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Any excuse is a good excuse to rave on into the night, but New Year's Eve traditionally expands the possibilities and the parameters. Along with the massives, check for the smaller, more intimate parties and show them some love.

Resolution III

DJs spinning Top 40, disco, hip-hop, soul, dance, salsa and Latin. Dinner menu includes prime rib, chicken, pasta, fish. Prize-filled balloon drop, champagne or Red Bull toast, confetti cannons. Dinner and dance packages available. $60-$90 couple/$35-$50 single. Open 6pm for dinner/8:30pm for dance. The Backbeat, 777 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara. 408.241.0777

Texture Black and White Ball

Open bar 8:30-11:30pm. Midnight balloon drop and toast, go-go dancers, champagne fountains, party favors, five full bars, indoor cigar lounge, VIP booths. DJs Durben, Denim Blues, Rob Bishop, Smoove, Rick Lee, Henry, Kevvy Kev, Jose Melendez, Jojo, Jay Plus and TD Camp. 8:30pm. $49-$69. Glas Kat Supper Club, 520 Fourth St, San Francisco. 415.835.2184

Planet New Year 2003

The Bay Area's biggest dance-music event with DJ Paul Van Dyk, DJ Dan, DJ Craze, Christopher Lawrence, Planet B, Donald Glaude and many more. 6pm. $50-$75. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, San Francisco. 415.404.4111

Spundae's Birth of a New Year

Five rooms with lights, visuals, lasers. Midnight balloon drop, confetti cannons, much more. 9pm. $40-$99. 1015 Folsom, San Francisco. 415.431.1200

Waterfront Celebration

DJ Craze, Miguel Migs, live reggae, samba, classical music, dancers, circus performers, six bars. 9pm. $50. Pier 23, San Francisco. www.flavorgroup.com/metro

Waves Smokehouse and Saloon

Mardi Gras-themed night with DJs spinning hip-hop and house. 9pm. $20. Waves Smokehouse and Saloon, 65 Post St, San Jose. 408.885.WAVE

Massive Selector New Year's Eve

House, old school, hip-hop, dancehall with Charlotte the Baroness, Rasta Cue Tip, Ms. E., J Boogie and more. 9pm. $30 at door. Six, 60 Sixth St, San Francisco. 415.863.1221

New Year's Bash

Dave OneX (NY), Frenchy Le Freak, Bardia and DJ Hanna lead the charge. Also features are live performances by Safer & Divasonic Flashback & R&B. Open bar all night. Full buffet of hors d'oeuvres (10pm-2am). Party favors, fire dancers, exotic dancers. 10pm-4am. Presale: $75. Bella, 661 Howard St, San Francisco.

Exclusivity With DJ Sandeep Kumar

South Asian beats and appetizers. With DJ Tripp, DJ Spice and Sandeep Kumar. 9pm. $30. Galia, 2565 Mission St, San Francisco. 650.722.0966

Clift/Delicious Karma

Three rooms of event space, including Asia de Cuba, Redwood Room, the Lobby. DJs Donovan, Frenchy and Daymeetrius and others. 8:30pm. $100-$325. Clift Hotel, 495 Geary St, San Francisco. 415.775.4700

Construction NYE 2003

The premier house event with three rooms and DJs Miguel Migs, Ellen Ferrato, Jay J, Terry Mullen, Spettro, Ben Davis and David Savior. 9pm. $45. Club Bas, 383 Bay St, San Francisco. www.groovetickets.com

Backflip Finale NYE 2003

Backflip's closing-night party with Didje Kelli, Dimitris Mykonos, Re Pete, Raoul Kahn, Aimir, Big Bad Bruce, BB Hayes, Danny Brown and Sol. 8pm. $30. 601 Eddy St, San Francisco. 415.979.3031

Looq Records

$30. 9pm. Mermaid, Scott Carrelli, Memory Man, Spesh, Ms. E. 111 Minna St, San Francisco. 415.974.1719

Bulletproof Boat Party

Jeno, Mark Johns, Tom Thump, Toph One, Kevin, George. Three sound systems, champagne toast, view of fireworks displayed over the city. Boat boards at 8:30pm. Arrives back at 2am. $65. Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.

Rebel Girl

DJs China G and Wax Chef spin '80s, rock, hip-hop and electro. 10pm. $15. 26 Mix, 3024 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.826.7378


DJs David Harness, Adrian, Ruben Mancias, Baroness and many more, plus balloon drop, champagne toast, party favors, catered food. 9pm. Call for price. Endup, 401 Sixth St, San Francisco. 415.357.0827

Ruby Skye

Derrick Carter, Behrouz, Anita Lofton, Cirque-style performance by Earth Circus, full menu by chef Jeff Machado. 9pm. $100. $50 after midnight. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St, San Francisco. 415.693.0777

Sea of Dreams 2003--A New Year's Eve-olution

Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lost at Last, Hamsa Lila, Gavin Hardkiss, Garth, Ellen Ferrato, Rosin Coven and many more. 8:30pm-4:30am. $50. Regency Center, 1300 Van Ness, San Francisco. 415.864.1238

Countdown--New Year's Eve

DJs Michael Anthony, DJ Bali, Dimitris Mykonos and many more. Open well-drink bar, champagne toast, more surprises. 8pm. $100. Cloud 9 Motel, 34 Seventh St, San Francisco. www.mixedelements.com

Velvet New Year

Resident DJs Manny Perez, Sam Isaac, Noah Eastman and Pete Daheb. Snow drops at midnight. 9pm. $99. Velvet Lounge, 443 Broadway, San Francisco. 415.788.0228


Drag cabaret. 8pm. Free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes St., San Francisco. 415.864.6672


Two floors of hip-hop and house. Champagne toast, appetizer buffet, glow toys. 9pm. $50. Sitio, 1151 Folsom St, San Francisco. 415.626.2388

Electric New Year's

With DJs Julius Papp, Franky Boissy and Trevor Mijares. 9pm. $35. Big Heart City, 836 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.777.0666

Mystery Girl

DJs, open bar, appetizers, virtual fireworks. 8pm. $100. Gravity, 3251 Scott St, San Francisco. www.mysterygirlproductions.com

Peach Party

Buffet, open bar from 8pm to 11pm, live music and house DJs. 8pm. $50-$100. Whisper, 535 Florida St, San Francisco. 415.377.7944

Raw Deluxe

10pm. $15. Bruno's, 2389 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.648.7701

Radiance New Year's Eve

Visit www.opelproductions.com. 10pm-10am. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin Way, San Francisco. 415.626.5355

DJ Dan

Midnight, $65. Sno-Drift, 1830 Third St, San Francisco. 415.431.4766


An upscale event. Pirate DJs Ivan and Mind Motion spin hip-hop and R&B; DJ Diggler, Dennis Gallegos and Rene spin Latin, house and salsa. 9pm. $35. Space 550, 550 Barneveld, San Francisco, 415.579.2000

The Big Olive

DJs Dave Prieto, Leon Williams and Greg Eversoul; champagne cocktails and appetizers. 10pm. $125. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery St, San Francisco. 415.434.4204


Music and dancing. 9pm. $45. 628 20th St, San Francisco. 415.552.3603

In Bed With Fairy Butch

El Rio is transformed into a strip club with sexy butches and trannies parading around. 9:30pm. $15-$20. El Rio, 3158 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.282.3325


Twelve-hour dance marathon. House and techno with Neil Lewis, RA, Jim Hopkins, James Calamera, Joseph Lee and Mr. Jon P. 9pm. $50. 525 Harrison, San Francisco. www.guspresents.com

2003--The Party

Page Hodel spins. Benefit for NCLR. 8pm. $40-$50. SF Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Community Center, 1800 Market St, San Francisco. 415.865.5555

Reggae Jam

Native Elements, Rhythm Mystics featuring Soul Rebel, DJ Tony Moses. 9pm. $25. Loft of Love, 1596 Howard St, San Francisco. 866.468.3339

Etch Bros

With Selecta 7. 9:30pm. $17. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.1338

Meditation & Fire Ceremony

Recharge for the New Year through chanting, meditation and a fire ceremony: 7:30pm--9:30. No cover. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 650.323.3363

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