Winter Monkeyland: Drunken Monkey presents an evening of holiday-themed improv and sketch comedy, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14, $12-$15. Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 289-2000.
Winter's Stillness, Winter's Joy: The Choral Project announces its Christmas Season concert which includes arrangements of Chanukah music, carols from Nigeria, and familiar holiday music, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, $15-$20, 408-746-0905 (tickets). Mission Dolores, 3321 16th St. (at Dolores), 621-8203.
Wintersongs 2002: Presented by the KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $15-$20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore, Oakland, 510-444-0323.
The Wondrous Sounds of Christmas: The San Francisco Saxophone Quartet presents a joyful concert, complete with audience sing-alongs, Baroque classics, and seasonal favorites, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $10-$49. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.
New Year's EveThe Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show X: An evening of stand-up comedy, improv, and semi-written sketches featuring Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, and Steven Kravitz, 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$40. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.
Comedy Countdown 2002: Mitch Hedberg performs stand-up comedy with music by the Lee Vilensky Trio, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Lundeen), 865-2000.
Countdown: New Year's Eve celebration with open bar, DJs, champagne toast, and more, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $100, www.maximumproductions.com/newyears.htm. Cloud 9 Motel, 34 Seventh St. (near Market), 355-9991.
Dance Party 2002: Featuring multiple stages of live entertainment, midnight balloon drop, live music, and comedians, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $99, 675-6230 (tickets), www.hyattsf.com. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center (at Market), 675-6230.
Erect in San Francisco: Scott Capurro's New Year's Eve comedy show, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30-$35, 863-0741 ext. 2 (tickets). Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight (at Fillmore), 621-9850.
Fauxgirls! New Year's Eve Show: Ring in the New Year with drag cabaret featuring special guest star Toby, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.
Roy Gaines: The blues legend with the Bluesman for Life Band plus champagne, party favors, and dancing, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.
Galactic: Show includes party favors, balloon drop, countdown, surprises, and Mardi Gras treats, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $60-$95, 421-TIXS. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722.
The Les Claypool Frog Brigade: Third annual New Year's Eve Frog Out!, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55, 421-TIXS. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.
New Wave Eve: Dance to new wave music from the 1970s and 1980s with complimentary party favors, cham-pagne, and balloon drop, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $15-$25, 675-5683 (information), www.newwavecity.com. Raw Hide, 280 Seventh St. (at Folsom), 621-1197.
New Year's at Slim's: With Zen Guerrilla, Supersuckers, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$30. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333.
New Year's at the Clift: Delicious Karma and the Clift Hotel bring you three floors of parties, with DJs Donovan, Frenchy, Daymitreeus, and more, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $75-$325. Redwood Room, Clift Hotel, 495 Geary (at Powell), 775-4700.
New Year's Eve 2003: With Royal Crown Revue, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums complimentary glass of champagne, hats, party favors, and balloon drop; cocktail attire, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55, www.tickets.com. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), 474-0365.
New Year's Eve 2003 Blackflip Finale: One of SF's hottest nightspots goes out with a bang, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30-$50, 401-7940 (information), tickets available at www.SebastienPresents.com. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 771-FLIP.
New Year's Eve Balloon Drop: Mark the dawn of the actual New Year 2003 at midnight Greenwich time (4 p.m. P.S.T) with musical fanfare, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.
A New Year's Eve Bluegrass Bash: Featuring High Country, Dix Bruce, and Jim Nunally plus a light buffet, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $19.50-$20.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison (at University), Berkeley, 510-548-1761.
New Year's Eve Dance Party Sensational: With salsa band Fito Reynoso's Ritmo y Armonía, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $20-$22. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.
New Year's Eve Gala: The San Francisco Symphony presents a New Year's Eve concert with party favors, champagne, savories, desserts, & dancing, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.
New Year's Eve on the Water: Hornblower Cruises & Events offers several cruises to ring in the New Year from a buffet dinner cruise to SF Bowl sports cruise to a formal five-course dinner cruise, Tuesday, Dec. 31, $149-$299, 800-ON-THE-BAY (reservations), departure times and prices vary; www.hornblower.com. Multiple Locations.
New Year's Eve Organ Concert: Performed by Susan Jane Matthews, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.
New Year's Eve Toga Party: Screening of Animal House with costume contest and awards for "Biggest Nerd," "Cheerleader," and more; dancing and champagne toast at midnight, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30. The Parkway Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400.
New Year's Eve With Marga Gomez: Comedy benefit for Theatre Rhinoceros with special guests Doug Holsclaw and Nick Leonard, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25, 861-5079 (reservations). Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.
San Francisco Bowl: Start your New Year's celebrations at the first-ever college bowl game held in San Francisco between teams from the Big East and the Mountain West conferences, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40, 947-BOWL (information). Pacific Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third & King Sts.).