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Paul van Dyk Exclusive New Year's Eve Set: 9 p.m., $60. 1015 Nightclub, 1015 Folsom St. (at 6th St.), San Francisco, 415-431-7444, www.1015.com.
"Vegas Baby!" Levende New Year's Eve: With Mark Grant (Om/Blackstone), Capital A (Jazzanova), the Levende house band with Audio Angel, a comedy show by Jay Reddy and friends, a, Vegas-style showgirl performance by the Blackjack Girls, and special appearances by a cast of Vegas characters, including Elvis, Liberace, Siegfried and Roy, the Rat Pack, and more. 7:30 p.m., $40-$90. Levende Lounge, 1710 Mission St. (at Duboce St.), San Francisco, 415-864-5585, LevendeSF.com.
Wild Carnival New Year's Eve: Rio-style party hosted by Wild 94.9 DJs Hoodrat Miguel and J Espinoza, plus Teddy Rockspin, Sequence, Tido, and a live Brazilian band. 8 p.m., $15, $25, $30, $45. Club Deep, 87 N. Pedro, San Jose, 408-287-3337.
In Bed with Fairy Butch New Year's Eve: DJ dance party with strippers, speed-dating, sex toy extravaganza, champagne toast, party favors, and "Tingle & Mingle" game. 9 p.m., $17-$30. 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission St., 415-970-9777, www.12galaxies.com.
New Year's Eve 2006: "Dancin' on Top of the World": Premier lesbian party with DJ Claudia spinning oldies, salsa, reggae, R&B, and big band. 8:30 p.m., $110. Carnelian Room, 555 California St. (52nd floor), San Francisco, 415-433-7500, carnelianroom.com.
"Singing for Your Life": SoVoSó and guest leader Linda Tillery present improvised circle-singing, plus an interactive altar. Fri., Dec. 30, noon-midnight, $10, donations accepted. First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland.
"Good Life" and FABC Crew Present New Year's Eve at the Golden Bull: With DJs Vna, D Madness, and special guests. 9 p.m., no cover. The Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland, 510-893-0803, www.myspace.com/bigbulls.
"Men in Suits, Women in Dresses" New Year's Eve Extravaganza: VIP booths, open bar, champagne, party favors, plus an Oakland Raiders after-party with DJs Landol and Juice. 9 p.m., $50, $100, $200. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom St., 415-621-1911.
New Year's Eve Bash with DJ Juice: With celebrity guest star Warren Sapp, representatives from the New York Giants and Golden State Warriors, plus complimentary party favors. 9 p.m., $50, $75. Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 14th St., Oakland, 510-839-4644.
New Year's Eve Party with DJ Lash: Spinning hip-hop, R&B, reggae, old school, and club classics, plus complimentary champagne, balloon drop, and party favors. 8 p.m., $30, $50. Mingles, 370 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-835-3900, MinglesOakland.com.
Shang Hai New Year Celebration: With Raheem De Vaughn, Chuy Gomez, DJ Kool, DJ Fuze, Pam the Funkstress, a dim sum buffet, and Chinese dragon dancers. 9 p.m., $75, $100. @ Seventeenth, 510 17th St., Oakland, 510-433-0577.
Special New Year's Eve Celebration with Lyrics Born: Plus Inspector Double Negative & the Equal Positives. 9 p.m., $20, $25. Shattuck Down Low, 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-1159, www.shattuckdownlow.com.
True Skool "Champions of the Arena" New Year's Eve Party: With DJs Daddy Rolo, Polo, J-Boogie, Zeph, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, and more. 8 p.m. Club Six, 60 Sixth St., San Francisco, 415.863.1221, www.clubsix1.com.
"Broadway at the Majestic": With ML Parr, House Blend, and the cast of Diablo Light Opera Comany's A Grand Night for Singing, plus special guest host Jessica Johnson, Miss Solano County 2005. 8:30 p.m., $25, $75. Majestic Theater, 710 First St., Benicia.
Cab Calloway Orchestra: C.Calloway Brooks directs an evening of jumping jive. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $55-$125, 510-521-8448, ext. 282, HornetEvents.com. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3 (Alameda Point), Alameda, 510-521-8448x243, www.uss-hornet.org.
Capodanno 2006: Featuring Tom Myers & Company, plus Italian buffet, champagne, noisemakers, and balloons. 6 & 9:30 p.m., $60, $80. C'era Una Volta, 1332-D Park St. (at Redwood Sq.), Alameda, 510-769-4828, www.ceraunavolta.us.
Kiki & Herb: The Resurrection Tour: Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman perform tweaked-out renditions of your favorite pop songs. 7 & 10 p.m., $35-$150. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.
New Year's Celebration with Arturo Sandoval: 8 & 10 p.m., $15, $22, $26. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com.
New Year's Eve at the Downtown: With Rhonda Benin & Soulful Strut, plus guitarist Duncan James opening. 6 p.m., no cover. Downtown, 2102 Shattuck Ave. (at Addison St.), Berkeley, 510-649-3810, www.downtownrestaurant.com.
New Year's Eve Cabaret with Melchele La Chaux & Rodney Bell: Three-course dinner plus dessert, wine, sake, and espresso, with jazz vocalist and piano accompaniment performing works by Nat King Cole and Bessie Smith. 5 p.m., $38 for dinner, $50 with a bottle of wine. Sushi Zone Restaurant, 388 9th St., 2nd Floor (Pacific Renaissance Plaza), Oakland, 510-893-9663.
New Year's Eve Celebration with Alphabet Soup: Plus Mike Marshall and special guests. 9 p.m., $20, $25. Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-451-8100, www.uptownnightclub.com.
New Year's Eve Celebration with Bobi Cespedes: Performing with her "social club"-style trio, plus a traditional Cuban dinner. 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, 510-841-JAZZ, AnnasJazzIsland.com.
New Year's Eve Dinner & Dancing Gala: Live performance by the Black Market Jazz Orchestra, plus a 5-course prix-fixe dinner and complimentary bottle of Moét. Seatings at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m, $295. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill 999 California St. (at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel), San Francisco, 415-616-6916, topofthemark.citysearch.com.
New Year's Eve Dinner & Jazz: With live jazz, a three-course meal, party hats, noisemakers, and a champagne toast. 5 p.m., $45. Z Cafe and Bar, 2735 Broadway, Oakland, 510-663-2905.
New Year's Eve Extravaganza: With the Cab Calloway Orchestra. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $55-$125. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda.
New Year's Eve with the Fourtet Jazz Group: With a midnight champagne toast and party favors. 10 p.m., $7. Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave. (at Hearst Ave.), Berkeley, 510-843-2473, www.albatrosspub.com.
Swingin' New Year's Eve Bash with The Tribute to Sammy, Joey, and Dean: Party with champagne and party favors following a special holiday performance by this Rat Pack-inspired cabaret act. 8 p.m., $80. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St., San Francisco, 415-771-6900.
Kid Glove Entertainment Presents an All-Ages New Year's Day Show: With Hardnox, Fall City Phantom, A Storybook Love, Tragedy Andy, the Common Heard, Idle Discourse. 8 p.m., $8. Bourbon Street, 2765 Clayton Rd., Concord, 925-676-7272, bourbonstreetrocks.com.
Les Claypool's "Hatter's Ball": Fri., Dec. 30, 9 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $57.50. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., 415-346-6000, www.thefillmore.com.
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