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Arts and Crafts

Gingerbread Hotel: Take a gander at a mini replica of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in gingerbread form, through Wednesday, Dec. 31, free. Scala's Bistro, 432 Powell (at Post), 395-8555.


After Holiday Hoedown: A night of music, poetry, and performance art to remedy the post-holiday blues, 10 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, $15. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666.

One Warm Coat: Donate your old (or new) coat for someone needing warmth this holiday season, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. 19th Ave. & Winston, near Stonestown Galleria, 759-2605.

Zoolights: See the Oakland Zoo decked with thousands of lights accompanied by classic rock, 5:30-9 p.m., through Saturday, Jan. 3, $3-$6.50. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road (at Hwy. 580), Oakland, 510-632-9525.


A Celebration of Silliness -- Holiday Madness: A comedy-magic-juggling show with Fred Anderson, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, $15, 522-8900 (reservations). Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Christmas With the Crawfords: Hedda Lettuce stars as the dysfunctional Joan Crawford in this campy tribute to the "Golden Age" of yesteryear, featuring "celebrity" guest stars, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, through Saturday, Jan. 3, $15-$25. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079.

It Had to Be You: Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna's story of holding the one you love hostage on Christmas Eve, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $30-$50. The Playhouse, 536 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

Oy Vey in a Manger: The campy drag troupe the Kinsey Sicks performs its newest, hilarious, a cappella production, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 2, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, $25-$34. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

New Year's Eve

1984: '80s dance club (synth) beats in the new year with DJs Melting Girl, Dangerous Dan, Jules, and Damon spinning everything from Blondie to Violent Femmes. Champagne toast, noisemakers, and party favors help you get in the mood, and '80s attire is requested, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $15-$20. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 431-3332.

4th Annual New Year's Balloon Drop: Ring in the actual New Year 2004 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time (4 p.m. PST) with music and a balloon drop. Fun for the whole family and kids who should be in bed before midnight, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline (at Joaquin Miller), Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.

Azul NYE: Welcome in the new year with DJs Zach De Vincent, Ryan Scott, and SOS, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $20. Azul, 1 Tilman (at Sutter), 362-9750.

Bacchanal: Ancient Rome is the setting as Ellen Ferrato and Frenchy le Freak spin groovy house music all night until 2004, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $150. Fluid, 662 Mission (at Annie), 615-6888.

Bad Kitty New Year's 2004: DJs Felix the Dog, Stefny, and DMarie spin electro, drum 'n' bass, breakbeat, hip hop, and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $10. Anû, 43 Sixth St. (at Mission), 543-3505.

Bamboo Hut NYE Hawaiian Holiday: DJ Kirk brings in the new year at this Hawaiian-themed party, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $25. Bamboo Hut, 479 Broadway (at Kearny), 989-8555.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show XI: Political comedy from Will Durst, cockeyed commentary from Johnny Steele and Steven Kravitz, and improvisational sketches from Debi Durst and Michael Bossier, Wednesday, Dec. 31, $25-$40, 345-7575 (information). Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

Birth of a New Year: DJs Tall Paul, the Scumfrog, Gianni, and more will help you dance in the new year, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $30-$100. Ten 15 Folsom, 1015 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-1200.

Black Ball: DJs Johnny Knight and Chris Orr spin the night away, plus a midnight champagne toast and an early morning breakfast help ring in the new year, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $50. Suite one8one, 181 Eddy (at Mason), 345-9900.

The Bubble Lounge New Year's Eve Champagne Ball: Celebrate the new year in style at San Francisco's most indulgent champagne lounge, with guest DJs, open bar, dancing, and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $125-$175. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery (at Jackson), 434-4204.

Chrome Johnson: Rock band rocks in the New Year, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway (at Embarcadero), Fairfax, 459-1091.

Cocomo's Salsa New Year's Eve Gala: Orquesta Avance and DJ Luis Medina drive you to the seductive sounds of salsa at this New Year"s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $30. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana (at Mariposa), 824-6910.

Comets on Fire & E-Zee Tiger: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $10. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923.

Coolworld -- Planet New Year 2004: One of the world's largest New Year's Eve parties, with DJs Richard Humpty Vission, Deepsky, Cirrus, Luniz, Planet B, Luna-C, AK1200, Zion I, and more spinning in the new year, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $25. Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, 469-6000.

Downtown: Allen Anthony and Baby Jaymes headline this New Year's event, complete with champagne toast, dancing, and more, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $40. Jillian's, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6100.

Endup New Year's Marathon: What better way to end the year than dancing at the Endup to DJs Frequency 3, Charlotte the Baroness, Julius Papp, Adrian, Tracy, Ellen Ferrato, and David Harness. Catered food, champagne toast, party favors, and more are on hand to help celebrate 2004, 10-5 p.m., through Thursday, Jan. 1, $20-$40. Endup, 401 Sixth St. (at Harrison), 357-0827.

eSaturday's eNYE: DJs Rick Lee and guests invite you to Club NV for party favors, champagne toasts, a balloon drop, and more, 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $30. Club NV, 525 Howard (at First St.), 339-8686.


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