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Soul for Real: Inner City Soul (formerly East LA Sabor Factory) funks up the Hedley Club inside the Hotel De Anza.

The Eve of Celebration

TO FULLY ROCK New Year's Eve right requires a modicum of planning, some close friends and a whole lot of foolishness. The latter two are up to you; we can help with the first part.

Metro has assembled the hottest New Year's Eve parties in and around the South Bay, from Santa Cruz and Monterey, right through Silicon Valley and up to San Francisco and the East Bay. There's something for everyone: dancing, twirling, pogoing, dining, drinking, meditation, even roller-skating.

So if you watched Dick Clark sideways on the living-room floor or fell asleep on the couch at 10:30pm last year, you probably didn't celebrate New Year's Eve properly. Get thee to the salon, dress to impress--and while the styling mousse takes hold, consult Metro's full-to-bursting NYE 2K3 guide and make sure your entry into 2004 goes as smoothly as freshly Armor All-ed seats in the back of a limo.

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South Bay Hot Tickets

A reliable economic indicator is how much cash is raked in on New Year's Eve. If the Dow surge has any positive effect, clubs and restaurants should do bang up business this Wednesday. These are the splashiest parties going on in the South Bay.

2004 Ballroom Celebration
Music by Joel Nelson's Big Band and the Hitmen, party favors, four-course dinner, balloon drop, champagne toast. 6:30pm. $80-$350 per couple. Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose. 408.437.2187

Avalon New Year's Eve Gala
Live band, DJs, go-go dancers, belly dancers, Cirque-style performers. 6pm. $50 single/$90 per couple with dinner. $35-$60 dancing only. Avalon, 777 Lawrence Expwy, Santa Clara. 408.241.0777

Black & White Ball
With DJs Brotha Reese and DJ Jammin' Jay in the main room, Bluefield Crew on the patio and DJ David Q at Back Bar. 8pm. $20. Zoë Nightclub, 417 South First St, San Jose. 408.971.6646

Blue Tattoo New Year's Eve
Sponsored by MTV. Hotel, limo packages available. Dinner packages begin at 6pm and range from $49.95 to $249. Dancing packages begin at 9pm and are $25 advance/$35 door. Blue Tattoo, 170 W. St. John St, San Jose. 408.286.4300

Cirque du Soleil New Year's Eve
Cirque du Soleil performances, plus DJs Armann the Brainchild, Roger Moorehouse, Prince Daniel Alexander, MJ Gamez, Ishmael Rodriguez, Ivan Bautista. Open bar all night. 7pm. $75. Spy, 400 S. First St, San Jose. 408.298.1900

El Fieston de Año Nuevo
With Fruko y Sus Tesos, La Orquesta Macondo from Peru. DJs spinning salsa, cumbia, bachata, merengue. Second room: DJs spinning old school, house, R&B, hip-hop. 8pm. $55 advance/$150 package for couples includes two tickets to the show, champagne, party favors. Wyndham Hotel, 1350 N. First St, San Jose. 408.453.6200

Fairmont San Jose
Wine and martini bars. Three premium packages ranging from $180 to $295 per person that include dancing to the Alfie Dreifuss MVP Band, dinner and an overnight stay. Tickets for just the party are $115. Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.998.1900 x3993

Hedley Club New Year's 2003
Featuring live music by Inner City Soul, DJs, party favors, champagne toast and more. Visit www.hoteldeanza.com. 8pm. $20 advance/$25 door. Hedley Club, Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.286.1000

Hotel Valencia New Year's Eve
Package includes accommodation, buffet dinner at Citrus, party at V Bar, live music, dancing, toast, party favors, balloon drop and more. $399 per couple. Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose. 408.551.0010

Tommy Davidson
The comedian and actor from Booty Call and Bamboozled put on the fastest-selling and possibly the funniest Improv show in 2003. He returns for a New Year's Eve engagement. $75. 7:30 and 10pm. Improv Comedy Club, 62 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.280.7475

South Bay Parties

Why spend half your evening getting there? Some of the hottest parties in the Bay Area happen close to home.

DJs spinning Top 40, house, hip-hop and more. 8pm. $10 cover/$20 for ages 18-20/$30 includes open bar/$50 includes open bar and dinner buffet. 18-plus. The Edge, 260 S. California Ave, Palo Alto. 650.321.6464

B-Hive Cafe
DJ dancing, midnight toast, party favors. 9pm. Call for price. B-Hive Cafe, 372 S. First St, San Jose. 408.298.2529

Blue Lagoon
DJ Inky, Tripp, Monroy spin house and R&B. 8pm. Cover varies. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.7117

Live DJs. 9:30pm. Cover varies. Boswell's, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. 408.371.4404

Britannia Arms Almaden
Live music by the Switch. Party favors, countdown. 9pm. Cover varies. Britannia Arms, 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose. 408.266.0550

Britannia Arms Cupertino
Becka's NYE Bash. Live music, dinner specials, party favors. Britannia Arms Cupertino, 1087 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino. 408.252.7262

Britannia Arms Downtown
Live DJs. 9pm. $5. Britannia Arms San Jose, 173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.278.1400

Enjoy three levels of sophisticated entertainment. Call to reserve private cabanas. 9pm. Cabana, 396 S. First St, San Jose. 408.971.2226

Cardiff Lounge
DJs Albert Campoy, Mario Garay, Damon Cain, Jaime Gonzalez. 9pm. Cover varies. Cardiff Lounge, 260 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.874.9327

Cardinal Lounge
Touch of Class performs. 7pm. $18 per person or $39.50 per couple includes bottle of bubbly. Cardinal Lounge, 3197 Meridian, San Jose. 408.269.7891

City Beach
Caribbean and reggae music, drink specials, free parking. $5. 9pm. City Beach, 4020 Technology Pl, Fremont. 510.651.2500

Club Caribe
Live salsa. Call for schedule and cover. Club Caribe, 1001 S. First St, San Jose. 408.297.7272

Club Miami
Live salsa, meringue. 9pm. Cover varies. Club Miami, 177 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.279.3670

Club Savoy
Three rooms for dancing and partying. 5pm. Cover varies. Club Savoy, 3546 Flora Vista Ave, Santa Clara. 408.244.6909

Cocoanut Grove
Gourmet grand buffet, California surf band Papa Doo Run Run and disco DJ Jack Crawford in the Sun Room. Doors 7pm. Dinner and dance $89; dance and dessert $59 advance/$69 door (if available). Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.2053

Duke of Edinburgh
DJ music, champagne, party favors, no cover charge. Duke of Edinburgh, 10801 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino. 408.446.3853

The Forum
DJ Slick D. 9pm. $25. The Forum, 25 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.739.5000

Johnny V's
Clandestine party with hip-hop, drum 'n' bass music. 9pm. No cover. Johnny V's, 31 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.947.8470

Las Vegas 2004
Vegas style opulence, party favors, champagne toast, balloon drop. 9pm. $25. Voodoo Lounge, 14 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.286.8636

Last Sin
Three rooms of music featuring DJs P-One, Kleen, Howhigh, John Jimenez, Andrew MD, Eladio, eHash, Andrew B, Christylz, Ace. Balloon drop, champagne toast. 9pm. $35. Club Palermo, 394 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.297.0607

Liquid Lounge
DJs Teddy Rockspin, Lucky Nguyen, Andrew Mo, Kleen. $15. 9pm. Liquid Lounge, 175 N. San Pedro St, San Jose. 408.298.4900

Mac's Club
DJ dancing, party favors, champagne toast. 9pm. Mac's Club, 39 Post St, San Jose. 408.288.8221

Meditation and Fire Ceremony
Chanting, meditation, affirmation and fire ceremony to set the course for the new year. Meditation 7:30-9:30pm. Service 10pm-midnight. No cover. Ananda Sangha, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto. 650.323.3363

Mission Ale House
Champagne toast, party favors, good times all night. No cover. Mission Ale House, 97 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.4058

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dance and party with the fishes. Music by Larry Lynch and the Mob. 9pm. $50. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831.648.6877

New Year's Eve Party
Opens at 5pm. Trials Pub, 265 N. First St, San Jose. 408.947.0497

Q Cafe
Champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, DJ Menace. 8pm. $5 advance/$10 door. Q Café, 529 Alma St, Palo Alto. 650.322.3311

Salsa New Year's
9pm. Call for price and schedule. Alberto's, 736 W. Dana St, Mountain View. 650.968.3007

San Jose Bar & Grill
Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. San Jose Bar & Grill, 85 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.286.2397

Society of Single Professionals
New Year's Eve Gala with appetizers, party favors, champagne toast. 9pm. Cover varies. Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Ave, Santa Clara. 650.327.4625

South First Billiards
Three live bands. Open 4pm-2am. No cover. South First Billiards, 420 S. First St, San Jose. 408.294.7800

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

Temple Bar and Lounge
Champagne toast, DJs spinning R&B, hip-hop and club hits. 8pm. Cover varies. Temple Bar & Lounge, 52 S. First St, San Jose. 408.288.8518

Toon's Nightclub
DJ Jazzy C. Balloon drop, champagne toast, party favors. 7pm. $20. Toon's, 52 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.74654

New Year's Eve party. Call for details. Ugly's 1313 El Camino, Mountain View. 650.965.8255

Waves Smokehouse and Saloon
Call for schedule. Waves Smokehouse and Saloon, 65 Post St, San Jose. 408.885.WAVE

Eat Well

For those whose idea of celebration includes cutting into a delicious rack of lamb or nibbling exquisite sushi rolls, many restaurants are adding specials, prix fixe menus and speaker cabinets for one night only.

7 Restaurant
Special five-course meal with champagne, party favors and hat. 5pm. Last dinner at 10pm. Lounge open until 2am. $85. 7 Restaurant and Lounge, 754 The Alameda, San Jose. 408.280.1644

840 North First
New Year's Eve dinner specials along with full regular menu and live jazz. 840 North First, San Jose. 408.282.0840

Agenda Masquerade Ball
Complimentary masks and party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast. DJs Boy Wonder, Ruckus. $49 special dinner packages available. 9pm. $20 advance. Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St, San Jose. 408.380.4042

A.P. Stump's
Cocktails, three-course dinner, open bar, live DJ and dancing, champagne toast. 7pm. $125 all inclusive. A.P. Stump's, 163 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.9928

$140 for four-course dinner for two. $250 for dinner, overnight stay and free shuttle. Dancing to DJ music. Seatings at 6 and 8pm. Arthur's, 2875 Lakeside Dr, Santa Clara. 408.980.1666

Beavers Bar & Grill
All-you-can-eat buffet. DJ Cool V, live music by Level 4, Marilyn Monroe impersonator. 8pm. $50 advance/$75 door. Beavers Bar & Grill, 1180 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. 408.288.9422

Beverly Heritage Hotel
Three packages include dancing, champagne toast, overnight accommodations, and four-course dinner or champagne toast. $109-$219. Beverly Heritage Hotel, 820 Barber Ln, Milpitas. 408.570.5470

Special New Year's Eve menu from 5-9pm. Birk's, 3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara. 408.980.6400

Blowfish Sushi to Die For
Local DJs spinning until 2am. Special dinner package ($25) includes glass of champagne, edamame starter, ritsu roll and chef's special maki. Blowfish Sushi to Die For, 335 Santana Row, Suite 1010, San Jose. 408.3848; www.blowfishsushi.com

The Claddagh
Dinner specials. Party with Ten Til Two. 9:30pm. No cover. The Claddagh, 1300 First St, Gilroy. 408.848.5050

Clubhouse Bistro
Live music from Masterpiece. DJ Chris in Clubhouse Bistro. Party favors, hors d'oeuvres. 7pm. $75 per person for party and food only/$230 per couple, includes guest room. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Dr, Foster City. 650.570.5700

Crowne Plaza
Live music from Roshambo. 6pm. $299 includes five-course dinner for two, guest room, live music, breakfast for two, party favors, champagne toast and three drink tickets. $25 per person for party only. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose. 408.998.0400

Gecko Grill
Year of the Gecko party. Dinner packages start at $35, music and dancing. Gecko Grill, 855 N. 13th St, San Jose. 408.971.1826

Reminisce about what went on in 2003 over a nice meal. 5pm-whenever diners straggle out. Eulipia, 374 S. First St, San Jose. 408.280.6161

Il Fornaio
Special New Year's Eve menu. Call for reservations. Il Fornaio, 302 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.271.3350

Kyoto Palace
Many of Kyoto Palace's most popular items are served with champagne, sparkling cider, party favors for all. 5-10pm. From $28.95. Kyoto Palace, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. 408.377.6456

La Foret
Smaller version of regular menu. Six seatings: 4 and 4:30pm, 6 and 6:30pm, 9 and 9:30pm. La Foret, 21747 Bertram Rd, New Almaden, San Jose. 408.997.3458

La Pastaia
Special three-course prix fixe menu. Seatings begin at 5:30pm. $65 per person. La Pastaia, 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.286.8686

Left Bank
A special prix fixe menu, a la carte specials, live music, balloons, hats, horns, noisemakers and complimentary champagne toast. 5:30pm-midnight. $60. Left Bank, Santana Row, San Jose. 408.984.3500

Lou's Village
Cocktails and appetizers, four-course deluxe dinner, dancing from 9pm to 1am with the David Ladd Band. 7pm. $100. Lou's Village, 1465 W. San Carlos St, San Jose. 408.293.4570

Nicolino's Garden Cafe
Four-course meal, party hats, favors, champagne toast. 6:30pm and 9:45pm. $59.59-$69.50. Nicolino's Garden Cafe, 1228 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.734.5323

Three-course prix fixe dinner. $49.95. Pigalle Restaurant Francais, 27 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.395.7924

Overnight, dinner and club packages available. Live music by Thunder and Lightning Band with Danny Hull and Clifford Coulter. Dinner begins at 5pm, party at 9pm. $20-$219. Rings, Sheraton Four Points, 1801 Barber Ln, Milpitas. 408.943.1110

Scott's Seafood
Special dinner menu, party with jazz fusion band Agent of Vision. 8:30pm. No cover. Scott's Seafood, 185 Park Ave, San Jose. 408.971.1700

Spiedo Ristorante
Music by Joel Clemons. 8pm. Cover varies. Spiedo, 151 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.971.6096

Blue drink specials, dancing and live music by Dynamic. 9pm. $10. Straits Restaurant, 333 Santana Row, Suite 1100. 408.246.6320

Taverna Gyro's
Mediterranean meal, dancing, belly dancers. 9:30pm. $60. Taverna Gyro's, 133 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.735.9971

Teske's Germania
Five-course meal, entertainment by the Internationals, champagne, party favors, midnight buffet. Dinner begins at 5pm, music at 8pm. $85 per person. Teske's Germania, 255 N. First St, San Jose. 408.292.0291

Toll House Los Gatos
Four-course dinner with champagne, salad, appetizer buffet and dessert. Choose from lamb, prime rib, swordfish and vegetarian option. 6pm. $36-$57. Toll House Los Gatos, 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.395.7070

Enjoy pan-Mediterranean specialties. Two seatings (5 and 8:30pm); the late seating features champagne toast, live music, party favors, dancing to 1:30am. $55 early/$85 late. Zibbibo, 430 Kipling Ave, Palo Alto. 650.328.6722

Bay Area Parties

Nightlife does exist outside of the city limits. For those who insist on driving, here's a few options for those addicted to Mapquest.

Archbishop's Mansion Pajama Party
This event will feature an open bar until midnight, champagne toast at midnight, hand-passed desserts, a lingerie fashion show featuring designs by Rubygirl and music by Sunil Kapadia and Matt Craske (Offset Music). 8pm. $40-$200 (includes suite). Dragon Bar, 473 Broadway St, San Francisco. 415.255.2102

Transport to ancient Rome with jugglers, fire breathers and merrymakers. Champagne and wine. DJs Ellen Ferrato and Frenchy Le Freak. 9pm. $150. Fluid, 622 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.615.6888

Bad Kitty
Felix the Dog, Sarah Delush, Forest Green, Stefny Dmarie. 9pm. $10. Anu, 43 Sixth St, San Francisco. 415.543.3505

Birth of a New Year
A Spundae event with DJs Tall Paul, Dave Ralph, the Scrumfrog, Garth, Frenchy Le Freak, Norman Stradley, Spesh, Alex Whalen and more. 9pm. $30. 1015 Folsom, San Francisco. www.1015.com

Big Olive Benefit
DJ Robbie Socks, olive drop, champagne toast. 8:30pm. $120-$150. Capella Event Center, 270 14th St, San Francisco. 415.522.0227

Black Ball
DJs Johnny Knight, Chris Orr, champagne toast, breakfast. 8pm. $50. Suite One8One, 181 Eddy St, San Francisco. 415.345.9900

Black Market Jazz Orchestra
Formal evening wear required. 6pm for dinner; 9pm for dancing. Packages range from $110 to $285 and include five-course meal. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill, San Francisco. 415.616.6916

DJ music. Party favors and Korbel at midnight. 8pm. $20/$70 VIP. Bohemia, 1624 California St, San Francisco. 415.474.6968

Casino Royale
With Tom Jonesing, California Kid, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. 9pm. $55. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. 415.474.0365

City Nights
Midnight Madness with DJs Leslie Perez, Twist, Don Lynch and Sherif. 9pm. $25. City Nights, 715 Harrison St, San Francisco. 415.339.8686

CrawlSF/KDA Promotion
Waterfront location, viewing of fireworks over the Bay. Open bar, appetizers, DJ dancing. 9pm. $125. Gordon Biersch, San Francisco. 415.243.8246

Dance Party 2003
The Village People headline this New Year's celebration also featuring Pride & Joy, DJ Tony Ng and comics Gretchen Roots, Steve Mazan, many others. 8pm. $75. Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. 415.788.1234

DJ Z-Trip
With Disco D, Vikter Duplaix, J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, plus 20 other DJs and live bands. Open bar until 2am. 9pm. $50-$80. Studio Z, 314 11th St, San Francisco. For tickets visit www.clubcompression.com or www.flavorgroup.com

DNA Lounge
With more than 20 DJs, bands and performance artists. Visit www.clubcompression.com or www.flavorgroup.com. 9pm. $50. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, San Francisco. 415.626.1409

eSaturdays eNYE 2003
With SBC DJs and Rick Lee in the mix. 9pm. $30. Club NV, 525 Howard St, San Francisco. 415.546.7938

Expires 12.31.03
Q-Burns Abstract Message, Orlando, Nikola, Rob Zemo, TK Disko, Guthrie. 7pm. $20. Milk, 1840 Haight St, San Francisco. 415.387.6455

The Factory
Leslie Perez, Romeo Reyes, Rich Era, Dennis Gallegos, Strawberry, J. Styles. 9pm. $30. 525 Harrison St, San Francisco. 415.546.7938

Flesh and Fantasy NYE 2004
DJs Lydia Prim, Paulo and Jamie J Sanchez, performances by Suzanne Palmer, Shokra & the Crew Project '03, Falcon Studios Superstars. 9pm. $35. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St, San Francisco. www.mezzaninesf.com

From San Francisco With Love
DJs, appetizers, outdoor lounge, gaming, open bars. 9pm. $125-$150. The Gift Center, San Francisco. 415.331.2004

Hustler Club 2004
Cheap booze and beautiful girls. Tapas and dinner menu served until 2am. No cover before 7pm. Hustler Club, 1031 Kearny St, San Francisco. 415.434.1301

Jondi and Spesh Live
With guests Laird, DJ Splice, Anita Lofton, Felix the Dog, midnight toast. 9pm. $25. 111 Minna St, San Francisco. 415.974.1719; www.looq.com

Kiss 03 Goodbye
Hip-hop dance night with DJs Quest, Marz and Roxwell. 9pm. $15. 26 Mix, 3024 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.826.7378

Latin Ball
Fulanito, Melcochita, Su Orquesta, San Vicente, Sonido Azteca, many more. 8pm. Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. www.latinbayarea.com

Lesbian New Year 2004
Dancing on Top of the World. 8:30pm. $75-$125. Carnelian Room, 555 California St, Bank of America Building, San Francisco.

Fireworks on the waterfront, live band, 20 DJs, including Pirate DJs, Mind Motion, Scotty Fox, Ivan, Rolo 103. 8pm. $40. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin Way, San Francisco. 415.850.8695

Loft 11
DJs Tony Russel, Big Bad Bruce, Re Pete and Toque. 8pm. $50-$70. Loft 11, 316 11th St, San Francisco. 415.979.3031

Magnum 2004
Open bar, hors d'oeurves, desserts, guest DJs. 10pm. $125 advance/ $175 at door. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery St, San Francisco. 415.956.6859

DJ Kimberly S, DJ Neil Lewis, Gay Pimp. 9pm. $40. Space 550, 550 Barneveld, San Francisco. 415.550.8286

Performance by Baj, DJs Durben, Denim Blues, Static, Rachaud, Smoove, Henry, Truth, JoJo, Switch, DW. 6pm. $45. Club Texture, 520 Fourth St, San Francisco. 415.835.2184

Mission 04
Lee Coombs and Sons of Man. Open bar, three levels. 8pm. $100. The Big House, 1417 15th St, San Francisco. www.mission04.com

New Year's Eve Alternative
A healthy way to begin the New Year with a party hosted by fitness guru Gloria Kamil. 7:30pm. $75. Joaquin Miller Community Center, 3594 Sanborn Dr, Oakland. 510.339.8720

New Year's Eve Boat Party
Cruise ship bumping house and techno. Departs from Pier 41 at 10pm. $100. 415.244.8816; www.associatedstress.com

New Year's Eve Invitation to the Dance
A short history of the virtuoso waltz with pianist Seth Montfort. Weber, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, 19th-century Caribbean to Nazareth, and Sondheim and Montfort. 3 and 8pm. $7-$12. Englander House, 807 Franklin St, San Francisco. 415.362.6080

NYE at Azul
DJs SOS, Zach De Vincent, Ryan Scott. 9pm. $20. Azul, 1 Tillman Pl, San Francisco. 415.362.9750

NYE 2004: A Vibe Based Gathering of Friends
Funky house, tech house, progressive house, downtempo with DJs Ellen Ferrato, Spesh, JZ, Melyss, Scott Carrelli, Miss Audry, Syd Gris, Tuhin Roy, Tim Pratt, Fandango, PleasureSean + Belly Dancing, visuals, performance art, ambient landscapes. 9pm-5:30am (No entry 11:30pm-2am except VIP). $35 advance/$45 at door. Danzhaus, 1275 Connecticut, San Francisco. www.opelproductions.com

NYE on Cloud 9
DJs Dave D. Erin, John Mundy, Dave Ballowe and Dave Maddox spinning house, funk, '80s, hip-hop. 9pm. $25. Cloud 9 Hotel, 34 Seventh St, San Francisco. 415.355.9991

Orquesta Avance
Late-night Latin party Orquesta Avance, DJ Luis Medina with 1am appetizers and 4am breakfast buffet. 8pm. $30. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana St, San Francisco. 415.824.6910

Paradise Lounge
House and downtempo with DJs M3, Jeno, Ellen Ferrato, Solar, Galen, Lance DeSardi, David Coleman and Sen-Sei, Anthony Garlic and Brad Robinson. 9pm. $20 advance/$25 door. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom St, San Francisco. 415.621.1911

Prevention One
Benefit for AIDS awareness includes free-flowing champagne, decorations, party favors, free parking, live comedy, dance troupes, performance by the Eleventh Commandment. 8pm. $50. Prevention One Party Place, 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco. 800.882.8806

Featuring Orquesta Borinquen, Julio Bravo y Orquesta Salsabor, Aquarela Brazilian dancers, DJ Leonardo, party favors, dinner packages. Roccapulco, 3140 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.648.6611

9pm. $30. Harry Denton's Rouge, 1500 Broadway St, San Francisco. 415.395.8595

Salsa New Years
Live salsa music with La Verdad. 8pm. $40. Concord Sheraton, 45 John Glenn Dr, Concord. 925.521.3761

Scratchline Productions
DJs E-Swift, Tone, Ill Tracks. 9pm. No cover. Shadow Lounge, 299 Ninth St, San Francisco. 415.252.3334

Sea of Dreams
Performances by Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lost at Last, Freq Nasty, Mutaytor, Foxbluc, Alcyone, Lorin, Laird, many more. 8:30pm. $75. Regency Center Ballrooms, 1300 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. http://tickets.anonsalon.com

Sublounge New Year's Eve Bash
With Sunil Kapadia, M3, Mancub, DJ I, JYK and other special guests. Open bar and sushi courtesy of Midori Mushi Sushi. 9pm. $40 advance/ $50 door. Sublounge, 628 20th St, San Francisco. 415.552.3603 or visit www.sublounge.com

Salsa, samba, flamenco remixes by DJs Hakan and Ka.An. 9pm. $20. The Canvas, 1200 Ninth Ave, San Francisco. 415.504.0060

Triple Crown
Three champagne toasts, four-hour open bar, live DJs, appetizers. 6pm. $30. Sake Lab, 498 Broadway St, San Francisco. 415.837.0228

Up & Down Club
DJs 2Fresh, Tom G, Ike B spinning hip-hop, house and Top 40. 9pm. $40. Up & Down Club, 151 Folsom St, San Francisco. 415.626.2388

Year of the Monkey
Massive Selector presentation with hip-hop, dancehall, '80s, electroclash, breaks, rock and Latin soul. 9pm. $20. Club Six, 60 Sixth St, San Francisco. 415.863.1221

Zazzoo Waterfront Restaurant
DJs, champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, waterfront setting, dinner packages available. 7pm. $40-$150. Zazzoo Waterfront Restaurant, Jack London Square, 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland. 800.945.4841

Zhi Dao Guan
Taoist meditation, potluck dinner, music and dancing. 8pm. Taoist Center, 3824 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. 510.336.0129


Enough reflection already--take in a vaudeville show, laugh at someone else's misery. Careful: Champagne hurts coming out your nose.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez
2:30pm. $20-$45. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose. 408.286.2600

Beach Blanket Babylon New Year's Eve
With champagne and Joseph Schmidt chocolate truffles. 7 and 10:15pm. $60-$180. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd, San Francisco. 415.421.4222

Big Fat Year-End Comedy Show XI
With Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Deb & Mike and Steve Kravitz. 7 and 10pm. $25/$40. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco. 415.345.7575

Big Lil's
New Year's Dinner and show (Curse of the Blue Diamond Almond). Open bar, vaudeville show and dancing. 8pm. Dinner service begins at 8:30pm. $75. Big Lil's, 157 W. San Fernando St, San Jose. 408.295.7469

Bobby Slayton
The pit bull of comedy seen in The Rat Pack (playing a dead-on Joey Bishop) and The Mind of the Married Man. 8 and 10:30pm. $45-$65. Punch Line, 444 Battery St, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

Cinderella, the Melodrama
7:30pm. $75 includes full dinner and all-you-can drink, party favors, tax and tip. Gaslighter Theater, 400 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.866.1408

Comedy Countdown
With Greg Proops, Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, Patton Oswalt and Tom Rhodes, plus music by the Lee Vilensky Trio. 9:30pm. $60 advance/$65 door. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

Comedy on the Square
White Noise Radio Theatre Sketch Troupe and Oui Be Negroes Improv. Two shows with beverages in between. 8pm. $40. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.522.8900

Two improvisational comedy shows. 7:30pm is all-ages; 10pm is for adults only. $15-$20. Bella Mia, 58 S. First St, San Jose. 408.985.5233

For Whom the Bridge Tolls
Enjoy the musical, party favors, dessert buffet, midnight toast, dancing. Two shows: 6 and 9:45pm. $95. Giorgio's, 300 Drakes Landing Rd, Greenbrae. 415.925.0808

It Had to Be You
SF Playhouse performance and party. 8pm. $70-$75. SF Playhouse, 536 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.281.5691

Joe Rogan
From TV's Fear Factor and Man Show. With Matt Kirsch and Al Madrigal. 7:30pm. $35-$45. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. 415.928.4320

Joey and Maria's Wedding
Show includes buffet, champagne, dessert, coffee, countdown and balloon drop. Dancing until 1am. Seating begins at 7:30pm. $93.75. Dave & Busters, 940 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas. 800.944.5639

John Witherspoon
Comedy, dancing and party favors with John Witherspoon, Darren Carter and Daniel Dugar. 7:30pm. $90. Tommy T's, 1655 Willow Pass Rd, Concord. 925.686.6809

Killing My Lobster
Cabaret and "Funk-a-Jammy Jam." 8 and 10pm. $5. Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco. 415.647.2877

Kinsey Sicks
8pm. $34. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.861.8972

Marga Gomez
With Doug Hosclaw. 7pm. $25. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St, San Francisco. 415.863.7576

Mystery by Design
Sounds Like Murder interactive show, dinner buffet, party favors, champagne toast. Overnight packages available. 8:30pm. $99-$289. Faz (inside Sheraton Hotel), 1108 N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.752.8008

Rooster T. Feathers
With Phil Palisoul, Laurie Killmartin and Andrew Norelli. 8 and 10:30pm. Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 408.736.0921

Spontaneous New Year
Improvisational theater by True Fiction magazine. 8pm. $20. Florence Gould Theater, Palace of Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco. 415.750.3638

Teatro Zinzanni
"Love, Chaos and Dinner." 7:30pm. $250. Pier 29, San Francisco. 415.438.2668

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
NYE show and dinner packages available. 8pm. $30. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro Sq, San Jose. 408.283.0200

Get Live

Rock out with your favorite band or twirl with the Dead (a New Year's Eve tradition). That constant ringing on New Year's Day isn't the bells of St. Mary but the onset of tinnitus.

Allen Anthony
Roc-a-Fella recording artist. 9pm. $40. Jillian's, 101 Fourth St, San Francisco. 415.369.6100

Alphabet Soup
Jazz hip-hop. Cover varies and time. Bruno's, 2389 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.648.7701

American Swing Orchestra
Dance to live swing music aboard the deck of the aircraft carrier. Gourmet dinner available for an extra $40. 8pm. $75-$125. USS Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda. 510.521.8448

Country. 7pm. Cover varies. Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Rd, Fremont. 510.979.0477

Blank Club Gets Loose!
'80s/electropunk/sleaze-disko/nowave/funnk with DJ Jeff Jagged and special live guest. Doors 9pm. $10. The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave, San Jose. 408.292.5265

Blue Ju Ju
With hats, horns, food and champagne at midnight. 7pm. Cover varies. JJ's Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, 408.243.6441

Bluegrass New Year's Eve
With High Country and Dix Bruce and Jim Nunally plus a buffet, silly hats and sparkling apple juice for a midnight toast. 8pm. $22.50. Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison St, Berkeley. 510.548.1761

Box Set Duo
Folk. 9pm. $35. Espresso Garden & Café, 814 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose. 408.292.7940

Rick Braun
Jazz concert. 7pm. $60. Kimball's East, 5800 Shellmound Ave, Emeryville, 510.658.2555

CD Boys
A disco dance party. 8pm. Cover varies. King's Head Pub, 201 Orchard City Dr, Campbell, 408.871.2499

CMC Orchestra and Chorus
9:30pm. $20. Mission Presbyterian Church, 3261 23rd St, San Francisco. 415.647.6015

The Dead
A reunion of Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Rob Barraco, Jeff Chimenti, Jimmy Herring and Joan Osbourne. The Funk Brothers and Robert Hunter open. 7pm. $71.45. Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland. 408.998.TIXS

Folk group. 8pm. $18. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley. 510.525.5054

Extra Large
9:30pm. $10. Crow's Nest, 2218 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.476.4560

Fanfares for the New Year
Rebecca Maggi and James Welch performing classical, contemporary and popular music. 8pm. $10. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado St, Palo Alto. 650.326.3800

Finis Tasby
With Texas Twister Blues Band. 9:20pm. $50. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore, San Francisco. 415.673.8000

Rocking blues band. Dinner package $30 at 7pm. Dancing and festivities $15 after 10:30pm. Henfling's Firehouse Tavern, 9450 Highway 9, Ben Lomond. 831.336.8811

Floyd's Ordeal
9pm. Cover varies. Fibbar Magee's, 156 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.749.8373

Front Porch Ministries
8pm. Cover varies. Caravan, 98 S. Almaden Ave, San Jose. 408.995.6220

General Public
Dave Wakeling revives his past with General Public. A Flock of Seagulls, DJ Steve Masters, BB Hayes also perform. $75 general/$149 VIP. 8pm. Bambuddha Lounge, inside Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St, San Francisco. 415.885.5088

Glen Miller Orchestra
With Sisters Swing, Joanie Brant and the Nob Hill Knights. 6pm. $75. San Mateo Expo Center, 2495 S. Delaware St, San Mateo. 650.574.3247

Greyboy Allstars
Featuring Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell and Zak Najor; with special guests the Bad Plus. Doors 8pm; show 9pm. $85 main floor/$70 balcony. The Warfield, 982 Market St, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

High Fashion Prince Party
Here's a concept that works. All Prince and Prince-related (the Time, Vanity 6, Jesse Johnson, etc.) music all night long. Dress like your favorite Prince character. 9pm. $19.99. 330 Ritch St, San Francisco. 415.522.9558

Joe Sharino's New Year's Ball
An elegant dinner dance and New Year's ball with the Joe Sharino Band. Includes dinner and dessert and a champagne toast. Sharino's daughter, Alison Sharino, performs 9-9:25pm, and the Joe Sharino Band performs 9:30pm-1am. Visit www.JSBand.com. $149.95 for dinner and dance includes tax and tip; add on a hotel room at the Doubletree for $89.95. Doubletree Hotel Monterey, downtown Monterey, Monterey, 800.595.4TIX

With Glider, featuring Jim Bogios and David Immergl, plus Dan Eisenberg and Keith Macarthur. With party favors, noise makers, hats and other NYE stuff. 9pm-2am. $10. Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 510.843.8277

John Lee Hooker Jr.
Blues. 9:30pm. Cover varies. The Beat Lounge, 501 Broadway, San Francisco. 415.982.5299

Kelly's Heroes
Ska. 8pm. Cover varies. Number One Broadway, 102 S. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, 408.354.4303

The KGB and Sol Americano
Rock. 8pm. $10. Blake's on Telegraph, 2367 Telegraph, Berkeley, 510.848.0886

The Kim Nalley Band
Featuring Johnny Nocturne Horns. $75 show only; $100 show plus dinner. Jazz at Pearl's, 256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. 415.291.8255; www.jazzatpearls.com

Latin Groove
International buffet, dancing, live music from Latin Groove, DJs. 6pm. $60 advance/$75 door (doesn't include dinner). San Jose GI Forum, 765 Story Rd, San Jose. 408.288.9470

Les Claypool Frog Brigade's Fourth Annual New Year's Eve Frog Out
The Primus member's annual soiree reaches four years. 9pm. $55. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary St, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion
Latin sounds. 9:30pm. $20. La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510.849.2568

Pamela Rose and Glenn Walters of SidePocket
Folk. 9pm. $25 includes buffet and champagne; call to reserve tickets. Quarter Note, 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale. 408.732.2110

Persephone's Bees
With Vue and Lovemakers. 9pm. $20. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco. 415.861.5016

The Pharcyde
Don't let the New Year "pass you by" without seeing the L.A. underground hip-hop pioneers do their thing. 8pm. $30-$45. Galleria Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St, San Francisco

Pop Rocks
Open bar, three sets, special appearance by Soft Release. 8pm. $75-$90. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk St, San Francisco. 415.447.4730

Planet New Year 2004
With the Luniz, Richard "Humpty" Vission, Cirrus, Zion I, Luna C, Omar Santana, Joey Mazzola, Dyloot, Tom Silk, St. John and many more. 8pm. $35. Cow Palace, San Francisco. 415.820.9619; www.coolworld.com

Resolution IV: The Surprise
With DJs Donald Glaude, Dimitris Mykonos, Bali, Raoul Kahn, John Early and Pat Allen; the unveiling of Ruby Skye's new champagne-martini cove; New Year's Eve around the world; complimentary champagne or Red Bull, party favors, coffee after midnight; hors d'oeuvres (8:30-11:30pm) and a breakfast buffet at 5am. Doors 7pm; bars reopen at 6am. $100 entire evening or $50 after 12:30am. Ruby Skye Nightclub, 420 Mason St, San Francisco. 415.693.0777

Revillon 2004
Brazilian celebration with dancing and live performance by Tambores do Brasil. 7:30pm. $50-$95. Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, 555 North Point St, San Francisco. 415.587.9200

Rhythm Doctors
9pm. Cover varies. Almaden Feed & Fuel, 18950 Almaden Rd, San Jose. 408.268.8950

Tom Rigney and Flambeau
Dinner-dance party with John Le Conqueroo. 9pm. $35. Little Fox Theatre, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, 650.369.4119

Lee Rocker
Stray Cats bassist. Includes dinner or passed appetizers, beverage and champagne toast. 8 and 10:30pm. Seating begins at 6pm. $75. Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St, San Francisco. 415.292.BLUE

Ruthie and the Gents
Cover band. 9pm. Cover varies. Murphy's Law, 135 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.736.3822

San Francisco Symphony New Year's Eve Gala
Conducted by Edwin Outwater and featuring vocalists Lisa Vroman and Brent Barrett. After the concert, enjoy party favors, complimentary champagne, savories and desserts. Dance onstage to the Peter Mintun Orchestra and Soul University in the lobby and join in the countdown to midnight. Pre-concert entertainment includes the Martini Brothers, psychics, mimes and caricaturists. 9pm. $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.864.6000

Brazilian Carnival New Year's celebration. 8:30pm. $15/$20. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1336

Shane Dwight
Local bluesman. 9:30pm. $15. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 831.479.1854

Appetizers, champagne. 8pm. $25. Quarter Note, 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale. 408.732.2110

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
With dredg and Biran Kenney Fresno. 10pm. $20. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455

Sonny Rhodes
Blues. 10pm. $25-$45. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Oakland. 510.655.6161

With the Hangmen and Visqueen. 9pm. $30. Slim's, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.522.0333

Stompy Jones
Swing music. 9:30pm. $45. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley. 510.848.7800

The Switch
9pm. Cover varies. Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose. 408.266.0550

Tea Leaf Green
9pm. $20. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, San Francisco. 415.552.7788

Teenage Harlots
With the Soviettes, Radio Reelers, Coppertones. 9pm. $10. Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St, San Francisco. 415.503.0393

Uncle Melvin
With DJ Uncle Hank. 8pm. Mountain Charley's, 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, 408.395.8880

Vien Thao Presents
Vietnamese concert and dance. 7pm. $40-$100. San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 408.947.7577. www.vienthao.com

Wesla Whitfield
With Mike Greensill. $100 includes champagne toast. Stay at the York Hotel and the $349 package includes bottle of champagne, free parking and two tickets to the show. 10pm. Plush Room, 940 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.885.6800 x100

Wish 2004
Miguel Migs, Donovan, Mauricio Aviles, Solomon. 9pm. $85. IMGHome Gallery, 1830 Harrison St, San Francisco. 415.567.3165

Wonderbread 5
9:30pm. $60. Mystic Theater, 2123 Petaluma Blvd., North Petaluma, 707.546.2277.

Yoshi's New Year's Eve Celebration
With the Poncho Sanchez Band plus special guests Joey Defrancesco and Fred Wesley. 9pm. $100. Yoshi's at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510.238.4555

Zoo Station
U2 cover band. Open bar and buffet. 9pm. $50. Pat O'Shea's, 3848 Geary Ave, San Francisco. 415.752.3148

Family Events

Staying in with the family and watching DVDs again? Start a new tradition and get in before bedtime at these family friendly events.

Asian Art Museum New Year's Bell Ringing
Visitors are encouraged to ring a 2,100-pound, 16th-century bronze bell in observance of an ancient Japanese New Year's tradition. 11am. Free. 200 Larkin St, San Francisco. 415.581.3500

Cal Skate
Midnight balloon drop, souvenirs. 7:30pm-1am. $12. Cal Skate Milpitas, 980 Los Coches St, Milpitas. 408.946.1363

Christmas in the Park
Holiday fun and amusement rides for kids in Downtown San Jose. Through Jan 4. Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. 408.286.1313

Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein show. 7pm. $20-$26; $15 youth under 14. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, 650.349.6411

Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl
Celebrate New Year's Eve, college football-style as Colorado State battles Boston College. Be a part of the last event at Pacific Bell Park. 7:30pm. $47.50-$65. Pac Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. 415.947.BOWL

Early Bird Party
Music and dancing for the whole family by TJ Moore Blues Band. 5-9pm. No cover. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd, Princeton. 650.728.2739

Fantasy of Lights
Cruise through Vasona Park admiring the colorful displays. 6-10pm. $9 per car. Vasona Lake County Park, 298 Garden Hills Dr, Los Gatos. 408.355.2200

First Night Monterey
Music from Cachagua Playboys, Along Came Betty, I Cantori and many, many more. 3pm. $10-$15. Downtown Monterey. More info: www.firstnightmonterey.org

First Night Santa Cruz
Community arts and music-oriented evening out. 3pm. $15 adults/$6 children 6-18. Downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz. www.firstnightsc.com

New Age Visionary Music Marathon
KKUP 91.5 FM of Cupertino presents a marathon of ambient electronic and acoustic music starting New Year's Eve to Jan. 5 featuring live interviews with artists. Mon. 9pm. 408.448.6726 or visit www.kkup.org.

San Jose Skate
Rink open 8pm-1am. $8 includes skate rental. All ages. San Jose Skate (formerly Aloha Roller Palace), 397 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose. 408.226.1155

Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Lodge
An enormous gingerbread house on display in the lobby. Thru Dec 31. Free. The Ritz-Carlton, One Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, 650.712.7020.

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