New Year's Eve Guide 2011

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke took two shots at predicting the future — first in 2001, then again this year — and missed both times. (No cosmic monoliths, no psychedelic superbabies, no nothing? WTF, Mr. CBE?) In 2012 the Mayan conspiracy theorists will have their own turn. But 2011 is all yours, people! You've got 12 months before Central American ziggurats heed their ancient call to take orbit and trigger the apocalypse, so consider this New Year's Eve your klaxon to action. From free DJ parties in neighborhood bars to pricy mega-ragers that require three lines of credit and a refinanced mortgage just to get in the door, there's an event for every cultural taste and income demographic. Hell, there's even a celebration themed after 1984 — Orwell's own infamously predicted year. Maybe your resolution for 2011 should be to avoid predicting anything and just roll with the punches. In the meantime, start stockpiling Excedrin and espresso for Jan. 1.

Rock

The Buttercream Gang, Blackstone Heist, Sonia Rao: 9 p.m., $10. Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St. (at Bryant), 546-6300.

Dresden Dolls: w/ Pomplamoose, 9 p.m., $35-$50, all ages. The Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 345-0900.

Furthur: 7:30 p.m., $65, all ages. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 974-4060.

The Growlers, Gantez Warrior: 9 p.m., $15 advance. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923.

Honey Circuit: 9 p.m., $15 advance, www.honeycircuitband.com. Hard Rock Cafe, Pier 39 (at Embarcadero), 433-7625.

Chris Isaak: 9 p.m., $99. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.

The Mermen: 9 p.m., $25, www.mermen.net. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant, 1000 Great Hwy. (at Fulton), 386-8439.

Nerf Herder, The Hooks, Sassy!!!: 10 p.m., $20-$25, all ages. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Missouri), 621-4455.

New Monsoon, Kate Gaffney: 8:30 p.m., $25-$35, www.newmonsoon.com. Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut (at 17th St.), 552-4440.

"New Year's Eve Blow Out Bash": w/ The Freedom Rockers, 9 p.m. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St. (at Harrison), 626-0880.

"North Beach NYE Smash Party": w/ Stompbox, 9:30 p.m., www.stompboxband.com. Maggie McGarry's, 1353 Grant (at Vallejo), 399-9020.

"Rockabilly New Year's Eve": w/ DJ Okie Oran Scott, 9 p.m., free, www.oldtimey.net/rockabillyfridays.htm. Retox, 628 20th St. (at Third St.), 626-7386.

Sonny & the Sunsets, The Fresh & Onlys: 9 p.m., $20. Amnesia, 853 Valencia (at 20th St.), 970-0012.

Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Big Light: 9:30 p.m., $50. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.

Swig, Red Light Circuit: 9 p.m. Kimo's, 1351 Polk (at Pine), 885-4535.

The Tall Shadows: 9 p.m. Johnny Foley's Irish House, 243 O'Farrell (at Powell), 954-0777.

"The Teenage Dance Craze New Year's Eve Party": w/ The Dukes of Hayward, plus DJs Jackie Sugarlumps, Russell Quan, & dX the Funky Gran Paw, 10 p.m., $10, www.theknockoutsf.com/teenagedance.html. The Knockout, 3223 Mission (at Valencia), 550-6994.

"The Word's Most Interesting New Year's Eve Party": w/ Pop Rocks, 9 p.m., $99 (includes hosted bar). Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), 921-1695.


Dance

"00 Sh/t vs. I Heart the '90s NYE": w/ DJ Samala, Mr. Grant, & Teo, 9 p.m., $10. Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero (at Fell), 241-0202.

"11": w/ Mark Farina, Marques Wyatt, Dale Martin, Julius Papp, Busy B, Chris Larot, DJ Dre, Norman Stradley, Suns of Temple, 8 p.m., $30-$89 advance, 11.eventbrite.com. Sound Factory, 525 Harrison (at Essex).

"1984 NYE": w/ DJs Dangerous Dan, Skip, Raphael Fierro, & Mark Andrus, 9 p.m., free. Mighty, 119 Utah (at 15th St.), 762-0151.

"2011 NYE Crystal Ball": 8 p.m., $30-$40. Bruno's, 2389 Mission (at 20th St.), 643-5200.

"21+": w/ K.Flay, White Menace, Miles the DJ, 8 p.m., $20. Milk, 1840 Haight (at Stanyan), 387-6455.

Annual New Year's Eve Party with DJs Durt & Pony Boy: 9 p.m., free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St. (at Lexington), 863-2052.

"Better Off New Year's": w/ Notorious, 9 p.m., $100 advance (includes hosted bar), www.111minnanye.com. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second St.), 974-1719.

"Binary New Year's Eve: 010111 GAFFTA Membership Drive Celebration": w/ Moniker, Qzen, Nikola Baytala, interactive visuals by Robert Hodgin, 9 p.m., $60+ (includes GAFFTA membership plus open bar until 11 p.m.). Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 55 Taylor (at Turk), 843-1423.

"Blow Up NYE": w/ DJs Jeffrey Paradise, Eli Glad, B33son, & more, 10 p.m., $18 advance, 18+, www.blowupsf.com. Mission Rock Cafe, 817 Terry Francois (at Mariposa), 626-5355.

"Bootie NYE 2011": w/ Smash-Up Derby, A+D, Brass Tax DJs, Grandpamini, Baby Gaga, John!John!, DJ Dada, 9 p.m., $20-$40, www.bootiesf.com. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), 625-8880.

Boyz IV Men, Alexis Penney & Myles Cooper: 9 p.m. Fivepoints Arthouse, 72 Tehama (at Second St.), 989-1166.

"Chat Noir: Black & White Ball": w/ Adam Cova & DJ Enrico, 8 p.m., $75+ advance (includes hosted bar). Apartment 24, 440 Broadway (at Montgomery), 989-3434.

"The City Club NYE 2011": w/ The Cheeseballs, DJ Solomon, DJ F, 9 p.m., $115+ advance (includes hosted bar), www.cityclubnye.com. City Club, 155 Sansome (at Sutter), 362-2480.

"Club Dragon: New Year's Eve Celebration": w/ DJs Kevin Lee & Drewbad, 9 p.m., $15 advance, www.facebook.com/dragon.folsom. Eight, 1151 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-1151.

"Cockblock NYE 2011": w/ DJs Natalie Nuxx, China G, & Motive, 9 p.m., $20 advance, www.cockblocksf.com. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011.

"Colossus: NYE 2011": w/ DJs Joe Gauthreaux & Lee Decker, 8 p.m., $50-$70, www.guspresents.com/monthly-special-events/colossus-new-years. Space 550, 550 Barneveld (at Industrial), 550-8286.

"Cosmic Voyage: NYE 2011": w/ DJ Donald Glaude, 9 p.m., $35+ advance, cosmicvoyage2011.eventbee.com. Vessel, 85 Campton (at Stockton), 433-8585.

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