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A Guide to the Best New Year's Parties and Concerts

A DISPUTED PRESIDENT acts up, the dotcom revolution goes bust, Gary Condit learns all the wrong lessons from Bill Clinton--Sept. 11!--here comes a real recession, kiss the Bill of Rights goodbye--all excellent reasons to celebrate with a flourish this Dec. 31. This is a year that definitely deserves to be exorcised in a hail of high-velocity confetti.

The last day of the year also represents our first chance for a genuine year-end blowout unsullied by unseemly arguments about the mathematics of the calendar--at last, the first real New Year's of the new millennium. The response has been surprisingly strong. San Francisco and San Jose are both hosting some serious multidimensional extravaganzas--from Coolworld's Planet New Year 2002, with its endless parade of top DJs at the Cow Palace, and Ruby Skye's equally intriguing Resolution II, to San Jose's Digital Soul Party at the Cactus Club and the budget-minded Cheap Ass New Year's Eve at the Usual, which salutes the arrival of 2002 with pizza and beer.

This year, Metro's New Year's Guide offers options: geographical, musical and demographic; from Santa Cruz through Silicon Valley to San Francisco and Oakland. All events take place Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted.


Jump the Gun

Joe Sharino Band New Year's Eve Eve Show
with noisemakers, balloons, rock standards by the indefatigable Joe
When: Dec. 30
Details: 8:30pm at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz; $30/$35; 831.423.2053.
The Buzz: A tradition for those who can't stand the crowds on the big day itself
The Good News: Sharino fanatics can go again on the 31st at the Westin in Santa Clara


Eat, Be Merry but Don't Drink

First Annual Silicon Valley Sobriety Ball
Who: The Downtown Alamo Club, which helps 12-steppers and rehabbing alcoholics offers a chance to socialize on the biggest party night of the year without the temptation of free-flowing champagne
Details: Call 280.1019 for info.

First Night Santa Cruz
Details: 3pm-midnight in downtown Santa Cruz; $12/$6 youth, ages 6-18; free for children 5 and under; 831.425.7277.
The Good News: Dance, stage shows, street artists, comedy and live musicians
The Draw: No booze; aimed at families
Which Begs the Question: Why doesn't downtown San Jose follow suit?

Radio Disney Noon Year's Eve Party Extravaganza
Details: 10am-noon; free noon-4pm; some rides have fees. San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose; 408.277.5337.
The Buzz: Indoor carnival rides and games, information booths, entertainment and children's activities by Radio Disney


Silicon Valley Live

Salsa Party
Who: DJ El Matancero and Orquesta Sorpresa
Details: Alberto's, 736 W. Dana St, Mountain View; 650.968.3007

Almaden Feed and Fuel
Who: Live sounds from Faultline, plus appetizers, party favors and a champagne toast
Details: 9pm-closing; Almaden Feed and Fuel, 18950 Almaden Rd., San Jose; no cover; 408.268.8950.

New Year's Eve at the Brit
Who: The Sofa Kings
Details: Dinner packages: $49.95 per couple for regular dinner package; $250 per couple for VIP package, includes bottle of Dom; Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expwy., San Jose; 408.266.0550

British Bankers Club
Who: Megatones, plus dinner buffet and champagne toast
Details: 9pm at the British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; $25; 650.327.8769

Fanny & Alexander
Who: Hollywood
Plus: Party favors, a balloon drop and a champagne toast
Details: 8pm at Fanny & Alexander, 412 Emerson St., Palo Alto; $20/$25; 650.326.7184

Fibbar Magee's
Who: Rooster
Details: Fibbar Magee's, 156 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale; $5-$10; 408.749.8373

Hedley Club
Who: Swing jazz with Hot Town Jubilee
Details: Hedley Club, Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, 408.286.1000

Blues New Year's
Who: Little John Chrisley
Goodies: Hats, horns and midnight champagne
Details: JJ's Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara; $12; 408.243.6441

King's Head Pub
Who: Engine Room and Dangling Mangoes
Extra: Large buffet
Details: King's Head Pub, 201 Orchard City Dr., Campbell; 408.871.2499

Transvestite New Year's
Who: Performer Marisela, plus Angela and guests; not to mention party favors and champagne countdown
Details: The Lido, 30 S. First St., San Jose; $12


Mountain Charley's
Who: Sweet Relief
Details: Mountain Charley's, 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; 408.395.8880

#1 Broadway
Who: The Hitmen
Details: #1 Broadway, 102 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; $20; 408.354.4303

Quarter Note
Who: Dryer
Details: Quarter Note, 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale; 408.732.2110

Off the Hook
Who: Crank Case
Details: Off the Hook, 2369 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell; 408.374.3257

Scruffy Murphy's
Who: Tiana Noyes and the Boys
Extras: Drink specials, party favors and a champagne toast
Details: Scruffy Murphy's, 187 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale; 408.735.7394

New Year's Pool
Why: No cover, cheap games, champagne
Details: South First Billards, 420 S. First St., San Jose; 408.294.7800

Euro-Trash New Year's Eve Jazz Party
Why: Best name
Details: 8pm at Turmerik, 141 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, 408.617.9100

104.9's Cheap Ass New Year's Eve
Who: Ones and Zeros, Triple Seven, the Restitution, Wrekhouse, the Blind and Disquiet
Working-Man's Extras: Free pizza and midnight beer toast
Details: The Usual, 400 S. First St., San Jose; $10.49; 408.535.0330


Silicon Valley DJ Parties

Dine, Dance and Drink Party
Who: DJ Brother Reese, plus champagne toast and party favors; dinner packages
Details: 8pm at the Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St., San Jose; 408.287.4087

Backbeat's NYE 2001>2002
Who: DJ Suavecito, DJ David De Almeida and DJ Adolf, plus after-hours appearance by David Coleman and Sen-Sei
Details: 6pm-6am; Backbeat Nightclub, 777 Lawrence Expwy., San Jose; $95 dinner and dance package; $50 dance package; $25 twilight package; 408.241.0777

Digital Soul New Year's Eve
Who: DJs Josh Werner, Richard Summerhayes, Melanie, D'Lux, Mark Campbell and Huey spinning house in one room; DJs Proxy, Hak, Das, Siphon and Genome dishing out drum 'n' bass in the other
Details: 8:45pm at the Cactus Club, 417 S. First St., San Jose; $15 adv.; 408.491.9300

New Year's Eve With DJ Tim
Plus: Party favors, balloon drop and a champagne toast
Details: 8pm at Fanny & Alexander, 72 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose; $20/$25; 408.287.1737

Icon New Year's Eve
Plus: Multiple dinner packages; music by DJs King Raffi and BB Hayes; champagne toast, party toast and balloon drop
Details: 8pm at Icon Nightclub, 260 California Ave., Palo Alto; call for prices; 650.289.0222

2002 Red, White & Blue New Year's Eve Bash
Who: DancePlex, plus continuous champagne and falling balloons
Details: 8pm-2am; Polly Esther's, Culture Club and Club Expo, 396 S. First St., San Jose; $30/$40; 408.280.1977

Sports Page
Who: DJ by Brian, a buffet and a champagne toast
Details: 8pm at the Sports Page, 1431 Plymouth Ave., Mountain View; $12 single/$20 couple; 650.961.1992

St. Stephen's Green
Who: DC Adam
Plus: Four-course meal and raffle
Details: Dinner at 6:30pm, music at 9pm at St. Stephen's Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View; $30/$35; 650.964.9151.

VooDoo New Year's Eve
What For: Complimentary beer, wine and selected spirits, plus a champagne toast
Details: VooDoo Lounge, 14 S. Second St., San Jose; $75; 408.286.VODO.


Recession, What Recession?

Café Primavera
Why: Four-course meal, champagne at midnight; plus music by Alfie Dreyfuss and His MVP band, with songs by Wally of Wally's Swing World
Details: 8pm at Café Primavera of Los Gatos; $100; 408.271.0836

Fairmont Hotel
Who: Gala dinner designed by Jimmy Lo of Pagoda's
Details: 9pm at the Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St., San Jose; $125 per person; 408.998.3060

Gala de Salsa
Who: Orquesta Borinquen
Perks: Champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop and hotel and dinner deals
Details: 8pm-2am at the Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl., San Jose; $37 door; 408.280.6269 (408.453.4000 for hotel packages)

10th Avenue Jazz Band
Perks: Room, buffet dinner, New Year's Day jazz breakfast
Details: 8pm-1am (8-9:30am on Jan. 1) at the Arena Hotel, 817 The Alameda, San Jose; 800.966.1236.
Economic Stimulus: $259 per couple
Snob Appeal: Limited to just 100 jazz fans

Joe Sharino Band's New Year's Eve Ball
Perks: Package One includes gourmet dinner, wine, dessert, champagne, party favors and dancing. Package Two throws in an overnight stay at the hotel
Details: Westin Hotel, 5101 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara; 408.998.2277
How Much Am I Helping the Economy?: $299-$399 per couple

New Year's Gala
Who: San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Edwin Outwater; plus Peter Mintun and Soul University
Details: 9pm at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; $87-$145; 415.864.6000
Good News: Party favors and balloon drop
Bad News: Wandering mimes in the lobby

An Evening in Venice
Snob Appeal: Six-course dinner, formal attire, two seatings, masks, jazz by Forte
Details: 6 and 8pm at Spago Palo Alto, 265 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto; $125-$150; 650.833.1000


Highway 17 Warriors

The Catalyst
Who: Superbooty
Details: 9pm at the Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz; $35/$40; 831.423.1336

Who: The Firebirds
Details: Dinner, 6:30pm, music, 9:30pm, at Henfling's Tavern, 9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond; $30 includes prime rib and lobster feast; 831.335.1642

Paradise Island
Who: The Cool Jerks, Broken English and DJ Cut-a-Rug
And More: Casino games, balloon crop and a glass of champagne
Details: Dinner at 7pm at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz; $89 dinner and dance/$59 dance and dessert; 831.423.2053


Way, Way Out of Town

New Year's in Las Vegas
Who: Ministry of Sound, plus Paul Oakenfold, Scott Hardkiss, Statis Revenger and Rober Oleysyck; plus look for Guns N' Roses at the Hard Rock Hotel
Details: House of Blues Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas; call 702.632.7600 for tickets or go online at www.ministryofsound.com

East Bay Extras

Gala Concert
Who: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
Why: Classical favorites (Mendelssohn to Beethoven) conducted by Edgar Braun; includes a turn in the spotlight by 14-year-old violin showoff Nathan Olson
Details: 8pm at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley; $15 donation; 510.845.8542

New Year's Eve Dance
Who: Ritmo y Armonía y Fito Reynoso
Details: La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; $20/$22; 510.849.2568.

Organic New Year's Eve Rising
Who: Funky Tekno Tribe
Why: Uberschall (a Blue Man Group offshoot) plus acrobatics by Abravida and multiple DJ sets by Donal Blaude, Mark Farina and King Britt
Details: 8pm at Ibiza, 10 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland; $80; 877.769.1688.

Afro-Cuban New Year's
Who: Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo and Maraca
Details: 9pm at Yoshi's at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland; $75; 510.238.4555.

Shipboard New Year's
Who: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, with the Swing Session
Details: Aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, Hangar Deck, Alameda.

Phil Lesh and Friends
Who: With Ratdog, Crusader Rabbit, DJ Logic and Derek Trucks Band on New Year's Eve
Details: Dec. 30 at 6pm, Dec. 31 at 6pm at Henry J. Kaiser Arena, Tenth and Fallon streets, Oakland; Sun $35/Mon $60; 510.238.7765.

Pajama Jam
Why: A screening of Grease, plus oldies tunes and prizes.
Details: 7:30pm-2am at the Parkway Theatre, 1834 Park Blvd., Lake Merritt, Oakland; 510.814.2400.


San Francisco's Giants

Coolworld's Planet New Year 2002
Who: Del the Funky Homosapien, Bad Boy Bill, Christopher Lawrence, WishFM, Planet B, Kevens with the Marlyes, Mystre, DJ Bizz & DJ Huey 2.4, Greg Sandler & Joey Mazzola, St. John, David Garcia, David Savoir, Rick V., DJ Dollar, Rudy G, RJ Rauser, Thomas Trouble, Madame Mercury, Simon Apex, Armann the Brainchild, Gianni, Reckless Ryan, Torque, DJ Hill, DJ Ellusion and Liquid and many more
As if That Weren't Enough: A spiritual countdown ceremony (visualize the dropping ball) and a fireworks display
The Bad News: It's at the Cow Palace, in the wake of the Dickens Fair; "global conscious booths"
Details: Cow Palace, South San Francisco; $35/$45/$50 at the door: 408.998.TIXS.

Resolution II: NYE 2001>2002
Who: DJs Derrick Carter, Julius Papp and M3, plus Trapeze World, Earth Circus light imagery and a snow show
Extras: Champagne or Red Bull toast, party favors, hors d'oeuvres and coffee after midnight
Menu Alert: Black pepper oysters with caviar, crawfish and corn beignets with papaya lime dipping sauce
Details: 7pm-6am at Ruby Skye Nightclub, 420 Mason St., San Francisco; $100 entire evening/$50 after 12:30am; 415.693.0777

Sea of Dreams 02: Dive-Ocean
Who: Lost at Last, Brain Garden, Fox Gluf and DJs Lorin, Norm Stradley, Laird, Mr. Sandman, Kris Nova, Alaric, Goz, Shill, El Gato, CyberVixen and Obodayo
Weirdness Factor: Musical and visual excursion through dream worlds into 2002: light show, cabaret and opera singers, interactive installations, circus performers, giant inflatable sculptures featuring members of Teatro ZinZanni and Cirque du Soleil, a 1909 pipe organ which will be played at midnight, vegetarian food, chai, a smoking patio, tarot readings; costumes encouraged
Numbers: Three floors, three ballroomns, nine "dreamscape environments"
Details: 9pm-4am; Regency Building, 1300 Van Ness, San Francisco; $60 advance; 415.978.2345

Ball by the Bay
Who: Double Funk Crunch and guest DJs Ellen Ferrato, Rafael De La Cruz, David Harness, Dylan, DJ Seven and DJ Life
Details: 8:30pm-1:30am at Pac Bell Park, San Francisco; $150-$300; 415.615.0002.
Perks: Open bar, dinner and dessert buffet, VIP tour of the dugout
Rumor: Proceeds go to help sweeten the Giants' offer to Barry Bonds

Bubble Party
Who: British electropop pioneers Human League, plus Steve Masters M3, Kaskade and more
Details: 8pm-2am at BACKFLIP/Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St., San Francisco; $75/$89; 415.339.7444.

Galactic, with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Details: 8pm at the Warfield, 982 St., San Francisco; 88.50/$56.50; 415.421.TIXS
Fan Base: Funk followers

Jam-band specialists String Cheese Incident, with Keller Williams
Target Audience: Deadheads with a purist streak
If You Can't Wait: The band also performs Dec. 28-29 at the Graham
Details: 8pm at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco; $32.50/$60; 408.998.2277

Les Claypool's New Year's Eve Frog Out
Who: Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Deadweight
Cross-reference: Primus
Details: 9pm at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary at Fillmore, San Francisco; $55; 415.421.TIXS

Mos Def
Fan Base: A hip-hop New Year's
Details: 8pm-2am; Justice League, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco; $75; 415.289.2038


San Francisco Club Crawl

Pimp 'n' Ho Party
Who: Remedy spinners Norman Stradley, B.B. Hayes, Jerry Ross and more
Details: 9pm-6am; Big Heart City, 836 Mission St., San Francisco; $40; 415.646.0803

Bimbo's New Year's Eve 2002
Who: Casino Royale, the 365 Club Orchestra and DJ California Kid
Anachronism Alert: Special appearance by the "Girl in the Fishbowl"; cocktail attire required
Details: 8pm at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco; $50; 415.474.0365

Zen Guerrilla
Who: Drunk Horse, Hotwire and Titans
Details: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., San Francisco; $15; 415.621.4455

New Wave New Year's
Who: DJs Damon and Jules, plus Shifty Paul
Details: Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St., San Francisco; 415.431.3332

New Wave City
Who: DJs Shindog and Skip
Details: Covered Wagon, 917 Folsom St., San Francisco; 415.974.1585

On and On
Who: Oldskool vs. nu school with DJs Forest Green, Eva, Megatron and more
Details: 9pm-6am at Cellspace, 2050 Bryant St., San Francisco; $14/$19

Countdown New Year's Eve
Who: DJ Michael Anthony
Extra: After-hours part till 6am at Hotel Triton
Details: 8pm-3am at Club Bas, 383 Bay St., San Francisco; 415.441.3885

Massive Selecter NYE 2002
Who: DJs Cool Chris, Tom Thump and more
Details: 9:30pm-4am. $15/$25 at Club Six, 60 Sixth St., San Francisco; 415.863.1221

Ascend New Year's
Who: DJs Scott Carrelli, Queen Agnes B, Rodrigo and more
Details: 9pm at the DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco; $40; 415.626.1409

Marathon New Year's
Who: DJs Adrian, Charlotte the Baroness, Tracy and Ruban Mancias
Details: 9pm at the Endup, 410 Sixth St., San Francisco; $40; 415.357.0827

Ipecac New Year's Eve
Who: The Melvins, Tomahawk and Dan the Automator
Details: Slim's, 333 11th St., San Francisco; $50/$60; 415.522.0333
Fan Base: Punks

Sno-Drift New Year's
Who: Mark Farina, plus Keebo, DRS, Harris Cho, Jes-Dub and Frank Domingues
Details: 9pm-midnight at Sno-Drift, 1830 Third St., San Francisco; $60/$75; 415.431.4766

26 Mix
Goodies: Potluck dinner at 8pm; New Year's Eve favors and champagne
Details: 26 Mix, 3024 Mission St., San Francisco; 415.826.7378

Uniting Souls and Compression
Who: DJs John Howard, Ad Lib, Golden Child vs. Fuse One and more deliver Drum 'n' bass, renegade house and funky breaks
Details: 314 Folsom, San Francisco

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From the December 20-26, 2001 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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