Black Comedy Explosion 12th annual comedy show featuring Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley, and Guy Torry. 11 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $42.50-$55.50. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway (at 21st St.), Oakland, 510-465-6400.
Bobby Slayton, Nick Griffin, and a Special Guest Ring in the New Year with stand-up comedy. Featuring balloon drop, champagne toast, and dancing after the shows. 8 & 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35-$60. Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Washington), 397-7573.
Cheap Ass New Year's EveChannel 104.9 and Smirnoff Ice present this party with pizza and beers featuring Triple Seven, Wrekhouse, and others. 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $10.49. The Usual Nightclub, 400 S. First St. (at E. San Salvador), San Jose, 408-298-9375.
Comedy Countdown 2002 Featuring Greg Proops, Sue Murphy, Greg Behrendt, Matt Weinhold, and Tony Camin with music by the Swingin' Johnsons. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 421-TIXS.
Community Music Center Orchestra and Chorus New Year's Concert 10th annual concert featuring Michael A. Kimbell and Antonin Dvorak. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15. Mission Presbyterian Church, 3261 23rd St. (at Capp), 647-6015.
Dance New Year's Eve PartyMultiple stages of live entertainment and a midnight balloon drop. Featuring Pride and Joy, meringue band Manikkomio, and DJs. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $99-$124. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, 675-6230 / www.hyattsf.com.
Endup New Year's Marathon Twenty-four hours of nonstop celebration and dancing with DJs Adrian, Robbie Hardkiss, Charlotte the Baroness, Nobel, Ruben Mancias, Tracy, and more. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1; call for ticket price. Endup, 401 Sixth St. (at Harrison), 357-0927 / www.theendup.com.
An Evening in VeniceMasquerade extravaganza with a six-course meal followed by live music and dancing. Two dinner seatings from 6-7 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $125-$150. Spago Palo Alto, 265 Lytton (at Ramona), Palo Alto, 650-833-1000. Reservations required; formal attire optional.
An Evening of Elegance Bay Area Career Women (BACW) hosts its annual lesbian New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance. 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $45-$50 dance only, $115-$150 dinner and dance. San Francisco Grand Hyatt, 345 Stockton (at Sutter), 495-5393 / www.bacw.org.
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! New Year's Eve dance with Fito Reynoso's Ritmo y Armonía. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20-$22. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568 / www.lapena.org.
Finis Tasby & the Texas Twisters Band The Southern blues legend headlines. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.
Jacqui Naylor The jazz vocalist performs with her quintet. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $25 cover for music only, $200 for five-course tasting menu. Jardinière Restaurant, 300 Grove (at Franklin), 861-6695.
Mecca's New Year's Eve 2002 Celebration Jonathan Jones performs with a six-piece musical ensemble. 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; bar entry $25, early seating (5-6 p.m.) $65, late seating (8-9:30 p.m.) $150. Mecca, 2029 Market (at 14th St.), 621-7000.
New Year 2002With Tokyo Marine Fire, Captured! By Robots, 12 Inches and a Tireless Tongue, surprise guests, champagne, and treats. 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $10-$25. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-1911.
New Year's Eve Countdown The ultimate New Year's Eve event with three rooms to party in. Features DJs Michael Anthony, Frenchy Le Freak, Miss Audry, Kramer, Matthew K, Bali, Dimitris Mykonos, and many more. Complimentary champagne at midnight. Brought to you by Mixed Elements. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $75 general admission, $100 VIP tickets, $10 VIP rebate code m25 (rebate given at door). Club Bas, 383 Bay (at Mason), www.funkyfelix.com.
New Year's Eve Stand-up SpectacularTheater Rhinoceros presents an all-star comedy benefit with some of the city's favorite comics: Tom Ammiano, Karen Ripley, Pippi Lovestocking, Lisa Geduldig, and Bridget Schwartz. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $22. Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (at Mission), 861-5079.
Parkway New Year's Eve Pajama JamWear your PJs and negligees and watch the original Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Dance party, champagne toast, and "Sexy Lingerie Contest" follow. 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $30. Parkway Speakeasy Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400 / www.picturepubpizza.com.
Planet New Year 2002 Coolworld presents the 10th annual all-ages dance and music festival with five entertainment areas, fireworks, a laser and light show, and performance artists. Featuring Del the Funky Homosapien, Bad Boy Mill, David Garcia, and many more. Gates open at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35-$50, $150 VIP passes. Cow Palace and Grounds, Geneva & Santos, Daly City, 979-4543 or 408-235-1077 / www.coolworld.com.
Queer Salsa and Swing Party Pre - New Year's Eve Dance party for GLBT people of all ages. 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Dec. 29; free-$10. Synergy Elementary School, 1387 Valencia (at 24th St.), 567-6177.
Remedy "Pimp N' Ho" New Year's Eve PartyThemed event with costumes encouraged. Pimp daddies spin deep house, disco, funk, soul, and R&B. 9 p.m.-6 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $40. Big Heart City, 836 Mission (between Fourth and Fifth Sts.), 646-0803.