Geyserville. 9pm. $100. 707.857.3745.
Black Cat Bar & Cafe Big New Year's Eve party with Spell Merchants, Cheap Date 13 and Smokehouse Gamblers starting. Food, party favors, bras hanging from the ceiling. $12. 10056 Main St., Penngrove. 707.793.9480.
Charlie Brown NYE The Charles M. Schulz Museum serves free root beer floats at noon on Dec. 31 and offers an afternoon of fox trot dancing, snow-globe making and toasts to the wonders that the New Year will bring to the young and old alike. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Call for details, 707.579.4452.
Countdown Ball Antix Events, a company from San Diego, takes over the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park and turns the place into a sleek Vegas-style ultralounge with a strict dress code, go-go dancers and Southern California DJ Anthony Ross. Three rooms, four other DJS, VIP service, da works. 1 Double Tree Drive, Rohnert Park. 9pm. $30-$115. 619.961.5181.
Dgiin Celebrate the new with their French gypsy funk-punk thang. Blue Shift open. $10 cover, includes Champagne toast. Jasper O'Farrell's , 6957 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.
Les Claypool! Ring in 2007 with Les Claypool's New Year's Eve Hatter's Ball. Many artists will perform including the Coup, DJ Malarkey, and funk legends from the Meters and Neville Brothers. Prepare to take part in the Most Original Hat contest. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $50-$100; benefits Hurricane Katrina.
Flamingo Lounge A Champagne-popping New Year's Eve party with late-night snacks, lots of balloons and party favors. Entertainment provided by R&B faves UB707. Fourth Street and Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. $45. 707.545.8530.
Forestville Club The Poyntlyss Sistars do their inimitable R&B groove thing for a night of dancing. From 9pm. 6250 Front St., Forestville. Call for cover. 707.887.2594.
Kodiak Jack's DJs Ryan and Patrick host an evening including the Mr. & Ms. Kodiak Jack contest. Feast on the midnight buffet before the toast. From 8pm. 256 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. Call for cover, 707.765.5722.
New Year's with the Beasts Safari West hosts its usual take on the unusual with dinner, dancing and ferocious fun. Safari West, 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $80. 707.579.2551.
Main Street Station Toast in the New Year hourly (celebrating New Year's from New York to Guerneville) with free Champagne all night. Partygoers will also hear the blues of Gwen "Sugar Mama" Avery. Show starts at 7pm. 6280 Main St., Guerneville. $15. 707.869.0501.
Murphy's Irish Pub The Celtic fusion band Greenhouse begin playing at 3pm (at 4pm, it's the New Year in Ireland). At 9pm, the evening heats up with the Carrtunes playing blues, swing, jazz and country. 464 First St., Sonoma. Free. 707.935.0660.
Pat Jordan Band DJ Matt McKillop helps tear the house down from 9:30pm. Treats include snacks, Champagne toast and party favors. Last Day Saloon, Fifth and Davis streets, Santa Rosa. $70. 707.545.2343.
Peace Party & Celebration Singing, dancing and celebrating all evening with various artists including Funky Soul Doctor Spencer Burrows, Buzzy Martin and Kim Atkinson. There will also be an outdoor labyrinth walk, a meditation room, an intention altar and a midnight sing-along to "Imagine." Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street. 7pm-1am. $10-$20. 707.823.1511.
Pirate's Ball Local faves 5AM take over the Russian River Brewing Co. replete with the Black Sheep Belly Dancers for a wild night of har-har-har. First 50 at the door get a pirate earring and eye patch. Prepare to be boarded! 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20-$25. 707.545.BEER.
The Pulsators Healdsburg Bar & Grill offers food all night long, major dance vibes, a Champagne toast and all the goodies. $25. 245 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. 707.433.3333.
Sapphire Lounge It's a queer New Year with an inclusive DJ dance party, dinner, balloon drop and midnight toast. $35 with dinner; $15, dance only. 521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.2577.
Sons of Italy New Year's Dinner Dance Annual party features dinner, dancing to accordion master Steve Balich, noisemakers and continental breakfast. Petaluma Veterans Center, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. From 6pm. $45; Reservations required. 707.762.6002.
Three Kings Day Gloria Ferrer celebrates the winery's Spanish heritage with this annual community party. Traditional Spanish holiday treats and sparkling wine complete this family-friendly afternoon. From 4pm. Reservations required. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. $5. 707.996.7256
The Tommy Castro Band The Hacienda Brothers (we love you, Chris!) open with a bang and Tommy wails the blues till the balloons drop. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $50. 707.765.2121.
River Rock Casino Double the fun at two New Year's Eve parties (as it happens again on Jan. 12) with the Second Wind Showstoppers Live Tribute to the Temptations, who appear at 8:30pm and 11:30pm. The Showstoppers promise to bring the Motown group to life with exact copies of their costumes and famed choreography. 3250 Hwy. 128, Geyserville. Free! (Like anything at a casino is free . . . ) 707.857.2777.
Seven Ultralounge The hors d'oeuvres begin at 8pm and the first 200 folks in the door get a complimentary Champagne glass. DJs include Emin, Rob Cervantes, Rolando and Insult. Balloon drop, bien sur. 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. $20-$25. 707.528.4700.
Spancky's A New Year's Eve party featuring Deja Voodoo, bubbly at the witching hour and prizes. Show starts at 9pm. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. $10; two people, $15. 707.664.0169.
Sweet Spot Pub & Lounge Instrumental music starts at 9pm and then Phatty takes over, moving the house on to major phunk. The food will flow; this is an all-ages gig. 619 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. $15. 707.528.7566.
Tradewinds NYE bash featuring the rockin' funk blues of A Case of the Willys. Appetizers, Champagne, party favors--the whole spread. Music starts at 9:30pm. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. $25. 707.795.7878.
Trailer Park Rangers Fusion of everything cool helps to ring in the New Year. Sebastopol Brewing Co., 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. Call for cover, 707.823.7837.

Marin County

Dance Palace West Marin hops at the B-Line when Van van der Maaten takes over the Dance Palace for an evening of fun to benefit the Coastal Health Alliance. Champagne, full bar, yummies and desserts. Fifth and B streets, Point Reyes Station. From 8:30pm. $40. 415.663.1075.
New Year's Boogie-Woogie Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88's do the jump-swing thing on the ivories and beyond, channeling the great party spirits of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Louis Prima and others. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $50. 707.383.9600.
19 Broadway Niteclub The Monophonics and Crystal City start the party at 9:30pm. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. $20-$25. 415.459.1091.
The Pinks Gypsy folk-metal all-female sorta tribute to Black Sabbath, the Pinks take over the Olema Inn & Restaurant for a night of gaiety, silliness and even musicianship. From 6pm. Small-plate menu available; no prix fixe commitment required. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. 415.663.9559.
Rancho Nicasio Dance the "Big Easy" when Zydeco Flames play their jambalaya of Louisiana-style Cajun/zydeco. Show includes party favors and a Champagne toast. On the Town Square, Nicasio. 9pm. $35-$45; reservations required. 415.662.2219.
Waltz the Year Away Pianist Seth Montfort plays New Year's waltzes and ballroom dances by Weber, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and others. J-B Pianos, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. 2pm. $10-$15. 415.662.2223.
Saylor's Landing Eugene Huggins and Chris Goddard swing the New Year in gently, beginning at 6:30pm. 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 415.332.6161.
Station House Cafe Petaluma trio the Artifacts have the greater facts of swing jazz down pat. Enjoy a dinner and music out in our premier beauty spot. Dinner-as-usual last seating at 6pm; New Year's special begins with 8:30pm seating. $20 cover; open menu. 11180 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.
Sweetwater Funk faves Vinyl will be playing at 9:30pm and finishing up 2006 with free Champagne and party favors and many, many sweaty bodies. 153 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $50. 415.388.2820.

Napa County

Chaplaincy Fundraiser Safest party of the year is the one hosted by members of the Napa Police Department to benefit the Law Enforcement and Fire Chaplaincy program of Napa County. The Silverado Resort supplies the glamorous digs for an evening of no-host cocktails, dinner, a raffle, snacks, wine and dancing to the Souza Sounds band. From 6:30pm. $75. Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. 707.257.0200.
Disco Fever This groovy night at Clos Pegase starts at 8pm with a hip reception in the Cask Room, followed by a gourmet dinner paired with their estate wines and served in the dramatic (or disco-matic) caves. After dinner, travel back in time to boogie the night away. Break out your '70s attire ! Event limited to 150 people. 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. $200. 800.366.8583
Downtown Joe's Four-course prix fixe dinner with fresh crab and steak, party favors, two drink tickets, balloon drop for prizes and then dancing to the rock of the Point Blank band. Dinner seating from 5pm; reservations required. $75. If the venue doesn't sell out for dinner, music-only tickets will be available at the door for about $25 each. Band starts at 10pm. 902 Main St., Napa, 707.258.2337.
Hydro Grill Classic rock with Brickhouse from 9pm. Swing dixieland on Sundays. 1403 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9777.
Meritage Resort Proceeds of this black-tie pop, rock and blues dance party benefit local charities. This party includes a cocktail reception, auctions, sensational entertainment, great food and Champagne at midnight. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. $100. 707.226.7455.
Silverado Brewing Co. The open mic starts at 8pm, but everyone will be waiting for the after-midnight breakfast buffet. Don't worry about cab fare--Silverado supplies a shuttle service between St. Helena and Calistoga. 3020 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.
Vintage 1870 Yountville Chamber of Commerce sponsors hot-hot-hot salsa dance party with live music provided by Candela. 9pm. $75, includes two drink tickets. Reservations required. 6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8008.

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