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What's cooking for an NB New Year's Eve

By R. V. Scheide

All dressed up and nowhere to go this New Year's Eve? We're here to help with our highly subjective list of what's cool. We've combed through the press releases, Googled our laptops and called just about every club in the area searching for the New Year's events that are perfect for you.

Sonoma County

COTATI

Tradewinds The Pulsators' performances at the Tradewinds have become a North Bay New Year's staple. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. $15. 9pm. 707.795.7878.

GUERNEVILLE

Main Street Station Hit four New Year's parties in one with the Station's "Time Zone" celebration, featuring fabulous blues singer Gwen "Sugar Mama" Avery. 16280 Main St., Guerneville. 7:30pm. $10; $18 for free champagne all night. 707.869.0501.

HEALDSBURG

Healdsburg Bar & Grill Go old-school with the classic rock sounds of the Remedies. Dancing, buffet and champagne toast. 245 Healdsburg Ave. 8:30pm to 1:30am. $50. 707.433.3333.

Raven Theater Lemon Lime Lights open for soul man Earl Thomas, the singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Solomon Burke and Etta James. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $25-$35. 707.433.6335.

PETALUMA

Cinnabar Theater Go eclectic with Cinnabar's production of Something New for the Zoo, an unusual musical tribute to Vienna. Dessert and wine party precedes performance; champagne and party favors follow. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $48-$50. 707.763.8920.

Mystic Theatre Michael Jackson may be down, but the Motown cover band Wonderbread 5 keep on keeping on, simple as A-B-C. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $55-$60. 707.765.2121.

Zebulon's Lounge The Kathleen Grace Band kick off their Northern California tour at Zebs on New Year's Eve. Free hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast. 21 Fourth St., Petaluma. 9pm to 1am. $55. 707.769.7948.

PENNGROVE

Black Cat Bar & Cafe All-girl bands Slinky Minx and Cheap Date 13 rock the Cat. Black Cat Bar and Cafe, 10056 Main St. 9pm. $9. 707.793.9480.

ROHNERT PARK

The Other Side Party for women ("women, women, women!!" shouts the Craigslist posting) groove to DJ Page Hodel at the Doubletree Hotel. Ballroom hip-hop dancing, hors d'oeuvres, fantasy desserts, four full bars and balloon drop. Doubletree Hotel, 1 Red Lion Drive, Rohnert Park. 9pm to 2am. $20-$25. 707.584.5866.

SANTA ROSA

5AM's Big Blue Ball Local rockers 5AM do their "big rock thang" at the Russian River Brewing Company. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. $25. 707.545.2337.

Last Day Saloon The Saloon goes techno with Yoyopad--DJs Rob Cervantes and Matt McKillop--and a fashion show. Dress your best, win a prize. 9pm. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. $20-$25. 707.545.2343.

Los Robles Lodge Ballroom Singles mingle, make friends and even find mates at this month's Sonoma Singles Soirees. DJ Les Schill, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast. 1985 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm to 1pm. $20-$30. 415.507.9962.

SEBASTOPOL

Sebastopol Community Center Learn the swamp stomp with Tom Rigney and Flambeu, the Cajun County All Stars and the Love Choir. 7pm. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. $25-$30. 707.823.1511.

SONOMA

Murphy's Irish Pub Ring in the Irish New Year with Greenhouse at 3pm, then blast off with the hot licks of guitarist Andrew Freeman at 9pm. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First St., Sonoma. Free. 707.935.0660.

Marin County

BOLINAS

Smiley's The oldest bar in California gets down with the Jenny Kerr Band. 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 9pm. Free. 415.868.1311.

FAIRFAX

19 Broadway Speakeasy extravaganza with Chrome Johnson, the new kings of twang, and his burlesque revue. 19 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 9:30pm. $20. 415.459.1091.

MILL VALLEY

Sweetwater Saloon High-energy jam band Mother Hips shake, rattle and roll in the New Year at Sweetwater. Meanwhile, across the street at 142 Throckmorton, Vinyl do the same thing. Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.2820. Both at 9pm. $45 each. 142 Throckmorton, 415.388.7769.

NICASIO

Rancho Nicasio Fool around and fall in love with the Elvin Bishop Band. Town Square, Nicasio. 8:30pm. $55. 415.662.2219.

OLEMA

Olema Inn Proud hippies from Olema get paranoid with girl-power goodness of Pink Sabbath, a female quartet embodying the good-naturedly unholy union between Ozzy Osbourne and the Andrews Sisters. Featuring the organic creations of chef Ed Vigil. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. 6pm. $3 for the music. 415.663.9559.

PT. REYES STATION

Dance Palace & Community Center The Artifacts provide the entertainment at this benefit for the Coastal Health Alliance. Snacks, desserts, champagne. Pt. Reyes Station Dance Palace and Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 9pm to 1am. $50. 415.663.8198.

Old Western Saloon Diapers are optional as Swamp Thang terrorize the West County. Old Western Saloon, 11201 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 9pm till you drop. $6. 415.663.1661.

Napa County

NAPA

Napa's Rainbow Room Life is a cabaret, old chum, as Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight performs two shows. 806 Fourth St., Napa. 8pm and 10:45pm. Two drink minimum. 707.252.4477.

Napa Valley Wine Train Featuring live music by the Jazz Project, gourmet cuisine and the Napa Valley's finest wines, the Wine Train is a great way to drink in the New Year--and leave the driving to someone else. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. Check in by 4:30pm. $200-$225. 800.427.4124.

ST. HELENA

1351 Lounge It's a White Ball this New Year's Eve with the Brian Cline Band providing the classic-rock backdrop. 9:30pm. 1351 Main St., St. Helena. $30. 707.963.1969.

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From the December 22-28, 2004 issue of the North Bay Bohemian.

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