Time to Party! 

Our annual guide to top the New Year's Eve events in the East Bay, along with a few in San Francisco.

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Dec. 29 & 30 at 7 p.m., $39.50 or Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., $75. TheFillmore.com

Hoppin' John at FuseBOX

For another low-key alternative to your typical oysters-and-champagne evening, let me kindly direct your attention to West Oakland's FuseBOX (2311 Magnolia St.), one of many wonderful East Bay restaurants that simply plan to serve their usual Thursday night menu this New Year's Eve. Which isn't to say that Ellen Sebastian Chang and Sunhui Chang, the owners of this tiny dynamo of a Korean restaurant, won't have any surprises up their sleeve: Every dinner guest will receive a complimentary bite of Hoppin' John, a peas and rice dish that's traditionally eaten in the American South to bring prosperity in the new year. When Sebastian Chang was a kid, her mother would put a new penny in the pot, and whoever got the coin in his or her bowl would get an extra helping of good fortune. FuseBOX's Hoppin' John will be penny-free, but the sentiment still holds. With all the grim news the world has suffered in the past year, couldn't we all use some good luck in 2016? — L.T.

Dec. 31, 6–9 p.m., a la carte, FuseBOXOakland.com

The Uptown and Hubba Hubba Revue's New Year's Eve Bash

After shutting its doors last November, the Uptown nightclub and its neon guitar signage have sat unused down the street from the Fox Theater (1938 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). But on New Year's Eve, the club will come alight once again — complete with nipple tassels. The grand reopening party will also be a turn-of-the-year burlesque bash featuring a long lineup of scantily costumed dancers including those from San Francisco's famously elaborate and Hubba Hubba Revue. Audiences can expect pin-up bombshells offering variety-show-style antics more engaging than a simple striptease. Hosts will be Kingfish, Alexa von Kickinface, and Maggie Motorboat — the names themselves are enough introduction. Plus, Lee Pression and the Nails will be bringing its sinister swing music to the night, so there will be no shortage of dancing. If you're looking for a throwback event with sharp, retro style for ringing in the new, then the $20 entry ($25 at the door) will be worth it. — S.B.

Dec. 31, 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. UptownNightClub.com

click to enlarge Shannon and the Clams will play at Great American Music Hall on December 31.
  • Shannon and the Clams will play at Great American Music Hall on December 31.

Shannon and the Clams

Shannon and the Clams has long been a fixture of Oakland's rock scene, and its garage-pop tunes are rife with nostalgia for the doo-wop harmonies of Sixties girl groups and warbled surf guitar licks of the Beach Boys. The trio incorporates these influences into its music through a grittier, more punk-influenced filter: Its distorted instrumentation and Shannon Shaw's robust, guttural vocals lend its music a darker edge. Earlier this year, Shannon and the Clams released its fourth album, Gone by the Dawn, which critics lauded for its savvy use of retro sounds to cobble together a novel aesthetic. Cody Blanchard's guitar playing on the album has a noticeable Americana influence, though it often evolves vintage-sounding, country-western arrangements into psychedelic instrumentation that adds an experimental dimension to the record. Before they head on a national tour, Shannon and the Clams will ring in 2016 at Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) with the influential San Francisco pop four-piece Sonny and the Sunsets. — N.V.

Dec. 31., 8 p.m., $40. SlimsPresents.com.

Correction: The original version of this report misstated the date for the event, “Light On! Kwanzaa.” It is December 30, not 31. It also incorrectly stated that food would be included with the ticket price for La Orchestra la Moderna Tradición’s performance at La Peña Cultural Center. Food will be available for purchase from Los Cilantros, which is located in the center’s adjacent cafe space.


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