San Francisco has a lot to offer revelers looking to party this New Year's Eve: live music, dancing, theater, performance art, DJs, fireworks, and more (see Page 82 for a complete list). In fact, there are so many options it can be difficult to choose, unless you're heading to Coolworld's "Planet New Year's Eve Party." A year-end celebration for the Burning Man crowd, this music/dance/performance extravaganza is one of the largest and most eclectic NYE bashes around, filling four arenas with live entertainment by more than 40 acts, including one of the world's biggest hip hop collectives, Blackalicious; Dutch trance-master Ferry Corsten; house superstar Terry Mullen; and local electronica artists Planet B. Plenty of light shows, performance artists, scantily clad models, food, and nonprofit groups showing off their latest projects round out the experience. Oh, and of course, there's alcohol. The evening peaks with a spectacular choreographed video countdown and balloon drop as the clock strikes 12. But don't worry -- none of these Cinderellas will turn into pumpkins that early. The music and dancing and drinking and partying start at 7 p.m. at the Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, S.F. Tickets are $45-150; call 404-4111 or visit www.coolworld.com.
-- Jack Karp
A New Year's DJ spree
At the stroke of midnight we'll tip from the Year of the Monkey to the Year of the Rooster, swapping 12 months of quick changes and passionate arguments for an era of confidence, exuberance, and unmatched happiness. And it couldn't come a moment too soon. Club Six celebrates the transformation with "NYE '05: Year of the Rooster," a big ol' sweaty club night with more than a dozen DJs spinning everything from dancehall to electro. The major draws are a couple of Chicago boys on the decks: Marshall Jefferson (aka the Godfather of House and the guy behind the influential early house track "Move Your Body" and the deep house forerunner "Open Your Eyes") and Jesse Saunders (credited with the first house record ever, 1983's On & On), joined by local mixmasters like DJ Seven, BLVD, and the Broun Fellinis. Hit the dance floor at 9 at 60 Sixth St. (at Jessie), S.F. Admission is $20-25-50; call 863-1221 or visit www.clubsix1.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
Working the Needle
Samplers for a modern age
Betsy Ross embroidered. Grandmas embroider. Maiden aunts named Pearl embroider. But when fancy stitchwork shows up at a Lower Haight gallery located inside a cool clothing store, you know the counterculture has co-opted the crafts movement. Megan Whitmarsh stitches simple, strangely ominous figures into her fabric art; Caroline Hwang's pieces tends to feature modern girls relaxing at home. But the needlecraft of both seems jarringly domestic when displayed next to Dalek's graffiti-inspired paintings and Kylan Larson's angular architectural illustrations. Catch their group show, "Horses & Babies 4-Sale," through Jan. 2 at Gallery Fifty24SF, within Upper Playground, 228 Fillmore (at Haight), S.F. Admission is free; call 252-0144 or visit www.upperplayground.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
No War's Eve
New Year's celebrations range from quiet to escapist, and we raise a glass to both. Still, it's good to know about "Resistance Lounge IV: My New Year's Revolution," an anti-war party. Musically and politically, headliner Aphrodesia follows in the footsteps of Afrobeat master Fela Kuti. Unlikely you'll see tuxedos at this bash. It starts at 8 p.m. at El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), S.F. Admission is $20-50; call 282-3325 or visit www.elriosf.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser