Events: December 25 - 31, 2013
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"Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXI" Creativity Theater, 224 Fourth St, SF; Facebook: Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXI 2013. 8pm, $20. Also Fri/27, 8pm, $18-28, Bankhead Theater, Livermore Valley Performance Arts Center, 2400 First St, Livermore; Sat/28, 8pm, $22-25, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic, Walnut Creek; Sun/29, 8pm, $20, Hopmonk Tavern, 224 Vintage, Novato; Mon/30, 8pm, $22.50, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison, Berk; Tue/31, 7 and 10pm, $40-50, San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St, San Jose; Jan 1, 8pm, $24, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. Now in its 21st year, this satirical look back at the year stars comedians Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst and Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus.
"The Business New Year's Eve Stand-Up Spectacular" Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission, SF; thebusinesscomedy.blogspot.com. 7:30 and 10pm, $15-25. Also Tue/31. Two nights of stand-up (theme: "Should Old Businessmen Be Forgot") with Caitlin Gill, Nato Green, Sean Keane, Bucky Sinister, and others.
"Brava's New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta" Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF; www.brava.org. 9pm, $30-50. Comedy with Marga Gomez, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Micia Mosely. Stick around after the show for "Brava's Countdown Dance Party."
"A Family Friendly New Year's Eve Party" Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito; www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org. 8pm, $25. Play pinball, carnival games, and arcade games all night, plus test your sleuthing skills in the New Year's treasure hunt. Suitable for kids of all ages (complete with "quiet room" for wee ones who can't quite make it to midnight).
Michael Feinstein Feinstein's at the Nikko, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason, SF; www.feinsteinssf.com. 7:30 and 11pm. $100-395. The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated performer rings in 2014 at his namesake cabaret venue.
"Five Dollars Seven Thirty New Year's Eve Comedy Show" Layover Music Bar and Lounge, 1517 Franklin, Oakl; oaklandlayovercomedy.tumblr.com. 7:30pm, $5. With Natasha Muse, Kaseem Bentley, Kate Willet, and Mike Spiegelman.
"Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony" Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin, SF; www.asianart.org. 11:30am-1:30pm, free with museum admission ($8-12). For the 28th year, the Asian Art Museum hosts a ceremonial ringing of its 2,100 pound, 16th-century Japanese bronze bell. It will be stuck 108 times to "reflect peacefully upon the passing year."
"Josh Kornbluth: Love and Taxes" Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding, Alameda; www.rhythmix.org. 7 and 10pm, $35-45. The acclaimed solo performer shares a comedic tale of "crushing debt and a neurotic love affair."
"New Bohemia NYE" SF Armory, 1800 Mission, SF; www.newbohemianye.com. 9pm, $66. Kink.com's HQ hosts this party, with headliners the Crystal Method, plus aerialists, live painters, and other performers.
"New Year's Eve Gala on the USS Hornet" USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet, Pier Three, Alameda; (510) 521-8448, ext. 282. 7:30pm, $45-85. Celebrate onboard the historic World War II aircraft carrier-turned-museum, with live music by the Swingin' Blue Stars (performing a tribute to the Andrews Sisters) and 3 O' Clock Jump. Also offered: free dance lessons throughout the night, a silent auction, and a can't-be-beat view of the fireworks over the water.
"New Year's Eve Stand-up Comedy Celebration" Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael; www.marinjcc.org. 8pm, $35-65. With Mark Cordes, aka "The Spouse Whisperer," and frequent Tonight Show performer Cathy Ladman.
"Not Your Normal New Year's Eve" Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter, SF; www.nynnye.com. 8pm, $45-199. Jill Bourque and Brian Copeland host this comedy extravaganza, with performances by Laurie Kilmartin, Brent Weinbach, Kellen Erskine, Casey Ley, Dan St. Paul, and Joe Klocek, plus tunes by DJ Lucio K.
Pacific Pinball Museum New Year's Eve party Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster, Alameda; www.pacificpinball.org. 7:30pm, $20-35. Free play on over 100 pinball games, plus finger food, a champagne toast, a DJ for dancing, and more.
"San Francisco Symphony's New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball" Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, SF; www.sfsymphony.org. 8pm, $85-195. The SF Symphony performs Viennese classic and songbook favorites, followed by a dance party on the Davies stage with the Peter Mintun Orchestra — or in the lobby with Hit Wave, playing tunes from 1920-2013. *