Where to go for New Year's 2005 

Our guide to New Year's events.


Fourth Annual New Year's Eve Show with Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express: Plus a special guest opener. 10 p.m., $15. Ivy Room, 858 San Pablo Ave. (at Solano Ave.), Albany, 510-524-9220, www.ivyroom.com.

New Year's Eve Bluegrass Gala: With High Country, plus Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally. 8 p.m., $26.50, $27.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-548-1761, www.thefreight.org.

New Year's Eve Party with the Frisky Frolics: Tin Pan Alley group performs with DJ Rev. Slimm Buick. 8:30 p.m., $65 includes dinner, champagne toast, and party favors. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave. (at Park St.), Alameda, 510-522-1300, www.speisekammer.com.

New Year's Eve with Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers: Live music, dance, food, and party favors. 9 p.m., $35. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda, 415-285-6285, www.sfzydeco.com.

New Year's Eve with David M'Ore & the Bluesdrivers: Plus the Happy Clams. 9:30 p.m., $8. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-2082.

New Year's Eve with Red Meat: Plus the Earl Brothers, Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys. 9 p.m., $20. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016, www.cafedunord.com.

New Year's Eve with the Dave Walker Band: 8:30 p.m., no cover. The Bistro, 1001 B St. (at Main St.), Hayward, 510-886-8525, www.the-bistro.com.

New Year's Eve with the Internationals: Bavarian dance, 7 p.m., $50. Swiss Park, 5911 Mowry Ave., Newark, 510-793-6272.

New Year's Eve with the New Morty Show: With Vise Grip & Connie Champagne, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, and Mr. Lucky & the Cocktail Party featuring Ralph Carney, plus special appearances by the Girl in the Fishbowl, complimentary champagne, hats, party favors, and a balloon drop. Wear cocktail attire; black ties are optional. 8 p.m., $55. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-474-0365, www.bimbos365club.com.


Ensemble Vermillian: Performing 17th-century German and Italian chamber music for recorder, viola da gamba, cello, and harpsichord, Sun., Jan. 1, 3 p.m., $10, $15. MusicSources, 1000 The Alameda, Berkeley, 510-528-1685.

Ring in the New Year with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Tribute to Edgar Braun featuring the Jacques Thibaud Trio and cellist Dana Putnam Fonteneau. December 30 at Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco); December 31 at First Congregational Church in Berkeley (2345 Channing Way), 8 p.m., no cover.

Comedy/Spoken Word

Fifteenth Annual New Year's Eve Black Comedy Explosion: Featuring D.L. Hughley, Lavelle Crawford, and more. 9 p.m., $39.50, $52.50, $67.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.

New Year's Eve Comedy Countdown 2005: With David Cross, Zach Galifinakis, Maria Bamford, Al Madrigal, Doug Benson, and Tony Camin. 9:30 p.m., $49.50. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (at Bay St.), San Francisco.

New Year's Eve with Paul Mooney: VIP show at 11 p.m. includes champagne and soul food. 7, 9, & 11 p.m., $50-$100. Black Repertory Theater, 3201 Adeline St., Berkeley, 510-652-2120.

Johnny Steele: Sketch comedy and stand-up. Also featuring Bolt and O'Brian, and the Meehan brothers. 8 p.m. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542, www.juliamorgan.org.

Theater Rhinoceros Presents Marga Gomez's New Year's Eve Spectacular: With guest stand-up comedian Nick Leonard. 7 & 9 p.m., $25. The Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (at Mission St.), San Francisco.



2006 New Year's in the City: Kicks off with an open bar, followed by seven DJs, balloon drops, and complimentary champagne. 8 p.m., $30-$100. Jillian's, 101 4th St. (at Sony Metreon), San Francisco, 415-369-6100, www.jilliansbilliards.com.

2006 New Year's Party with DJ Sam: Hip-hop and R&B, plus champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., $20, $30. O'Kearney's Funhouse, 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, 925-979-0132.

"Club Sonic" New Year's Eve: DJ Larry spins indie, Brit-pop, dance-punk, new wave, Motown. 9 p.m., $10. Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose.

"Dancing Through the Decade" New Year's Eve Party: 7 p.m., $50. Groove Nightclub, 1411 Locust St., Walnut Creek, 925-934-9490, www.groovebayarea.com.

The Endup & Energy 92.7 Official New Year's Party: 7-hour live broadcast hosted by Joey V and Greg, with resident DJs spinning non-stop house, hip-hop, and NRG music. 8 p.m., $40, $50. The Endup, 410 6th St. (at Harrison St.), San Francisco, 415-646-0999, www.theendup.com.

"The Grande Affaire": With DJ Solomon, champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., $60. Fluid Ultra Lounge, 662 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-615-6888.

"Intrigue 2006": DJs Modest Mark, Brainchild, and N8 spin hip-hop, R&B, and club bangers all night long. 8 p.m., $25. Studio Z, 314 11th St., San Francisco, 415-252-7666, www.studioz.tv.

Ladies and Gents New Year's Bash: DJs Neta & Daniela vs. Wisdom & Jamo. 8 p.m., $10. Luka's Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway (at West Grand Ave.), Oakland, 510-451-4677, LukasOakland.com.

New Year's Eve at Kingman's: Resident lounge DJs spin downtempo, trip-hop, and eclectic beats, plus a complimentary champagne toast. 8:30 p.m., no cover. Kingman's Lucky Lounge, 3332 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-465-5464.

New Year's Eve Celebration: DJs spinning top 40, disco, techno, house, trance, and hip-hop, plus a balloon drop, champagne toast, and party favors. 9 p.m., $100. Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway Ave., 415-291-0333, www.broadwaystudios.com.

New Year's Eve Party: With 1 Jam spinning club hits, plus complimentary champagne. 10 p.m., $20-$30. Foxes, 171 W. Tennyson Rd., Hayward, 510-783-1700, www.foxesclub.com.

New Year's Eve Party at Kimball's Carnival: With DJs spinning hip-hop, R&B, soul, and classics, plus a cash money balloon drop. 8 p.m., $60, $75. Kimball's Carnival, 522 2nd St. (at Washington St.), Oakland, 510-444-6979, www.kimballscarnival.com.

New Year's Eve with Tune in Tokyo and DJ Jeneration: Karaoke and killer music, plus champagne, BBQ, and door prizes. 9 p.m. John Patrick's, 1813 Park St., Alameda, 510-522-5105.

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.

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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