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1984: Welcome 2003 by partying in the '80s, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $15. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 431-3332.

2003: The Party: Bay Area Community of Women hosts a New Year's Eve dance, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40-$50, 865-5630 (information), Ceremonial Room. SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555.

Asian Art Museum's 17th Annual New Year's Bell Ringing Ceremony: Bay Area residents are invited to participate in the ancient Japanese tradition of striking a temple bell 108 times to ring in the new year, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, 581-3500 (information), Atrium. Main Library, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.

Backflip NYE 2003 "The Grand Finale": This legendary party place is closing for good. Join DJs Didje Kelli, Dimitrius Mykonos, Re Pete, Raoul Kahn, Almir, Big Bad Bruce, BB Hayes, Danny Brown, Sol, and more to say goodbye three dance areas, champagne bar, heated tents, go-go dancers, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30, room packages still available, 776-1380. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 771-FLIP.

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's ongoing musical revue welcomes the holiday season with special performances featuring a chorus line of tap-dancing Christmas trees, carols, and a gigantic Yuletide hat, 7 and 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31; call 421-4222 for New Year's Eve ticket prices. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show X: An evening of stand-up comedy, improv, and semi-written sketches featuring Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, and Steven Kravitz, 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$40. Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7575.

Birth of a New Year: DJ Armin Van Buuren No. 5 DJ in the world is joined by Christopher Lawrence, Donald Glaude, Jonathon Ojeda, Ellen Ferrato, Jeno, Garth, Markie, and more, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40-$60. Ten 15 Folsom, 1015 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-1200.

Black Comedy Explosion: Featuring Tommy Davidson, 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $42.50-$55.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (at 20th St.), Oakland, 510-465-6400.

Bobby Slayton: Stand-up comedy on New Year's Eve; also featuring Kevin McPeek and Dan Gabriel, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40-$60. The Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Clay), 397-4337.

Comedy Countdown 2002: Mitch Hedberg performs stand-up comedy with music by the Lee Vilensky Trio, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Lundeen), 865-2000.

Construction NYE 2003: Join 92.7 The Party Station for a NYE to remember with DJs Miguel Migs, Ellen Ferrato, Jay-J, Torque, Terry Mullen, Spettro, Ben Davis, David Savior, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $45, tickets available at www.groovetickets.com. Bas, 383 Bay (at Mason), 441-3885.

Countdown: New Year's Eve celebration with open bar, DJs, champagne toast, and more, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $100, www.maximumproductions.com/ newyears.htm. Cloud 9 Motel, 34 Seventh St. (near Market), 355-9991.

Dance Party 2002: Featuring multiple stages of live entertainment, midnight balloon drop, live music, and comedians, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $99, 675-6230 (tickets), www.hyattsf.com. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center (at Market), 675-6230.

Erect in San Francisco: Scott Capurro's New Year's Eve comedy show, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30-$35, 863-0741 ext. 2 (tickets). Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight (at Fillmore), 621-9850.

The Fantasia Ball: Black tie or over-the-top formal attire required; open bar, guest portraits, midnight champagne toast, and performances by the Mystics and the Velocity Circus Troupe, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $125 plus credit card fees; no tickets sold at the door, 567-3165 (information), The Rotunda. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., 554-5184.

Fauxgirls! New Year's Eve Show: Ring in the New Year with drag cabaret featuring special guest star Toby, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.

Flavor: Party on the bay with DJs Craze and Miguel Migs price includes open bar, fire dancers, fireworks, live bands, and more, 9 p.m.-8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666.

For Whom the Bridge Tolls: Marin's long-running musical comedy revue features a satirical mix of comic sketches and original songs, 7 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $45 early show; $75 late show, 499-4488 (reservations), late show includes a champagne toast and dancing. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton (at Madrona), Mill Valley.

Roy Gaines: The blues legend with the Bluesman for Life Band plus champagne, party favors, and dancing, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.

Galactic: Show includes party favors, balloon drop, countdown, surprises, and Mardi Gras treats, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $60-$100, 421-TIXS. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science: Ring in the holidays with special events every day and children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, 510-642-5132.

In Bed With Fairy Butch: New Year's Extravaganza: Women, trannies, and their pals are invited to bare all at this sexy strip show with dancing and a sex-toy raffle, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $15-$20, FEZ-8000 (information), www.fairybutch.com. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325.

International New Year's Eve Party: With DJs Aykut, Bardia, Gokhan price includes a glass of champagne, belly dancing, and party favors, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$75, Higher price includes dinner. Piyassa, 1686 Market (at Gough), 864-3700.

Ipecac's New Year's Eve Binge and Purge Fest: With the Melvins, Mondo Generator, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dälek, and Pink Anvil, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40-$45. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750.

The Les Claypool Frog Brigade: Third annual New Year's Eve Frog Out!, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55, 421-TIXS. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.

Loft of Love: Reggae jam featuring Native Elements with Dan-l Spencer and Riddim Mystic with Soul Rebel, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $22.50-$25, 866-468-3399 (tickets). 1596 Howard (at 12th St.).

Metreon's Winter Wonderland: Highlights include falling snow, screenings of classic children's films, storytelling, and DJs, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, 369-6098 (information), www.metreon.com. Metreon, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6000.

New Wave Eve: Dance to new wave music from the 1970s and 1980s with complimentary party favors, champagne, and balloon drop, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $15-$25, 675-5683 (information), www.newwavecity.com. Raw Hide, 280 Seventh St. (at Folsom), 621-1197.

New Year's at Slim's: With Zen Guerrilla, Supersuckers, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$30. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333.

New Year's at the Clift: Delicious Karma and the Clift Hotel bring you three floors of parties, with DJs Donovan, Frenchy, Daymitreeus, and more, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $75-$325. Redwood Room, Clift Hotel, 495 Geary (at Powell), 775-4700.

New Year's Eve 2003: With Royal Crown Revue, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums complimentary glass of champagne, hats, party favors, and balloon drop; cocktail attire, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $55, www.tickets.com. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), 474-0365.

New Year's Eve Balloon Drop: Mark the dawn of the actual New Year 2003 at midnight Greenwich time (4 p.m. PST) with musical fanfare, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.

New Year's Eve Bash: With Teeze and special guests, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $8. Last Day Saloon, 406 Clement (at Sixth Ave.), 387-6343.

A New Year's Eve Bluegrass Bash: Featuring High Country, Dix Bruce, and Jim Nunally plus a light buffet, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $19.50-$20.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison (at University), Berkeley, 510-548-1761.

New Year's Eve Dance Party Sensational: With salsa band Fito Reynoso's Ritmo y Armonía, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $20-$22. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

New Year's Eve Gala: Join us for four premium open bars, indoor snowfall, ice sculptures, alcohol-mixed snow cones, and DJs Noah Eastman, Peter Daheb, Manny Perez, and Sean Isaac pre-party at the Argent Hotel at 7 p.m. with shuttle service at 9 p.m., 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $99, 331-2004. Velvet Lounge, 443 Broadway (at Montgomery), 788-0228.

New Year's Eve Gala/San Francisco Symphony: The symphony presents a New Year's Eve concert with party favors, champagne, savories, desserts, and dancing, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

New Year's Eve on the Water: Hornblower Cruises & Events offers several cruises to ring in the New Year, from a buffet dinner cruise to an SF Bowl sports cruise to a formal five-course dinner cruise, Tuesday, Dec. 31, $149-$299, 800-ON-THE-BAY (reservations), departure times and prices vary; www.hornblower.com. Multiple Locations.

New Year's Eve Organ Concert: Performed by Susan Jane Matthews, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

New Year's Eve Services at Grace Cathedral: Services include organ recital, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, 749-6300 (information). Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

New Year's Eve Toga Party: Screening of Animal House with costume contest and awards for "Biggest Nerd," "Cheerleader," and more; dancing and champagne toast at midnight, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $30. The Parkway Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400.

New Year's Eve Vampire Tour: A guided tour of Nob Hill spots focusing on local vampire lore, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $15-$20, 650-279-1840 (reservations). Meet at California & Taylor Sts.

New Year's Eve With Marga Gomez: Comedy benefit for Theatre Rhinoceros with special guests Doug Holsclaw and Nick Leonard, 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25, 861-5079 (reservations). Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.

"Noon" Year's Eve Party: A family-friendly event to ring in the New Year featuring live music, interactive games, and free airplane rides for kids (weather permitting), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway, San Carlos, 650-654-0200.

Rebirth NYE 2003: With DJs Charlotte the Baroness, Rasta Cue-Tip, Ms. E, Malex, J-Boogie, PantyRobber, Politik, and more a rebirth of the San Francisco DJ scene, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $20-$30, pre-sale tickets available at www.massiveselector.com, Groove Merchant on Haight, and BPM Records on Hayes. Club Six, 60 Sixth St. (at Jessie), 863-1221.

San Francisco Bowl: Start your New Year's celebrations at the first-ever college bowl game held in San Francisco between teams from the Big East and the Mountain West conferences, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $40, 947-BOWL (information). Pacific Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third & King Sts.).

Sea of Dreams 03: Anon Salon's annual party featuring art installations, light, laser, and video shows, and performances by Hamsa Lila, Rosin Coven, and many others, 8:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $65, 864-1238 (information), www.anonsalon.com. Regency Building, 1300 Van Ness (at Sutter).

Soul Touch: Black and white ball with dinner buffet, champagne, and live performances by Eye Candy Girls, Carrie Colins, TriQuiDi, and others, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $45-$75, 510-464-4560 (tickets), formal attire. Lakeside Gardens Ebell Room, 666 Bellevue, Oakland.

Soulive: With DJ Logic and Lettuce, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $100, admission includes open bar. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.

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