Holiday Guide

Arts, crafts, events, and performances for the holidays

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Berkeley Farmers' Market 10th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair Benefit for the Ecology Center with handcrafted gifts for sale, live choral music, massage, and cider. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, Center & MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333 / www.ecologycenter.org.

Cell Space Christmas Artisan Sale Local artists sell their crafts. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; free. Cell Space, 2050 Bryant (between 18th and 19th streets), 648-7562.

Dive into the Sea of Dreams 02.
Dive into the Sea of Dreams 02.
Finis tasby brings his Texas Twisters to the Boom Boom Room.
Finis tasby brings his Texas Twisters to the Boom Boom Room.

Christmas Ornament Show Eleventh annual group show and sale. Noon-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 30; free. Velvet Da Vinci, 508 Hayes (at Laguna), 626-7478 / www.velvetdavinci.com.

Craft Showcase 2 Curated exhibition and sale of new works from California's growing fine craft movement. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday-Monday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 30; free. Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan, 775-0991 ext. 109 / www.mocfa.org.

Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit 21st annual display of edible creations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 30; free-$4. Coyote Point Museum, Coyote Point Park, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755 / www.coyoteptmuseum.org.

Holiday ExhibitionVintage and contemporary photographs. Through Jan. 12; free. Artseal Gallery, 1847 Larkin (at Pacific), 567-3523 / www.artseal.com.

Holiday Gift-Making Classes Instruction for kids and adults in how to make your own holiday gifts, including ornaments, T-shirts, and candles. Pre-registration required. 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, through Dec. 22; $5-$7. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt), 554-9600 / www.randallmuseum.org.

Holiday Glass Outlet Sales Clearance and discount sale of one-of-a-kind glass artwork, bowls, vases, and sculpture. Noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; free. Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St. (at Eureka), 863-4940 / www.rogueartspace.com.

Holiday Sale Handcrafted ceramic work by 21 local potters and ceramic artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Dec. 24; free. The Potter's Studio, 637 Cedar (at Second St.), Berkeley, 510-528-3286.

International Holiday Festival In conjunction with "Global Shoes," the hands-on exhibit teaching kids about international cultures, the museum presents a Russian Winter Fair with performances and dance lessons. 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 27-29. The festival ends with World Play Day, a family block party with food and cultural events from different countries. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30. All events free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 / www.badm.org.

It's a Gift!Gift-making workshops. 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; $20-$75. Museum of Children's Art, 538 Ninth St. (at Clay), Suite 210, Oakland, 510-465-8770 / www.mocha.org.

"The Sounds of Christmas" New York­based visual artist and musician Christian Marclay's installation incorporating his collection of more than 1,000 vinyl LPs of Christmas music. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 31; free. Live DJ performances 5-8 p.m., Thursday, through Dec. 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787 / www.yerbabuenaarts.org.

'Tis the Reason Holiday group show. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 27; free. Michael Martin Galleries, 251 Post (at Stockton), 217-0070 / www.mmgalleries.com.

"Veiled and Revealed" Seven-person group show with visits from Santa and kids' gifts for sale. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Art-A-Fact Gallery, 1109 Addison (at San Pablo), Berkeley, 848-1985.

Xmas Pachanga and Art Sale More than 30 artists display their fine art prints. Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.

EVENTS

Abfab! Badass Christmas Benefit Kickoff Party! Screening of the first three new episodes of the British television series, with special musical guest Sharp Ease. 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890 / www.atasite.org.

Eid ul Fitr Cultural Celebration Celebrate the end of Ramadan with music, storytelling, and poetry by Bay Area artists from many regions of the Islamic world. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; $10. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568 / www.lapena.org.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual Entertainment fair and theatrical event with more than 400 costumed characters from Dickens' classic works. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; $6-$16. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva (at Santos), Daly City, 897-4555 / www.dickensfair.com.

Holiday Animation Program Features Infinite Escher, Bunny, Tin Toy, and Tops. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Holiday Bash Red Wine's special edition of the monthly "Pepper" party with DJs Rasoul, Charlotte the Baroness, and Toph One. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21; $5-$10. 111 Minna Street Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second St.), 332-5800 ext. 211.

Holiday Film Series at the Exploratorium Screenings of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Walesand Sheldon Cohen's The Sweater. 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

A Holiday Gift: Seven Animated Films That Celebrate the Season Family program includes The Great Toy Robbery, The Sweater, and more. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Holiday Services at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Service and Christmas pageant followed by candlelight mass and caroling. 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; free. Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 255-8100 ext. 2.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science Family-friendly week of magic shows, storytelling, performances, and demonstrations. 1 p.m., Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 26-31; free-$7. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive (at Grizzly Park), UC Berkeley campus, 510-642-5132.

Kwanzaa Celebration Fourth annual cultural celebration with kids' arts and crafts and African performers and drummers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 / www.badm.org.

Nia: A Community Kwanzaa Celebration Celebration of black family history, community, and culture with arts and crafts, food demonstrations, drumming, and dancing. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; free-$6. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), 888-625-6873 / www.museumca.org.

Second Sundays Holiday Party With DJs Jeno, M3, Ben Doren, and more. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; free but please bring an unwrapped toy or book to benefit Toys for Tots. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair 18th annual festival of handmade crafts, food, and live musical performances. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Monday, Dec. 21-24; free. Telegraph (between Dwight and Bancroft), Berkeley, www.taasite.org.

Tenderloin Tessies Holiday DinnersDifferent shifts and assignments available for volunteers to serve Christmas dinner for those in need. Kitchen and dining room prep from 5-8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24. Christmas Day volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up from 7a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 922-0422.

PERFORMANCE

Another Wrapping Paper CaperLunatique Fantastique returns with an all-new version of its holiday puppet detective story. Plays 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 27-30; 1:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 2-5; $8-$12. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3353 / www.zeum.org.

Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver's North Beach perennial presents a seasonal extravaganza with tap-dancing Christmas trees and an oversize Yuletide hat. Plays 5 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 21-22; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 26-27; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $25-$62. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show IX A hilarious evening of stand-up, improv, and sketches featuring Bay Area political pundits Will Durst and Johnny Steele, among others. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; $17. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), 925-798-1300.

Black Nativity Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Langston Hughes' gospel song play, starring Arvis Strickling Jones. Plays 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 23; $22-$30. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800 / www.LorraineHansberryTheatre.com.

Bud E. Luv Christmas PartyThe lounge singer brings his Vegas act back. 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25; $10. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-1911.

A Celtic Peace: A Bay Area Celtic Christmas CelebrationProgram of Irish music and dance with Todd Denman and friends. 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; $5-$10. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542.

The Christmas Ballet, 2001 Edition Smuin Ballets/SF presents this refreshing alternative to The Nutcracker, choreographed by Michael Smuin. 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $30-$40. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787 / www.smuinballets.com.

A Christmas CarolACT presents Dickens' classic holiday tale. Plays 2 & 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 19-20; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 22-23; noon & 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; noon & 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 2 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29; $15-$61. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228 / www.act-sfbay.org.

A Christmas Carol The Tabard Theatre Company presents Dickens' story of Scrooge, directed by April Nickell. Plays 8 p.m., Friday; 3 & 8 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; free-$15. Family Life Center, 145 Martinvale, San Jose, 408-979-0231 / www.tabardtheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol The Northside Theatre Company presents its take on the Dickens classic. Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday; special performances 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24, through Dec. 24; $10-$15. Northside Theatre Company, 848 E. William (at 18th St.), San Jose, 408-288-7820 / www.northsidetheatre.com.

Christmas Carols at the Harbor Court HotelThe SF City Chorus regales guests with holiday carols and complimentary wine, beer, and hot cider. 5-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Harbor Court Hotel, 165 Steuart (at Howard), 882-1300.

Cinderella The SF Shakespeare Festival and American Citizens' Theater present a British panto, or over-the-top musical comedy version, of the fairy tale. Plays 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 19-21; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; $19-$26. Gershwin Theater, 2350 Turk (at Masonic), 392-4400 / www.sfshakes.org.

CinderellaYoung Performers Theater presents the classic. Plays 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; $5-$8. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, Third Floor, Rm. 300, Marina & Buchanan, 346-5550.

CinderellaThe African-American Shakespeare Company's all-black cast performs the classic fairy tale. 3 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29; 2 & 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $15-$20. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 762-2071 ext. 1 / www.african-americanshakes.org.

Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas Featuring David Benoit, Rick Braun, and Peter White. 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; $35-$45. Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California (at Taylor), 392-4400.

Fauxgirls! En Drag presents a special holiday version of the popular drag cabaret revue, hosted by Anjelica Devarox and Victoria Secret. 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.

Festival of Carols and Audience Sing-Along The San Francisco Choral Society welcomes the audience to join in renditions of "Deck the Halls," "Silent Night," and many more. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; $7-$30. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 221-5590.

Fiddler on the Roof Holiday musical about Jews in czarist Russia returns, starring Theodore Bikel. Opens 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26. Plays 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday- Sunday, Dec. 29-30; 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2; 8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Jan. 3-4; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 5-6; $34.50-$77.50. Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 512-7770.

Holiday Festivities in JapantownHoliday Mochi (Rice) Pounding Ceremonies presented by Kagami Kai. 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Japan Center Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan, 567-4761 or 202-0350.

Holiday Huzzah!Bay Area Theatersports' celebration of the holidays with improvised songs and scenes. 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; $7. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-8935 / www.improv.org.

A Karen Carpenter Christmas "The Enough Is Enough Tour" ends eight years of this musical tribute to the brother-and-sister team. Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 19-23; 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 26-29; $17. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Celebrate Christmas with kosher comedy and Chinese food. Featuring Lisa Kron, Scott Blakeman, Lisa Geduldig, and headliner Cathy Ladman. 5 & 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 6 & 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; 5 & 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25. Early shows include seven-course Chinese food banquet, $45; later shows include hors d'oeuvres, $30. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific (at Grant), 552-3737.

Lessons and Carols: Works by Palestrina, Bach, Clemens non Papa, and Byrd, plus traditional Christmas carols, performed by St. Dominic's Choir. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; free. St. Dominic's Church, 2390 Bush (at Steiner), 567-7824.

New Pickle Circus in Show Up!Amazing physical feats and acrobatic tricks, performed to a new score by Felonious: onelovehiphop. Plays 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 19-21; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 p.m., Sunday-Monday, Dec. 23-24; 2 & 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; 2 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1; $15-$24. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

The Nutcracker Children's Fairyland's Storybook Puppet Theater presents the holiday classic. 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m., Friday-Sunday, through Jan. 5, no performances on Christmas Day or New Year's Day; free-$6. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259 / www.fairyland.org.

The Nutcracker Oakland Ballet presents its annual holiday performance. 6 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21; 1 & 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 22-23; 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24; $10-$45. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway (at 20th St.), Oakland, 510-452-9288.

The Nutcracker San Francisco Ballet presents its annual holiday production, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra. 2 & 7 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 19-23; 11 a.m. & 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; 2 & 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 26-29; 11 a.m. & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $9-$125. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 865-2000 / www.sfballet.org.

The Nutcracker Stapleton School of the Performing Arts presents its annual holiday production. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; 3 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; $13.50-$19. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 472-3500.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble Join the group as it sings new and traditional works this holiday season. 7 & 9:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; $15. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333 / www.slims-sf.com.

Peace on Earth Celebration of song and spoken word with music by Sherri Youngward & the Regeneration Band and poetry by Todd Spitzer. 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; free. imusicast studios, 5429 Telegraph (at 55th St.), Berkeley, (510) 649-9999.

A Smooth Jazz Christmas Featuring Dave Koz, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell, and Peter White. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, $35-$45, 421-TIXS. Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California (at Taylor), 392-4400.

The Twelve Days of Cochina Marga Gomez's "toxic holiday comedy" about a disgruntled abstinence activist. Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 7 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 22; $16-$22. Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (between Mission and South Van Ness), 861-5079 / www.therhino.org.

Vienna Woods, New York Nights: Songs of Two Cities Broadway star George Hearn joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the San Francisco Symphony. 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30; $15-$81. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Balkan Bash All-ages concert and dance party with Édessa, Anoush, Joe Finn, and Leslie Bonnett and the last chance to dance on the old Ashkenaz dance floor. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo (at Gilman), Berkeley, 510-525-5054.

Ball by the Bay DJs Ellen Ferrato, Dylan, David Harness, Seven, and others join Double Funk Crunch for an unforgettable night that includes a high-end open bar, a buffet with dessert, prizes, and more. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $150-$250. Pac Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third St.), 615-0002 / www.ballbythebay.com.

Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver's North Beach perennial presents a seasonal extravaganza with tap-dancing Christmas trees and an oversize Yuletide hat. Special New Year's Eve performance 7 & 10:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55-$175. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show IX A hilarious evening of stand-up, improv, and sketches featuring Bay Area political pundits Will Durst and Johnny Steele, among others. 7 & 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $25 for earlier show, $40 for later show. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 441-3687.

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.

Les Claypool's Frog Brigade Second annual New Year's Eve concert. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 421-TIXS.

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.

Mos Def Ring in the New Year with Brooklyn's most socially conscious MC. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $75. Justice League, 628 Divisadero (at Hayes), 289-2038.

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.

Phil Lesh & Friends With Ratdog, Crusader Rabbitt, and Derek Trucks Band. 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, 10 10th St., Oakland, 421-TIXS.

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.

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom GalaStart the evening with a cocktail, caviar, and hors d'oeuvre reception; follow that with a five-course dinner, dessert and wine pairing, and dancing to the sounds of Encore. 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $275. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton (at California), 773-6198.

Robert Walter's 20th Congress Jazz funk keyboardist and his band return for another New Year's at the Elbo Room. 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.

San Francisco Symphony New Year's Eve Gala Ring in the New Year with a concert, party favors, champagne, savories, and desserts. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Sea of Dreams 02: Dive-Ocean Anon Salon presents an all-night musical and visual journey through multiple dream worlds with exotic dancers, techno video, laser artists, and circus and fire performers. Featuring Lost at Last, Brain Garden, and Foxgluv. Come dressed as your dream. 9 p.m.-4 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Regency Building, 1300 Van Ness (at Sutter), 978-2345 / www.anonsalon.com/seaofdreams02.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Acclaimed actress Lily Tomlin stars in Jane Wagner's comedy, in a special New Year's Eve performance. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $35-$50. Theater on the Square, 450 Post (at Mason), 433-9500.

Second Sundays' New Year's Eve Bubble PartyWith the Human League, M3, and Steve Masters. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $75-$200. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 776-1380 / www.sfnewyearseve.com.

SF Chamber Orchestra New Year's Eve Gala Concert 16th annual performance of classical favorites. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $15. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542 / www.juliamorgan.org.

SilkDelicious Karma presents a New Year's Eve party with music by Miguel "Migs," Mauricio Aviles, and DJ Seven. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $99-$229. The W Hotel, 181 Third St. (at Mission), 777-5300 / www.deliciouskarma.com

The Star 101.3 Ball Featuring Tainted Love, Pop Rocks, and DJ Steve Masters. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $45-$95. San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams (at Eighth St.), 267-6926.

Steve Kimock BandCutting-edge improvisation from the Bay Area guitarist. 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $50 (tickets available at venue box office, or by fax: 885-5075). Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750.

The String Cheese Incident: With Keller Williams. 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 974-4060.

Superhero's Costume Ball Peak Experience Productions joins with the String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $60. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 303-544-5875 / www.sciticketing.com.

True Fiction Magazine Improvisational Theater San Francisco's popular improv troupe returns for its annual New Year's Eve show. 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20. Florence Gould Theater at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (near 34th Ave. and Clement), 824-1559.

Unity Christ Church New Year's Eve Dance Party With swing dance lessons, live music, tarot readings, and food. Children welcome. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $20-$25. Unity Christ Church, 2690 Ocean (at 19th St.), 566-4122.

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