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Power Trip: Local favorites Tower of Power headlines the Fairmont's 'Passport to '99.'

South Bay/Peninsula

Agenda Lounge
Live music with Know Jazz and DJ Reese and music from the '80s and '90s DJ'd by DJ Carlos. Dec 31. Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St, San Jose 408.291.5250.

Aruba's New Year's Eve
A dinner and dance party featuring Tropical Vibrations. 8pm-2am. Aruba's Island Grill, 1250 Lakeside Dr, Sunnyvale 408.224.3041.

The Backbeat
Dinner and dance package includes dinner, dessert and breakfast buffets, dancing, champagne. Dinner begins at 6pm. $125 per person. Dance package includes dancing, champagne and breakfast buffet. Doors at 9pm. $55 per person. Dec 31. Backbeat Nightclub, 777 Lawrence Expwy, San Jose 408.241.0777.

Beverly Heritage Hotel
Create your own package with three areas of entertainment that include live and DJ music; buffet diinner $44.95 per person; accommodations $119-$139 with dinner, $155-$175 without dinner. New Year's Day brunch $11.95 per person. Dec 31. Advance reservations required. The Beverly Heritage Hotel, 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas 408.943.9080.

Black and White Ball
'90s dance mix with DJ Bernard in the main room. '70s and '80s mix w/DJ Jimbo in the back room. Complimentary champagne, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a balloon drop. $10 21+/$15 ages 18-20. Dec 31, 8pm. The Edge, 260 California Ave, Palo Alto 650.324.EDGE.

With music by Upside Down. $5. Dec 31. Boswell's, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell 408.371.4404.

Britannia Arms Almaden
Frank Joseph. Dinner package $65 per couple. Dec 31. Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose 408.266.0550.

C&J's Sports Bar
Champagne, party favors and music with Andy Mazzilli. Dec 31. C&J's Sports Bar, 1550 Lafayette St, Santa Clara 408.296.5810.

Doubletree Hotel
Packages include accommodations, hors d'oeuvres, dinner for two, wine or champagne, dancing, party favors, New Year's Day brunch and music by the Joe Sharino Band (Gateway Ballroom, $349 per couple) or the Hitmen (Bayshore Ballroom, $319 per couple). Also: party packages in the hotel's two clubs, featuring dancing, party favors and champagne (Club Max, per person $40 door/$30 adv and The Quiet Bar, per person $30 door/$20 adv). Dec 31. Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose 408.453.4000.

Embassy Suites
Package includes two-room suite, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, four-course dinner, dancing to the music of Sound Bytes, party favors, champagne and New Year's Day brunch. Dec 31. $299 double occupancy. Embassy Suites Hotel, 2885 Lakeside Dr, Santa Clara.

Fanny and Alexander
W/Funibone. Dec 31. Fanny and Alexander, 412 Emerson St, Palo Alto 650.326.7184.

W/Quetzal and Los Otros. Dec 31. Fuel, 44 S. Almaden Ave, San Jose 408.295.7374.

Full Sail New Year's Eve
Dec 31. Los Altos Bar and Grill, 169 Main St, Los Altos 650.948.4332.

Garden City
Music with Strings Attached, 5-8pm; the Tom Liles Quartet, 9pm-1am. Dec 31. Call for reservations and info. Garden City, 360 S. Saratoga Ave, San Jose 408.244.4443.

Gordon Biersch
W/Native Elements. Call for dinner reservations. Dec 31. Gordon Biersch, 33 E. San Fernando St, San Jose 408.294.6785.

Henry's Hi-Life
Barbecue dinner. Dec 31. Henry's Hi-Life, 301 W. St. John St, San Jose 408.295.5414.

Hotel De Anza
Darryl Rowe. Dec 31. Hedley Club, Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose 408.286.1000.

JJ's Blues
W/Lady Bo and the BC Horns. $10/$12. Dec 31. JJ's Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara 408.243.6441.

Kenny G
Dec 31, 10pm. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino 408.864.8816.

Latino Comedy Slam
W/George Lopez and Carlos Mencia. $30. Dec 31, 9:30pm. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose 408.998.BASS.

Los Gatos Lodge
Big Rain will perform. Enjoy free champagne at midnight. $10 per person. Special room rate $69 couple. Dec 31. Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos­Saratoga Ave, Los Gatos 408.354.3300.

Lou's Village
Enjoy a deluxe dinner of steak and lobster tail, a champagne toast and dancing with the Adrian Davis Orchestra. $75. Advance tickets required. Dec 31. Lou's Village, 1465 W. San Carlos St, San Jose 408.293.4570.

Mountain Charley's
The Gents. $10. Dec 31. Mountain Charley's, 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 408.395.8880.

New Year's Eve Party for Singles
Papa Joe and the Bouncers, a DJ, psychics, champagne fountains and party favors. $40/$50 door. Dec 31, 8:30pm-1am. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 282 Almaden Ave, San Jose 408.287.7299.

New Year's Vintage Dance
W/Paul Price's Society Orchestra. $15. Dec 31, 8pm-12:30am. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado, Palo Alto 650.321.5280.

The Palace
Dinner and dance packages includes champagne greeting, dinner buffet and dancing to the music of Pure Ecstasy. Dinner served 6-8:30pm. $150 per person reserved/$125 per person nonreserved. $55 per person door/$40 per person adv. Both packages include champagne toast, photos, party favors. Dec 31. Call for reservations. The Palace, 146 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale 408.739.5179.

Passport to '99
Tower of Power, Viva Brasil, disco dancing, appetizers, celebrity impersonators, jugglers, samba dancers, party favors and a champagne toast will be included. $99 per person/$289 includes two tickets and an overnight stay. Dec 31, 9:30pm. Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St, San Jose 408.998.3962.

Pre-Millennium New Year's Eve
A masquerade ball featuring dancing and $500 prize for best masquerade costume, buffet, midnight champagne. $20 adv/$25 door. Dec 31. The Usual, 400 S. First St, San Jose 408.535.0330.

Prima Strada
Dinner, dancing to the music of the Billy Rodgers Jazz Quartet and a champagne toast. Dec 31, 5-7pm. $75 reservations required. Prima Strada, 127 First St, Los Altos 650.941.2423.

Q Cafe
Restaurant package includes full buffet, dancing, champagne and party favors. Dinner served 5-9pm. $20 adv/$25 door. Nightclub package includes dancing, champagne and party favors. 9pm-2am. $10 adv/$15 door. Dec 31. Q Cafe Billiards, 529 Alma St, Palo Alto 650.322.3311.

The Rio Grande
The sister venue of the Palace in Sunnyvale, the Rio Grande hosts its grand opening in a New Year's Eve celebration. Enjoy live music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast. Country singer Bobby Pinson will perform. Tickets can be purchased at the Palace. Dec 31, 8pm-2am. The Rio Grande, 228 Castro St, Mountain View 408.739.5179.

Rooster T. Feathers
Double headliner comedy show with "Chicago" Steve Barkley and Jeff Williams. Dec 31. Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale 408.736.0921.

Senior New Year's Eve Day Bash
A holiday buffet, raffle prizes, dancing to the Sound Wizards and a champagne toast will be included. $10. Dec 31, 11am-2:30pm. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 650.329.2686.

Sleepover for Kids
Girls and boys ages 6-12 can attend the Twist Into the New Year overnight party. Enjoy gymnastics, dancing, rock climbing, dinner, games, movies and more in a fun, safe atmosphere. $45 members/$55 nonmembers. Reservations recommended. Dec 31, 6:30pm to Jan 1, 9am. Twisters Kids, 2639 Terminal Blvd, Mountain View 650.967.5581.

South First Billiards
Pool, music, drinks, $2 champagne toast. Dec 31. No cover. South First Billiards, 420 S. First St, San Jose 408.294.7800.

South Side Cafe
W/Brook St. Blues band. Buffet. No cover. Dec 31. South Side Cafe, 7028 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose 408.226.5424.

Sports Page
W/drink specials, free appetizers, a champagne toast and party favors. Dec 31. Sports Page, 1431 Plymouth Ave, Mountain View 650.961.1992.

Starlite Ballroom
For singles and couples. Enjoy lessons, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a sparkling cider toast. $18/$20. Dec 31. Starlite Ballroom, 1160 N. Fair Oaks Blvd, Sunnyvale 408.745.7827.

Toon's New Wave New Year's Eve
W/Dig This. $10. Doors 8pm. Dec 31. Toon's, 52 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose 408.292.7464.

San Francisco/East Bay

Anon Salon
New Year's EVEolution features the trance band Lost at Last, Mystic Midway performers, Can-Can dancers, a MakeOut MovieRoom with theater seats and romantic films, and, best of all, a pool in which to skinny dip into 1999. Dec 31, 8 pm. $20 adv/$25 with invite (you can print one out from the Web site). International Ballroom and Swimming Pool, 50 Oak St, San Francisco 415.978.2354.

Black Comedy Explosion
W/Tommy Davidson and Don "DC" Curry. Early show: $46.50/$41.50. Late show: $51.50/$46.50. Dec 31, 7pm and 11pm. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland 510.465.6400.

Cafe Du Nord
W/Toledo. $25 cover. Dinner and cover, $95. Dec 31. Doors 7pm; dinner show, 8-9pm; Toledo, 10pm. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco 415.861.5016.

Comedy Countdown
W/Sue Murphy, Mark Pitta, Bob Rubin and Scott Capurro. $40. Dec 31, 9:30pm. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco 415.865.2000.

A Cryptical Development
W/Ratdog, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Hot Tuna, String Cheese Incident, KVHW and a surprise jam. Dec 31, 7pm-4am. Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 10 10th St, Oakland 408.998.BASS.

Live Jazz Coast to Coast
KCSM-FM 91.1 will participate in the six-hour international broadcast of live jazz. Dec 31, 7pm.

A Night in Brasil '99
Sergio Mendes will perform. Vivendo de Pao opens. $99 advance. Dec 31. Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco 415.772.5021.

Paradise Lounge/Transmission Theater
The Paradise Lounge and the Transmission Theater, located next to each other on the 11th Street strip in San Francisco, are offering two New Year's parties for one ticket. At the Transmission Theater, SF star turntablist Mix Master Mike of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and San Jose native M.I.R.V. will keep the dance floor moving, while the Paradise Lounge is featuring rock & roll with Storm and Her Dirty Mouth. 9pm. $30. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom St (at 11th St), San Francisco 415.762.2277.

Power Exchange
New Year's Ball. Dec 31, 9pm-6am. 18+. No cameras. Power Exchange, 74 Otis, San Francisco 415.974.1460.

Primus New Year's Eve
W/Spearhead. All ages. $36.50. Doors 8pm; show 9pm. Dec 31. The Warfield, 982 Market St, San Francisco 408.998.BASS.

The Psychedelic Ball
W/Toots and the Maytals and Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band. $42/$47. Dec 31. Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison St, San Francisco 415.974.0634.

SFNYE Superior Bash
W/the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Isaac Hayes, Vinyl, What It Is, Creation, Disco Inferno, Spazmatics and others. $55. Dec 31, 8pm. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 747 Howard, San Francisco 408.998.BASS.

An impressive lineup of DJs to pump in the New Year, including Florida breakbeat master DJ Icey (who promises a breakbeat remix of the inevitable Prince Song) and San Francisco superstars Jerry Bonham, the Hardkiss Brothers and Ellen Ferrato. Dec 31, 8pm to 8am. Club 1015, 1015 Folsom St, San Francisco 415.974.9389.

The Starry Plough New Year's Eve
W/Fatty Love Buckle and Naked Barbies. $15. Dec 31, 9:30pm. The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 510.893.7534.

Swing Into 1999
Choose from a variety of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day affairs. Five-star dining, dancing and entertainment. Call for details. Dec 31-Jan 1, 1999. Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco 415.296.7465.

Wilco New Year's Eve
W/Mother Hips. All ages. $45. Doors 8pm; show 9pm. Dec 31. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary, San Francisco 415.346.6000.

Santa Cruz/Monterey

A Big American New Year's Eve
Champagne toast, balloon drop, wine tasting, dancing and live music by Pete Belasco, Taj Mahal and Mumbo Gumbo. $99. Monterey 831.649.1223.

Cocoanut Grove
Classic '50s and '60s music by Sha-Boom or swing with the Robin Anderson Big Band featuring Ruby Rudman. Dinner and dance, $79 per person. Reservations required. Dance only, $49 per person advance/$52 door. Dec 31, 7:30pm-1:30am Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz 831.423.2053.

First Night
The New Year's Eve extravaganza features performances, music, a parade and food in a drug- and alcohol-free setting. Dec 31, 3pm. Downtown Santa Cruz 831.425.7277.

Greg Kihn Band New Year's
21+. $19/$21. Doors 8pm; show 9pm. Dec 31. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 831.423.1336.

New Year's Eve Party
A barbecue dinner, champagne, party favors and dancing. Ask about the motel and RV park. Dec 31, 6:30pm-1am. Casa de Fruta, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister 800.548.3813.

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