Holiday Guide

Arts, crafts, events, performances, and New Year's Eve

The Nutcracker San Francisco Ballet presents its annual holiday production, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra. 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 /

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.


2nd Sunday's New Year's Eve Bubble Party With the Human League, M3, and Steve Masters. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $75-$200. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 339-7444 /

Balkan BashAll-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 /

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; $55-60. 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 /

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 /

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 /

¡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 /

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),

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