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Fundamentally Sound: The Fundamentals headline the Fairmont San Jose's extravaganza.

Old School

Tuxedos and Control-Top Pantyhose

Those in the mood to splurge will be seen at these, the swankiest soirees in the Bay Area.

Three Flames

With the Jerry Saucedo Band. 8pm. $75 per person includes steak and scampi dinner. Three Flames, 1547 Meridian Ave, San Jose. 408.269.3133

Cardinal Lounge

Live music and dancing in the lounge. 8pm. Call for cover. Cardinal Lounge, 3197 Meridian Ave, San Jose. 408.269.7891

Wine Cellar New Year's Eve

Music, party favors, champagne. 10pm. $15. Wine Cellar, 50 University Ave, Los Gatos. 408.354.4808

Joe Sharino Band

No-host cocktails, three-course meal, champagne toast. Three packages available from $299 to $499 per couple. Sharino performs 9:30pm-1am. Westin Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. 408.980.3981

New Year's Eve 1920s Costume Party

Champagne, door prizes, classic-rock band with '20s flair. 7pm. $10/$30 with dinner. King's Head Pub, 201 Orchard City Dr, Campbell. 408.871.2499

Dinner Dance

Show by Chinese Performing Artists of America. Dancing. 6pm. $80. Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara. 408.984.6686

Toast to 2003

The Fairmont's New Year's Eve Gala Celebration with the Fundamentals. Two drinks and a champagne toast included in the price. 9:30pm. $100. The Fairmont San Jose, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose. 408.998.1900

The Hitmen

Ten-piece band playing hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s. 5pm. $65. Moose Lodge 401, 1825 Mt. Pleasant Rd, San Jose. 408.238.3212

Starlite Dance Club New Year's Eve Gala

Waltz lesson at 8pm followed by dance party 9-1am. Hors d'oeuvres, party favors, sparkling cider toast, singles and couples welcome. Semiformal or formal dress requested. $20. Starlite Dance Club, 1160 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.745.7827

New Year's Cheese Ball

Music by the Cheeseballs and open bar all night. 10pm. $95. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk St, San Francisco. 415.921.1695

New Year's Eve Party

Dancing, entertainment, buffet, champagne. 9pm. $45. Sanchez Concert Hall, 1220-A Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. 650.355.1882

NYE 2003 Bash at the Crowne Plaza

With music from the '60s to the '90s by Masterpiece, plus DJs Chris and Denise, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast. 9pm. $60 per person; overnight package $250 per couple. Crowne Plaza, 1221 Chess Dr, Foster City. 650.570.5700, x6112.

Roaring '20s Party

Password "Al Capone" or "Let's Party." With drink and dinner specials plus music by the Blue Tornadoes. 9pm. No cover with '20s-style attire. $2. Zelda's on the Beach, 203 Esplanade, Capitola. 831.475.4900.

Dinner and Dancing at the Covey

Special five-course dinner menu, champagne, dinner and dancing. Music by pianst David Kempton and dance band Crossfire. Seatings 6-10pm. $110 per person for dinner; $55 per person for wine pairing with each course. The Covey, Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, Carmel. 831.620.8860

Sherry's Annual New Year's Eve

Call for time and price. Sherry's Cocktail Lounge, 24061 Mission Blvd, Hayward. 510.582.0321

Countdown to 2003

Semiformal event with DJ M&M and others. Party goes until 4am. 8pm. $89-$99. Argent Hotel, 50 Third St, San Francisco. 415.974.6400

Hornblower Cruises and Events

Several options include buffet dinner cruise, San Francisco Bowl cruise and a five-course-dinner cruise. Departure times and prices vary. www.hornblower.com

New Year's Eve Cruise

Join Signature Yacht Events for a magical evening on the San Francisco Spirit and cruise under a blanket of stars lit up with fireworks. Appetizers with a four-course seated dinner. Open bar. Music. Boarding at 8pm; depart at 9pm; return to dock at 2:45 am. $195 per guest, tax and gratuity Included. Pier 9, San Francisco. 415.788.9100

Gala Party With TYT

Call for time and price. Number One Broadway, 102 S. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.354.4303

ShBoom New Year's Eve

6pm. $60-$110. Sh'Boom, 4825 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton. 925.416.0777

SF Symphony Gala

"Vienna Woods, New York Nights: Songs of Two Cities" concert, party favors, champagne, savories and desserts. Dance to the Peter Mintun Orchestra and Soul University. Early entertainment includes the Martini Brothers, psychics, mimes and caricaturists. 9pm. $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.864.6000

Soul Touch New Year's

Black-and-white ball, formal attire. Ticket includes dinner buffet, champagne, party favors. Live performances by Eye Candy Girls, Carrie Collins, Triqui Di and special guest. 9pm. $45-$75. Lakeside Gardens, Ebell Room, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. 510.464.4560

Organ Concert

Performed by Susan Jane Matthews. 10pm. No cover. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco. 415.749.6350

My Fair Lady Waltz Ball

Waltzes and lots of other dances, including tango and salsa. Features Brassworks Band. 9pm-12:30am. $25. International House, UC-Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley. 510.642.9490

Dance Party 2003

VIP tickets upgrade guests to second-floor VIP lounge overlooking party. Food and drink provided. Grooveline and Tainted Love perform. 8pm. $99-$124. Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. 415.478.2277

Sofitel Gala

$160 per person for party only or $499 per couple for the deluxe package, which includes meal, luxury accommodations, live music by Spang-a-Lang and champagne brunch. Seatings begin at 6pm, and band begins at 9pm. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City. 650.598.9000

Polly Esther's 2002 Extravaganza

'80s retro and '70s disco. 8pm. $35. Polly Esther's, 181 Eddy St, San Francisco. 415.885.1977

Wesla Whitfield

Lounge queen. With Mike Greensill, John Douglas and Dean Reilly. Price includes two-drink minimum and tapas. 10pm. $80. Plush Room, 940 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.885.2800

Cab Calloway Orchestra

Dance to live music on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Gourmet dinner available for an extra $40. 9pm. $75 to $125. USS Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda. 510.521.8448

Fantasia Ball

Dancing, art, photography centered around the grand staircase. Formal evening wear required. 9pm. $100. City Hall South Light, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Plaza, San Francisco. 415.567.3165

Seth Monfort

A piano recital featuring waltzes by Monfort, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Sondheim, Chopin and Brahms. 3 and 8pm. $15. Victorian Englander House, 807 Franklin St, San Francisco. 415.362.6080

Beach Chalet

Live music and dinner. 5pm. Call for info. Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant, 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco. 415.386.8439

Kona Gold

Hawaiian music. 8pm. Call for cover. Rick's Restaurant, 1940 Taraval St, San Francisco. 415.731.8900

Magical Night at the Cocoanut Grove

The Santa Cruz facility is decked out in Victorian elegance. Music by the Cool Jerks, DJ Cut-a-Rug, Mark Russo and the Classy Cats. Dinner buffet, dessert, champagne toast, balloon drop and countdown. Dinner and dance ticket is $89; dance and dessert is $59. Doors open at 7pm for dinner and dance and 9pm for dessert and dance. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.2053

The Russian Center

Russian-style buffet dinner, dancing to the George Engurasoff Orchestra. 8:30pm. Call for price. The Russian Center, 2450 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.221.5037

A Tropical Oasis

Caribbean buffet dinner and DJ dancing. Semiformal. 7pm. $75. Hilton Santa Clara, 4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. 408.224.3041

City Beach

Prime-rib dinner, champagne toast, live music, dancing, party favors. Call for time and price. City Beach, 4020 Technology Place, Fremont. 800.354.3010

New Year's Cruise

Enjoy food, fireworks and drinks while cruising the bay. Reservations are full but call to confirm. 8:30pm. $69. Berkeley Marina, 510.527.9622

Casa de Fruta Gala

Barbecue dinner with all the fixings, dancing to Wild Card. Overnight packages available. 6:30pm. $40. Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister. 831.637.0051

Intimate Elegance

DJ dancing, party favors, champagne. Overnight and dinner packages available. 9pm. $25. Sheraton San Jose, 1801 Barber Ln, Milpitas. 408.943.0600

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dancing and live entertainment with Coco Beat, cocktails, appetizers, midnight toast, prize drawings. 9pm. $50. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831.648.4888

English Country Dance

Bob Fraley and Alan Winston calling with music by Stan Kramer, Bill Jensen and others. 8pm. Suggested donation $8. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. 650.326.3800

Safari West Wildlife Preserve

Dancing, raffle, exotic-animal viewing. 8pm. $75. Safari West Wildlife Preserve, 3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2551

Napa Valley Wine Train

White-glove reception, free-flowing wine, appetizers, sounds of Jazz Project. 4:30pm. $200. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.253.2111

Nicolino's Garden Cafe

Dinner, dancing, live jazz trio and DJ in the back spinning oldies. 9pm. $69.50 includes dinner. Nicolino's, 1228 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.734.5323

Casino Classic Celebration

Casino games, prizes, photos and drinks. 7:30pm. $100. Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Circle, Danville. 925.736.2280

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