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New Year's Eve Medicine Show: With Kehoe Nation, Faun Fables, an Opiate for Angels, Train Wreckers, plus champagne toasts and party favors. 9 p.m., $15. Blake's on Telegraph, 2367 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-0886, www.blakesontelegraph.com.
New Year's Eve with the Barbary Coasters: Plus DJ Neil, Martinsen from Smile. 9 p.m., $5. The Knockout, 3223 Mission St., 415-550-6994, www.theknockoutsf.com.
New Year's Eve with Jewdriver: With Stigma 13, Second Class Citizen, Year of the Wildcat. 8 p.m., $5. 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley, 510-525-9926, www.924gilman.org.
New Year's Eve with Lushus Funkshun: 9:30 p.m., no cover. Johnny Foley's Irish House, 243 O'Farrell St., 415-954-0777, www.JohnnyFoleys.com.
New Year's Eve with Nicole: Playing hits from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. 9 p.m., no cover. Beckett's, 2271 Shattuck Ave. (at Kittredge St.), Berkeley, 510-647-1790, www.beckettsirishpub.com.
New Year's Eve with Pop Rocks: Outlandish '80s outfits, styles, and "a tribute to drinking," 9 p.m., $100. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk St., San Francisco, 415-921-1695.
New Year's Eve with REM Tribute Band Chronic Town: 9 p.m., no cover. Ireland's 32 Bar & Grill, 3920 Geary Blvd. (at 3rd Ave.), 415-386-6173.
New Year's Eve with Square One: Plus a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., $3. Time Out Bar & Patio, 1822 Grant St., Concord, 925-798-1811.
New Year's Eve with the Supersuckers: Plus the Hangmen, the Naysayers. 9 p.m., $30. Slim's, 333 11th St., San Francisco, 415-522-0333, www.slims-sf.com.
Phil Lesh & Friends with the John Mayer Trio: 8 p.m., $65. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco, 415-478-2277.
The Sixth Annual Sea of Dreams New Year's Eve-O-Lution: With the String Cheese Incident, Dresden Dolls, Vau de Vire Society, El Circo, and more, Fri., Dec. 30, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $45, $70, $110. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., San Francisco.
Baron Edwards' Motown '60s Cast Revue Party: 7 p.m., $10. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at 36th St.), Oakland, 510-654-4549, www.oaklandmilehigh.com.
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 Flamenco Fiesta: With Yaelisa and Her Caminos Flamencos Company, a special prix-fixe dinner, specially selected Spanish and domestic wines and champagnes, and a traditional Spanish countdown including complimentary champagne and grapes. 5 & 9 p.m., $45, $75. Cafe de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-0662, www.cafedelapaz.net.
New Year's Eve with Greg Ballad: Plus live comedy, DJ Jerry Ross, and complimentary champagne, Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $60, $75. Maxwell's Restaurant & Lounge, 341 13th St., Oakland, 510-839-6169, www.maxwellslounge.com.
New Year's Eve with Oscar Meyers & Steppin': Plus champagne, balloons, party favors, hats, and more. 9 p.m., $35. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St. (at Geary St.), San Francisco, 415-673-8000, BoomBoomBlues.com.
New Year's Eve with the Curtis Lawson Show: 9:30 p.m., $10. The Saloon, 1232 Grant Ave., San Francisco.
New Year's Eve with the Steve Kimock Band: With Rodney Holmes, Reed Mathis, and Robert Walter. 9 p.m., $40. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, 415-885-0750, www.musichallsf.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, Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $75, $100. @Seventeenth, 510 17th St., Oakland, 510-433-0577.
Carnaval del Mundo: With Sukay, Eddy Navia, Cuban legend Fito Reinoso, Sandy Perez, Fo Go Na Ropa, plus dinner, dancing, and unlimited champagne. 5 & 8:45 p.m., $79.95. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., San Francisco, 415-646-0018, www.penapachamama.com.
New Year's Eve Balkan Bash: with Anoush, Edessa, and Brass Menagerie. 8 p.m., $20. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-5054, www.ashkenaz.com.
New Year's Eve Party with Andy y Su Orquesta Callao: Plus special guest Pepe from Pepe y Su Orquesta. 8:30 p.m., TBA. Club Anton, 428 3rd St. (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-463-0165, www.clubanton.com.
New Year's Eve with Jesus Diaz and His Afro-Cuban All-Stars: 9:30 p.m., $23-$25. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, www.lapena.org.
New Year's Eve with Sila & the Afrofunk Experience: Plus the Afrofunk Sisters, DJ Jeremiah, and DJ Mpenzi, 9 p.m., $25. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-552-7788, www.elbo.com.
Annual New Year's Balloon Drop: Cheer the arrival of the new year at the strike of midnight (Greenwich Mean Time); a separate balloon drop for children ages 5 and under takes place in the Discovery Lab. 3:45-5 p.m. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, www.chabotspace.org.
First Night Martinez: An alcohol-free NYE community celebration featuring live music, Wild West reenactments, a magic show, and yo-yoing. Event begins at Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St. at 6 p.m., then moves down Castro St. to Main St. to Court St., $4-$10.
Grand Opening New Year's Eve Party: A full-service children's indoor play room with lots of amenities for children up to 5. New Year's Eve party features live music by Asheba, 4 p.m. Tumble and Tea, 4210 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-601-7378, TumbleandTea.com.
LHS Annual New Year's Eve Day Party: Fun hands-on activities about celebrations around the world. 12-2 p.m. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Dr. (above the UC Berkeley campus, just below Grizzly Peak Blvd.), Berkeley, 510-642-5133, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
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.
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